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06/26/2017
By: Faxel S.
Smart Start Academy
This was my twins' first school and I've always been and always will be happy that they started their schooling here. My kids started going to SSA when they were 2 1/2 years old and being overly apprehensive parents, my husband and I were very happy that our kids were in the best hands. We visited daycare after daycare as I was into the kids' learning and my husband was mainly into the kids having a lot of playtime and outdoor activities. SSA was the only place that balanced it well. The environment is friendly, very clean and loving most of all. The place is shiny like someone "complained" but that's the kind of place I want for my kids as they spend most of their time awake in there and I wouldn't want for them to be at any sub-standard places. There was not once that the teachers or any staff members were unkind or too busy to answer. Believe me, I have called so many times to check up on my kids inspite of them sending updates on the app about their every activity in the day and there was not once they made me feel bad about it. In fact, I was encouraged to call and check as much as I needed to! Yes, they have an app in which they keep updating what the kids are doing and pictures for the parents to cherish.I enrolled my kids in their food program as well and it is one of the best. I know that it is the best because I have a place now to compare with now.All these bad reviews about kids having an accident and not been taken care of is a lie. My son fell the first week he joined SSA and hurt himself. The teachers took good care of him, informed me on the phone immediately and I still have the accident report that the teacher gave me to prove it. That was, in fact, the only accident that he had. The teachers are dedicated and caring. My kids are now almost 5 and they still talk about their teachers from SSA all the time. I email them and get a prompt reply even now and that's because they treat the children's families as their own. My son even kept calling one of his new teachers by the name of a teacher from SSA for a really long time in his new school and that's because of the kind of love she showered my kids.Even academically SSA is very good. They brought in people all the time for children to learn from. They did so many science experiments and I liked this practical approach to learning.At one point I was concerned that the teachers were being changed a few times in the same school year and there might be lack of stability but I'm sure that they have fixed that as well.They had a lot of playtime and study time was equally well managed. Their summer camp is also just awesome. We moved from Jersey City and that's the only reason we changed schools and I'm yet a find a place that has a summer program as SSA did.I can vouch for SSA any day!
06/06/2017
By: Anja C.
Smart Start Academy
My 3yr old daughter has been attending Smart Start since September 2011. Back in Sept, she was a timid, quiet girl. Today she socializes very well, interacts/plays very well with others, understands rules, knows hers letters and numbers, writes her name, knows a couple Spanish words and uses many non 3yr words like necassary, fabulous, negotiate, amazing, seriously, outrageous and more in her daily conversations. She has become such a funny character because she always incorporates her daily teachings at home. I am very pleased with Ms Cesia and the staff at Smart Start and have no complaints about this school. The staff is kind and knowledgeable .This location is new so everything is nice and clean, freshly painted and spotless. They do lots of crafts and projects, always something daily to bring home. I totally recommend this pre-school to anyone. Hope this helps anyone looking for a pre-school , I know its hard with so many places to choose from but this place is great and very affordable,compared to the others in the area, since they are still having their Grand Opening sale.Good Luck
11/03/2016
By: Oely N.
Smart Start Academy
Back in Sept, she was a timid, quiet girl. Today she socializes very well, interacts/plays very well with others, understands rules, knows hers letters and numbers, writes her name, knows a couple Spanish words and uses many non 3yr words like necassary, fabulous, negotiate, amazing, seriously, outrageous and more in her daily conversations. She has become such a funny character because she always incorporates her daily teachings at home. I am very pleased with Ms Cesia and the staff at Smart Start and have no complaints about this school. The staff is kind and knowledgeable .This location is new so everything is nice and clean, freshly painted and spotless. They do lots of crafts and projects, always something daily to bring home. I totally recommend this pre-school to anyone. Hope this helps anyone looking for a pre-school , I know its hard with so many places to choose from but this place is great and very affordable,compared to the others in the area, since they are still having their Grand Opening sale.Good Luck
10/27/2014
By: Alda P.
Smart Start Academy
My husband and I toured every daycare and preschool in our area, and chose Smart Start. We're in our second year, and our daughter loves it. She comes home with all kinds of great projects, and talks about her friends and what's she's learned. We all love the director "Miss Cesi," she's smart, kind, and very dedicated to the school.They use the Reggio-Emilia approach to preschool education, which translates to students leading the learning. They cover the basics (colors, numbers, letters, etc.) but when our daughter asked where bread came from, they also spent a day learning about bread and how to make it. There was another boy who loved peacocks, so they spent a day learning about and making paintings of peacocks. For Father's Day, they made a "Father's Day First-Aid Kit" -- a box with all kinds of fun things for their dads to look at and play with when they miss their kids. There is also Spanish time each day, where they work on learning Spanish vocabulary. We're very, very, happy, and highly recommend this school.
