My children have been at Watch 'Em Grow for 3 years. We came to this program after having 8+ experience with another day care in the area. There have been many times that I had wished we moved to Watch 'Em Grow sooner!
I am consistently impressed at how clean the child care areas are. I also am very pleased at how well maintained the outdoor play area and equipment are kept. So often my son gives me the stink eye when I pick him up-he's having such a great time that he doesn't want to leave.
What impresses me the most, however, is the individual attention that the children get. I have three children and two family members' children in the program-we've all talked about our kids but we all have a little bit of a different experience. The teachers have gotten to know what works for each child and adapts accordingly when they can. The work that was done with my oldest child really helped her onto a great path to be ready for kindergarden.
I was saddened to see the above post and I hope that family has found a successful situation for their family. It's difficult to find a good fit that works for everyone. Yes, there have been minor concerns that I have had along the way and I have been very comfortable sharing them with my child's teacher or the director specifically. They have all been handled professionally, respectfuly, and timely.
The building was clean and updated and that is why I give it a 2.
Everything else was shambles. The t.v. was often on and the young staff- as well as the owner- were on their cell phones or talking among themselves 90% of the time (this was at drop off and pick up times so I really wonder what was happening when not parents were around).
The planned schedules and menus were generally not followed. Needless to say, don't expect to receive a list of the days activities at the end of the day.
My child had an annual evaluation and I was sure they must have written the wrong name on the top because nothing was correct. I asked about the form and was told "don't worry about it. It's not something that's mandatory for us. We just do it to get accreditation." The fact that they did not know my child after 5 months spoke volumes for me!!!
The final straw for me was when I asked the owner if she had seen my child's diaper rash. She got a strange tone and said "Ha. I don't look at your kids butt." What??!! Is that how you respond to a parent? My child was in the process of potty training and I could never figure out how many times the potty was used successfully - if at all- because no one could tell me...
Don't take your child here. I never post on businesses but I feel it is my personal responsibility to speak up about this daycare. I wish someone would have warned me. I didn't realize how low I had let my standards get until I got out of there.