My response of "not enough" is not in relation to the school itself, but what is common practice for the grade level. None of my three daughters ever received homework while attending Pre-k. I understand the normally accepted reasoning; however, I believe that a very small amount of homework at this level and proportionally increasing with each successive grade would be a tremendous advantage to students in such a way that they get acclimated sooner and won't get as overwhelmed as they get to higher grade levels and receive workloads that often surprise the student and the parents.
Gingerbread far surpassed our previous experiences and expectations (different school) with respect to our third daughter. My wife and I immerse ourselves in our children's education and we had excellent communication with the school. She received a top notch academic education, social experience and instruction. One unfortunate incident which had left me truly impressed was when my daughter had fallen and received a deep cut to her forehead. She received immediate first aid and an administrator had me on the phone in moments to explain that "(My daughter's name) had an accident at school in which she cut her forehead and it appears that it may need to be stitched." When I arrived at the school, my daughter's teacher was holding her and speaking comforting words to her while covering her wound. They explained what had happened, apologized and asked that I inform them of her status. It was very evident they had genuine care for her well being. At her pediatrician's, my daughter received 5 stitches, I updated the school and we went home. The next morning the two teachers in the class came to see her and show the compassion I came to recognize. After we talked, one of the teachers handed me a note. The previous evening I had spoken to my daughter about what occurred and came to the conclusion that it was nothing more than an accident, she was distracted, stumbled over her own feet, fell, and cut her head. I read the note just outside her class and was unsurprised that they gave me a complete rundown of events. They discussed the incident and the rest of the days activities. After I had left with my daughter. The teachers talked to the students about what happened to alleviate any concerns they may have, a comprehensive check of not only the classroom but the outdoor areas as well was done to ensure proper safety with no undue hazards. They mentioned they found no spills or hazards where my daughter fell, etc. Lastly, an administrator checked with me to ask about my daughter, did we need anything or have any concerns. I simply informed her that I was very happy how it was handled, my daughter explained it was a "silly accident", and I knew with certainty that it was by no means the school's fault and not to have any concerns of legal action because I knew everything was expertly handled.
The teachers are well selected, well trained teachers who obviously are teaching because of their care for children. I will add there was one teacher there who could be slightly short tempted with the children but that teacher left very shortly after starting.
Love this school. I have twin boys (3) who have been there for over a year. I get a high level of communication every day helping me understand (and feel part of their day). The teachers themselves have been wonderful and the Directors have been a great resource. I thoroughly recommend to anyone with age 2 plus kids.
We absolutely love this school! Our son has been at Gingerbread for about 4 months and we couldn't be happier. He enjoys going to school each and everyday. The teachers are awesome. Each day we get a note about his day in school, if he slept, ate his lunch good and what activities he enjoyed doing most that day. The classrooms are awesome. Plenty of variety in the types of play and they're very organized in their daily activities which allows the children to engage in many activities throughout the day. The staff is very experienced in working with kids this age and they are very alert to what is going on. My son would come home with horrior stories and bite marks from his last school and the teacher didn't even know these things were happening, at Gingerbread my son did get bit but his teacher knew about it, repremanded the other child and there was an incident report explaining the where he got bit and what happened in his cubbie for us when we picked him up. It makes me feel good to have my son in a place where I don't have to worry about him while he's away from home.
The BEST daycare/pre-school in the area! They have a fantastic balance between academics and play. My son was speaking Spanish (taught by the school) at age 3! Fantastic school! Can't say enough good things.