05/31/2017
By: Ren V.
Smart Start Academy
When we started looking for a daycare last year for our then 1 year old son in downtown Jersey City, were were extremely lucky, that SSA was just opening a brand new location on Newark Ave.Six months later and we all could not be happier. The downtown SSA director Ms. Linda has always been most responsive and accommodating and the teachers in the toddler classroom are a gem, they made our son feeling comfortable from the very start and the transition was very easy. Our son loves his school, his teachers and his friends. He has blossomed into an independent, caring and social toddler. The school looks great, the classrooms are spotless, very well equipped, they serve 3 healthy balanced and varied organic meals a day, including dinner. They are open late with no additional extra charges which is a blessing for full time working parents. They offer much more than any other daycare in the area for a very comparable price. I highly recommend them, if you can get in anymore:)
09/09/2016
By: Fawna W.
Smart Start Academy
When we started looking for a daycare last year for our then 1 year old son in downtown Jersey City, were were extremely lucky, that SSA was just opening a brand new location on Newark Ave.Six months later and we all could not be happier. The downtown SSA director Ms. Linda has always been most responsive and accommodating and the teachers in the toddler classroom are a gem, they made our son feeling comfortable from the very start and the transition was very easy. Our son loves his school, his teachers and his friends. He has blossomed into an independent, caring and social toddler. The school looks great, the classrooms are spotless, very well equipped, they serve 3 healthy balanced and varied organic meals a day, including dinner. They are open late with no additional extra charges which is a blessing for full time working parents. They offer much more than any other daycare in the area for a very comparable price. I highly recommend them!
09/30/2016
By: Winthro O.
Smart Start Academy
My husband and I toured every daycare and preschool in our area, and chose Smart Start. We're in our second year, and our daughter loves it. She comes home with all kinds of great projects, and talks about her friends and what's she's learned. We all love the director, she's smart, kind, and very dedicated to the school. They use students leading the learning. They cover the basics (colors, numbers, letters, etc.) but when our daughter asked where bread came from, they also spent a day learning about bread and how to make it. There was another boy who loved peacocks, so they spent a day learning about and making paintings of peacocks. For Father's Day, they made a "Father's Day First-Aid Kit" -- a box with all kinds of fun things for their dads to look at and play with when they miss their kids. There is also Spanish time each day, where they work on learning Spanish vocabulary. We're very, very, happy, and highly recommend this school.
09/23/2016
By: Bern C.
Smart Start Academy
When Smart Start opened up two blocks away from our house, I couldn't believe our luck. The school was spotless, well-organized, and full of all the learning centers and activities necessary for young minds and imaginations.My daughter tells me how much she loves her teachers. She can't wait to get up and go to school each morning.I can't say enough about good things about the staff. They are kind and patient. Miss Cesi the Director is extremely accessible and responsive. The communication with parents is excellent. When my husband's schedule changed unexpectedly, they immediately stepped in and were able to accommodate our need for more hours. My daughter has also had some set-backs with potty training, and Miss Cesi and the staff have been so great with working with her to help get her back on track. This place is a little unknown gem, but I have a feeling it won't be for long. I'm just happy that I got in on the ground floor!
09/29/2014
By: Uva V.
Smart Start Academy
After checking out all the preschools and daycare facilities in the JC area, once we walked in we instantly fell in love with Smart Start Academy. The school is clean, spacious and very well kept. The director Cesia Acosta and her staff are warm, friendly, knowledgeable and extremely dedicated to the children and the school. My son has been going there for a couple months now and has learned so much and comes home super excited to tell me about all the new things he has learned and about all his new friends. My husband and I are extremely happy we found Smart Start and we highly recommend any parent looking for a safe and awesome learning environment for there children to check it out!
09/04/2015
By: Cin G.
Smart Start Academy
We have nothing to say but great things about Smart Start Academy! This is an awesome school. The teachers and director are wonderful. The activities and curriculum are engaging and fun for the kids. Our daughter was able to learn at her own pace. Our daughter has really excelled here - she loves going to school. We searched and toured quite a few schools in the area and none of them compared to Smart Start. We feel super lucky to have found them! Our daughter has been attending since she was 2 1/2 - she is now 5 years old, entering kindergarten this year, and will be attending Smart Start’s After School Program. We would highly recommend this school!

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