June 15, 2015
My daughter attended preschool at Kids Corner ("KC") for a semester. In terms of academics and facilities, KC is the "Rolls Royce" of preschools in the Doral area of Miami, and you pay a hefty premium for the privilege. (The fees at KC are 25-50% higher than at other preschools in the area). I was not surprised to learn that KC was founded by a former Bright Horizons administrator, since it is run in very much the same way - The facilities are clean, the equipment and toys are well-maintained, and the school follows the highly recommended Creative Curriculum and uses the latest software to track your child's progress. My daughter did learn a lot in her short time there.
However, KC gets a failing grade when it comes to ethnic and cultural diversity. The Center has classes from infants through VPK (Pre-K), but my daughter was the ONLY African-American child in the entire school. And on top of that, she was one of only a handful of students for whom Spanish was not their native language. Granted, there is a substantial population of Spanish-speakers in Miami, but KC takes this to the extreme, and is not reflective of the cultural and racial melting pot that is Miami. Although no one at KC said or did anything overtly, the Center clearly caters to "Anglo," Spanish-speaking families. This attitude comes all the way from the top, as we found KC's director to be very stand-offish with both us and our daughter, but very warm and friendly to those families with a similar linguistic and ethic background. (The Assistant Director is a sweetheart, however).
If this wasn't enough to make our daughter feel like she didn't fit in, she started coming home and repeating certain racially/culturally insensitive and inappropriate comments made to her by the teachers in her classroom. And it was starting to have a negative effect on her self-image. Needless to say, we removed her from KC after only one semester. She now attends another preschool which, while not as "ritzy" as KC, has a population of kids, teachers and families that more accurately reflects the racial and cultural diversity of South Florida.
Overall, Kids Corner is a very good preschool on paper, but is only a good fit in reality for "Anglo" Hispanic/Latino children and their families. I would NOT recommend it if you don't fit this ethnic/cultural profile.
- submitted by a parent