My 2 1/2 year old son has been attending the daycare program since he was 7 months old, and my 10 1/2 year old daughter has been attending the summer camp and after school program since she was 8, so I've been with the school for three years.My experience has been very positive! My son started out in the infant room with Ms. Roe - who goes above and beyond for the babies in her care. She is very warm and gives all of the babies a lot of attention, care and love. At the end of each day I would get an itemized list of when he had a bottle and how many ounces he consumed, what he ate, when he was changed, etc. Prior to enrolling my son I struggled with the thought of sending an infant to daycare, however Ms. Roe and her constant communication made me feel very comfortable! After his first birthday, my son was moved to the toddler room with Ms. Laurie and Ms. Michelle. They were excellent! They had constant reinforcement of the building blocks of learning - they would go over the colors, shapes, and ABCs daily - and my son would always come home singing nursery songs. They were very festive and would have celebrations for holidays, birthdays, etc. In the few instances where he would fall ill under their care, I would find him in one of their arms as if he was their own child!Now my son is in the 2 year old room with Ms. Margret - and again, I couldn't be happier with the experience. The program is very well-structured - every morning they have circle time where one student gets to hold the flag and they all sing "God Bless America" (yes, my son can now sing "God Bless America" on his own without missing a beat) and they go over the alphabet, colors, shapes, etc. They also do daily projects which come home every day (many of which are inspired by professional paintings) and colorfully adorn my family room walls. During the summer they have outdoor play time - and one of the key factors in my decision to enroll my kids in Big Bird's was how well organized the indoor AND outdoor play areas are - each group has their own fenced play areas with age appropriate toys and rides. My son has learned so much in these past few years, and I'm very excited to continue to see his growth at Big Bird's.My daughter loves the summer camp and looks forward to attending every year. The school bus leaves at 9am and doesn't return to the camp until 4pm - they have well-planned trips (i.e. Museum of Natural History, Aquarium, Turtle Back Zoo, Medieval Times, etc.) as well as weekly outings to the bowling alley, movies, park, etc. After hours they come back to the premises where they have their own designated areas to partake in arts and crafts projects and other games. There is never a dull moment! The same goes for the after school program.Another important factor for me has been DIVERSITY. Our family is multi-racial and multi-ethnic, and the high level of diversity at Big Bird's has been a breath of fresh air for me as a mother. You will find all colors of the rainbow, followers of all faiths, and differing family dynamics here.To address some of the complaints - when I read that someone said that it was filthy, I couldn't believe it. Every evening there is a cleaning crew that comes in and disinfects the entire campus (I usually bump into them as I pick up my kids!).The campus is under intense surveillance, and it's even rumored that the Director has access to the security cameras from her house when she isn't on site. I've never needed to reach her and not been able to, and she is omni-present whenever I drop my kids off in the morning. Big Bird's has become a second home for my kid's and it's staff a second family to us. As a working mother, it's been a blessing.
My daughter has been going to this new daycare for 2 months and she just loves spending time with Naomi, the owner of this wonderful homely daycare. Unlike other crowded and congested daycare, Naomi's house is just perfect for kids like mine. She is well organized, maintains a clean environment every time, keeps a track of every single detail that my kid has done throughout the day, sends me pic and videos often to ensure that she is safe and happy while I am at work, cooks fresh meals and feeds her until she became independent which she is now. The most important aspect of her daycare is that she allows only few children at her daycare so that she can give more attention to all of them. Her approach is so professional that you would trust her just like one of your family member. She is a caring and a loving mother who takes care of her own daughter at the same time as she watches over mine. As opposed to other daycare centers where you have a list of items to be sent, she only asked me to get her change of diapers and a set of dress every time I drop my kid which is so convenient. If you are looking for a home based daycare and wants to get all the attention your kid misses when you are away, Livi's daycare is your choice!!!
I have to be honest and tell you I have my 4th child in Oakdale Academy, and while I can tell you they might misplace a bib or use a lot of wipes, there isn't another daycare/school I would ever recommend but Oakdale Academy. You can't find a better place for your child if you want them loved and treated like the most important child in the world. When your baby is smiling and clean when you pick him up, or your preschooler runs into the building without looking back, or proudly displays his artwork on the fridge when he gets home, then and only then do you know you found the right place to care for your child when you have to go to work each day. And things just keep getting better, now Oakdale Academy opens at 6:30 so I'm never late for work anymore. Keep up the GREAT job Oakdale, we love you!
My sweet boy has been in the hands of the wonderful staff of this daycare since he was 3 months old. Leaving a baby at that age was tough but knowing that he was well looked after and cared for made the transition easy. The amazingly professional and nurturing staff members on Playgroup have accommodated my son's schedule, genuinely kept him engaged, and really made him feel loved and nurtured. These ladies are very responsive, the provided me with updates about my son and brainstormed ways we can accommodate his ever changing needs. I saw that they were responsible with their duties, always taking refresher courses in safety. If you're looking for someone to care for your child in a meaningless and genuine way, I highly recommend Playgroup Experience.