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.
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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