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3836 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55406

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(612) 360-3196
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August 06, 2014
I think you should know that the favorable reviews are correct and were all written prior to August 2013 when the school had a 90% turnover rate in their staff. Since then, the quality of staff is hit or miss and the owners do not seem to have any interest in obtaining a 4 star rating that most credible daycares have. The facilities are beautiful, nicer than my house, but I feel that it has become more about babysitting in the preschool than it is about learning. I don't believe that my kid needs to be able to read at age 4, but it doesn't seem like she has progressed much in the last year. I do things with her at home, but this facility charges rates that are comparable or higher to institutions with better curriculum. Now, they do offer better food (made from scratch). It's truly a shame. Parents that have utilized JM up until July of 2013 were so proud of where they sent their kids to school. It's been a year and has not recovered. The owners need to evolve. What worked for the first decade is no longer sustainable. We are experiencing ridiculous turnover rates. Why? I'm not sure I want to know.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2014
Our 3-year old has been at the new Eden Prairie location since Fall of 2013. The facility is immaculate, no matter what time of day you're there and the staff is warm and helpful. My son's teachers (1-2 teachers per class of 6 or so kids) are wonderful and my son (who was terrified of being away from mommy at first) was loving his "school" within a few weeks. When I visit the class the kids are engaged. My son comes home with wonderful projects each day and is fed healthy meals. Most importantly my son says his teacher "loves" him. The tuition is competitive with similar immersion schools, it's a bit of an investment.. but seeing our son so happy makes it all worth it. My only suggestion for improvement would be more frequent parent-teacher progress chats. I believe there are two a year, but I would love to double that. Some on this thread have mentioned the immigration issues that were reported in the media in 2013, I'm satisfied that the school handled the situation properly -- and I believe it's made them even more discerning when it comes to their current and future staff members. I would highly recommend Jardin Magico in Eden Prairie.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2013
We have also been on a waiting list for over 2 years. We were told the wait list was 6 months. We completed the tour and have never heard back. I have made several phone calls trying to find out where we are at on the waiting list, with promises of getting phone calls back and have not once received a return call. I have never had this much difficulty with any child care provider I have inquired about.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
I posted a prior comment here that seems to have been taken down? Which bothers me - it was not at all meant to be critical, but rather a question with honest information for parents. We are on the waiting list at Jardin Magico, and think highly of the center(s). Will be trying to make a decision if we get into multiple places (we're on several other waiting lists too). I know several people with kids here who love it. But I also know Jardin was in the news recently for losing quite a few teachers to immigration questions, so I wanted to raise the issue. I'm curious about how current parents have reacted, and if they would still recommend Jardin as highly, given the recent events and changes? I'm sure the teachers were/are wonderful, but such a turnover can be really difficult for kids, parents, and the whole organization.

- submitted by a community member
July 24, 2013
This is an excellent daycare and school facility - with devoted, punctual and caring staff. The rooms, schedule, menu and children are meticulously maintained. Their scratch kitchen and cooking is amazing to parents who care about their kid's diets & introduction to a variety of foods. The attentiveness to every child is beyond amazing, with daily calls & emails from the staff, if parent desires it on top of a daily conversation with the teacher at pick up. Having visited several other daycares in the SW & Edina - JM is by far the best and most of should be attributed to the teachers. The 1.5yr waitlist was worth the wait!

