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The reason I put SuzieQ in this daycare, is because the last daycare she was in kept sending her home with diaper rashes we would get cleared up over the weekend, just to have them come back again. Within 3 days at Kimbari, the rash was gone, AND NEVER CAME BAACK. They have not always been convenient. They are very strict, and they believe in policy. They believe in consequences. I think most people have become used to a less rigorous world, and look at our world now. But think about it... The strict policies are for everything, which means that their high standards regarding the teachers they hire and the behavior of the staff towards your children are equally strict. I would much rather have a daycare where they don't pretend one thing in front of me, kissing my behind, and then behave poorly, lazily, or are mean to my child. Rules are rules, and I for one am happy that my child learns that... along with me sometimes. :)The care my daughter, now 23 months old, has received at Kimbari is second to none. That is the goal of a good daycare. She has been potty trained for the last two months. In that time she has had only 3 accidents. She wakes up dry every morning. I believe it is in large part due to their policy on going to the bathroom. They aren't lazy, they don't just get by. They give themselves 100% and expect us to respect them in turn. Could they be a little more warm and fuzzy? Sure, but only with the parents. My daughter loves going to school, and never cries. When I drop her off, she often runs into the arms of her teachers. Suzie Q knows 100's of words and is very advanced. I'd like to take credit, but being honest... they spend more time with her than I do. :(Every day I ask her how was school, and she always says "good mommy". And my follow up question is what did you do? And she rambles on for about two minutes. I catch about half of what she is trying to convey, but my point is she happily recounts her activities, and it is clear to see that she was very happy. For that reason and more, we love Kimbari.
This center is phenomenal. My twin boys started attending school there at the end of August. Our family has been in the midst of painful transitions in the short time they've been there. They had a new baby brother, and then he passed away at 8 weeks. Needless to say, the transition has been tough. Never ONCE have I thought in a million years that they weren't having a great time at school and engaging and interacting in a fun way. Never once have I thought their anxiety was anything other than the awful changes in our household. Every teacher and administrator in there knows of the special challenges my family has been facing and goes ABOVE AND BEYOND to help my sons transition each day. They're doing so well there, and I can tell how much they're learning when they come home each day. I am so, so grateful for all the ladies at TLE Old St Augustine. I don't know how we'd be getting through this tough time without their love and support for my children and our family.Aside from the gut-wrenching part of my review, I toured several day care facilities that had received good word-of-mouth among my extensive Mommy network and I just got the good vibes when I set foot in this one. I knew if I got good vibes, my boys would too. It's clean, the staff is excellent (I *believe* I was told that all teachers there have at least an associate's degree, and many have their bachelor's), there is ample outdoor play as well as arts and crafts and "free play" in the classroom, as well as more advanced technology training on computers and with their proprietary curriculum. It's expensive, but it's not *that* much more expensive than any day care, and your children are actually learning. You get what you pay for. I wanted a learning center, not a daycare. With the app, you can check in with your kids on your phone, see what they're doing, what they ate for lunch, how long they napped, etc. I love the pictures that the staff sends of them having fun.
TLE (San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL) HAPPY MOTHER OF 2If you have not had the pleasure to even take a tour at The Learning Experience on San Jose Blvd, you can’t even begin to know what your child (children) are missing! This children’s daycare offers an amazing faculty and phenomenal curriculum. Both of my children love “going to school” here. We have attended since the first day its doors opened and plan to be a part of TLE Family until kindergarten! My son learned not only to recognize but to spell his name confidently in less than 3 months (prior to VPK), and my daughter (2 yrs. younger) has surpassed her brother’s entrance level skills/knowledge. They both came home teaching me Mandarin Chinese words and yoga immediately after enrollment! As a nurse, I understand the importance of age-appropriate developmental activities, use of play, and early social interactions create healthy, happy children. These teachers not only appreciate this understanding but monitor and encourage each child’s development level. My children’s confidence, understanding, and abilities now assure me that they will be ready for the transition into the school education experience. As if that’s not enough, the same values and beliefs taught at home are encouraged at TLE including good manners, expressing feelings appropriately, and philanthropy….just to name a few. This is the best decision and investment for my children’s future school beginnings!
