Unfortunately we've experienced many of the same problems we are currently looking at other options due to concerns about supervision and lack of communication the facility is wonderful however there's a lot of Staff turnover which has led to poor transitions for my child. There are a lot of better options keep looking.
SO impressed! Exactly what I was looking for. Organic fresh food, a very comfy warm environment, and a Doctor of Education over all the learning programs...absolute perfection. Thank you for raising the standards for all to follow!Here's to a happy future,Anna S.
This school is the best one around. After touring several other options we just fell in love with Beansprouts! Caring and knowledgeable teachers, safe (and beautiful!) environment, AMAZING food. We've been at Beansprouts for over a year now and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a school for their littles!
Unfortunately the other reviewers hit the nail on the head. We didn't feel our child was in a safe and nurturing environment. While we loved our time spent in the infant room, as soon as our child moved up the teachers kept changing. There was no consistency and a lack of communication and professionalism. We really wanted to have our child be with the prek teacher, but we didn't feel the programs offered in the yearling, toddler and preschool rooms lived up to our expectations and personal values. Others may have had a better experience and I'm happy for them! Ultimately we didn't feel that the owner and director had control of the classrooms and had to do what we though was best for our growing family.
I have worked at this school for 8-9 months and it is honestly the best school I have ever had the privilege to work at. The staff is not just comprised of co-workers but is a family built on love, respect, and some giant hearts. The children here are shown that they have the capability to create and become anything they can dream of. We work hard every day to teach them the building blocks of being a person of character, integrity, and intelligence. The entire staff and management not only teach these qualities every day, but they model them in an amazing way. It is a safe and happy place to work and to teach. Every child is so loved and respected and made to feel so at home and at ease. I plan on working hear for many years to come and am even working on getting my Masters of Education so I can even better serve my students and their families.
First Step is nestled in the So. Freeport village and has been providing high quality, developmentally appropriate care for almost thirty years. The highly qualified staff provides nurturing play-based opportunities, that focus on the whole child. The facility is located in a beautiful area that allows for outdoor nature exploration. Intentional planning around themes is highly experiential with multi-faceted activities that supplement each child's own curiosity and creativity. Wonderful center serving the community since 1988.
I cannot say this clearly enough - AVOID BEANSPROUTS. My child attended Beansprouts for almost 2 years. I was lucky that she mostly had good teachers during her time there who watched out for her, but all of the good teachers either left or were fired because they were reporting poor practices or violations of childcare center code. The owner was dishonest and lied to my face numerous times, and my child came home saying she was hurt by a member of the staff. For all the people who haven't had a bad experience, I'm happy for you, but there are a number of us who ended up having a terrible experience there. It is not slander for me to report my and my child's experience - just because you haven't had that experience doesn't mean that it did not happen. I cannot recommend that you send your child there. There are many better options out there.
I came on this site to write a positive review about Beansprouts and in reading a couple of the unfavorable comments, I am completely bewildered as to why someone would fabricate such mendacious reviews. Sounds like we bring our children to two different places. Those reviews do not depict the same Beansprouts that I bring my daughter to. My daughter has been at Beansprouts now for nearly 2 years and she LOVES going there. My husband and I could not be happier with the care that our daughter receives. We have NEVER been concerned for her safety and if anything, the staff has been very proactive with implementing various safety programs. In addition to the wonderful educated staff members, Angela the owner is always available to listen and immediately addresses any concerns we may have. As far as the playground, in case you haven't heard, Beansprouts is in the process of securing financing to purchase the existing building and due to increased demand, will be expanding the existing building by 2,400 sq ft. to accommodate more class rooms, a Gym and revamping of the current outdoor play area. Matter of fact, while picking up my daughter on Thursday, the owner Angela and I came face to face at the door and she had flooring samples in her hand which sparked a conversation about the purchase and expansion. She said she expected to close the deal by labor day and break ground 2-3 weeks after. Thank you Beansprouts, including all staff, for truly making a difference in my daughters life. My husband and I are both professionals and appreciate the fact that we can go to work everyday knowing our daughter is well cared for.
I have been an involved parent with Beansprouts since they opened their doors. I was relieved to find such a promising option for my children. I am very involved at the school and I find the reviews on this site to be harsh and not accurately reflect the amazing work the teachers, director, and owners do every single day. They give it their all and do their jobs well. Children here laugh and play, they get hugs and high-fives, and are respected on a human to human level. I am proud that my children attend Beansprouts and highly recommend it to anyone who asks. Thank you Beansprouts for all you do!
Avoid the headache that having your child enrolled in Beansprouts will cause. The management doesn't take the safety of the children seriously, or parent concerns. In my opinion, and from what I've observed and discussed with other parents- Beansprouts is more concerned with making money, over providing a quality service. The playground is an embarrassment, a patch of hard dirt and broken toys. We aren't the only family that has recently pulled. The enrollment numbers have been slowly declining and will continue to do so as families look for a better option. Find a center that's already established with a Director that has experience and an Owner who has actually worked in the industry before.