Our 1st child started 5 years ago as an infant and is now finishing pre-k. We have seen people come and go over the years, but there have also been long standing people who have been there since our day one. All classes from infant to pre-k have a curriculum, and I am amazed at all the learning and activities that take place. They have several outside play areas including areas that are shared with the British School. Our remaining children will finish their schooling and care here. Children are 5 1/2, 2 1/2, and 9 months old. Great school, great loving teachers.
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.
This is an outstanding daycare...the staff is friendly and welcoming they are very open with parents allow parents to visit whenever suitable.
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.
I have sent my son to ITAV since he was 3 months old. It was recommended to me by my co-worker who sent both her daughters there. It has a great location if you work in the loop. We have relied on the teachers at ITAV to take the lead on teaching him new things, i.e. eating jar food, eating table food, drinking milk in a sippy cup and many other developmental activiities. He loves his teachers at ITAV and we have a hard time keeping him as engaged on the weekends. We are glad that we found a place to give our son the right combination of study and play.
My daughter has been going to ITAV at River City since she was 20 months (she is now 31 months). She has learnt so much since going there and absolutely loves her teachers and friends!
My daughter has been at ITAV since she was 3 months old and will be turning 4 in a couple months. We've had a great experience throughout our time there. As an infant, she did get sick pretty often the first couple months but I think that was pretty normal. After the first few months she hasn't had any issues. The lead teacher there was Ms. Pavi and she was great. ITAV really helped our daughter get on a regular sleep schedule which was really apparent at home after a couple weeks. They also helped guide us on timing like when to start feeding her solids, get her shoes, etc. At 1-2 years old no real complaints. The one thing I would say she changed a couple classes during that time which was a little annoying but no big deal. Our daughter was fine with it and had no issues (they tend to keep the same kids moving through the classes so that helps). Around the 2.5 yrs age Ms. Diana was the lead teacher and she really helped with the potty training.She is now 3.5 years old and she is in the Rainbow class. The lead teacher is Ms. Courtney and she is totally awesome. My daughter is really starting to pick stuff up and has learned a lot. At 3 she knows her number, her letters, she can do simple addition, knows her shapes, write her name, etc. Everyday she comes home and says something that totally blows our mind. Last week she said "daddy look the moon it revolves around the earth and the earth revolves around the sun". She then said I learned it from Ms. Courtney.Ms. Courtney also makes the class pretty entertaining for them, a couple months ago they were teaching "life cycle" and had a caterpillar to butterfly kit. That was all my daughter talked about every day until they set those butterflies free. Being our first child and first daycare, it is always tough and as parents you want it to be perfect. It has been a good experience for us with little bumps along the way. But above all, our daughter really loves it there. She is excited every morning to go to school and whenever we pick her up she always seem to have fun. If she's happy then that's all that matters.
My daughter has been with ITAV for about 8 months (since she was about 3 months old). Although there were some kinks to iron out early on, since the daycare center was so new, I think the place is great. My daughter loves the center, the other kids, and LOVES the teachers. Some of the things I love about this center versus others that I looked at:1) 6am-6pm means there is no stress on me to run out of work every day or to have to wait to go into work (places in my neighborhood were open 8-5)2) So close to work that I pop in to see my daughter3) The people are great - everyone - teachers, parents, etc.I would definitely recommend ITAV to anyone!
My kids love it here. My 18 month old and 3 and a half year old are doing great. They started here in June and are excited to go to school each morning. Most of the teachers are great - I am so glad we found them. The only downsides are costs (which is normal for Chicago) and the menu not being as healthy as I would like. The staff have been great at substituting healthier options per my request and have said healthier menus will be brought in in the new year.
My four-year-old daughter loves it here. She reads her Maisy book to me at bedtime now. I am very impressed with what she and her classmates can do. Nice job, It Takes a Village!!!