I absolutely love this school. My son is 2 yrs old, and I moved him here when he turned 1. The prior daycare he was at was basically just that, "a daycare". I felt that at 1 he needed to be in a place that was going to provide him the tools and education he needed to prepare him for school. His previous place was basically babysitting. Not much education was provided. So, in my search for a new place I decided to pull all 5 star schools in Jacksonville. I refer to Kids expanding the kingdom as a school because it is so much more than just watching my child. I went on several interviews at different places. But I was draw to this place. I felt the love, and saw the education children were being provided. He has learned so much being here, including counting, letters, Spanish, colors, and much more. The most important part to me was that this is a faith based preschool. He is learning morals, and God's way. He is read the bible, prays, and everything is based on Christian values. I fell in love with every single teach here, and would never change to another location. I cannot express how great this place is. I brag to my friends and family, and they have been extremely impressed at how much my son knows. If I could rate them a 100, I would.
My daughter attended Intercoastal Kids for VPK we live far away from the school and obviously were worried about the commute, but a good friend recommended the school to us and she is all about education, it’s amazing to me how much my daughter learn that year. My daughter was a part of that low VPK scoring class, she is also one of the nine children that they took on with a learning disability, and if it wasn't for them my child would have never got the help she needed. I also know that they have never gotten a low score other than that year, the owners have a son with a learning disability and I feel that’s why she went out of her way to keep my daughter. I am so happy that they helped my family and now because of the state rules and that one year test score they will no longer accept kids with learning issues. I was very upset to see that anyone would write these reviews on Intercoastal Kids. I feel like it's a disgruntle employee or the school around the corner. Mrs. Jasmine we love you, you did the right thing for our family and all of the other eight kids Thank you, and I will continue to spread the good word about Intercoastal Kids thanks for sacrificing a year of your VPK TEST SCORE for my little girl.
Our Family Loves Being a Part of TLE The Learning Experience (TLE) is a fabulous family oriented environment that supports and challenges each child’s development appropriately. We have two attending and both “love school” which is always a plus. Most impressive is the unique and varied curriculum that includes the LEAP (interactive) program, computer access in the classroom, Mandarin Chinese, sign language, and even yoga as well as coordinated weekly teaching plans. The entire staff works together efficiently and effectively as a team with us (parents) to enhance, enrich, and encourage our children’s development process. Both of our children enjoy learning through play using basics such as circle time, arts and crafts, playground, music, exercise time to “Make Believe Boulevard” time. TLE pays attention to intellectual, social, and physical aspects our children’s growth. Mrs. Sheryl (Center Director), Ms. Meg (Business Manager), Mrs. Kruti (Prepper’s Teacher), and Ms. Tina (Prepper’s Teacher) are like having an extended family in a single location just for our children. It can honestly be said TLE has exceeded our expectations and our little ones will be comfortable transitioning to kindergarten when it is time.
We recently joined The Learning Experience in August and the it has been an amazing transition for my son and I. He was attending another center and due to poor communication, we had to leave that center. The Learning Experience does an excellent job at communicating with parents and ensures that all of our needs are met, regardless of what they may be. They ensure that information is visible through every corner you turn, the teachers have a parent’s board and the communication sheets provided by the teachers on a daily basis allows for me to understand how my son did in that class. Furthermore, I can see the growth in my son even after the first week. By the end of the week, he was able to pick up 4 new sign language words because the teachers review what was learned previously. Since my son did not start attending till August and the teachers preview previous lesson, my son was caught up with the rest of the kids in no time! I believe I have made the correct choice for me and my family. We have enjoyed this place since the moment we walked in. When you ask where my son goes, I am always describing the place with great excitement and joy. All parents know that I truly enjoy The Learning Experience!
The best kept secret in Jacksonville is OUT and it's called Intercoastal Kids! Our daughters attend this school and we absolutely LOVE it. The curriculum is challenging but also real-world experience. All the teachers seem to get along with each other and are very respectful of one another. I know some parents aren't fans of the director, but in my opinion I think the owners know and that’s why they have been around lately. When the owner ask me to write a online review of the school since I have had two kids there over the last eight years, she said be honest every school always have room for improvement. I can tell you this is a GREAT preschool program and based upon my research is on par (if not better) than many other preschools in the area, but after all we have been there over eight years with two kids. And the one post on here where someone claiming the school is dirty, they have a cleaning company, Yeah, RIGHT...give me a break. We really love Mrs. Eliza she has been there for years, she is such a wonderful person, and as far as the Prevost family we love you guys. I could go on, and on so I will stop, we love Intercoastal Kids!!
My daughter has attended TLE since she was eight weeks old because I had to return to work. I have been extremely pleased with her care, as well as the administration at TLE. Each day that I pick her up she is smiling happy and has completed at least one activity whether it is an art project, story time, stroller rides, or practicing sign language. Because I am a first time mom I was initially cautious about the idea of my daughter attending daycare, but the staff of TLE made my transition back to work seamless. I called numerous times the first week and I was always greeted warmly and informed about how she was doing. I have nothing but great things to say about TLE and I am thankful that I found a facility that properly cares for my daughter while I am at work. The administration is extremely accessible, and the director of TLE is always present during drop offs and pick ups to greet parents and address any concerns. I visited several daycare facilities in the Oakleaf area before making a decision, and I would strongly recommend TLE.
