10/02/2013Mini Texans Christian Learning Center
I cannot say enough wonderful things about the quality care that my children have experienced from Mini Texans Christian Learning Center. We have three children who attend Mini Texans – a four year old in Pre-K, a 2-year old in a toddler class, and a 3-month old in the infant room. I feel 100% certain that all three are given all of the caring and attention they need, as well as the resources to help them grow and learn. Mini Texans’ owners, Jonathan and Marcy Boynton, have created a wonderful environment where our kids LOVE to go each day. The teachers and staff are caring, attentive people and the environment is immaculately clean and filled with age-appropriate toys and learning tools. The staff know each of my children by name and also take the time to know their personalities and talk to my husband and I about them – often laughing with us about a funny moment they had or sharing something the children learned that day. They have always supported us in any efforts we are making at home – whether it be the schedule we are working on with our infant or potty-training our two-year old – they always keep in very close communication and work with us on the things that we want for our children. My oldest child is in the Mini Texans Pre-K class and I am so happy with the curriculum they are using and the learning going on in his room. I have spent the last decade working in the education industry so I used my resources and did my research when I learned about the curriculum they had selected for the Pre-K and everything they are using with my child is of the highest-quality and geared toward preparing him for the work he will do in Kindergarten. Additionally, beyond the curriculum, they have found an impressive balance between teaching the curriculum the children will need and providing them a nurturing environment to develop the life skills they are still learning (i.e. manners, etiquette, respect, etc.). In addition to the classroom opportunities, I have been awed by the number of enrichment activities available to our children on-site at Mini-Texans. My children have taken advantage of opportunities to learn basketball, soccer, dance, swimming, and even a class focused on computers and early technology skills. I have found that these “extras” are the things that many children in a typical daycare setting do not get to participate in because they are typically at a time when the parents’ schedules do not allow it. To have them available to our children within the day has been an incredible gift. We have been coming to Mini-Texans for over two years now and I have been blessed to meet many of the moms and dads whose children attend the school. In all honesty, I can say that I have never had anyone tell me that they weren’t completely happy with the decision that they made to send their children to MiniTexans. We believe that it takes a village to raise our children and we feel so incredibly blessed to have this school as a part of our village. Thank you MiniTexans!
11/22/2013Ties N Bows Learning Center
I personally have had dealings with this vary daycare for over 3 years and couldn't disagree more with the review made by Kimberly A. Garza. Yes, the daycare is small which is the very reason I chose this daycare. I did not want my child lost in the mix of a larger daycare. I wanted her to receive a more personal one-on-one experience and that is exactly what she and I both got. The director is more than lenient with regards to accepting late payments but as with any other daycare policies, a weekly tuition is due no matter the number of days the child comes to the daycare. There is the option to do a drop-off option if in fact a parent does not bring the child every single day, it will however cost more to do that which is how ALL daycares operate. The director worked with me on several occasions when I needed additional time to pay my tuition fee and with no penalty to me, so yes... she is something else and it isn't money hungry. And yes she will advise on other daycares in the immediate vicinity to her location and she also encourages prospective parents to go see those daycares and determine for themselves, which is something I appreciated from her. As for one full-time lady responsible for 10-13 children ranging in age, she is within licensing guidelines and unless you personally went around asking for the age of each child, this comment is completely unfair and as the director advises, go observe other daycares and their teacher/child ratio is much worse, I've seen it for myself. It is blatantly apparent to me that Kimberly A. Garza had a personal issue with the director/staff/daycare because her review is a laundry list of issues but revolving around all personal opinions, nothing factual. My advice with any online review site, take it with a grain of salt because you never know who is acting out of vengeance which appears to be the case here. Finally, all daycare facilities are inspected on a routine basis and her record speaks for itself, they are factual, unbiased reports that are published after an inspector completes an inspection. Any responsible parent should look online for an inspection report before leaving their child at any daycare.I to this day recommend her daycare to anyone who is looking for quality daycare for their child, with a personal touch and I will continue to do so.
