I can t say enough good things about Airport Learning Tree. My son has been going there since he was 5 months old and now at almost 5 years, I couldn t be happier with how he has grown and developed (emotionally and scholastically) in their care. The teachers truly care about the children and I ve learned quite a few tips from them. I have never felt that ALT is chaotic. I ve seen the teachers skillfully deal with high energy classrooms and the children seem to thrive in the balance between free-play and structured class-time. As an involved parent, I have also called the owner several times to chat about minor concerns or challenges with my son. She has been very responsive and truly wanting to work with me on my concerns. I m someone with VERY high standards and ALT has exceeded my expectations every time.
Lee Own Stone has exceeded my expectations in every way this year. My son is thriving in all areas of his development and I know much is to do with the school and his teacher, Maggie. I believe Teacher Maggie Builds confidence and social skills through songs and stories. Art projects are always thoughtfully organized and on theme with the curriculum. Science projects, like plant life or tadpoles, are constantly being conducted and observed. Because of Teacher Maggie's education, experience, love, dedication and hard work, students feel included and important. I think she has unique skills that also help teach sympathy and empathy to these 3-5 year-olds. Lee Owen Stone is a special cooperative with an amazing teacher. I feel very fortunate my son will be beyond ready for kindergarten.
Alicia's is a small daycare which allows for your child to get personalized attention. She has lots of toys for the kids to play with, a nice yard to play in when the weather is nice, and she encourages the kids to get into the holidays with crafts and activities. She feeds the kids healthy food and has great hours for pick up and drop off. She is really good about helping you with any child rearing issues such as potty training, biting, dry skin, etc. You name it, she has a remedy for it. My son was with Alicia from the time he was a young infant to about the age of 2 1/2 when we moved away. She builds strong bonds and really cares about each and every child. I highly recommend Alicia's daycare for kids not yet ready for pre-school.
I am a new Mom and had to go back to work. When I called to see about a tour Penny was so warm and kind. She told me to swing by anytime. I stopped in unannounced. The building was completely secure and was buzzed in once she saw us outside. This was the only place that did not require an appointment. I did not want to see people on their best behavior, I wanted to walk into the day to day grind and see the real interaction. I am so happy I did! My lil guy goes to this daycare now and he thrives. Heis in the infant room and his teachers are wonderful the staff is fantastic. They communicate everything with you, offer great ideas and are so flexible! I love them all and so does my son! Definately check them out they are wonderful!
My oldest daughter attended Lee Owen Stone Cooperative Preschool the last two years and my youngest is there this year and next. Our experience has been wonderful. The space is ample with both inside and outside gross motor and dramatic play areas, sensory table, manipulatives, science and art tables, building zones, a library and so much more. Teacher Maggie is the most intelligent, creative and caring of teachers I've met and she connects with children and their parents in profound ways. Both of my daughters have flourished at Lee Owen Stone as has our family. We have met so many families and life long friends as part of the Lee Owen Stone Community. The cooperate preschool model isn't for everyone but it has been great for us.
Teacher Maggie is absolutely magical with kids. This school is truly special - the sense of community is second to none. The class space is spacious and sunny, being on the ground floor with lots of windows. On rainy days, the kids play in the downstairs gym and sunny days walk to Grant Park's playground. There are 3 aids plus the teacher at session so lots of 1x1 attention. I'm sorry to hear about the other family's experience a long time ago. Not sure about Maggie "misdiagnosing" children. She herself does not diagnose but if she sees a problem, she'll advise the parent to see a professional. She treats all children and parents with respect. Tour the school and see for yourself! Glad I found this gem!
This is a wonderful school! Both of my sons, 6 months old and three years old, attend. I was nervous enrolling my three year old this past fall, as he is shy and had never been in daycare/preschool before. But the staff there has been wonderful and made it an incredibly easy transition for the both of us. They are very focused on providing the children with a safe and nurturing environment where they can learn and have fun. My three year old is now talking more and even telling me about all the things he learns each day. And having free swimming lessons for the kids is definately an added bonus. I don't think I could be anymore pleased with this school, and more importantly, with the wonderful staff!
Airport Learning Tree has been my children's second home for many years now! It was a huge relief to me to find such a great school that would care, teach, and love my kids especially because we do not have family nearby but need to work. My children and I love everything about ALT! The swim classes, holiday programs, child made gifts and art, field trips, Parents Night Out, private playground, secure building, and incredible staff are just some of the reasons why you'll love ALT too! We are moving soon and are going to miss ALT immensely!!!
Lee Owen Stone is an excellent preschool. Our eldest daughter has enjoyed two fantastic years; now exceptionally prepared for Kindergarten in the fall. Our second daughter cannot wait to start this fall and our youngest will get to begin Fall 2018. As an experienced teacher myself, I could not be more grateful for Teacher Maggie. Her teaching style, knowledge and experience with preschoolers has helped to teach me to be a better parent. Our family is so lucky to be involved with this wonderful school and are excited for the coming years.
I work at Fruit and Flower and am very impressed with the whole program, if I had a child in need of daycare I would enroll them at Fruit and Flower. They are amazing folks, who really love children, and their philosophy of learning through play is the best thing for young babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. I recommend this place to all who have young children. I am happy to go to work every single day!