Harmony Christian Care & Learning Center
1064 E Wattles Rd, Troy, MI 48085
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I read the last posting and I have to respond. We have been using Harmony for a little less than 2 years and have nothing but praise for them. The staff is amazing! Everyone not only in both of my children's classes but all the staff take time to learn my girls and both my husband and I. They are always smiling and go out of their way to wish us a blessed day. Most of the staff have been employed there for a long time. The only new faces are the ones that come late in the afternoon that go to the High school. My daughter is in the faithful friends classroom and is learning so much. Just the other day she came home and wanted to act out the Bible story she learned in class. It is such a nice feeling when I go to pick her up and she wants to show me what they did throughout the day and is excited about it. I am truly blessed to have such great caring people looking after both my girls.
This school is so awful and dysfunctional, our experience here is HORRIBLE and totally a NIGHTMARE!!!. The director's sole interest is money rather than your kid. The teachers are unhappy and impatient all day long. How your kid can be happy in such unhappy atmosphere? I also read discrimination and racism from their words and attitude, especially from the conversations with ASHLEY. On top of that God help you if are a person of foreign origin. if you like to torture yourself and instill the 'value' of low self-esteem in your child, feel free to enroll your kid here!
We love Harmony Christian!! Our 2 daughters attended Harmony for 3.5 years. My oldest was 6 months old when she started, and my youngest started when she was 12 weeks old. We recently moved away, and are heartbroken to have to leave Harmony. My girls have bonded intensely with their caregivers. Harmony is such a loving, family-like environment, but also teaches the children in fun and interesting ways. I'm amazed by how much my oldest has learned in the pre-school room. Please consider Harmony for your children. I know you will feel as comfortable as we did leaving your children in their care.
Harmony is more than just a Daycare!
7 years ago we were expecting our first child. We interviewed and toured countless daycares for our unborn little girl. We were tired and frustrated...until we toured Harmony. We knew the minute we walked in that it was the "one". The coded locked doors in the entry were a good first impression. After reading the curriculum and teachers trainings and backgrounds, we couldn't believe how lucky we had gotten. Our daughter started at Harmony at 17 months old and continued through to Pre-K graduation. She only went 2 days a week and these amazing teachers had her prepped and ready for Kindergarten at age 4!!!
Leaving your child in the morning is the hardest thing to do, but when you know that they are going to be loved, hugged, educationally stimulated in sensory, music and art! Wow! It's not just a daycare! We left Harmony after our daughter graduated and found daycares closer to our home for our son. Two years of disappoints ( mainly because we compared every one of them to Harmony ), we have come to our senses and will be attending Harmony again! Whats a little bit of a drive when it comes to the safety of your children.
Our daughter still stays in touch with teachers and her old preschool friends and we are proud to know every one of them!
My daughter started at Harmony when she was 13 months old. After touring several childcare facilities in the area, I knew the very first day, that Harmony was where I would send my child. Best decision I ever made. My daughter loved going to Harmony everyday and we were both sad when she started Kindergarten and had to leave. This is a very warm, loving environment that teaches, not just supervises playtime. My daughter was the brightest in her Kindergarten class, and I credit a lot of her abilities to the teaching at Harmony!
THIS DAYCARE IS WONDERFUL!! Our 2 boys have been here since they were infants. Now the oldest just entered their Pre-K program (first day today and he loved it!). I have come to know the staff very well over the past 4 years and there is an amazing, core group of the staff that have been there throughout that time. This is more than half the staff!! Of course there is some staff turnover at any place- this is normal as childcare has many younger staff that may be in school part time or be at a transition point in their lives. The core staff there has always maintained a great continuity of care for the kids and incorporated the new teachers into the curriculum and routine 0 that the kids are not affected by constant changes. They have a great curriculum and also field trips, special guests, and awesome kids' activities. The facility is clean, the food is good, the teachers are very enthusiastic, and my kids ARE HAPPY AND LEARNING SO MANY NEW THINGS!
My son started at Harmony when he was three months in the infant room. He is currently enrolled in the awesome adventure toddler classroom. The way he has grown since being in this childcare is beyond amazing, His vocabulary,manners, and not to mention being potty trained has been all due to the constant love and care of the teachers there. Mrs. Diane really has a way with making feel like you are apart of her family...not like "clients"!! I would and have recommended this place to everyone i know. The love and care that the staff show to the children really carries on from class to class. Its always nice to hear "good morning" from the Harmony teachers that don't even work in his classroom. Also the fact that they are a christian based school make them A plus in my book. They teach the children to love one another , and it really shows in my son when he comes home...So thank you HArmony Christian for letting me and my son be apart of your wonderful center. . And here's to many many more years.. At Harmony they really are family
Our son has been at Harmony Christian since the age of 6mo he is now 2. He used to get excited going in, but not as much anymore. Both my wife and I have noticed the multiple staff rotations to the point where when our son is dropped off now. The staff in his room seem less enthusiastic, I've heard one demean another child, it just doesn't feel as welcoming in his room anymore. Whereas before the staff were enthusiastic and excited to see the children, now it seems as its more of a bother or burdensome.
I would recommend them to anyone, just keep an eye out for the current toddler room to make sure your son/daughter are being treated w/ respect and enthusiasm that children gravitate towards
I am so sorry that you feel this way. This is a concern for me, so I strongly encourage you to come to me directly so that we can work this out. If you would like to remain anonymous, please call or email and we can speak confidentially. We will discuss the importance of family partnerships with our staff, and I do hope that you will let me know when you see that this has been resolved. Thank you for the input. -Diane
Both my son and daughter started at Harmony at 3 months old and I would never consider taking them anywhere else. The teachers are top notch with very little turn over, many of the same teachers that my son had 6 years ago are still there. To me that shows the quality of Harmony. Each teacher is so loving, I have never doubted that my kids are not loved at Harmony as much as they are at home. Diane who owns the center is very interactive, knowing each family and child by name, always there to talk about questions or concerns and always addresses anything that comes up immediately.
The curriculum is a hands on play based learning style which resonates so well with toddlers and preschoolers, they are learning and don't even realize it! We have always been so happy with Harmony and will be sad to leave when my daughter starts Kindergarten next year!
Amanda, Thank you so much for the kind words! This is exactly what we strive to do for the families at Harmony.
I would not recommend sending your child here as they have questionable disciplinary methods and hide things that happen in the classroom from parents. My child stood up at the lunch table and was locked in a dark bathroom as punishment. I was never informed of the issue by the teachers or administrators. When I ASKED the administrator, I was told it "wasn't a big deal" and they had written up the teachers involved and that they had the incident on video tape. I realize that my child should not have stood up at the lunch table, but putting a 4 year old in a dark bathroom and standing in front of the door so she can't get out is not acceptable punishment. The administrator offered to "let the teacher go" that did this if I kept my child at the facility. I cannot leave my child in a place that would keep such issues from me, especally after my child told me that the teachers told her not to tell. This incident is documented with the state, so please feel free to verify. Trusting your daycare provider is VERY important, and this facility does not deserve your trust. Keep your child safe and away from this daycare.
At Harmony Christian, we took this situation very seriously. Parents are welcome to review the state report for an accurate account of the situation and our response. The administrator did not feel that this incident was not a big deal, but that we were able to resolve the problem by terminating the employee and retraining our entire staff on Harmony's discipline policy, which includes positive guidance. Harmony knows this behavior to be an isolated incident. In the 7 years we have been in business, we have never had a parent complaint about our discipline methods. Unfortunately, this employee made a poor decision, but it does not characterize Harmony Christian Care & Learning Center. We are sorry that you feel we did not respond properly and we wish your family all the best.