As a researcher and professor of communication sciences and disorders who specializes in child language development, finding a childcare setting that would facilitate my children’s cognitive, linguistic, and social development was a high priority for me. My husband and I chose Appletree for a number of reasons. First, the facility is beautiful- clean, bright, organized, and full of fun, developmentally appropriate toys and books. Second, the staff members are friendly, intelligent, and clearly spend time interacting with the children, rather than simply sitting there watching. The director, Lindsay, is so organized and is knowledgeable about everything that happens in the center. She is very approachable and does an excellent job. Third, the webcam made me feel as though I’d never be unable to see what my children were doing. The webcam allowed me ask more informed questions about what they’d done during their day, as I had seen some of the activities and could inquire about them specifically, instead of just asking, “How was your day? What did you do?” We have enjoyed all of the family events at Appletree, especially hearing the children sing at the harvest festival and winter festival. My two older children are now in elementary school, and are excelling. I believe that Appletree deserves much of the credit for their academic success, as they “graduated” from Appletree knowing all of their letters and numbers, reading and writing a few words, and completing simple addition and subtraction problems. Additionally, the experience in the classroom helped them to learn about following rules and interacting with classmates and teachers. Appletree provides just the right balance of structured and unstructured time. The children learn a great deal, but also have time to play and use their imaginations. This year was the first year my youngest daughter was at Appletree without her siblings, and she was nervous about starting the school year after we took a summer break. However, on her first day, as soon as she walked in the door, all of her friends from last year and her teacher surrounded her and expressed their happiness to see her, and she realized that she was thrilled to be back! The teachers help the children to form wonderful relationships with each other. My daughter loves her friends from school. She also loves her teachers so much, as we leave each day she goes into her classroom from last year to hug the teachers in that room after hugging her own teachers. She is often disappointed that it is time to go home, because she has so much fun at school! Our family has been so pleased with our experiences at Appletree. I would highly recommend Appletree to any family looking for high quality education and care for their children. -Courtney Karasinski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
4301 Ambrose Ave NEGrand Rapids, MI 49525
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4243 Knapp Valley Dr NEGrand Rapids, MI 49525
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WOW! First of all, I'd like to say how disheartened I am to read such negative reviews on our daycare center! Our kids have been going to this center since birth and I appreciate all they have done (and continue to do) for our kids and family. As much as I would love to be a stay-at-home mom, it just isn't an option for us. As many working parents can agree, deciding on who will spend more time with your children than you do; is understandably one of the most difficult choices we have to make. We want to ensure our children feel loved, while having fun and learning through play/discovery. The staff at EDWE treat our children like their own family =0) The environment at Every Day Wonders is very loving and comfortable. As a parent I can appreciate the daily routines and structure that is provided to ensure stability, while not feeling to regimented. Whether you need childcare for traditional or non-traditional hours, EDWE is more than flexible and accommodating regarding availability (even open on the weekends and until 11:30pm!) They even offer special “Slumber Parties” or Date Nights for the parents; especially around holidays-ie: Black Friday/New Year’s Eve etc. I hope you find this review helpful because I know exactly how hard of a choice this is to make. I will continue to recommend EDWE to friends, family, co-workers or anyone looking for a daycare center!
I am very happy with the daycare services that EDWE has provided for my children for the past 2+ years. I was immediately comforted with their open engaging atmosphere - lots of colors, activities, and happy kid sounds. I was even more impressed with the learning curriculum that they have incorporated into their classrooms. My son will be leaving for kindergarten soon and is completely ready for the academics! I truly hated not being able to stay at home with them, and it was important for me to find a place where they were not just another kid or number. I have been so grateful that their teachers invest so much of their time, effort, and love into helping my children grow up well rounded and loved. Miss Donna and Miss Kelly - You guys are AWESOME! While most of my experience has been positive, there have been a few bumps along the way. Anytime you have a brand new daycare starting out - there are bound to be a few hiccups with new software and new policy. I was actually very impressed with how well the owner, Cara, and director, Julie, handled all the changes and policies. Anytime I had trouble, I just talked to them. They actively listened to the concerns and then addressed them quickly. Overall, a great daycare and definitely worth checking out.