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2013
The teachers are what makes Jardin Magico so special. They are, hands down, amazing, loving, and kind. The eco-friendly aspect, Spanish language immersion and scratch kitchen are just bonuses. Our toddler just took her kindergarten-readiness assessment and she knocked it out of the park - I attribute much of her success and preparation to her teachers. Communication from Xavier and Natalie could be better, but we have nothing but praise for the amazing teachers. We go to the Edina location.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2013
I adore this school. It is hard to get in because it's soooo good. My daughter loves her teachers and the socialization is priceless.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2013
We have a toddler and infant, both who started at 2 months old at Jardin Magico. We considered moving our daughter to our church for preschool to save money and an the hours were more flexible (7am-6pm vs. 730-515) but we just couldn't imagine pulling her out of Jardin. Our children LOVE school, the teachers are very loving, they cook healthy, homemade lunches with lots of veggies, provide cloth diapers, it's extremely clean and organized, and they constantly reinvest in the facilities & new toys, etc. All of the staff seem to know our daughter's name which tells me the kind of community they have. The most obvious benefit of course is the bilingual environment. At 2 1/2 our daughter can speak full sentences in Spanish, sing the alphabet, say the days of the week, count to 15... In 2 languages! Copies of the typical daily schedule are provided. The parent who pulled their child out for lack of structure and curriculum must not have received this information (not sure why). Free play does fall at drop off and pick up while education time is planned when there are fewer interruptions of children coming and going.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2013
We love, love, love Jardin Magico! My daughter is now two-and-a-half and has been enrolled since she was four months old. The teachers are excellent, the facility always clean, and my daughter just adores going to school. She is excelling by every measure, especially in language skills, and I largely credit Jardin Magico. I always miss my daughter while I am at work but I never worry about her, knowing she is receiving exceptional care. This place is a gem. I'll be sorry when she ages out. Initially I put her in child care so I could work, but now I feel like I work so I can afford to expose her to the myriad opportunities provided by this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2013
We have been on the waiting list for Jardin Magico for over two years. We were recently told to try back in another 6 months. When we toured we were told there was a 6 month waiting list. Communication and call-backs have also been poor. We would have put our son on another school's waiting list had they been forthcoming about the actual wait list time frame.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2012
My daughter goes to Jardin Magico in Kingsfield and I love it. As a new mom, I didn't want to go back to work and this daycare made my transition as easy as it could have been. The teachers are very loving and playful. My daughter crawled early, waved early, pointed early and is walking early...and I'm not saying she's a genius! I just think she is learning like crazy here!! I love it! It's soooo worth it. I would like to address the neg. reviews...first of all, one of them didn't even send their kid here! That's one star review is a about the tour process, not the daycare. Secondly, Jardin Magico is very upfront about the fact that they believe in teaching children through play and singing and games...and that is why I love it. That is what I want, a kid who knows how to be a kid! It sounds like that parent would have been better suited for a Montessori, which I HATED when we toured. This is not a Montessori. And it never, ever, ever smells like a "deep fryer at Pepitos"...although I am glad she's supporting local business: ) It's always spotless and smells clean. My daughter never cries when I drop her off and is always smiling when I pick her up.I highly recommend!

