10/24/2014Horizon Child Care & Learning Center
I have two kids in Horizons, a 1 year old and a 4 yr old, and this is my 4 yr old’s second year in the school. Last year he had Ms. Amani and this year Ms. Dena and they have both been amazing teachers. Also, the director, Ms. Shahama, has bent over backwards to make accommodations for my son who has a language delay. Before he started at Horizons I took him to another Muslim school that I had sold my car to pay for the over $2,000 in various fees plus steep tuition only to have him kicked out after three weeks with no refund because he would have daily accidents and they “don’t potty train”. However, he was potty trained and only needed help with getting his pants up and down, which they refused to do. He was also bullied there and would not talk in class at all because he did not feel safe. Then when I took him Horizons it was the exact opposite. There fees are much less; $175 for registration, and the tuition depends on age, and you can pay monthly or weekly. He was always happy to go to school and was learning rapidly. Ms. Shahama recognized his speech delay and set up a speech evaluation with an amazing speech therapist who he now works with, and Ms. Dena works with me and the speech therapist so that she can adjust the instruction for my son. Ms. Shahama is always friendly and available for any concerns that you have. This school is sooo much better at helping kids transition into a new environment instead of being so strict which is not appropriate for a 3 yr old. This kind of environment, where the children are happy, helps them to learn better. They constantly do activities with the kids such as circle time, painting, and drawing where they incorporate the lessons such as letters, numbers, colors, etc. They also have Arabic and Quran lessons. Last year the VPK class memorized 16 surah. They have a nice playground, and also have frequent field trips and events, on the holidays they will get a bouncy house, cotton candy machine, and they have a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HorizonsChildCareandLearningCenter) where you can see the pictures from the events. Some of their events are Eid, International Day, Disney Character Day, Pajama Day, Mother’s Day, and Graduation. They also have halal healthy meals provided for breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
07/17/2012Hand N Hand Child Enrichment Center
I had my son enrolled at Hand n Hand Enrichment for almost a year. He started when he was 1 1/2. He had a great teacher, he bonded with her quick. Then he moved to the 2-3 year old room once he turned 2. We were told he was very smart and were asked if we worked with him at home since he knew his letters, numbers and shapes already. Then 5 months later all went down hill. I started getting phone calls to pick him up an hour after I dropped him off. My son was having "behavioural issues" which I can safely say was terrible twos and I'll explain why. He got kicked out of daycare to say the least and was also told that he was "terribly delayed developmentally" (5 months after being told that he was doing extremely well). I worried so much thinking that I messed up, maybe my son has ADD, ADHD, has a speech delay, (I didn't know who to compare him to). After 2 months of worrying, going through audiology tests, and finally getting a child development test, my mind was put to ease. The evaluator said that my son was advanced for his age (now 2 1/2). He knows how to put words together to form a sentence, he counts to 20, knows his ABC's, shapes, colors, etc.. answers questions and carry a conversation. So now I have to believe that this daycare could not handle my son's terrible two's so instead kicked him out and gave me a hard time on the way. I don't believe they put much training into their decision, "we're trained to spot when a child is not developing" and instead just scared the mess out us. So in closing if you have a hyper, "terrible two's" toddler, who doesn't like to sit still during story time or throws stuff, or had an accident biting another kid (which happens, my son got bit twice while at this daycare but their toddlers, they're still learning), I wouldn't recommend this daycare to you. I only gave it 2 stars because there are nice staff there, it's always clean and my son seemed to like it there, even if a few didn't seem to like him.
Teaching at Discovery Zone Preschool has and continues to be the most rewarding experience in my life. My students remind me every day about the gift of life, the gift of love, forgiveness, and finding joy in everyday activities. I learn something new from my students daily that I could not learn anywhere else. At Discovery Zone Preschool, I get to teach children with a creative, new outlook on education through various styles of learning such as hands on, verbal, visual, movement, art, and our incredible STEM program. I have seen improvements in every child I work with that fills me, the parents, and the child themselves with immense amounts of pride and joy. Seeing a child finally master spelling their name, counting to 30, begin the first steps in reading, or develop social skills and coping skills they have been working tirelessly on is truly one of the most rewarding things in my life. Our Director, Miriam, is the most amazing, inspiring woman I have met in the field of Early Childhood. She is dedicated, passionate, loving, and above all determined to make Discovery Zone Preschool the best center for every child, parent, and family that walks into our school. Mrs. Miriam creates a work environment that makes you want to strive for excellence in your job and give all you can to your students. Our school has improved drastically since she took over: we have a refreshing atmosphere, a better school climate, and continually are improving the school's teachings and making new renovations. If you are considering bringing your child to Discovery Zone Preschool, I encourage you to pursue your investigations in our school.
