My daughter has been at ITAV (infant room) for several months now. She is (and has always been) a very happy and easy going kid. When I drop her off in the morning she seems right at home and digs right into the toys. My husband says when he picks her up in the afternoon she is usually happily playing. She naps well and eats well. Her daily sheets are usually filled out sufficiently well. They do a lot of themes and some artwork, etc, which probably doesn't get absorbed as well by the infants, but good to know that they have some activities other than just free playing. Her room always seems orderly... even when I've stopped by in the middle of the day, the kids are all calm and in their various stages of sleep, eating or play.
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We have two children in ITV (River City) and we LOVE it. We have been there for about a full year now. We looked at about every daycare in the south loop/loop area so we had a lot to compare to. Overall, we have been very pleased with not only the care our children receive, but also the educational aspects at ITV. We would totally recommend it to friends (in fact we already have)!
My daughter has been at It Takes A Village (ITAV) for 2 years. We have been absolutely THRILLED with the level of care that she has received. My husband and I have been active with the center for the 2 year timeframe, we attend the parent meetings, talk with the teachers, follow the lesson plans, talk with the other parents frequently about their experiences, etc. I cannot say enough good things about ITAV. My daughter absolutely loves going and hates leaving. I don't even need to talk about the basics - the center is clean, the food is top quality, the rooms are active and engaging, the environment is stimulating while not overwhelming, the lesson plans are fun, the kids get spanish lessons, they have circle time, gross motor room activities, etc. What I would take special time to talk about are the teachers. My daughters infant room teachers, headed up by Tasia Perry, were absolutely topnotch. Under their care, guidance and love, along with that of myself and my husband (obviously), my daughter is turning into a fabulously caring, engaging, empathetic, humourous, loving, intelligent, well rounded litte girl. Every morning when we come in, she goes to say hi to Tasia and the other infant teachers before running to her toddler room.
If an excellent learning environment for your sons and daughters is a big deal, then you cannot do much better than ITAV. Since my daughter was 3 months old -- and she's 4 1/2 years old right now -- she's been cared for in a way one would normally only expect from intellectually respectful close family and friends. My daughter is an engaged, intelligent, sociable rock star thanks to each class she's been in for 4 years now. My daughter has already been taught academics that I myself was not exposed to until well into elementary school (foreign language, geography, math & astronomy). She is still a year away from entering the local public school system, but I feel that the administrators and instructors have more than readied her for the next major chapter in her life (RIGHT NOW), and we only expect her to overachieve in a positive manner thanks to her time at It Takes A Village.
Both of my daughters (age 3 and 5) have been in structured learning environments since they were infants. We recently moved to Chicago from Wisconsin and have been very pleased with the staff and experience at ITAV from the time I made my first phone call until through now. This is much more of a curriculum-based school environment and not just daycare, and I can see that my kids have already learned and grown even after their first few days. They come home with new experiences and are excited to talk about their day. The director and staff have been nothing short of amazing, welcoming, and accommodating. I would highly recommend ITAV.
I have two sons at ITAV (4 and 16 mo) they each began attending there around 12 - 8 weeks of age respectively. We have had a tremendous experience at ITAV throughout the years. We were living in the area and visited other daycare centers and this one stood above the rest. (We currently live in a neighboring suburb and commute downtown so our kids can continue to go to this school.) Their many rooms with floor to ceiling windows with views of the river and all the amazing decorations and learning centers each teacher creates to make their room special won us over.My boys first infant teacher Ms. Petrina was incredible. She cared for both my babies with a gentle touch and really loves each and everyone of her kids. As our kids have gotten older there are some other amazing teachers that cared for them throughout their time there. Ms Lydia, Ms Kierra, Ms Diane, Ms Courtney, etc... the list goes on and on. They were great when it came time for potty training with my oldest and the curriculum mixed with free play and learning experiences have provided a nice balance. My 4 year old came home everyday with a fun new art project he did or talked about what they were learning like the stages of Caterpillars, The Solar System and our great city of Chicago! He has made friends that he has known in he was 3 months old and they have done a great job in keeping those kids together in each classroom.With any childcare institution there are always some challenges and hiccups along the way - and it is disappointing to read some of these bad reviews on here - as I think that ITAV has tried to address some of the issues that have been raised.I have never had a problem however or felt that the teachers were on their phones a lot, did not watch my boys when they were outside at the Playground (that they do have), or when they go on field trips. If there was fall, bump or bruise I always got a written report. Communication has been lacking in the past however I think that has gotten increasingly better. I make it a point to not only ask each teacher how my kids day has gone but check in with administration on their progress. Their Kiddienotes system is a bit flawed but I love getting texts, pictures and updates throughout the day.Despite few minor issues I can't tell you enough how amazing ITAV has been for my family. They love going there everyday to learn and play. They get greeted by name by all the teachers even when they aren't in those specific classes and my oldest has learned a lot and I am convinced will not only be ready for Kindergarten when he goes but will be ahead of other kids! I highly recommend It Takes A Village!
Terrible daycare. The owner is money hungry and very unprofessional. She treats employees like crap and give the parents a very hard time. She always wants the upper hand in any situation even if she’s dead wrong. Avoid working with the owner LISA COLLINS and her sister the director TASHA COLLINS. They work together in con business. Avoid by all means.
Christian L-E-G Early Learning Center is exceptionally clean, and well organized. The displays encourage learning and engagement. Children are treated with respect. The lunch served is healthy. The teachers offer encouragement to grow with enough support to nurture the children. I am happy to invest in my child's care and learning here. The price is very reasonable, especially for all that is offered to the children. I commend the staff for offering such a well rounded educational experience for the children. Music and sign language classes are primary parts of the curriculum. What sets Christian LEG Learning Center apart is the professionalism of the leadership.
This daycare is truly amazing and trustworthy because they raised all 4 of my kids and they did an amazing job. They are multicultural and welcome different cultures. I feel like it helped my kid not be so close mineded or ignorant about other cultures.
Yesterday morning I dropped my 6 mos daughter off at Amazing Grace and gave specific instructions on feeding and activities that my daughter enjoys.I made sure that the staff was aware of the packed bag for my daughter. I picked my daughter up around 5:40 pm and observed a male sitting at the reception desk speaking a native language to a woman with no acknowledgement that I was waiting for my daughter. I asked the man to identify himself and what his responsibilities are at the daycare. To my surprised the man wouldn't respond. I then spoke to the manager (Rachel Adeshola)and she identify him as the driver. My wife later noticed that the baby bag was not touched; meaning the food and pampers was as we packed when I dropped the baby off. My wife also noticed that our baby had the same diaper on 7 hours which was soaked. She immediately called the daycare and spoke to a Elli (Receptionist) and confirmed that the assistants fed her with they're own formula after miss placing our bag. Also gave her no response to why our baby is still wearing the same diaper. After speaking to Rachel again her only response was excuse and we should find another daycare because of all her years of experience; she had very little complaints. This is another example of facilities displaying child neglect and not being reported to the state.