06/13/2015Happy Hollow Preschool & Daycare
I highly recommend Happy Hollow. My two boys have been there for two years now and have absolutely enjoyed their time. The teacher (owner) and the teaching assistants are fantastic. In fact, the teaching assistants are college students that are majoring in education! My children have have had the opportunity to be part of the Pre Kinder Program, after school, and summer camp. First, allow me to tell you about the pre-school/pre k, my youngest has attended since he was 3 (he is now 5). Celebrations are a big deal at Happy Hollow, huge parties for holidays and they really make the kids feel special on their birthdays as well. My youngest was born premature and he is a little behind the curve learning wise. The last two years he has gone to Happy Hollow, he has learned so much! He has excelled and is truly ready to rock kindergarten next year. He held his head so high like the other kiddos did walking across the stage it was beautiful at their Pre K and Preschool graduation ceremony. They had all worked so hard this year to accomplish their goals.Next, after school. The children are picked up from their local schools. They are ASSISTED with their homework and are able to play afterwards. It's a great feeling knowing that I don't need to worry about being bogged down with homework once home, I can check out what the assignment was and go about the usual nightly routine of laundry, dinner, clean. Ect. Last, Happy Hollow's summer camp. The children go on a lot of fantastic field trips, and have an opportunity to get swimming lessons as well. Unfortunately, due to my new summer work schedule- my boys will not be able to attend the camp and they are very upset about it. If you're looking for a special place that can give you piece of mind that your child is learning and being loved on, Happy Hollow is the place for your family. I really can't say enough how blessed we were to have found such a caring and kind school for them to grow and learn. Truly just the sweetest, and most knowledgable people I have had the pleasure of getting to know. Happy Hollow is WONDERFUL!
Mi Casa has been a blessing for my son. My child has special needs and had been at a previous daycare (a Christian daycare mind you) and they disregarded us as if my son wasn't wanted. So I began the search for a new daycare and had been told that Mi Casa was a great place. I went and took a tour and decided that this would be our new daycare. As a teacher myself and a single Mom my son is everything to me so I am very picky and do my research before I decided to place my son is someone's care. From day one, Mi Casa has been welcoming, accepting and has exceeded my expectations. The ENTIRE staff has been incredibly patient, trustworthy, excellent at communicating and above all shown my son care and love. They have taken an active role in my son's daily life and are truly commited to helping him succeed. There aren't many places where you can find that and can also find people who are GENUINE and really care. Now people who post tacky comments on here about the staff should cause anyone with common sense to pause and think. If your going to call someone a name at least make the effort write a complete sentence and use correct grammer. If your complaining about them not educating the kids then I would think this wouldn't have to be something that needed to be pointed out. The comment was ridiculous and clearly written by someone who I would assume is unreasonable and for lack of better words, tacky. I have never once questioned the safety of my son when he is in their care and have complete confidence in what they do. I personally do not take kindly to anyone "attacking" people who I KNOW are good, kind caring people. Mi Casa is a wonderful place and it is such a relief to know that my child is left in capable hands every day.
When we started at I'm Just a Kid we were thrilled with the education based curriculum, promise of low provider turn over, the extracurricular offerings and the passion of the family that owns and operates the business.Just over a year later we are no longer able to support them as whole heartedly as we once did. Providers have disappeared overnight, the extracurricular activities are not offered on a regular basis (though tuition increased 33% with little notice to make them mandatory for all children), and the day to day operations are unpredictable. Security concerns from parents have been widely ignored and the parent recommended solution pushed back to parents to fund. This is a young school and while they excel in educational theory, they are floundering when it comes to the daily task of running a business. Though a for-profit school, they routinely ask for donations and additional money beyond the tuition to fund anything from security concerns to "wish list" items that any other business would establish a budget to attain. Every business has to start somewhere, but after a year we have seen little action in this area to indicate they are getting better and/or improving.There are positives; they are quick to address classroom concerns, the daily curriculum contains education and not just rote child care, and the passion is always evident in the family members on staff. I have also never doubted the intent of the school to ensure my child is happy. The positives don't outweigh the negatives for our family and we’ve moved on.
