As the working parents of two boys, daycare is our single largest monthly bill, and determining who cares for our sons is without a doubt the most important decision my husband and I have made. We began, nearly four years ago, by selecting a well-know, highly reputable daycare franchise here located here in Piscataway. We believed their curriculum plan was excellent, and they came with glowing references from close friends. We started off happy, but after 2 years we realized that we had to make a change. The ownership and director were indifferent at best, they weren't following the curriculum, and some of the teachers were simply awful. A little over a year ago I began a new search of local daycare facilities, but I didn't have much hope. I had selected what I thought was the best option, and they failed me miserably. Then I saw a banner for a new daycare that was being built... right by my home! I began researching The Learning Experience and was incredibly impressed with their philosophy and educational program. But what about the people? Having been through this once before, I realized that while a franchise can propose an impressive education plan, it is the owner, director and staff who have to execute on that plan. Day in and day out, it is the people on-site who run the center and would be interacting with my boys. From the moment I met the director of TLE Piscataway I knew we were in the right place. The center wasn't open yet, but it was apparent that Micella cared deeply about making sure that she found quality caring teachers, and as we toured the facility the bright colors and cheerful rooms looked inviting and fun. My sons began in the infant room and in Preschool 1 and have since moved up to Toddlers and Preschool 3, so we have had direct experienced many of the teachers. And every last one of the teachers has been loving and caring, treating my boys like family. The education my sons are receiving is fantastic. My 4-year-old is starting to read and write, is learning Spanish, and is teaching me sign language! My 2-year-old knows all his colors and basic shapes, and can already count to 20 in English and 6 in Spanish! They both love daily art class, have fun playing at Make Believe Boulevard, delight when playing on the playgrounds with their teachers, and tell me about their adventures with science experiments, dance, yoga and music during the Charlie Choo Choo enrichment sessions. As a parent, I am also incredibly impressed with the responsiveness of the management and ownership. On occasion I have spoken with the director to provide my thoughts on various topics. They listened and clearly thought about my feedback, caring about what I had to say and taking it into consideration. They value my input and insight as a parent and as a customer. But the most important factor is that my boys are truly happy. They run into the school every day, giving hugs to Micella and their teachers, and high-fiving the owner (who is frequently on-site and clearly loves being around children). And at the end of the day when I come to pick them up, they are happy to see me, but are in no hurry to leave. They love playing with their teachers and friends, and on more than one occasion my older boy has told me, "Mommy, I don't want to go yet. Miss Jamie is reading a book - just one more book. PLEASE?!?"
659 Hoes Ln WPiscataway, NJ 08854
From Business: KinderCare Learning Centers Inc. provides early childhood educational and development programs. Located in Piscataway, N.J., the center offers a series of academi…
Both of my girls have been in Big Hugs since they were infants. As a first-time mom, the staff has always been extremely supportive, offered suggestions and were able to foresee when my baby was ready for the next step.. little things like next foods and when to try out an exerciser, tips and tricks. I appreciated all of that. As a more seasoned second-time mom I really appreciated the organization and care the staff took to make it easy for me to drop off and pick up my children. I knew exactly where they would be and what they would be doing every moment of the day. They were always well cared for, learned how to take direction and responsibility, such as cleaning up and playing well with others. There is an emphasis on togetherness. Big Hugs has the best person on staff who is in charge of potty training. I have never seen her exhibit anything but patience, kindness and order with the children and is a true caregiver at heart. My children have always been safe, happy and engaged in creativity and learning at Big Hugs. Over the course of 7 years I have enjoyed watching my children grow and develop, put on seasonal shows, experience fun and exciting field trips, have wonderful friendships, create art, play, learn and recognize milestones & graduations at Big Hugs. My little one calls it “My Big Hugs” and is always proud to tell whoever will listen about her day there. I would highly recommend Big Hugs to a friend and in fact several of my friends have signed their children up at Big Hugs because it is a safe and happy learning environment.
