This center is phenomenal. My twin boys started attending school there at the end of August. Our family has been in the midst of painful transitions in the short time they've been there. They had a new baby brother, and then he passed away at 8 weeks. Needless to say, the transition has been tough. Never ONCE have I thought in a million years that they weren't having a great time at school and engaging and interacting in a fun way. Never once have I thought their anxiety was anything other than the awful changes in our household. Every teacher and administrator in there knows of the special challenges my family has been facing and goes ABOVE AND BEYOND to help my sons transition each day. They're doing so well there, and I can tell how much they're learning when they come home each day. I am so, so grateful for all the ladies at TLE Old St Augustine. I don't know how we'd be getting through this tough time without their love and support for my children and our family. Aside from the gut-wrenching part of my review, I toured several day care facilities that had received good word-of-mouth among my extensive Mommy network and I just got the good vibes when I set foot in this one. I knew if I got good vibes, my boys would too. It's clean, the staff is excellent (I *believe* I was told that all teachers there have at least an associate's degree, and many have their bachelor's), there is ample outdoor play as well as arts and crafts and "free play" in the classroom, as well as more advanced technology training on computers and with their proprietary curriculum. It's expensive, but it's not *that* much more expensive than any day care, and your children are actually learning. You get what you pay for. I wanted a learning center, not a daycare. With the app, you can check in with your kids on your phone, see what they're doing, what they ate for lunch, how long they napped, etc. I love the pictures that the staff sends of them having fun.
TLE (San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL) HAPPY MOTHER OF 2 If you have not had the pleasure to even take a tour at The Learning Experience on San Jose Blvd, you can’t even begin to know what your child (children) are missing! This children’s daycare offers an amazing faculty and phenomenal curriculum. Both of my children love “going to school” here. We have attended since the first day its doors opened and plan to be a part of TLE Family until kindergarten! My son learned not only to recognize but to spell his name confidently in less than 3 months (prior to VPK), and my daughter (2 yrs. younger) has surpassed her brother’s entrance level skills/knowledge. They both came home teaching me Mandarin Chinese words and yoga immediately after enrollment! As a nurse, I understand the importance of age-appropriate developmental activities, use of play, and early social interactions create healthy, happy children. These teachers not only appreciate this understanding but monitor and encourage each child’s development level. My children’s confidence, understanding, and abilities now assure me that they will be ready for the transition into the school education experience. As if that’s not enough, the same values and beliefs taught at home are encouraged at TLE including good manners, expressing feelings appropriately, and philanthropy….just to name a few. This is the best decision and investment for my children’s future school beginnings!
I absolutely love this school. My son is 2 yrs old, and I moved him here when he turned 1. The prior daycare he was at was basically just that, "a daycare". I felt that at 1 he needed to be in a place that was going to provide him the tools and education he needed to prepare him for school. His previous place was basically babysitting. Not much education was provided. So, in my search for a new place I decided to pull all 5 star schools in Jacksonville. I refer to Kids expanding the kingdom as a school because it is so much more than just watching my child. I went on several interviews at different places. But I was draw to this place. I felt the love, and saw the education children were being provided. He has learned so much being here, including counting, letters, Spanish, colors, and much more. The most important part to me was that this is a faith based preschool. He is learning morals, and God's way. He is read the bible, prays, and everything is based on Christian values. I fell in love with every single teach here, and would never change to another location. I cannot express how great this place is. I brag to my friends and family, and they have been extremely impressed at how much my son knows. If I could rate them a 100, I would.