My son has been attending since he was 3 months old. As a person who has always been sceptical of day cares, I was nervous about putting my son in one. I connected with Allison over the phone, and was practically ready to sign up before I ever stepped foot in the building. I had no doubts or fears after meeting the owners and touring the facility. Now, 2 years later, my son has a wonderful vocabulary, has learned and utilizes sign language, can tell me all his colors, animals and noises, can count to 10 in English and spanish, and can tell me most letters in the alphabet. It amazes me to see what he has learned in his classroom, and I owe it to the learning experience and their all around amazing staff! Allison and Annie clearly show they care about every person who walks through the door. They know and love each child, build relationships with parents, and take great care of their employees, who I can tell all love working in such a wonderful place. I recommend TLE to everyone and wouldn't trade them for the world. Leah Monroe
Self-storage facilities are areas where you can rent lockers, rooms, containers and, sometimes, outdoor spaces on a short-term and long-term basis.
The Self-Storage Association reported the U.S. is home to approximately 48,500 mini-storage facilities. When put together, this space is equal to 2.3 billion square feet. All told, you have plenty of options if you're looking for a storage facility.
When you want to store extra materials, you can typically find a self-storage facility and lease space on a month-to-month basis. Such areas are just the right size to store household items, office supplies and even furniture. Storage facilities are ideal if you have a lot of personal items you want to keep but don't have enough space in your house or apartment.
Items you store are not insured by the facility. Instead, you will need to talk with an insurance representative about covering your items if they are stored off-premise. A few facilities offer insurance, so you'll want to call and ask around to find which option best meets your needs.
Advantages of Self Storage
When you're looking for storage options, do not confuse self storage with full service. You will have limited access to your belongings if you choose the full-service option. Self storage gives you full control over what's in your unit and how you arrange everything, said SpareFoot Blog.
Another advantage of storing your personal items is the flexibility afforded to you. You don't have to wait for anyone to come to your unit and unlock it, nor do you have to receive permission to add items or take them away.
With self-storage facilities, you can put as many items in the unit as you want, provided everything fits and you keep the space organized. If you feel like taking an early morning or evening trip to your storage space, you can do so at your pleasure.
Reasons to Use Self Storage
Whether you're a single individual or have a growing family, self storage is a viable option to store your personal items in a safe, secure location without sacrificing space in your home. Specific reasons why you might also need to lease storage space include:
Even college students can take advantage of self storage, especially if they attend school out of state. Instead of lugging apartment furniture and winter clothes back and forth, they can store everything for the few months they're home and then retrieve them when school starts back up.
When searching for a self-storage facility, you'll first want to look for options close to where you live. The size of the space you plan to rent is also an important factor to consider, and will depend on what you plan to store.
Spaces range from the size of a small closet to a car garage, said Extra Space Storage. The following are common storage sizes, along with examples of what they can hold:
Creating a checklist before leasing storage space will help you make an informed decision about the unit size you need to rent. You don't want to pay for more than you need, while you also don't want too small of a space. You should also consider your future needs, because it is not out of the question you may decide to store more personal items.
Location Affects Price
The size of the storage space will have an effect on the amount you pay. Additionally, where the storage unit is located also has an influence. Expect to pay more in monthly fees if the storage space is in a city where real estate is more expensive. High costs might be unavoidable, but if you look around at various options, you'll eventually find the best price.
If you've found self-storage facilities that are nearby, you'll then want to compare prices from at least three options. After doing so, look up the facilities through the Better Business Bureau. Some areas to keep an eye out for include any complaints against the storage facility and whether insurance policies are offered.
For the average homeowner, self-storage facilities are the most popular option for storing personal items, but other types of storage facilities exist. Most people don't think about the type of storage available until they absolutely need it, and it's best to understand your options ahead of time.
Likewise, various names exist for self-storage facilities. In all, expect to come across five general types of storage facilities.
Typically found in large buildings that used to be factories, indoor units require you to go through security to enter. You can expect to find unit sizes ranging from 5 feet by 5 feet to 5 feet by 10 feet.
Outdoor units are not located in a warehouse but in an area where security is still required. Outdoor storage units are typically large, and should only be used for boats, cars, recreational vehicles and tractors. Since units are outside, they are subject to weather conditions, meaning it's not the best idea to store your valuables in them.