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2012
I have to echo what the other partents are saying. This daycare is wonderful. I have 3 boys attending at the Longfellow location. We began attending in the summer of 2008. The environment is clean, the organic food is great, the teachers are very caring. My kids have all blossomed here. My oldest is 5 and will start Kindergarten this fall. I am now struggling to find a Kindergarten that will offer as much as Jardin has. I will echo the one complaint the other parent had about transitioning between rooms. As I've now been through the transition many times, I understand that it all amounts to kids going to Kindergarten and the trickle down effect to the younger kids. When you're waiting to move your child to an older class room it is frustrating to wait for an opening. I do wish that Natalie and Javier could improve this timing for the younger kids. Overall, a great daycare. I won't send my kids anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2012
Jardin Magico is a clean, safe, educational, and culturally rich environment for my child. I am so lucky as a mom to have found this gem.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2012
My kids have attended 2 of the 3 Jardin Magico locations, and they are both equally wonderful! The transition from Longfellow to Kingfield (because we moved) was so easy because the teachers Jardin Magico hires LOVE KIDS! And I don't know how they do it, but Javi and Natalie are always available and present to parents at both. Keep up the great work! This program is a godsend to parents.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2012
Jardin Magico is fantastic. My son has been attending now for several months and I couldn't be happier with the experience. My son is happy and laughing when we get to daycare, basically runs to his teacher the minute his jacket is off and isn't in any hurry to leave at the end of the day as he is having too much fun. This is a huge change from his previous daycare center (large chain) where I basically had to force him to go to his teacher. The teachers are dilligent about maintaining a clean environment and it has made a huge difference in my son not getting sick constantly like his previous daycare. The waitlist was long and it took us about a year to get into the daycare but it was well worth the wait. As far as the negative reviewer(s), I can't say I have experienced any of the things that the other person has. All of my sons teachers do speak english, some more fluently than others but enough that we can communicate freely, the other parents seem fine and while pick up/drop off is busy, it hasn't been an issue and kind of goes with the territory of taking your child to a daycare. Alot of my friends have their children in Jardin and all agree it is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2012
Our son attended this daycare for eight months before my husband and I decided to withdraw him. He was almost five. This decision was based on the fact that when our child arrived at the magic garden, he would be lead to the playground to play before class begun. In the evening when I or my husband would arrive to pick our boy up, he'd be in the playground.. Playing. After the spring, summer and fall of this constant playground activity I asked my son if playing outdoors on the slide was typical. And it was. Now his Spanish was very minimal still. He was limited to "hola" and "buenos noche".. This daycare was higher priced because of the amenities and education that was advertised. I believe now that it was just an overpriced jungle gym outdoors. The facility smells like a deep fryer at Pepito's. There was never any appropriate/ convenient parking. The rotation from stations was extremely slow, parents took forever to dress and undress their children, they were also slow at picking up and dropping off their little ones.. And Lord forbid you were late picking your child up due to traffic, weather, lack of parking or other slow parents. Our overall experience was not favorable.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2011
My daughter has attended Jardin Magico since she was a baby. She is now almost 5. We couldn't be happier with this school. It's not only loving and academically sound, but also serves healthy food.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2011
BEST daycare! We had our son here since he was 12 weeks old and the caregivers and directors (Natalie & Javier) are fantastic. We moved to Chicago last year and was disappointed we could not find anything CLOSE to the excellent amenities provided: Infants - all bottles/nipples etc. (just bring your own formula or breast milk - they'll even store frozen milk for you), organic babyfood/snacks, organic lowfat cow milk when your child is ready, all wipes and cloth diapers used during the day are provided (just bring a small supply of your diapers for them to change him into for pickup) For toddlers/kids - healthy whole, organic meals prepared on site for toddlers (will ensure your child is off to a healthy diet with lots of veggies, beans, etc.) 100% spanish ALL the time for your kiddos, you would NOT believe the difference this makes in their verbal/social development. The teachers and other parents at my son's new daycare in IL would always comment on how my son could speak so well, better than most 3-4 year olds. however, my son was not exceptional in this regard when compared to other Jardin kids, this is the NORM for kids attending Jardin.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2011
The slow transition from the infant room to the toddler room is our ONLY complaint about JM, and the positive aspects of our experience here far outweigh this one complaint. Teachers are pleasant and loving. The facility is spotless. Cloth diapers are provided. Our son is 17mos and so we are tired of the baby food served in the infant room but that said, it IS organic, and prepared on site. (And we are allowed to bring additional snacks for him to eat while we wait for an opening in the toddler room.) And to top it all off, the Spanish immersion experience and use of sign language make JM incomparable to anything else available in Mpls. We are expecting another child and already have her/him on the waiting list.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
I only have experience with the infant and toddler rooms, but the people here are so caring and loving of all the children. All food is prepared onsite and no processed foods! We love everything about this place, the bilingual aspect is just a great bonus on top of everything else they offer!

- submitted by a parent
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El Jardin Magico Bilingual Dc
3836 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis, MN  55406
(612) 360-3196
Last modified El Jardin Magico Bilingual Dc is a Private school that serves grade PK
El Jardin Magico Bilingual Dc Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top