Our experience with GIP was terrible. I am a foster parent and so my children have been traumatized. They DO NOT know how to handle kiddos like this. The director tried to force her beliefs on parenting on us instead of trying to work out a compromised solution. She was not respectful or kind to us. My kids would tell me how they did not feel heard by the teachers or very safe or cared for with them (they are school aged). I would also often walk in and here one teacher or another yelling at the group of kids or just one, usually about something ridiculous. So, they thought yelling and being uncaring when a child is crying is a better punishment than my natural consequences. Go figure. I'm not Lutheran, but if this daycare represents what their church believes and what the members are like, you can bet I would never subject my family to these kinds of people.
This school is a blessing to me and my son. I have had my son here for two years and have seen tremendous growth in him academically, socially and Biblically . He gets challenged academically (but not to the point where he hates it, all learning is age-appropriate and fun...as I have set in a few of his classes) and he is growing leaps and bounds socially. The staff and director are very communicative with me about what is going on. And if there is a problem, they are respectful in the manner they bring it to me. And we are able to work out solutions for the problems. I love this center and recommend it for anyone that is looking for quality care.
We have been absolutely pleased with the care and love given to our 2 children over the past 9 years. The staff are like family to us! Anytime I have had a concern it was addressed immediately and professionally. I appreciate everything the staff and Director does to make us feel welcome and loved. I would highly recommend this center!
My child was enrolled at this school starting in the 1 year old room. Those two teachers were fantastic and I really thought I had found a wonderful place in a great location for my son. Once he moved to the 2 year old room it went downhill fast. His teacher was never on time so my son was to be left in the middle with the school age children until I complained enough that they allowed him to sit in another more age appropriate room in the mornings. A new teacher took over for his class and I thought things would be different, wrong again. One evening I was giving my son a bath and noticed a bite mark on his back and I had not filled out an accident report that evening at pickup. When I took him the next day the excuse from the teacher was that he didn't cry or let her know. Four children in your class and you didn't notice another kid biting mine on the back?! That was the third time without any consequence for the other child so I pulled him immediately. I would not recommend this facility for any child 2 -3. I can't speak for the school age classes. I am only giving this place 2 stars because I liked his first year teachers so much..
My 5 year old son has been going to Grow in Peace since he was an infant. I have never had issues witth staff or the Director of the center. I love the fact that my son is learning and gaining great biblical/spiritual wisdom. I know that he will be well prepared academically when he enters school. I am very pleased that school has a well diversed staff and that he is in a center that has children from different backgrounds and cultures.
I am a parent of a 3 and 6 year old. We have had our children enrolled at Grow in Peace since 2005. We have had a wonderful experience with all the different classrooms my children have been enrolled in. My 6 year graduated from the Pre-kindergarten program and is doing fantastic in 1st grade. I attribute the love and enriching program at Grow in Peace to her success. The Director is always available to listen and exhibits herself in a professional fashion.
I worked at GIP in the three's room. I now have a 2 year old and would never send my child here. We had constant problems with a child who was violent and could not get the director to support us. The other children were at risk and one child was even pulled from the program. The lunches consisted of canned fruits in syrup and processed meats. The children are often yelled at and grammar is rarely used intellegently by the teaching staff.