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Mary Sears Children's Academy

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300 Caterpillar Dr, Joliet, IL 60436

(815) 725-7633

Today: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
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If You’re looking for ONE of the TOP DAYCARES and TOP PRESCHOOLS that provides high quality education. Positive guidance and loving child care for toddlers. Infants. And children UP to 12 years OLD. Look NO further than mary Sears CHILDRENS Academy in CHICAGOLAND area. Each of OUR 4 locations feature a variety of educational programs and engaging playgrounds. We offer a clean. Safe. And nurturing environment – accomplished through a variety of educational programs including: before and after school programs. Preschool. Kindergarten. And summer camp. We have locations in Joliet. IL. Manteno. IL. Orland park. IL. And Lockport. IL for your convenience. Stop by ANY of OUR locations or call 855 529 2236 to GET enrolled today.

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Joliet, Orland Park, Manteno, Lockport
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Lindy C.



I'm a new mom and the first day I had to drop off my 5 month old daughter I was in tears my baby was fine LOL but not mommy. As I was walking out Mr john saw me crying and stopped and gave me a hug and said I can call as much as I needed to check on my baby and that she was in great hands. When I went to pick her up she was all smiles and she was so happy. And after the first day my baby would get excited when she would see where she was going she loves it. And the staff have taught her so much and my little Alana is doing and saying so much more all the teachers are amazing I would happily recommend Mary sears to any parent looking for a day care.

Genia L.



My son has been with Mary sears for a year now, since he was 8 weeks old. We love the school and truly love his teachers. He comes home happy daily and I can tell he is blossoming and bonding with his teachers and other classmates

Tj A.



My two children have been in the care of Mary Sears Joliet for the last five years. The care they have received has been outstanding. From infant care to summer camp to Kindergarten, the staff at Mary Sears has shown genuine love, kindness, and patience to my children. I have always felt that my kids are in a safe environment, receiving a great education, all while having fun.

Chester M.



My daughter started Mary Sears just before she turned 2. She had been enrolled in Mary Sears for 4 years and has recently left to start kindergarten. The staff is very friendly and loving. My daughter has learned so much during her enrollment here. She did extremely well on her kindergarten entrance evaluation, due mainly to the knowledge she gained at Mary Sears. Both my daughter and I both will miss the staff. I would highly recommend Mary Sears for your childcare needs.

Katchy B.



As life-longer learners ourselves, we were initially drawn to Mary Sears' reputation of maintaining a strong, comprehensive curriculum. We quickly came to recognize that the school had much more to offer: A focus on being and thinking positive, respecting each other, and learning responsibility. Each day, we were greeted with a smile from the school directors, Mrs. Keuter or Mr. Patrick, and our children would run into their classrooms to begin the day. The kindergarten program exceeded my expectations from the curriculum to the in-class projects, parties, and numerous field trips. The preschool program was equally impressive, and included audio, visual, and tactile learning elements for early language, math, and science. All of the teachers have been patient, polite, warm-hearted, and extremely accessible. Both of our children have grown intellectually and socially as students at the Manteno MSCA, and we are proud to be a part of the Mary Sears family.

Arnette D.



Both of our sons have been going to Mary Sears Children's Academy since they were babies and we could not ask for a better school. It's a place where you can drop your Child off, and literally not worry about them. The care is top notch and the respect they have for you and your children is outstanding. The program is structured very well and our boys love coming here. My 9 yr old met his Best friend here, and still keep in touch even though they now go to different schools. Both him & his best friend attend Summer Camp every year and really enjoy it. Our 5 year old looks forward to going to pre-school every day, and will also be attending Kindergarten at Mary Sears in the Fall, which by the way is an excellent program.



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Great school!

I had 3 children that attended Mary Sears. They went there for day care and pre-school. My girls absolutely loved it. They liked all their teachers (some more than others). The staff is very loving towards my whole family. I think parents who don't discipline their children may not like that their kids may actually be put on the thinking chair or expected to treat the adults and other children with respect. They will not let the children act in ways that are not appropriate. Too many parents think their children are angels and how dare someone else discipline my children. Those parents and children will probably constantly have problems with teachers and schools.

The girls all knew how to read before they started Kindergarten.



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Nightmare Daycare

As crazy as the review below may sound, it is 100% accurate. I am an actual teacher who took my infant to this facility for nearly a year and a half. I found out at that time from a former employee that I had been lied to about how my son was injured in an accident a few months before that had resulted in a concussion. I also found out that he and another girl, who were both left in a developmentally lower room due to number issues, were punished by being left in a crib or strapped in a high chair for an indeterminable amount of time. This treatment was ridiculous and cruel.
You can find much better elsewhere. Do not bother with this place.



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Danger! Parents beware!

The poor reviews about this school are absolutely correct! I can vouch from experience and regret ever using this “school”. Do NOT send your children here! None of the “teachers” are certified and anyone in a position of power is related to the director. They are given carte blanche to do or say whatever they want. They put on a lovely dog and pony show for parents about how the “children come first”. However, after the parents leave they just let children sit and cry, and actually yell at staffers who try to comfort the children! Mary Sears talks about a lot about R-E-S-P-E-C-T but they don’t show any respect to the children OR to the staff!
The school “rules” state that children should “never be talked down to”, but this is routinely ignored by bitter and mean sarcastic “teachers” who demean the children and mock them. Screaming at a three year old to “RESPECT!” means nothing if you don’t set the example for them.
I recently took a course in classroom management and everything the instructor discussed about having consistent rules and a calm and caring atmosphere was never followed at Mary Sears. They would routinely make up new “rules” on the spot that didn’t exist before, and spend more time spying on each other and engaging in gossip than watching their own classrooms. They break their own “rules” about how males are not to be with the children when they go to the bathroom. What they claim goes on and what actually occurs are completely different things. I know what my children experienced and they are NOT liars. Mary Sears is a terrible institution and more like a boot camp that any kind of loving nurturing environment. I hope this place gets shut down.