It's a really good school. I had my daughter enrolled when she was 4 years old. Initially we wanted to opt out. The teachers were very young and my daughter had potty accidents and she didn't have such accidents since she was 3. But I spoke with the director and she convinced me things will change. And they did, the teachers started taking kids to the bathroom more often especially before going to the playground. There were no potty accidents.
They have better and skilled teachers for PreKI and PreKH. They have many activities for kids, water play in summer, at times new England aquarium visiting, movies, Halloween parties etc. all throughout the year. The hygiene is good, and they have 2 full-time cooks. That is the biggest advantage the school has. They provide breakfast, snacks and lunch. And laundry is on-site.
My daughter was in PreKH, it felt like a family. PreKH/I offers more learning than any other class in the school. I felt sad leaving NGCC, my daughter made such good friends. The kids were pampered.
With a daycare center like this that has locations open for 21 years, there are no doubt many happy and satisfied parents. I'm not one of them. On only the 3rd day, my daughter went to daycare in the morning just fine and came home with the flu. She required hospitalization for 8 days for this severe illness and even developed pneumonia along the way. The issue I have is even with an established sickness policy which we found out about later, this daycare is very lenient it seems. Another baby appeared to be dropped off in the morning very sick, but was not sent home. In only half a week towards the end of winter, we received 2 health notices about children in my daughter's room being diagnosed with Fifth Disease and Conjunctivitis. The daycare didn't even send a 3rd notice to inform other parents after we informed the daycare that our daughter was diagnosed with the flu. Needless to say, we immediately pulled her out after she was hospitalized. My hope is my experience can help others to make a more informed decision about childcare and, specifically, this daycare.
NGCC is a good school. We have a 3 year old in pre-K and a 14-month old whose been in the infant rooms. We transferred to NGCC from out-of-state several months ago because it's conveniently located and offered the most competitive prices around for the level of service we wanted. The main teachers have been great with the kids and with keeping us informed. We reallly enjoyed Sheila in the infant room whose been there for several years and Lauren in the pre-K program. I really credit them for helping smooth the transition to a new school. They've also been flexible as we've adjusted our work schedules. My kids love the music program and the play spaces, both inside and outside. It's also nice that they offer breakfast in the morning (if you have to get to work early) and a late snack in the afternoon (to hold the kids over during the after-work commute).