my children have attended the Cradle Club since 2012 and I have had nothing but positive experiences with management and staff alike! My oldest is now in preschool (he started in infants) and he has learned so much from the curriculum and teachers. My youngest is in infants and smiles and reaches for his teacher as soon as we arrive :) The Director does a great job of communicating with me on any schedule or staff changes, upcoming events for their classrooms and any reminders I might need :) Couldn't ask for a better place for my kiddos to go during the day!
Our daughter attends the Edina Cradle Club and I have to say we have been thrilled with the care she receives. From one mother to another, I understand how incredibly hard it is to drop off your most prized possession with someone else during the day. We can tell everyday we drop her off that her teachers love her, and she loves her teachers, because she claps and cheers when I hand her off!!! When we pick up they have so many details about her day it is clear they pour their attention into the kids. The curriculum and artwork they do is age appropriate and not to mention adorable! We couldn't be happier with the Cradle Club and would recommend it to our friends and family! Thanks for all you do :-)
Where do I start? I pulled off my child within 2 months of enrolling. Terrible management, the support teachers keep changing constantly. Complete lack of communication between the staff and management. When I went for a tour initially, the director arranged it on a day when the whole of preschool was on a field trip. When I requested to meet the teachers I got a vague response and never met them till it was day 1. I guess, I should have seen this as a red flag and gone somewhere else. Here are the reasons I decided to dis enroll:
a) Curriculum or lack of it. There is a TV in the room that is ouyt to use daily.
b) My very talkative friendly child, on a daily basis came back sad saying no one plays with her and teachers in playground say zip it when she tried to communicate her needs.
c) Frozen food like stoufers and eggo, canned fruit is served as "nutritious" food. They are not open to any diet restrictions. and if you miss to provide an alternative, they simply serve the child the sides.
d) There was a very serious issue of how they discipline kids & hygiene, ( my child was asked to put her hand in toilet to take something that fell in accidentally. and they let her wash on her own and use it). When I reported this to the director, she took her own sweet time investigating and did not even have the decency to talk to us in person. She mailed us back a very flippant note admitting the staff did it. Thats all. There was no mention of action taken, nothing!
Not that they really care, When I mentioned I am pulling her off, all they said was..OK, you have to pay 2 weeks due. thats it.
My 2 cents -- Do not put your child in there, if you can find another alternative. Any place is better than this. All they care about is the weekly check.
My child was treated differently because he was going through the terrible three's. He was potty training and I informed the staff, they said they would help but he was not allowed to use the bathroom. They let him wet himself then punished him by putting him in the corner for 10 minutes. Horrible director, never sending my child back!
This program is not a good place for kids. Children have no voice. Babies cry themselves to sleep. Classrooms are poorly designed. Most of the toys are junk toys from fast food places. The amount of toys in each classroom is very low. The classroom furniture is to large for kids or plastic and junky. Some classrooms don't have sensory tables which they are supposed to have in all rooms. Most of there teachers do not have degrees in Early Childhood. Teachers do what is best for them and not the kids.
I have one child that attended this program for 6 months. In this time, the classroom teachers changed twice, and the management (assistant director and director) changed as well. The facilities are not maintained we'll, and the teaching staff are fairly inexperienced and poorly trained. I would not recommend this program to anyone. The only benefit is that the cost is about $25-50/week less than similar child care centers in the area ( the ONLY benefit in my opinion). You do indeed get hat you pay for. There are several better programs in the area.
My daughter has attended the Cradle Club since May. I have been incredibly impressed with the curriculum, the teaching staff, and the administration. Any concerns voiced to the director have been resolved rapidly and respectfully. My communications (phone and email) have been returned quickly. I love the addition of music classes and field trips, and my daughter has advanced so much in her vocab (she's 18 months) and social skills since she started at the Cradle Club. We would definitely recommend this program.
My child attended CC for four years. I was very disappointed with the level of professionalism of the staff and the lack of quality teachers. After repeatedly being ignored by administration about my concerns I pulled my child out in favor of a safer environment where she would get a better education and where I could tell that the staff actually cared.
My children have been attending the CC for over 5 years. There are some leadership issues at the school and the teaching my children received was average, but not above. My experience with some of the administration was unprofessional and little is being done to make the necessary changes to move the school forward in a positive direction.