Climate-controlled storage units are located indoors and have temperature and humidity controls. If you have items that may become damaged by atmospheric conditions, controlling the temperature and humidity is essential.
You will end up paying more for a climate-controlled storage space. However, in the grand scheme of things, a slightly higher cost doesn't compare to the costs associated with losing or replacing valuable or rare items.
Consider climate-controlled self storage if you are housing some of the following items:
Outside of city areas, drive-up storage units are some of the most common options. Drive-up units are arranged in long lines and resemble garages, led to by roads so you can easily drive to your specific unit.
Realistically, mobile storage is only an option if you're moving or renovating your house. Mobile storage units are not part of an existing facility. Mobile units are typically stationed outside your home after they are delivered by the storage company.
Once you fill up the unit, the company will either hold it at their facility or transport it to your desired destination.
Mobile storage is a viable self-storage option if you plan to move across the country but are worried about space in a moving truck.
The price of using a self-storage facility will vary, with one of biggest factors being where you live. You may find it beneficial to rent storage in a nearby suburb if facilities are too expensive in your city. Also, some facilities offer introductory rates for the first month, and similar deals are worth exploring.
Keep in mind, however, costs will increase depending on the size of unit you're renting and whether or not it's climate controlled.
Seeking Lower Costs
To get the most bang for your buck and avoid breaking the bank, shop around for the best prices and only rent storage space you know you will need. The larger the item, the more space required.
Likewise, only opt for climate-controlled space if the personal items you are storing are susceptible to becoming damaged from humidity and temperature. There is no reason to get an air-conditioned unit if you're locking away old baseball equipment and tools.
When it comes to taking full advantage of your self-storage facility, you have to know what you can and cannot store. Some items are not suitable for storage.
Flammables like gasoline, propane tanks and kerosene, as well as certain types of paint are not allowed to be stored by any means, said Extra Space Storage. Other items, such as perishable food, are not allowed either because of the tendency to attract pests and rodents when the food starts to expire.
Knowing what you can store will help you better organize your storage space and clear out any clutter.
An art form exists when it comes to packing - you don't want to throw whatever you get your hands on in a box. To be more efficient, fill the boxes with similar items. For example, don't mix glassware with utensils. Always try to fill the box to capacity, and remember, anything left unpacked will become dusty. If you're storing fragile items, consider packing them in a separate box filled with foam peanuts for extra protection.
From there, you can create a label system to help locate specific boxes within the unit. Markers tend to wear out after time. Label makers are a smart, inexpensive option to help you identify a box's contents.
Some items require specific packing quirks. For instance, you should ensure books are packed flat to avoid damaging their spines. You also don't want to put too many books in a single box because it then becomes too heavy to carry.
Glassware and valuable china should all be individually wrapped and placed in reinforced or separate boxes. You can then use the label maker to ensure the word "fragile" is somewhere on the box.
Different pieces of furniture require certain methods of storage. Special bags will protect any couches and chairs you're storing. When you bring these items to the unit, be sure to stand them up to maximize space.
Bed frames should ideally be taken apart before being put into a storage unit, while mattresses can be wrapped in a protective seal and stood against a wall. If you're unable to take apart the bed frame, do not store any materials nearby that may taint the color of the bedding.
For smaller tables, try to take them apart. If that's not possible, place a moving blanket on the floor and then place the table on top with its legs facing upward, and then wrap them in a protective material. For chairs, place them upside down on a table also covered in protective material.
Dressers can be placed against the wall and also used as a space to store boxes. Additionally, the drawers can house small fragile items. Just be sure to use stretch wrap to prevent the drawers from opening.
Lamps should be disassembled, wrapped in protective material and placed in boxes specifically designed to store lamps. When it comes to televisions, protect them as much as possible. If you're storing a TV, you'll likely want to rent a climate-controlled storage unit because extreme temperatures may cause some issues with liquid crystal displays.
In general, furniture should be stored with care and covered in protective material whenever possible. Ensure your storage space can hold multiple large furniture sets as well.
Most storage facilities have security measures in place. They are generally accessible for a certain number of hours and have a manager on site, in addition to security cameras. They also require you to submit a special code to enter. You should also make sure the property is adequately lit for visits in the evening.
You will need to have your own lock for your storage unit. Keyless locks, padlocks and disc locks are all viable options, said Moove In Self Storage.
Self-storage units come in many sizes, types and costs. If you're looking to clear out space from your house, consider renting a storage unit to keep your personal items safe. You can store just about anything, from furniture to old vinyl collections and clothes. By choosing the right storage unit, you can store your items in a secure location while gaining back some much needed space in your house.