Miss Kathy is our children's second mother. We have been with her for 6.5 years and have never thought once about leaving. Our daughter has been with her since she was two and our son since he was nine weeks old. She has helped us along with everything: potty training, reading, writing, etc. She pays close attention to what the schools are looking for in a Kindergartener and works hard to make sure each child is well prepared with skills to start school. Our son started school this year and at five he is reading books and writing full sentences - seriously!
There are so many more benefits to having her care for our children. She teaches them to swim - she has the only licensed day care pool in Calvert Co. She teaches them healthy food choices - she participates in a county food program so that they get balanced meals. When school is closed, she is not. The kids are there year-round for the same price each week. They go on field trips, to movies, etc - it is never boring for our kids.
She is dedicated. I can only think of a couple times when she has called in sick. She even arranged for alternate care at her house when she had surgery several years back. Incredible!
We pay for two weeks vacation each year - one in summer and one at Christmas. She takes one extra unpaid week in the summer as well. She schedules summer vacation in January, so there is plenty of time to align our summer vacation with hers.
She is more family than day care. She has bent over backwards for us. When there was an emergency in my family, she kept my kids for dinner and even offered to care for them overnight!
She is VERY experienced. She has been doing this for 30 years! There is not a lot of turnover in the kids, so everyone really becomes friendly.
She is stern and fair and our kids really respect her (probably more than me - lol).
Her house is on a cul-de-sac, so when the children play outside, it is safe. They ride bikes, play with balls - they are very active.
This review must look like one from a family member. It is and it isn't. I am not a blood relative and didn't know Kathy when I had my daughter, but have come to feel like she is family.
I can't think of any reason not to recommend her. Her prices are reasonable, the care is incredible, she makes things VERY easy, and she is so pleasant and fun! I'll be sad when my kids have grown because I won't see her almost every day anymore!