My first experience having my daughter enter what I thought was a Pre-K 2 program. At 2 1/2 she had always been home with me, and I found this an exciting opportunity for her to make new friends and experience fun and nurturing teachers. Everyday at pick up including the first I received negative comments from teachers that came across as annoyed and tired. I appreciated the feedback as I did request to please let me in on any happenings with my child. My first negative inclination was that there was not a formal means of communication. No logs, no e-mail, and the one phone call that I made to clear up a complaint without specifics was never returned.
The teacher admited to becoming irate on the 2nd day because my toddler asked her to "go away." I was so embarrassed but also concerned, irate is a pretty stong emotion to feel on the second day of school towards a 2 1/2 year old. Yes, I expect discipline and communicating this to me, but feeling "irate?"
Lack of empathy was a big concern. On the second day my toddler teared-up at drop-off, this made me cry (ugly cry) one screamed across the room with other parents standing there, this is ridiculous, the other yelled, "it's time for you to have another kid" (in Spanish). Wow, what lack of tact. I don't know these women, nor the other parents that were there. What lack of empathy! On and on went my daughter's first week. Today at drop off more inappropriate comments and then I pick my daughter up to an accident report. This is perhaps the most important and key part to my review, absolutely NO curriculum this week, babies under two that these two women have to care for were in the same class. Crying babies that took up what could have been ANY instructional time on my child's FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL. No instructional agenda is Key for discipline issues. This was a daycare not a Pre-K 2. Cherry on top and clearly my cue that this was not the enviornment I wanted for my child. Another teacher from another class, whom I had never met, did not realize that I was standing in the vicinity when she tells my friend how is your child doing because I heard your friend's kid (makes a horrible gesture as to say my kid was an issue). I was heart-broken and embarrassed. Gossiping about my 2 1/2 year old. Needless to say I withdrew my daughter. I was cautioned against these teachers and decided to give it a shot either way.
I have had a great experience so far with my son. He is with Ms. Lydia and Evelyn and prior to that with Ms. Melinda and Catherine. It really is a loving environment and kids seem to be learning quite a bit. The teachers and office staff are very accessible. Also, I have met very nice parents. I'm looking forward to enroll my daughter there as well next year.
Lidia and Evelyn are truly amazing human beings that deserve the world. They mind their business and stick to what's important, the kids and their education and they do an incredible job with that. Everyone should follow their lead.