I completely disagree with the previous comment indicating that Garden Patch CLC is a bad place to take your kids. I find it is quite the opposite. Garden Patch offers a very friendly, caring, supervised, structured environment. It is an equal mix between professional and educational that I am proud to have my daughter be a part of. The facility is very clean. In fact, the adjoining bathrooms between classrooms have cleaning schedules and staff sign up/are assigned daily cleaning chores. The rooms are always picked up for the next day; the floors constantly get vacuumed and mopped (I have seen them doing it several times, first hand). The facility also provides a very detailed parent handbook that covers everything from their sickness policy, their mission statement (and they follow through on this), who can retrieve your child (and they are very strict on this based on who is approved ahead of time by the parents), etc. They even have video cameras in many rooms if you want to check in on your children throughout the day. The facility is also very safe. Garden Patch is very good about providing incident reports when a child gets hurt, even if it is minor. Parents are required to sign off on them which show that they are always kept in the loop. They have playgrounds that are safe and completely fenced in with privacy fences. From what I have seen firsthand, they have staff that constantly monitors the children in their rooms and ensure the children are kept in order. My daughter has learned so much since being with Garden Patch. Staring in the 2's class, she learned and was able to count to 10 in Spanish (and even say a few words). They integrate education with art and play, which is extremely important for child development. I have an entire tote full to the brim with worksheets, art, and other things that my daughter has learned on a daily basis. The facility is very structured and activities are age-appropriate yet challenging. The owner of Garden Patch takes extreme pride in what she is able to provide to her families and their children. She even emails everyone to let them know when she is going to be out of town or out of the office (for training and such) for period of time - no other daycare director I have ever come across does this. In fact, you hardly ever SEE directors at other facilities - but the director at Garden Patch is very hands on and is on-site constantly. In regards to the previous comment on teachers leaving, some of that stems from the age of the teachers (which seems like the ones who leave are the part-time HS students, who lack the maturity and patience to work with children). A hiring manager doesn’t always know this when they hire a person – they only see what the person shows during the interview. There are many teachers in the facility who have been there since it opened (my daughter's teacher is one of them). A lot of teachers also are in school and leave when the graduate – but this is very common for all childcare facilities, not just Garden Patch I never hesitate to recommend Garden Patch to anyone who asks or is looking for childcare, because this facility is not just merely "daycare," it provides infant/childcare, preschool, pre-k all wrapped into one. I am proud to take my daughter here and can't imagine her learning anywhere else.
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As far as being clean and neat I would rate Children's Heaven top notch. But it goes downhill from there thus bringing the average down to 3 stars. The place was so clean because the staff would clean in front of the children! Spraying Lysol and Windex to clean tables and windows. Great that they clean periodically throughout the day, but I really didn't feel (and neither did people I described this to) that they should be doing this in the presence of children because of the fumes. Our child was in the toddler room. They NEVER take this age group outside. We moved from another state where our child was in daycare from 4mos - 14 mos and they even took those age groups outside in the appropriate weather. We liked the fact that Children's Heaven is "bi-lingual" and that our child would be learning Spanish but most of the staff was not "bi-lingual" so it was sometimes difficult to communicate and get a true reading of how our child's day went. We would call to check in and the director, as nice as she is, would say - "Oh your child is doing fine!" But I know she didn't go and check, and didn't offer to transfer us to the classroom so we could speak with the teachers directly so this did not sit well with me. Especially when we would pick up and they would say our child was crying all day, wouldn't eat anything and didn't take a nap....until 4pm!....which made our evening routine quite difficult! Our biggest concern, and this was why we took our child out - was that there was no real curriculum -- that was followed. Everytime we did a pop in visit, our child was crying and the children were watching TV! ugggggh! And when we went to pick our child up, ours would be the only one taking a nap (at 5pm!!!!) In the month our child was there, only 2 art projects were done and the toddler times gram was barely filled out every single day. We were disappointed because the location was convenient, the security was great, the place is extremely clean and organized, healthy lunches are served and the price was about half of what we were paying out of state but in the end....you get what you pay for...If you are looking for a baby sitting service....5 stars but if you want your child to learn something other than what Barney and Dora the Explorer are teaching, I'd strongly suggest to look elsewhere even if it costs you a little extra. Day one at our new place and already we're all happier.
I have been taking my daughter to Garden Patch for six months and she absolutely loves it! She is a little over 2 and looks forward to going and isn't even excited to leave at the end of the day. She has been in 3 different daycares and this is the first one that she actually enjoys. I am extremely pleased with Garden patch and would recommend them to anyone that cares about their child. Just this past weekend, I left one of my daughter's beloved blankets at daycare, sent an email to the Assistant Director and someone came to the daycare... ON A SATURDAY, and let me retrieve my daughter's blanket. If this isn't a sign of a place that really cares about their kids (and the sanity of their parents!) then I don't know what is. I read two other comments about this establishment that I completely do not agree with... we all have bad days or a bad experience here and there but that should not represent the overall quality of the daycare! Take it from a parent that has had her child in three different centers and would not settle for second rate care. Garden Patch truly cares about their kids!