This review may be a tad bit lengthy but I thought everyone should know. I have to be honest, I was beyond nervous about putting my 14 month old in daycare for the first time. The thought of it made me sick. But I had to work...I visited several centers and some were ok and some were really bad. Then there were those that wanted a house payment per week!! Anyway, I called the owner of The Oak School and went for a visit. The atmosphere was immediately welcoming. Even the colors on the walls were warm and friendly. So, I immediately started thinking to myself, ok the paint on the walls are covering up for something I'm not going to like... But, guess what? After my tour of the center (which lasted about 45 minutes) and after meeting the teachers I couldn't believe it. Everyone was fantastic and it wasn't the fake fantastic, it was genuine. They offer surveillance so you can watch your child while at work (big plus for me!) All the teachers go through extra childcare courses through the year (most places hire high schoolers to watch the kids)Needless to say, I signed my son up to attend there. Now, the truth be told, my son had a really hard first few days being around strange people and new routines. They have gone out of there way to help him adjust. His teacher even called me the first few days to tell me how he was doing. You would think they would only call to say say he is having a bad day, or to tell me to come pick him up. Not the case... If I could rate this facility 6 stars, I would. Good luck in your search and I hope you find the right place for your child.
My daughter has been going to Discovery for a while now and we're very happy. The teachers do a great job and the owners and directors are very involved in all of the classrooms. Seeing them spending time in all the rooms, lending a hand when needed, and helping to keep everything organized makes it feel very cohesive and family-like. The teachers do a lot to work with the kids on their preschool/pre-k skills, and they help kids learn to work through all the social challenges of daycare and school. The center is also great about making things fun -- they always have cute projects, celebration days, special guests (Mr. Magic is definitely a favorite!), etc. Summers are especially fun. Our first summer there we were really surprised at how much they do for the kids. (There's usually a special thing each week -- water slide, bouncy house, sno cones, animals to pet and learn about, theme weeks, etc.). We feel comfortable that our daughter is in great hands. Most importantly, she likes it. Visit a few other daycares and I guarantee you'll notice a difference at this one. It's not just a place to watch your kids-- they really have a sense of pride in their work and want to go above and beyond.
My child has been at Bright Expectations since she was 3 months old. The experience there has been a wonderful one for her and myself. I learned of Bright Expectations through a co-worker who utilized their services for both of her children. Not only is the environment a healthy one, I can honestly say that I feel comfortable with this being her home away from home during the day hours. The Director and the staff have been very friendly and informative. My now, 2 year old, has a lesson plan scheduled for her monthly which keeps me abreast of what will be "happening" on a daily basis. She looks forward to taking a book each Wednesday. And of course, she comes home wanting to read it to me as well. She also receives a daily report of her activities at the end of the day for me to take home as well. During the winter months, my co-workers complain of daycare closings, however I am very seldom impacted as they strive to be open for parents and their children. If I have any concerns (as you know parents have at least one, we can't help ourselves), the staff is always their to listen and work with you. For this reason and the reasons above, I recommend them highly.