I can't say enough good things about this learning center! My daughter began attending there when she was 10 months old and is now 6 and still goes there for summer camp. She loves all the field trips and the different themes each year that tie into their activities. I also loved that they have so many additional pre-school opportunities …. My daughter had 2 years of Spanish and dance lessons in before she started Kindergarten. Also, for those that have been to other centers (like our previous one) where your kids were allowed to hang from the rafters, you will be pleasantly surprised with their structure and curriculum. Most recently, I was so impressed with the Pre-K program and how much heart her teacher puts into planning and challenging them to learn. That year my daughter learned to read, participated in her first Spelling Bee and did her first Science Fair presentation. They even did a formal graduation ceremony with cap and gown. My daughter was so advanced when we were ready to begin Kindergarten at our public school that we took the credit by exam testing to have her move up a grade level. As with all centers, there are occasionally challenges with teachers, but any issues that I have ever had, the Director and office staff have been quick to address them. You won’t find a better home away from home for your child!
I am shocked to come across this terrible review of the Lil' Dragon Den. My six year old and four year old girls have been at Lil Dragon Den for three years. My husband and I absoultely LOVE this place!. My six year old is now an after schooler at the center; she is picked up everyday from school by the center. Everyday my four year old comes home and shares with us something new she learned, including Spanish!Although Ms. Monica hasn't worked there in over a year, she was always very nice and respectful to my husband and me. The owner, Mr. Linson, is so great! I have never met anyone who wholeheartedly cares for children. When my husband or I pick up our children from the center my girls run to him to say bye. The facility is very clean and the staff is very friendly and courteous. My husband and I feel very comfortable leaving my children at this center knowing that they will be well cared for and safe. I have recommened Lil' Dragon Den to some of my friends, and their children are enrolled at the center; and they have nothing but great things to say about the center as well. I will continue to recommend Lil' Dragon Den to anyone looking for safe, caring, and affordable childcare.
We switched to Pinnacle after leaving a nearby daycare over a year ago. Our overall experience at PKA has been wonderful! My daughter is 2.5 and has learned so much here! The teachers are absolutely wonderful! They all know each kid and their personalities well which makes the kids feel relaxed and comfortable while at school. She has been in 2 different classrooms since starting here. She absolutely loves her teachers and the friends she makes at school. They treat every child as if they are older, which I believe has helped tremendously with helping them to develop skills beyond their age level. My daughter can use markers and scissors like a pro. She is excited and happy to go to school 95% of the time - which is above average, in my opinion. At only 2.5 my daughter has learned all of her letters by sight and she can even write quite a few of them. She knows all of her colors, can count to 20 in English and Spanish, uses manners, knows the words to a ton of songs, and has learned a ton of social skills here. I absolutely love this school and feel relaxed knowing my daughter is in a safe, learning, nurturing environment while I am at work.
I have been using this daycare for drop-off weekly for my children since my youngest was 3 weeks old. I have a job which requires me to travel, and on the days I work I drop off my children here. This was my first experience with a daycare-previously, my mother was watching my them. Needless to say I was terrified. I was nervous about "strangers" watching my children, but my mother was getting older and did not feel she could handle 3 children, including a newborn. I REALLY lucked out here. They took excellent care of my children. The infant area is clean and bright, and the babies are moved around station to station throughout the day. No "dark rooms full of infant swings" (which I have seen in some other facilities). They are very strict about the caregiver-to-child ratio. My older children are also well cared for, with plenty of educational, stimulating activities. Even though they only come once a week, the teachers all know them by name. There is a real sense of community here. Staff is friendly and professional. I do not worry about my children when they are here, because I know they will be safe and well cared-for.
12/10/2012Fantasyland Child Development Center
This is an AWESOME center! The place smells clean and always has homecooked meals, and my kids love it! It is family owned and run, when I say that it is ment in every way, they got Grandpa and Grandma who help take care of the kids and come to play, all the staff are Tias and you cant help but feel the love that this family shares with eachother and the ladies who run this place are GOD SENT, they are so willing to help everyone! The director Ms Lani always has a warm smile in the mornings and before you leave she will wave and say "have a good day" and even at the end of the day no matter how busy she is she will make it a point to say "have a good evening" I was recomended to this center by friends who no longer live in San Antonio, their babies where one of the first to be taken care of, this family took care of them as their own and they are doing the same with my 2 boys. If you are looking for a center in this area just walk into this place you will feel the love this place has to offer and you will know your kids are just as love and safe as in your own home! Thank You Fantasy Land for your hard work and dedication!