I have two kids in Horizons, a 1 year old and a 4 yr old, and this is my 4 yr old’s second year in the school. Last year he had Ms. Amani and this year Ms. Dena and they have both been amazing teachers. Also, the director, Ms. Shahama, has bent over backwards to make accommodations for my son who has a language delay. Before he started at Horizons I took him to another Muslim school that I had sold my car to pay for the over $2,000 in various fees plus steep tuition only to have him kicked out after three weeks with no refund because he would have daily accidents and they “don’t potty train”. However, he was potty trained and only needed help with getting his pants up and down, which they refused to do. He was also bullied there and would not talk in class at all because he did not feel safe. Then when I took him Horizons it was the exact opposite. There fees are much less; $175 for registration, and the tuition depends on age, and you can pay monthly or weekly. He was always happy to go to school and was learning rapidly. Ms. Shahama recognized his speech delay and set up a speech evaluation with an amazing speech therapist who he now works with, and Ms. Dena works with me and the speech therapist so that she can adjust the instruction for my son. Ms. Shahama is always friendly and available for any concerns that you have. This school is sooo much better at helping kids transition into a new environment instead of being so strict which is not appropriate for a 3 yr old. This kind of environment, where the children are happy, helps them to learn better. They constantly do activities with the kids such as circle time, painting, and drawing where they incorporate the lessons such as letters, numbers, colors, etc. They also have Arabic and Quran lessons. Last year the VPK class memorized 16 surah. They have a nice playground, and also have frequent field trips and events, on the holidays they will get a bouncy house, cotton candy machine, and they have a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HorizonsChildCareandLearningCenter) where you can see the pictures from the events. Some of their events are Eid, International Day, Disney Character Day, Pajama Day, Mother’s Day, and Graduation. They also have halal healthy meals provided for breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
7113 Wallace RdOrlando, FL 32819
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I had my son enrolled at Hand n Hand Enrichment for almost a year. He started when he was 1 1/2. He had a great teacher, he bonded with her quick. Then he moved to the 2-3 year old room once he turned 2. We were told he was very smart and were asked if we worked with him at home since he knew his letters, numbers and shapes already. Then 5 months later all went down hill. I started getting phone calls to pick him up an hour after I dropped him off. My son was having "behavioural issues" which I can safely say was terrible twos and I'll explain why. He got kicked out of daycare to say the least and was also told that he was "terribly delayed developmentally" (5 months after being told that he was doing extremely well). I worried so much thinking that I messed up, maybe my son has ADD, ADHD, has a speech delay, (I didn't know who to compare him to). After 2 months of worrying, going through audiology tests, and finally getting a child development test, my mind was put to ease. The evaluator said that my son was advanced for his age (now 2 1/2). He knows how to put words together to form a sentence, he counts to 20, knows his ABC's, shapes, colors, etc.. answers questions and carry a conversation. So now I have to believe that this daycare could not handle my son's terrible two's so instead kicked him out and gave me a hard time on the way. I don't believe they put much training into their decision, "we're trained to spot when a child is not developing" and instead just scared the mess out us. So in closing if you have a hyper, "terrible two's" toddler, who doesn't like to sit still during story time or throws stuff, or had an accident biting another kid (which happens, my son got bit twice while at this daycare but their toddlers, they're still learning), I wouldn't recommend this daycare to you. I only gave it 2 stars because there are nice staff there, it's always clean and my son seemed to like it there, even if a few didn't seem to like him.
Teaching at Discovery Zone Preschool has and continues to be the most rewarding experience in my life. My students remind me every day about the gift of life, the gift of love, forgiveness, and finding joy in everyday activities. I learn something new from my students daily that I could not learn anywhere else. At Discovery Zone Preschool, I get to teach children with a creative, new outlook on education through various styles of learning such as hands on, verbal, visual, movement, art, and our incredible STEM program. I have seen improvements in every child I work with that fills me, the parents, and the child themselves with immense amounts of pride and joy. Seeing a child finally master spelling their name, counting to 30, begin the first steps in reading, or develop social skills and coping skills they have been working tirelessly on is truly one of the most rewarding things in my life. Our Director, Miriam, is the most amazing, inspiring woman I have met in the field of Early Childhood. She is dedicated, passionate, loving, and above all determined to make Discovery Zone Preschool the best center for every child, parent, and family that walks into our school. Mrs. Miriam creates a work environment that makes you want to strive for excellence in your job and give all you can to your students. Our school has improved drastically since she took over: we have a refreshing atmosphere, a better school climate, and continually are improving the school's teachings and making new renovations. If you are considering bringing your child to Discovery Zone Preschool, I encourage you to pursue your investigations in our school.
The school is just okay. The staff is friendly enough. The curriculum is definitely lacking. I have friends with children in similar age groups as my own children and they are much more advanced in their knowledge of the alphabet, spelling, numbers, etc. I think that is directly attributed to the curriculum of other schools in the area. I know recently a few parents left the school and are taking their kids to better schools in the area. One mom, stopped me in the parking lot and told me of openings in her sons' school and shared with me the price. Not much more for a stricter curriculum and hot lunch included. We are currently searching for a better value for a school with more emphasis on education, less emphasis on watching television. You walk in the teachers are usually talking to each other or checking their phones while the kids are glued to the TV. With the exception of Ms. Kristen, she is truly an asset to that school. She brings with her a true love for education and the children, but I believe she is only part time and thus does not work with my children much. I've become more and more disappointed as the days go by with this school. The parents who are paying out of pocket and are not receiving any kind of government assistance are the ones who should be the most disappointed for the high prices and lack of curriculum and lack of a hot lunch. As nice as all the ladies are it does not make up for it being a glorified baby sitter. Do yourself a favor, research other schools, spend the $20 extra for a school offering a real curriculum and actually teaching the kids.
