We started attending their 2 year-old program with parent and ended up with the present 3 year-old program without the parent. The teachers are awsome: warm, supportive, communicative and flexible. The write-up you get of what is being covered in the next month is like nothing I have ever seen in other programs. Also, before the children are dismissed, you get an overview of what they have covered that day. My son comes from an English speaking home even though I am bilingual. We are getting far more from the school than we would have hoped for. He is learning the language thru stories, poems, songs, art and other projects. He is learning not just the language but also the culture. There is special attention given to the holidays honored by Poles, which would include the christian holidays as well as the days honoring the grandparents and the mother, etc. The program is not just sitting but also dancing. Our son started eating more solids because of the personal attention given to him, while being in the presents of other children doing the same. This year, they will be offering a more extended program for the working parents, which is supposed to offer warm meals and have an outside play area. We will continue with them as long as we can. We currently attend the program once a week but would love to do it at least twice a week. Their program is Monday-Saturday. Highly recommend them.
My son was a little over 1 when I needed to put him in daycare fast. He dropped a heavy sippy cup on my mother's foot causing her to stay off her feet for awhile and I needed to find daycare or risk losing my job. Well my mom told me she saw Katerria in a park one day where she occasionally takes david and suggested that I try her out. I was skeptical at first, Im timid of strangers caring for my baby, like any parent, but I told myself to give her a call. I had nothing to lose and nowhere to take him. We visited that afternoon and Katerria took him in the next day. I just want to Thank the Lord God for Katerria! She is so patient, kind, loving and really really advances those kids quickly! She transformed my little troublesome spoiled child! And what I loved the most about her is that she teaches them about God. You can't beat that in schools now. I hate that I had to take him out because we moved out of state but I would take him back in a heartbeat if we lived closer. She is top notch and desires many awards. I recommend all babies and kids of all ages to attend New Found Babes especially if you want to educate your child. YOU WONT REGRET IT.
I enrolled my son at Near The Pier exactly one year ago. The experience with Near The Pier staff is nothing short of amazing. I was one of those parents who were overall skeptical about day care. I visited 7 other day care facilities before Near The Pier. I knew this was the place for my child the moment i walked through the door. The staff is friendly and professional. The premises are always clean. The environment cultivates learning and loving care. My son is currently enrolled in the toddler class. Ms. Kennedy and Ms. Victoria are great teachers and care providers. They not only teach the children educational fundamentals, but also life courtesy. My son uses “please”, “thank you”, “bless you” and other good mannered phrases on a regular basis; all good manners consistently embedded by his teachers. The teachers and care providers at Near The Pier treat the children as if they were their own. The live video stream is another great perk; check in on your child while you are at school or work. I can go on and on… I give Near The Pier 5 stars!
There are fewer and fewer resources and places for the blind / visual impaired to go for proper vocational and occupational skills to make it in today's sighted workforce. Unfortunately, The Chicago Lighthouse is one of only a handful of establishments left that handles such training and even more unfortunate is how unwelcome and isolated this place can sometimes be. I visited here to take a vocational evaluation so I could return to a 4-year university and possibly return to the workplace. During my 9-day evaluation I felt many of the associates, both blind and sighted, were less than warm, friendly, and inviting. From the moment I set foot in here I couldn't wait until it was time to leave. It almost feels as if everyone's out for themselves and if you don't know or can't hang then screw you. Maybe I didn't give it enough time and despite the review there were a few kind people who were willing to help but considering this building is supposed to be enriching to the blind community I certainly didn't feel enriched - not in the slightest...
My daughter has been with Little Hands for the past two years and I am beyond impressed with this school. The curriculum is very advanced. The teachers are amazing. I am very proud of my daughter's academic growth over the past two years. One thing I love about Little Hands is the children are exposed to a variety of topics and subject areas. For example, my daughter and I were watching TV one day and an actor was holding a magazine. My daughter said, "Look Mommy it says Taj Mahal". I asked her what did she know about the Taj Mahal and she said, "it's a building in India!" I was instantly stunned. My daughter was only 3 at the time!!! This is a testament of what the children are learning at Little Hands and their understanding of the curriculum. Another strength of Little Hands is the strong sense of community. When you walk into the school, you will instantly get a sense of love and family. They foster an atmosphere of learning, trust, love, and respect. This is a GREAT school!
