My child has been at Pacesetter Academy for a year and a half and I have had enough of this place!!! There have been instances in which things have happened that have called into question, in my opinion, their ability to effectively run a daycare and provide the quality supervision I require as a concerned parent of a toddler. On one such instance, I saw a new teacher (who had only been there for less than a week), holding and caressing my child in her arms as if he was her baby. This was aHUGE concern for me, as I found this to be very inappropriate. I addressed this with the school, who ultimately fired the teacher but told me it was not because I complained but for other reasons unrelated to the inappropriate behavior that I witnessed.
Another such incident occurred when my child was being bullied in school by another student and was bitten by the student as a result of the incident. MY child had a bite mark on his chest and when I asked what the school intended to do about the incident, they informed me that other than talking to the offending child\'s parent, there was nothing more that they can do. Meanwhile, I have to take my child to the doctor if his bite worsens (bearing all of the expense on my own). The owners, when addressing the issue with me were dismissive and proceeded to lecture me on the behavior of 3-year olds. As an individual with multiple degrees and a fundamental understanding of chid psychology, I didn\'t need a lecture. What I needed was an answer on how they would address my child\'s injury and ensure that this would never happen again. I received neither.
Just as importantly, I think its important that parents of children at the school know that the management and owners seem to treat their employees (the teaching staff) in a very hostile and mean spirited way. I have witnessed them leave staff members in tears over seemingly trivial issues. Moreover, I have witnessed them rule their staff in a climate of fear and intimidation that is unacceptable in today\'s society and business environment. It makes me feel really sad for the wonderful teachers there who have to deal with constant abuse, mistreatment and other forms of harassment at the hands of their bosses as they strive to make a living on less than $10 an hour.
As such, I have made the decision to move my child rather than continue to subject him to the issues he has encountered. Furthermore, I REFUSE to financially contribute to a business model that treats its most valuable assets, its employees, as if they are less than human. The teachers deserve more... and so do the students.
If you decide to take your children here, beware that you will be putting them in a less than suitable environment for learning and thriving!