First- let me say that the director and the staff has always been very nice and receptive to our needs. The turnover is incredibly high but that is to be expected with such low pay. My issue is not with the staff but with “the owners” (as everyone calls them). “The owners” allowed the school to place a placard at the check in podium, advertising part time rates. This prompted me to ask if I could enroll my son part time as I was changing jobs. This was warmly received and there were no issues. After I found out I was expecting, I asked about part time rates for my baby. They didn’t offer infant care at the time so I found alternate childcare while my daughter was an infant. Because I liked the facility and they offered part-time rates I was excited to get to enroll my daughter the one-year-old room. We were informed that if a spot was open come time for my daughter to be enrolled, she would be permitted to attend part time because my son was already enrolled although they discontinued part time rates. My daughter began attending this school on October 3. On February 20 we were notified that we had until the end of the week to either enroll our children full-time or to find alternate childcare as they had families interested in enrolling their children full-time and needed my children’s spot. The owners agreed to give us an additional week to find alternate childcare but I do not feel as if this was an appropriate way to handle a family who had been Enrolled for over two years and never had a late payment. This school views your child as a paycheck. The worst part about this all was that this was done eight days before my son‘s fourth birthday and six months before he would have began pre-k. These are the only other children my children have ever known. You cannot imagine what it was like to explain to my son that he was not permitted to continue to go to the only school and play with the only friends he has ever known.
They are understaffed. I went in at 730 there was only one teacher in the building with all ages of children the one year old teacher was just arriving to take the children to their class. The preschool teacher left the class unattended to walk a one year old across the hall. She is never keeping her eyes on the children while speaking to parents. When I picked .y son up the director picked him up off the matt out of a heavy sleep stood him up and pushed him off to me. She has no consideration for my child. She is always hyper and seems to have no time to talk. My tour was " this is the class room and this is the playground". I would never recommend this facility to any parent. When my child came home he said the teacher was HITTING kids!
I've had my daughters here for a total of 5 years. My oldest is 7 and my youngest is 4. I had to recently pull them out for personal reasons, and my daughters are driving me crazy to go back. My girls love the staff at DTA. My girls have not complained one time about their time at DTA. The staff would always great me with a smile and would answer any questions I may have.
My 2 year old son had a traumatic experience there. I brought his breakfast because they serve breakfast until 7:30am. He had his water and milk bottle. When I picked him up, both bottles were untouched. He didn’t eat anything in the entire day. Was dehydrated, and shaking. They didn’t show any sign of compassion. I asked if he ate or slept, they looked at each other not knowing what to say. Once we got home, he drank a lot of water and ate a lot. He had nightmares thought the entire night. Woke up hungry and was very stressed out. Next day, he had pink eye and got sick.I really thought this environment was different, but I was wrong. From the moment I got there in the morning, Heather took him from my arms saying: “I’m going to be the mean lady”. My son started to cry. I was surprised by the way she acted. You don't have to have a psychology degree to know the right way to do the transition. She was not even professional and showed lack of training. I regret taking his there.
This facility has really let themselves go. Understaffed and children for before and after school program are now well provided for or looked after. On many occasions I would go to pick my daughter up and there would be 20 plus kids on the playground with one adult supervising. Their door is NEVER locked so anyone can walk in. On multiple occasions I would check my daughter out and no one would be in the front but several kids would be at the desk unsupervised. A stranger walked right in one of the times when no one was there asking for directions. Imagine if he was a sicko! He could of taken any child hanging around in the front without an adult noticing for hours! My father picked my child up one day and no one even noticed he was there! He had to find someone and introduce himself to let them know he was taking my daughter. This facility puts up a good front like they are well ran when you go in for a tour but they are NOT.
My children have been attending this center for 6 and 4 years. We have had the occasional problem with a fellow attending child but the center has always been quick to let me know. Both of my children attended their VPK programs and they both do very well in Elementary school. I think it is an overall good and safe place.
I love it here! We recently just moved from NH and have been trying to find a great program for my son who is 4 to go to during the day and came across the Sunshine Academy! Everyone was very welcoming and very friendly. My son goes every day, full day and can't wait to go back! Which makes both my husband I feel really good. He comes home every day with new art work and things he has been learning in his folder, which I love to see. They have a great program where it shows when you have punched your child in and when they were punched out. I also love how you can NOT get into the building until you or your child rings the door bell and it is opened by someone inside. All in all, very clean, very organized, very safe and a very loving place for your child :)
cute little modern school, with wonderful super clean facility. My son graduated preschool here and now attends the afterschool program and does summer camp