Very Professional, Take Great Care of Your Children, Provide Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack, Affordable Daycare.Recommend Parents who need Affordable Daycare and Great Service.
16. Kiddie Academy
Serving the Fort Lauderdale Area.
From Business: Since 1981, Kiddie Academy® has been a leader in education-based child care. The company serves families and their children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old, offering…
My son has been there for going on three months. He is safe, fed and clean when i pick him up. He enjoys circle time and is learning a lot. The staff are friendly and very nurturing. They keep my mind at peace while I'm working.
As I drove up to the location, I was surprised. It seems pretty well kept. I took a few photos (EXTERIOR) to send to my wife who couldn't be with me. When I entered, the owner was ready to attack because of the photos, as if I had taken photos of children, or something. In fact, through the entire visit, the owner was jumping into the conversation with her director and seemingly defending herself across every turn. But, when I asked if my wife and I could meet with her later, she was quick to tell me that her director has been with her for 18 years and that I would be in good hands with her. Next, she asked me if I was SPYING on Kidz First! She said that normally people come ask information and are spying. WHAT?? I thought people looking for facilities for their children ask those questions?? How much is VPK, wrap around, after care, etc. I have 4 kids and that requires a lot of information. I asked what the summer rate was when school is not in session. The OWNER's response: "Don't worry about summer now, that is a long way off." When she saw my dissatisfied look, she continued to defend herself saying that they are in a growing phase and don't know that information yet, that it could change, that other people might not want summer daycare and might put their kids in other camps. (none of which answered my question). Still suspicious, she then asked me to tell her when my children were born. She said, just to compare with her birthdate to see if they matched. Afterward she said, I just wanted to make sure you weren't spying, I'm sorry, I get that a lot.Shockingly, I'm still gathering information. She told me that they embrace all religions and holidays. That all of their students and children are required to participate in kwanzaa, christmas, birthdays, hannukka, (sorry for the bad spelling), etc. I asked, if there is a celebration, can my children do another activity while they finish their celebration. Her response was a staunch no and that my request was completely improper (although the public school systems readily respect the request and do everything they can to help). I can't believe that any reputable learning center, in this day and age, would force all of their students uniformly to participate in all religious activities across the board, especially considering this is supposedly NOT a religious school. This owner has no interest in educating your children as a cooperative effort. You either do it their way or don't. Frankly, for $500 per week, the learning center better be well equipped to respect my simple request to allow my child to do a neutral activity instead of religiously charged activities. I dare not ask how they would accommodate my son's blood disease and health needs that are also DIFFERENT than the rest of her students. No shock that for the entire duration of my visit, the owner was consulting with an attorney, explaining to him that she had a hard time finding anyone that could represent her with the nature of what she was being sued for.The price may be great in some aspects, but my child's welfare, environment, education, and parenting is worth far more than this second rate discount center. Still can't believe I was accused of spying!
If I could give negative stars, I would. My sons daycare was the one vandalized and set on fire a few weeks ago. Ms. Elaine was "kind" enough to open her doors for the parents and children, saying that in a tragic situation like this, the kids need to be together, not broken up. I was nothing but thankful... until.... After the first week CPS came to my home on a Saturday saying MY SON WAS LEFT OUTSIDE, BY HIMSELF, CRYING. I thought for sure there was no way and waited until Monday to ask her about the allegations. She then told me YES, "I LEFT HIM OUT THERE (and pointed to her back yard to a table 15' from the door) BECAUSE HE WASN'T LISTENING AND WAS NOT BEHAVING". He is 2 for crying out loud!!!! Thats what happens with 2 year olds occasionally!!!! She then proceeded to tell me that he is a danger to the other children and she does not want him there. He has no development issues, and is certainly not a threat or danger to anyone. Needless to say I had a few choice words for her and laughed when she told me she did not want my son there anymore, LIKE I WOULD LEAVE HIM AFTER THAT!!!!! This woman is absolutely insane and lucky that I have self control of my actions. The investigation is still open and in process. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CHILD WITH THIS FACILITY!!!!