Gateway Child Development Center

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PHONE: (213) 922-4453

1 Gateway Plz 99-Pl-7

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Gateway Child Development Center is a preschool located in Los Angeles, California.

This preschool's average Community Rating, based on 4 reviews, is 3 out of 5 stars.

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Posted on Apr 8, 2014
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Our family has been at Gateway over a period of 6 years, and we have had over 20 teachers there. From what I have seen, and learned from other parents and other preschools, it is a good child care center -- but not a great preschool. Pros: the current teachers (April 2014) for the older kids seem to be very caring and loving; the toys and art supplies are fabulous; the price, for a Downtown location, is reasonable (around $1,000 a month); the director seems to be accommodating for reasonable requests. The cons: they claim to have NAEYC ratios for 4 & 5 year olds (1:9), but the ratio is really the state maximum of 1:12; there seems to be a daily sugar treat given as a reward in the older classrooms; the hot lunch menu does not accurately reflect what the children actually get (recently, the afternoon fresh fruit snack was replaced twice with goldfish); the families who are there under a subsidized or free program do not usually make eye contact or talk to other parents and they do not get involved in what is happening in the classroom; and, the classrooms are very crowded with lots of tables, shelves and other furniture, so there is not much room for the kids to move around.
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Posted on Feb 8, 2011
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My child has been at this facility for over 3 years and the staff has been nothing but warm and welcoming. I would highly recommend this facility to any interested party if your child care needs are in the down town LA area.
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Posted on Aug 20, 2010
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I had my child in this school for three months. She cried every day she came. After witnessing two infants crying, without any teacher paying attention, I understood why. No one at the school made my child feel welcomed or a part of a community. The teachers were nice, but one was very rigid in enforcing the schedule. I brought my child 5 minutes late for lunch (after a 2 hour doctor appointment) and was told she couldn't eat with the other kids, which, again, sent a message my child wasn't welcome. The center is horribly disorganized--I never received a single direction on center policies unless I asked. I gave appropriate notice for withdrawal and was told the fee would be prorated (my child left mid-week). On her last day, I had to pay for the whole week, enforcing my perception the center has poor leadership, poor communication, poor values.
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Posted on Sep 17, 2009
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This is a well operated and exceptionally programed day care.
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