LOve this Christian center.Owner Nicole Scatino is always on site,not just an investor but totally invested in the children,teaching Preschool,driving the new van or rocking babies.
Shelly, the executive director, and all of the teachers and staff at Capitol Park are great to work with. I couldn't ask for better communication, from the daily sheets for routine updates to the occasional phone call to discuss when kiddo isn't feeling well. They have always accommodated any special requests I have made. I've always felt comfortable leaving kiddo there knowing that kiddo is being well cared for and that they have kiddo's health and best interest in mind.
We LOVE Capitol Park Early Learning Center! My son has been attending Capitol Park since April 2016 when he was four months and is now joined by his little sister. You cannot beat the affordable prices (best in town for a center) and the convenient location being right off the interstate and close to downtown. Shelly, the director, is fantastic! Just last week when I arrived to pick up my children, she had my daughter (who I had been called about earlier in the day regarding her refusal to take her bottles due to teething) in her office, with the lights off, cuddled against her eating her bottle. My daughter's teachers had let Shelly know about her struggles that day, and Shelly went out of her way to figure out what my daughter needed in order to eat. I feel like ALL of the teachers, regardless of their assigned rooms, have that kind of dedication to the kids. We're always greeted by all employees we see, my kids always welcomed by name, even by the older rooms' teachers they haven't gotten to yet. I'm also very impressed with the daily curriculum. My son constantly surprises us with things he's learned, whether it's just singing certain songs, or working on colors, numbers, letters, etc. Prior to being verbal, he even surprised us with some sign language! I just feel like what they learn in this setting would never be beat by typical in-homes! And lastly, I've always been impressed with the personalized attention. I always get to hear about my kids' days verbally and summarized on a written form. They also consider the individual rather than just following protocol when it comes to making changes. As an example, when my son was approaching the move to the next room, Shelly and his teachers actually coordinated to have him move with his two little buddies, despite each being a couple months a part, to ensure the smoothest transition possible. We just really couldn't be happier with our experiences at Capitol Park - highly, highly recommend!
The owner is amazing and willing to work with me and acknowledge my situation when I was struggling.
I searched everywhere for a daycare on the Southside of des moines. I found little sprouts and checked it out as I did all of the daycares. I really liked this one. My son started here when he was 18 months old. He is now almost 8yrs old. He loves this center and so do I. Every staff member I have met had been very nice. As we walk down the halls to leave they always call my son by his name and tell us to have a good evening. I get reviews on my son and he learned so much in the preschool program. As he went into school he was definitely ready and above in all subjects. This is a great daycare! ! And I'm so excited to bring my daughter there soon!
Personally I would never recommend this daycare to anyone... The facility looks like a homeless shelter, some of the staff do not know how to handle and deal with children... The food is horrible and sometimes expired, the director is horrible. She is very shady and very unprofessional.. she talks behind her staff backs, has a lot of favoritism towards certain individuals.. she also trys and gets over on people.. also their playground area is horrible. The children are always covered from head to toe in dirt... I would say this center is by far one of the worst I have seen..
Would never return to this facility nor recommend to others. We demanded proof of diaper changes as they were only recorded in 3-6 hours increments (plus our babies who've never had diaper rashes had the worst ones I've ever seen), owner said to take it up with her attorney. DHS is investigating at least one of their centers currently. They refused to accomodate a child covered under the Americans with disabilities act. The center owes us $442.50 for over 2 months now with no sign of a refund in sight. I wouldn't trust these folks to watch my dogs.
The worst center ever!! Id send my kids to Bear Basics before i ever thought about this place again!!!! The director(gloria) doesnt care about anyone but herself. She threatens the kids.. She told a child " if you bite me thatll be the last thing you ever do" & the 2 year old teachers are worthless!!!! They never know what happens to the kids when they get hurt. All they do is sit around & talk.. Ph & lets not forget one of them beats peoples kids! I know this for a fact!!! & the director says she cant do anytging about it if she doesnt see it. Or her favorite line is "oh i couldnt see her doing that" & acts like your lying!!! The worst place ever!!!!!!! Wouldnt even send my dogs there.
I highly recommended this center to anyone. The children and staff come first. It is warm, welcoming and very family oriented. They even offer swim lessons to the younger children......that's a bonus!!!
I love little angels daycare my kids do too even my 11 yr old