When it comes to child care, I can't settle for anything less than the best for my child. With LHLC, I don't have to settle. My daughter has been at Little Hands when she was almost 2 years old. Since then, she's gone on multiple fields trips including various farms, museums, local plays. She's been exposed to various cultures through global learning. She is working on several languages such as Spanish, Mandarin, and Sign, not to mention a couple of other phrases that she has learned through global learning. Sometimes, I find it difficult to keep up with her learning, but through handouts, the LHLC website, and the amazing teachers input, I can almost keep up with my now four year olds learning pace. Little Hands also had a variety of physical activities that cater to all of the children. I will say that there is a downside to Little Hands.... Trying to get my child to leave school everyday. Little Hands showers my baby with so much knowledge and love that she doesn't want to leave.
Little Hands Learning Center (LHLC) has been a wonderful experience for my son. My son started at LHLC when he was 3 years old and is entering his last year. From the age of 6 months until 3 years old my son received developmental therapy. It was important that we find a preschool that would continue to work on improving his delays and get him on track for his age. LHLC turned out to be that and more! My son gets a developmental evaluation yearly and since attending LHLC he has scored above average in every area. LHLC has nurtured him, along will teaching and guiding him. In addition to addressing developmental delays it was important to find a school that had a curriculum but also allowed children to be children. LHLC is the perfect blend of the two. My son can read, write, add & subtract, speak in Spanish, and continues to amaze me with the knowledge he has obtained. Overall, I am beyond pleased with the LHLC staff, directors, and my sons overall experience.
I loved this school when my child was there last year. The staff and teachers were very friendly, and when me or my husband came to pick my child up they let us know everything they ate, the activities that they did, and anything else we needed to know. Not many daycares do that. I also liked the fact that i could watch my child's every move from my job on the web cam system that they have. Love the security entrance that doesn't just let anybody into the school, yeah the other parents are not as friendly all the time, but who cares, I come to pick my child up and go home, I am not there to make best friends with the other parents. I just want my child to have the best education, and learning experience and that is my only concern. I love the Director she is a sweetheart and truly cares for each and every child that is there. The only reason i took her out was i had a little financial trouble then, but now i am thinking of letting my child return to this wonderful school.
My daughter went here when she was 4...and that was 14 yrs ago, now I have my 2yr old son going there. Has been there ever since he was 5 months. They left me with such an impression 14yrs ago that I decided to put my other baby in here. They did not disappoint. The infant room had 8 children with 2 teachers and a few volunteers thru out the day. Now he's in the 1-2 yr old room, has about 14-15 kids with 2 teachers and more volunteers during the day. Always smiling and have positive interactions with me. Diaper changes are basically every 2 hours for infants and they do that(unless they go to the bathroom before that time). Right now he is in pull-ups and based on how many pull ups he has left there, I say they must change him about 3-4 times...waves bye-bye to me when I leave and doesn't want to leave the daycare when I pick him up!!!And that was the winner for me...HE likes it, that just makes me feel much more comfortable leaving him there.
We pass up at least seven other daycares, through three neighborhoods, to bring our son to Serendipity Family Center everyday. It is worth the time and effort because of the service that we receive. Our son is well-cared for, loved, and respected by every member of the staff. He has been in Serendipity's care since he was four months old, and before he turned two he could recite the alphabet and count to twenty in both English and Spanish. Everyday he sings us a new song or tells us a new story that he learned in school that day. We are pleased that a warm, friendly face greets us at the door each morning when we drop him off. He is so excited, too, that he runs up to the door to get inside to the fun. As first-time parents we were especially mindful about who we chose to be our childcare providers. The Serendipity Family Center has been the best choice we ever could have made.