10/26/2017Little Shepherd Day School
This place is wonderful, and we have been so happy here as a family. I have friends that also have attended this school, and some are in the situations (educators, divorced parents, etc) that some of the reviewers are mentioning, and they have never had anything but positive experiences to say! The director Kristi is SO welcoming and kind, and is such a joy to deal with. My child's teachers have all been caring and done so many fun things. I love getting the e-mails seeing what the class has been up to. This is much longer than I usually write... but seriously, from a happy mom to someone looking for a day care for their child, Little Shepherd is totally the place to go!
10/12/2017Little Shepherd Day School
After having my kids at home with a nanny for a few years, choosing a group daycare/preschool was one of the scariest milestones for me as a mom. After touring a few area care centers, Little Shepherd was the clear choice for us. Not only was the atmosphere fun and creative, but the children all appeared very excited and happy to be there. I really watched the teachers interacting with the children with genuine care and enthusiasm. My son was extremely shy and anxious before he enrolled (was 3yo). I was really nervous not only about how he would handle the stress, but I also didn't want to interrupt the rest of the class from their activities. Within the first few months he completely opened up and is now able to deal with unfamiliar situations and people. I could not be more grateful. I honestly can't believe how much he has changed. He is 5 now and will be going to Kindergarten this fall. I was also shocked by how much my daughter has grown both socially and academically over the past 2 years while attending Little Shepherd. I work from home so you would think that finding a place near my house would be my number one priority. I choose Little Shepherd even though it was the furthest away because I knew it was the best place for my children. Additional reasons why I love Little Shepherd: Love the daily emails. It is something I look forward to each day. The teachers are the best. Kind, patient, caring and very creative. They focus many lessons on nature. I think they didn't close for any winter storm in the past few years (maybe closed early one day). The classrooms are visually inspiring and full of learning activities and materials. I visited many places where the classrooms were really boring, messy and teachers looked stressed. The hours of operation work with my schedule (many places close earlier). The large outdoor play areas are really fun for the kids. My son loves the monkey bars, summer water days, trains/train tables, and enrichment classes. My daughter (3yo) loves coloring with friends and all the art projects they create. Hope this helps other people.
09/22/2017Little Shepherd Day School
We just recently moved to the area from out of state and were dreading the process to find a school for our daughter. In one day we scheduled visits to six schools and Little Shepherd (which is the name of this Peter Pan school's location) was the LAST one we visited that day. When we arrived, we were very impressed with the size of the playground--it's huge with ample room for running and a variety of play equipment. Also noticed the school carries a nature theme--bird feeders, potted plants, cute outdoorsy decorations and even a checklist of birds spotted throughout the day. We met with Lori upon our arrival and she really hit the nail on the head with what would be offered in terms of curriculum to our daughter, daily routines and did a wonderful job answering our specific questions. What impressed us is all the teachers have degrees and have been with Peter Pan for quite some time (that says a lot). What I liked about our discussion with Lori is that what we've been doing with our daughter in terms of curriculum in the past, routines and her development level was important to her. We weren't asked those questions at other school we had visited that day--all we got was a sales pitch from other schools! When it was time to take a tour, we were taken to the classroom and warmly invited in and greeted by the teacher. After a long day of visiting schools, our daughter was running on 'empty'--but was invited in to an activity the children were working on that day. That certainly got her attention and ours, and gave us a great opportunity to speak with the teacher. Just a good feeling overall seeing our daughter already immersed in the classroom! The physical size of the classrooms are nice and they are very well-organized. What I like is that because of the other Peter Pan School locations, the activities are rotated between the schools which helps to keep things fresh and new for the children. Needless to say, this was the school we chose and have no regrets. The enrollment process was quick and easy. Our daughter has learned so much since beginning five months ago, and best of all I can tell she's INSPIRED to learn. She even talks about wanting to be a teacher when she grows up. Couldn't be happier with Little Shepherd Day School and we will be sad to leave when it comes time for my daughter to start kindergarten!
Could not be more happy with the care both my children have received at Kiddie Korner. I love the warm, friendly, home environment which they both look forward to going every morning (working full time hours, I felt guilt about leaving them, but they are excited every morning to run inside). I am continually impressed with the crafts and the educational curriculum, the kids are always learning new things! In conjunction, both my kids are taking dance classes right on site, what a plus! I appreciate that time is taken every day to update me on how the kids did, any challenges, discipline, and good news throughout the day. Love seeing pictures on FB throughout the day, thank you Kiddie Korner!