Maggy Haves School, located in North Hollywood, California, is a preschool that enrolls 49 students. It accepts 2 to 6 year olds.
The school community has reviewed this preschool and given it an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars.
We took our son out of a Montessori school and brought him to Maggy Haves School. It was the best thing we could have done for him. At the old school to discipline him they simply put him in a time out. At Maggy Have they teach the children what is wrong with their behavior and how to correct it. They TALK to the children, instead of sending them to a corner. Now my son loves to come to school. When asked if he likes this school he says " I LOVE IT." When asked why he says "because the teaches talk to me and listen to what I have to say."
The Maggy Haves School is an incredibly special place where children flourish. The director, teachers and all of the staff are devoted to the well being of children. As a psychotherapist and author of multiple parenting books, I was very particular about where I was willing to send my children. When I toured the school I was blown away by the way the teachers and administration spoke to the children and handled conflict resolution. The children at the school truly learn how to voice their opinions, handle conflict and be kind with one another. This is a school that values the individual and is child focused. The staff and administration are always available to support parents and I have come to them more than once for advice with my own parenting and they have always been honest, open and supportive. I feel lucky to have children at this school.
Both of my children attended the preschool as well as the toddler program over the past five years. This school has given us so many amazing parenting techniques during that time that I can't imagine what we would have done without this school. My children felt cared for, supported, and known by their teachers and the co-directors. The needs of the kids are always put first at The Maggy Haves School.
After touring most of the preschools in the SF Valley, Maggy Haves stood out to us as a cut above the rest. It is a progressive preschool with a curriculum and structure. We were surprised at how many of the progressive schools had little supervision on their playgrounds. In contrast, at MH every child is known, watched, attended to and loved. Disagreements that at other schools would be dismissed as kids being kids are resolved and worked out. Children learn to express their feelings and use their words. Our son is excited to go to school every single day and we know the school works hard to make sure that he and each child excels. The teachers are all phenomenal and the co-directors know each child and family as well. MH is not right for everyone. The teachers and directors know a lot about child development and they want to share their insights. Parents who don t want any advice shouldn t go here. Those who have left the school have usually done so because they disagree with the school s view of what their child needs. In our experience, however, MH has been very attentive to alternative points of view -- always seeking to do what s best for the child.
Maggy Haves is a progressive preschool focused on the social and emotional development of the child. Their teachers go above and beyond in their commitment to helping each child grow during these formative years. Unlike many preschool tours (or elementary tours for that matter), MH does an individual tour where they encourage the parent(s) to sit and listen to what s happening in each classroom and on the playground. What you find is that teachers are engaged (not chit-chatting or distracted) and helping the kids resolve conflicts, have fun, and be good to one another. The staff knows each and every kid and family not just by name but with a great understanding and interest in each child s particular issues . There is sometimes a philosophy or feeling that the way they do things is the best way, but this does not mean it is not impossible to challenge or question. Their advice is always given in the spirit of helping, and they could not be more available to discuss your child and any concerns you might have. It is a special place that we feel blessed to have found.
Like any school, this one can be great for some and not great for others. My kids LOVE it. They feel safe. They're treated like people, who have valid opinions & thoughts. Kids are helped to work through their negative feelings instead of just being distracted from them. They are given permission to feel and talk about their feelings. Teachers genuinely listen to children, giving them the message that their voice matters. Limits are consistent and clear. Curriculum is well thought out. The school's strength is the teachers. There has been an unfortunate reputation of administrators being dogmatic and unapproachable. I have experienced this, and it is the main weakness of the school. But if you have thick skin, you'll learn more than you ever thought possible. Most parents here seem willing to tolerate the administration, knowing that what their children get in the classrooms is far superior to any other preschool. Administration can come across as impatient and demeaning toward parents, but they come from a place of passionate belief in what's best for kids, and sometimes that means being direct. This school is definitely worth touring. Trust your instinct.
My children and I attended when the founder of the school was still involved. In our 2nd group meeting, a dad said that he did not like playing with his 18th month old son on the floor. The founder's response was shocking - "I hate playing with small children". You are also not allowed to question anything that the staff does. Ever. A week later, I had a question about a teacher decision. Her response was atrocious. First, she re-iterated that parents are not allowed to question the staff about anything. I told her that I was not questioning, I just wanted to understand so that I could reinforce as necessary. This is where it gets really really sad. The teacher then informed me that perhaps this was not the right school for us. I brought up what the founder had said about "hating to play with children. The teacher then told me that it is ok to teach children to hate. Furthermore, she told me that she was abused by her father as a child and she was not allowed to say that she hated him.
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