My son has been a student at this school for almost a year now, and we continue to be extremely impressed with the staff, teachers and learning environment at Kids R Kids Waterford. The owners and staff work hard to promote a family atmosphere, and they really care about the kids. My son loves his teachers and comes home talking about them and everything they did at school that day. Ms. Michelle and Ms. Dignora are two of the hardest working teachers I have ever seen, and in spite of all they do every day they still take the time to plan special events for the children and parents. The school is clean, safe and well maintained. You can watch your child on the video monitors in each classroom either from your computer, smart phone, or from the lobby area. The front entrance is secure and requires a key card access. The playground equipment is always in good condition, and they have a splash pad for the kids to play on during the warm summer weather. One thing that really stands out to me about this school is the low turnover among the teachers. My son previously attended another school and it seemed like he had a new teacher every couple of months, and this was really difficult for him to adjust to. The low teacher turnover at this school is an indicator that the teachers enjoy their jobs and feel appreciated by the management staff.
Not Just Childcare!! You don't find many places these days you can take your child to and know not only are they going to have fun, but they are going to learn on a individual level as well. When I found Sarina I was coming out of a daycare situation that was just not working to meet the expectations me and my husband had for our son. My son was in a big room all day with no personal attention just someone looking over the mass of kids making sure no one got hurt. He was getting sick every other week:( Not good at all. I was very lucky to come upon Sarina at RJM Childcare she is like a dream come true. I think what most people look for when they look for a childcare provider is someone that can provide an extension of themselves to their child when they can't be there and that is exactly what I found in Sarina. She continues to exceed my expectations with my sons reading, writing, and vocabulary skills. He has not been sick since he began there almost two years ago. If you want your children to learn at a accelerated rate while being in a safe and fun environment, Sarina will blow you away. We actually moved out of the area and she is so amazing and irreplaceable that I commute One hour each way to make sure my son still gets to go learn and play with his favorite "Nina". I don't think he would have it any other way!
The facility is very nice. They clean every morning and are constantly sterilizing toys, tables etc. Staff is whatever, not overly friendly but not rude. They do send out daily reports to your email everyday about your son/daughters day but they seem very impressionable. Why the lady's cant tell me how my child's day was when im there picking up I don't know, but that might just be me. My biggest hate towards this place is how often they send your kid home sick. I understand being careful and wanting to make sure no other kids are gonna catch it but its getting ridiculous. Everytime I have to go pick up early because of sickness I get there and she is still playing with all other kids. Last time I had to pick her up because she had diahrrea, so I get there and they tell me oh she ate all her food, shes been very happy and playful and she has no fever but she pooped twice. So now she has to leave early, go to doctors(which aint free) so the doctor can tell me shes fine. They will not let your kid back unless they went to doctor and they do not offer sick days at the school. I deal with this about every two weeks. Been going here for about 5 months and shes been sent home about 8 times and only once did the doctor give her medicine and not clear her for a return right away. Really tired of this place.
My son has been attending TCA since Dec 2012. I have seen none of what the previous reviewer said. The director has set hours and she has never brought a dog to school. I don't think she owns a dog. My son has fallen on the playground like toddlers do and they have always written out a report. If children are aggressive they are redirected and sat aside for a minute, not left in a high chair. I suspect the other review is an employee of another center because I am protective and have not seen anything and I go unannounced at times to pick up my son. My experience has been that my son love the teacher and teachers asst. He hugs them and kisses them and loves them which is exactly what I looked for in a school. He loves the arts and crafts and even though he's young he gets excited and points and shows me what he made when I pick him up. The other parents are from all walks of life and are all very friendly and involved with the school. The school from the outside may not rival newer schools but the love and attention the children receive are far above other schools I have observed when I was searching for a preschool.
Wells Home Child Care is a great choice for home or family child care. Ms. Wells provides a caring home environment for children of all ages. After having our first child my husband and I agonized about finding quality childcare for our then two and a half month old son. Most daycare centers and home care weren't options due to our schedules, which require evening and weekend care. We were so fortunate to have found Ms. Wells and her family! Her home is clean and comfortable, providing a safe place for our son to learn, play and sleep. The playroom has lots of educational games and toys and plenty of space for little ones. Ms. Wells documents daily activities including feedings, diaper changes, and naps on a daily log and communicates any concerns. She is always available if I have an questions, concerns, or just want to check in. I feel that with Ms. Wells our son has found a second family. Our baby, now seven months old, is excited to see Ms. Wells when we drop him off and happy when we pick him up. He is integrated into family activities and is exposed to other happy, well cared for children of all ages.
I highly recommend RJM Learn to Read Childcare. It is not your typical in home childcare or daycare center. The best way to describe it would be a home away from home where your children can productively learn educationally, develop socializing skills and feel safe all in one. My son has been attending school here since he was almost 2.5 yrs. old. He recently turned 4 years old and I can confidently say he has developed a strong educational foundation and is well prepared for kindergarten. He can easily and with confidence read, write, spell, do mathematics and his comprehension levels are far more than what I expected since beginning school here. He loves to learn and always talks about what Mrs. Sarina taught him in school. Her teaching skills and time management with the children are structured just like a real school and in my opinion event better. Overall, she is a loving person and takes what she does with the children very seriously and it shows with her own children as well. You will not be disappointed with the progress and growth of your child at RJM !!