Creative Center For Children is a preschool located in Encino, California.
The school community has reviewed this preschool and given it an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars.
My daughter attended a different preschool at age 2 for one year, and we had a negative experience. We withdrew her after an unfortunate situation with teachers yelling at her, and were seeking a better preschool. CCC was on my list of reputable preschools from Jackie Rosenberg's mommy and me class, so I set up a tour. I found the Director, Lily to be professional, a good listener and sympathetic to our recent situation. I got a good feeling at the tour and applied. As a teacher in Beverly Hills School District, I know indicators of an excellent school. I was impressed with the outdoor area, classrooms, director, as well as teachers. We were lucky that another child was moving and there was a full-time spot open. The teachers and DIrector were careful about handling the transition. Director Lily still takes our daughter under her wing and cares for her because of what she endured. Our daughter has grown emotionally and academically. I recommend CCC as a highly academic and nurturing preschool. The school has a strong curriculum, active parent body, diversified activities, and effective email communication. My daughter is happy, as are we.
Only my second child has attended CCC (because of some changes in our family we left my older son's preschool to seek another for our second son) and I have seen a few other pre-schools in action. We have attended a total of 3 different preschools, all with very different styles and "personalities." CCC has the most balance of all the schools we have attended. The teachers are calm, confident, seasoned and gentle. They are not political at all. The other families are very diverse but all local so you feel the neighborhood around you. Almost all attend the local elementary public schools (which are very well ranked) so the school prepares them for that curriculum. Also, the interior courtyard playground cannot be beat. My only hesitation in not giving it 5 stars is that I think they could add a layer for the older children who cannot yet attend public or private school because of their birth dates. I also wish the liquor store was not nearby but we have never had a problem in the 2.5 years we have attended.
My children have been attending CCC for only 6 months but I have seen nothing but a wonderful, loving and nurturing environment. My 4.5 year old absolutely loves school and is learning Spanish and a plethora of other unique topics (he came home the other night talking about Van Gogh's Starry Night...What??!). What I love most about the school is how involved the children are...this includes everything from Spirit Day (kids wear their CCC tee shirts), the Butterfly Release Party, to Snow Day (they fill the entire playground with SNOW!). The children were celebrated one day with a "party" in the play yard that included beautiful balloons, face painting, shaving cream art tables, etc. This isn't a day care if that's what you're looking for...CCC is a true learning EXPERIENCE. I can't recommend this school more highly if you want to feel that your children are not only being watched, while you are away, but being care for, nurtured and taught invaluable life lessons.
Creative center is not a good school anymore.Since 2012 ,Lily Telemantes was chosen as director by the New owners.(Mia & Evan Levy).She never listen to any parents .The wounderfull teacher of 14 years(Teacher Xochiti) just Quit last week.She was unhappy about 1/13 (and increasing on daily basis)adult/kids ratio & she could not tolerate a stubborn director .Lily did not even let her stay for 2 weeks & now there are 24 kids with only one teacher.Toilets are stinky & full of germs .There are multiple falls & bumps for our kids ,while nobody knows what happened.Lily always say your child has balance problem to all the parents & when they complain about the ratio & hygiene ,she just say you can take your kid to another school if you are not happy.Such a mess.Lily refuses group meeting with parents.(She is an obvious dictator).Hopefully The owners kick her out of school before they will loose more money & reputation.
Creative center used to be a great school.with new director Lily Telemantes .everything is a mess.There are 25 kids in each class with only one teacher & one teacher assistant .There are so many falls ,bumps,abrasions because of inadequate supervision.Toilets are stinky & full of germs.They do not change toddlers dipper as needed.Whenever parents bring up their concerns.Lily gel at them & say,I f you are not happy ,you can take your kid to another school.Teacher Xochiti who was a great teacher of Creative center for 14 years,resigned last week & Lily did not even let her stay for 2 weeks & told her I don't wanna see you anymore.Now there are 25 kids & one teacher & No substitute ,Lily Telemantes is a cheap ,unreasonable director ,who only believe in Show offs.
This school has changed ownership and directors so all reviews before 2012 are irrelevant. The new director is unapproachable. She wont allow a roster and as new parent, this makes it impossible to socialize with other parents. She is pushing structure, academics and teacher assisted crafts. There is no creativity. The teachers are wonderful but they are controlled by someone who is unreasonable and the owner is not involved at all. He just collects checks from all of his 6+ schools. This is not the school I thought it was going to be.
My husband and I visited Creative Center for Children and fell in love instantly. The director, Lily, was very sweet and provided a great deal of information. The classrooms looked clean and wonderful and the kids were all happy and smiling! We have visited many schools in the past month and knew right away that the director, teachers and school aere is school were the best thing for our son,.We look forward to starting in September.
My daughter currently attends this fabulous school, and my son will soon be joining her. This school has so many fantastic qualties: great hours for parents, reasonable pricing, caring and experienced teachers and directors, comfortable classrooms with a wide variety of supplies, an amazing yard area, and great families. I have seen such amazing development in my daughter since she started over a year ago acrross the board -- emotionally, socially, academically, and physically. I could not recommend the school more highly. Just be sure to apply early, as it fills up fast!
I have two daughters at the school and am so delighted with their experience. They are thriving socially and intellectually in this wonderful environment that the school has so lovingly created. The Creative Center offers the perfect combination of structured activities and play.
I am still so thrilled we are sending our daughter to the Creative Center. All of the teachers have been wonderful -- caring, kind. Not only are they there for parents and children for academics and kindergarten preparation, but they are an amazing resource (probably due to their years of experience) for parents in other areas. I feel that my little girl is getting the best preparation possible for the next step in her education. And I will be just as happy when my son starts next year.
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