Smart Planet Children's Center
628 E King Ave, Kingsville, TX 78363
Smart Planet Children's Ctr
Parking: Lot, Free
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
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In reference to the previous review, the history you provide is from the previous owner. Under the new ownership a child has not wandered out of the gate. No child has been left behind. Smart Planet does a great deal more than two minute crafts. Each center has staff problems, it is difficult to find quality help for minimum wage. Smart Planet basically has an all new staff at this time accept one that has been with the center for over 9 years. Recent pre k graduates are receiving great recognition from their new schools and we are continuing to emphasize education. Thank you for your opinion but your history is incorrect. I do hope you found a center you are happy with. The majority of our children are long term enrollments so we must be doing something right. My children have all attended Smart Planet. They are all bright and I wouldn't have taken them anywhere else.
My child has been attending for the past year now and he loves it there. At three years old they have him writing words, reading books, learning about other states, which he loved the most. It blew my mind how at the dinner table he would tell us all about the gloden gate bridge and where it was located. He loves getting up in the morning for school. The teachers are wonderful and so is the director. I have never had a problem with my kid there. The sad part will be saying good bye in July as he heads off to school. We will miss them deeply.
Only my personal accounts with an honest opinion for those interested in some background information on this daycare:
I would never recommend this place to anyone. Honestly, I was thrilled to have found a spot for my children especially when the owner sounded genuine and well educated. Looks can be deceiving. Her staff isn't as wonderful as they make you believe either. Lack of training and education is evident upon further inspection.
I had several bad encounters from rude employees to bringing my baby home with a small circular stab wound on her belly. She was obviously bleeding yet as always "no one saw anything". Sure they wrote minor incident reports to cover themselves but then if others could be hidden, there wasn't anything to be written.
Workers can be seen on their cellphones at all times especially during outdoor playtime. Try driving by unexpectedly to see for yourself or arrive early and park at a distance before picking your kid up. As soon as parents start pulling up, cellphones start to be put away. Odd sight when a child care teacher is sitting in a corner floor sipping a soda and scrolling her phone while all the kids are huddled on the opposite end outside, playing with a hairy caterpillar by themselves. Once a coworker was called by a neighboring business explaining her child wandered into their office. He'd apparently left the fenced gate during outdoor playtime and walked around the corner to the next building. Not sure how that turned out but it was a good thing she new people working next door.
Several co-workers, friends and acquaintances have shared the same experiences. Sadly, some of us don't have the luxury of staying home with our children and it's difficult finding a place in town that we can trust. Not many options in a small town with huge waiting lists.
I don't recommend this place but if desperate and dire need. Caution: few pretty 2-minute crafts made by children are hung on walls to impress parents, but behind them is a day of poorly scheduled activities if any, television time in class and terribly supervised outdoor play. I too fell for the distractions. Honestly, just wanted to share hoping others don't meet the same guilt I still have for placing my child in their hands. The little scar on her belly is my daily reminder that I should have been more cautious.