The school is just okay. The staff is friendly enough. The curriculum is definitely lacking. I have friends with children in similar age groups as my own children and they are much more advanced in their knowledge of the alphabet, spelling, numbers, etc. I think that is directly attributed to the curriculum of other schools in the area. I know recently a few parents left the school and are taking their kids to better schools in the area. One mom, stopped me in the parking lot and told me of openings in her sons' school and shared with me the price. Not much more for a stricter curriculum and hot lunch included. We are currently searching for a better value for a school with more emphasis on education, less emphasis on watching television. You walk in the teachers are usually talking to each other or checking their phones while the kids are glued to the TV. With the exception of Ms. Kristen, she is truly an asset to that school. She brings with her a true love for education and the children, but I believe she is only part time and thus does not work with my children much. I've become more and more disappointed as the days go by with this school. The parents who are paying out of pocket and are not receiving any kind of government assistance are the ones who should be the most disappointed for the high prices and lack of curriculum and lack of a hot lunch. As nice as all the ladies are it does not make up for it being a glorified baby sitter. Do yourself a favor, research other schools, spend the $20 extra for a school offering a real curriculum and actually teaching the kids.
My son has been a student at this school for almost a year now, and we continue to be extremely impressed with the staff, teachers and learning environment at Kids R Kids Waterford. The owners and staff work hard to promote a family atmosphere, and they really care about the kids. My son loves his teachers and comes home talking about them and everything they did at school that day. Ms. Michelle and Ms. Dignora are two of the hardest working teachers I have ever seen, and in spite of all they do every day they still take the time to plan special events for the children and parents. The school is clean, safe and well maintained. You can watch your child on the video monitors in each classroom either from your computer, smart phone, or from the lobby area. The front entrance is secure and requires a key card access. The playground equipment is always in good condition, and they have a splash pad for the kids to play on during the warm summer weather. One thing that really stands out to me about this school is the low turnover among the teachers. My son previously attended another school and it seemed like he had a new teacher every couple of months, and this was really difficult for him to adjust to. The low teacher turnover at this school is an indicator that the teachers enjoy their jobs and feel appreciated by the management staff.
The facility is very nice. They clean every morning and are constantly sterilizing toys, tables etc. Staff is whatever, not overly friendly but not rude. They do send out daily reports to your email everyday about your son/daughters day but they seem very impressionable. Why the lady's cant tell me how my child's day was when im there picking up I don't know, but that might just be me. My biggest hate towards this place is how often they send your kid home sick. I understand being careful and wanting to make sure no other kids are gonna catch it but its getting ridiculous. Everytime I have to go pick up early because of sickness I get there and she is still playing with all other kids. Last time I had to pick her up because she had diahrrea, so I get there and they tell me oh she ate all her food, shes been very happy and playful and she has no fever but she pooped twice. So now she has to leave early, go to doctors(which aint free) so the doctor can tell me shes fine. They will not let your kid back unless they went to doctor and they do not offer sick days at the school. I deal with this about every two weeks. Been going here for about 5 months and shes been sent home about 8 times and only once did the doctor give her medicine and not clear her for a return right away. Really tired of this place.
06/26/2013Neighborhood Kids Academy
In regards to the last comment, We are very sorry you view our facility in such a light. However, there are some issues NKA would like to address. Our 2 year old teacher has her Bachelors in Early Childhood development and being bilingual is a necessity in the Orlando area. When it comes to potty training, each child is unique in their development and all children must develop at their own rate. We must use pull ups in the potty training process as to prevent unsanitary conditions in the classroom. If a child is not ready for underwear we cannot force the potty training process upon them, it is against DCF rules and regulations. As your child was only enrolled for a week, we do not claim to work miracles! For the matter of medical records, it is every parents responsibility to pick up his/her child's documentation, we do not withhold information, we simply cannot send any documents out. We hope you have the best of luck with potty training your child, just remember to be patient and not rush a child that is not ready!
02/01/2013Neighborhood Kids Academy
Excellent daycare to send your children to, the staff is compassionate about children and education. I love the facility, it is open parents during business hours. I have spent hours in the daycare, I randomly come and check on my son. The directors and staff are very welcoming offering me breakfast and lunch. My son has attended Neighborhood Kids Academy for almost a year and a half, he loves his friends and his teacher. He comes home singing songs and telling me about his experience and how he loves his teacher. I highly recommend this daycare to anyone who would love their child to be in a clean, healthy, learning environment. The class schedule and lunch menu are made available every week, parent teacher conferences are available, the playground area is nice, and the food is delicious. Neighborhood Kids Academy is one of a kind, the staff is more like extended family.