When I decided to put my son and daughter in pre-school I researched countless centers in the area. I was looking for a safe and compassionate environment focused on academic and social growth. Each time I walked into a center for my tour, my number one thought was- am I comfortable leaving my children here all day while I go to work, will they get the attention they deserve? Although each visit was a positive experience, I did not find that sense of comfort and confidence until I walked into The Learning Experience. During my initial visit, I met with the owners and the Director. Mr. Deepak, Mr. Vik, and Mrs. Micella are an amazing team, I immediately felt their passion for providing a clean, safe, and nurturing environment for the children. Their teacher, Ms. Maria is also amazing, she has taught them so much in the short time they have been there. Her focus on and dedication to teaching the children academic and social skills is something I can see on a daily basis when I pick them up. Every day they have a fun new experience to share with me on the ride home. Additionally, they truly care for your child and are extremely patient, attentive, and compassionate. It is a hard decision to leave your children in the care of someone else, but the fact that they want to “stay just a few more minutes when I go to get them” lets me know that I made the right choice. I would highly recommend The Learning Experience to anyone looking for the perfect pre-school for their child.
My first daughter started Big Hugs in December of 2010. Naturally I was nervous and upset that I had to leave her in the hands of others while I returned to work. I remember walking in the first day and my anxiety was immediately lifted. The staff was so supportive and understood exactly how I felt. They showed me the ropes and ensured me that everything was going to be OK. This positive attitude continued on over the years. When my second daughter started in February of 2012 I knew she would be cared for in the ways that she needed. Big Hugs is a great place. For those parents out there that think your child is going to get one-on-one care, then daycare is not for you. This center is great at interacting the children to help with socialization. The teacher/child ratio is perfect. I am very pleased with Big Hugs! Thank you!
Great school with great management, staff and teachers who care for the kids and help the kids learn in a fun filled environment. Both my kids go to TLE and they love it. TLE at Piscataway not only make kids part of their family, but they also make Parents part of the TLE Family. Parents are always encouraged by TLE team to be part of any important activities of your kids. You see big smiles on TLE Management and Teachers when you walk in with your kid in morning; and have the same smile and activeness when we walk out with the kids in the evening. The smile and the way they greet you makes your day and you come out dropping your kids at TLE thinking they are in safe hands and will be taken care of.
I moved my son to Big Hugs from another school that could not work with him, they said he had behavior issues. Big Hugs helped me have him evaluated and put strategies in place to help him. Two years later he is like any other 4 year old. The first school made me feel like a bad mother, Big Hugs never once made me feel that way. The director had empathy for me and went out of her way to help, even coming to the evaluation with me. They really go above and beyond. There is a review on here that says the center is dirty, that's laughable, I have never once found the center to be dirty and as for sick kids, they send them home and insist we keep them home until they are well again!
I would recommend TLE at Piscataway, NJ. My son started with Toddlers class and now has joined Twaddlers class as he finished his 2 yrs. I would like to thank the teacher at toddlers class for taking care of my son. He as learnt a lot and is learning at a very great speed. The response to your query regarding your child or anything is quick. If anything accident happens in terms of your child fell down or getting sick, you will be called immediately to give an update on your child. Overall no complains and it has been good experience so far. Oh! And the lunch program which is included in the tuition is a huge plus.
I searched for a day care center near to where I was working so that my child could be close to me. I went to visit quite a few of them and just wasent compleatly happy. They are all very friendly and warm toward the children and the family. A friend who has a grandchild at The First Class told me to give them a call as her daughter and son in law were very happy there. I called them up and went for a tour. My child has been there for 3 years now and is very happy and so am I. I would tell you that if you want a really loving place for your child check them out
My daughter started TLE at 2.5 years old. She had never been in daycare before, but instantly loved it here. They kept her busy and her brain active, and she is learning so much. She is now 3.5 years old and still in love. My son started at 5 months and is now 15 months old. He just transitioned from the infant room to the toddler room and it wasn't super easy for him, but the staff has been really supportive, and after 2 weeks, he is getting used to the new environment and having fun.
Great School, Great curriculum, Great Staff and management. My 4 year old son is challenged on different levels and seems to be learning so much in a fun enviroment. He really enjoys himself there and his current teacher, Miss Kelsey is fabulous. She takes a keen interest in the child's development and keeps me well informed on his progress or areas of oppurtunity. The school director Ms Marcella is awesome as well. All in all, i am very happy sending my son here.