My son, who is now 3 1/2, attended Step Ahead from the time he was three months old until just last week. I cannot say enough positive things about this school. The owner, director, and teachers went above and beyond every expectation we had and offered such a loving environment for my son. We moved out of the area, or else he would have remained at Step Ahead until kindergarten. The school is clean, organized, and has a great curriculum for the kids. Not only do the teachers always have fun activities planned, they offer a wonderful pre-school program. They have fostered a love of learning in my son that I am sure will follow him through school. The summer program is always so much fun for the kids and I am really sad that we moved right before it began! In addition to having weekly water play outside, they bring in pony rides, a petting zoo, the ice cream truck, and have special activities planned multiple times a week. Throughout the year they have various special programs that you can sign up for, such as a weekly sports program, gymnastics, and dancing. The teachers fill out progress reports and meet with the parents on a regular basis to keep you updated on your child's progress.My husband and I were extremely happy with our experience with Step Ahead. I would recommend this school to any of my friends moving into the city. My son thrived here and we will miss the teachers so much. The teachers and staff love the kids and love what they do. We will miss Step Ahead greatly.
08/15/2015Westport School Childcare
Words cannot express how wonderful Westport School has been to me and my children! After almost 5 years there, my children have grown and blossomed under the care of some of the most dedicated and caring child care experts I have ever met. Never once did I worry about my kids during my work day because I knew they were being nurtured and educated by some of the most patient yet down-to-earth people - who know how to let kids be kids in the best way possible. There is always terrific continuity of care because their staff turnover rate is so low. Over time, my kids have been in the infant-toddler, 2&3s room, pre-school, pre-kindergarten, and school-age programs and all are equally fabulous! My older children still look forward to visiting to see their favorite teachers, who are still there. (Big hugs to Miss Melissa, Miss Terry, and Miss Donna!)If you can't stay home with your kids, this is the next best thing!
08/14/2013Step Ahead Childcare Academy
We were so lucky to find a place like Step Ahead. My son's teachers are amazing! The director is fantastic!The facilities are clean and stocked with books and toys. There is a good sized outdoor area with climbing equipment, trikes, playhouses and more. They have a teacher who plays guitar for the kids, fun activities in the summer and teachers that make a parent feel like they can really trust them with their children.The only reason we have to leave Step Ahead was because my son is special needs and we put him in a school where he can get the therapy he needs all day. Otherwise we'd be at Step Ahead as long as we could! Even though Step Ahead isn't designed for children with autism, my son has made remarkable strides while there. He's become more social, makes great eye contact and initiates play.I could not ask for more! We LOVE Step Ahead!
12/13/2013Westport School Childcare
Words cannot express how much of wonderful experience our family has had in the four years of our sons life, he started at 12 weeks old, and from the moment I felt at ease leaving him in loving arms. The teachers are extraordinary, always hugging and loving on the children, while providing excellent level of education, values, manners, potty training, socializing, playtime,arts and much more....all the teachers have been the numerous years and some 20 &30 years, that told me something is right for people to stay that long, I receive pictures on my son doing arts or napping and much more nice feedback. The owner listens well and put in a new 30,000$ Playground, and hands out a healthy snack at the end of the day ;). I would refer anyone looking forA warm family orientated place for their child or children. Plus great access to the highwaylll
04/18/2017Westport School Childcare
Thank you so very much Westport School for all of the top notch care that you provide our children. While our two children are with you we have total confidence in the care you provide. All of your staff are simply amazing, caring, kind, professional, nourishing and stock full of wisdom. The environment that you have created feels as if we are leaving our children with family, and like the other daycares/schools that we have experienced. It is really awesome the curriculum that you have in place, and the way that you have balanced learning, creating, caring and recreation. Thank you again for all that you do, and we hope we never forget to say thank you so very much. Jes and Margaret C
03/03/2014Children's Enrichment Center
The staff at CEC are very nice and good with kids; they have taught my child a lot. BUT, they always close if there is questionable weather. They have closed many days this winter due to weather, more like a public school than a private provider. Today they're closed all day while the Lacy Clay Center opens at 10 and 3 other day cares our friends use in STL city are open as usual. I guess you get what you pay for; those 3 day cares are all more expensive than CEC (Child Garden, Kinder Care, and Bright Horizons). If you have family available to help or a flexible work schedule, CEC is great!
11/15/2016Westport School Childcare
After a horrible day care situation my daughter was in (a student kept biting her and the previous day care did NOTHING), I heard about The Westport School. Upon me walking in to take a tour, I was treated with respect, kindness and overall happy atmosphere, I signed her up! I am so glad I did. She has been so happy! The teachers are hands on, truly care for her and let me know of her progress on a consistent basis. I am so happy I have found The Westport School! So is my daughter!