I love DCP! It is a wonderful school that has provided my three kids a truly great preschool experience! The staff, director, assistant director are amazing. My kids have come out ready for kindergarten-- while having fun, learning, and making friends! It is really the best around!
Dublin Community Preschool is a wonderful school, the teachers and staff truly care about your child. This school offers long term staff, experienced office staff and enrichment programs. They partner with the Dublin Food Pantry, where the children learn a valuable lesson in giving to the needy, measuring the food given and all around a good life lesson. I have been involved and around other childcare centers, Dublin Community Preschool has and continues to exceed all of my expectations! This
is the preschool, you want your child/children to grow and learn.
My family is in our 6th year at Dublin Community Preschool and there isn't any other preschool I would have picked for my children. The teachers are very caring, enthusiastic and provide feedback on my child on a regular basis. I receive a weekly e-mail from the teachers letting me know what was learned in their classroom that week. My oldest daughter was very well prepared for kindergarten and I see the same progress in my youngest child. In addition to time in the classroom, my children have been exposed to movement, music, Spanish and fieldtrips. It is a well rounded preschool experience and, most importantly, my kids are excited to go everyday.
My first kid has been there going on 3 years now, having started as a 2-year old, and she absolutely thrived in each class.
My 2nd kid just started in that same 2-year-old class, and now she can't wait to kick us out the door when we drop her off. Before sending her here, she was as shy as they come.
The school is friendly, clean, multi-cultural, and there's absolutely nothing "snooty" about it. That was one of my mandatory selection criteria when we originally moved here -- no "private school brats" in our family...
The teachers have all been excellent each year, and every single one clearly knows how to keep a class in control and on track with the learning plan. I've even seen a couple of kids (that I honestly did NOT want around mine at first) get completely turned around in the course of a few weeks. So I guess they schooled ME a bit too...
Volunteerism is alive and well here, with parents of all walks of life joining in for various events throughout the year. Everyone is smiling and friendly during pickup & dropoff every time I've been there.
The results speak for themselves: Two completely different daughters, two perfect outcomes. If we have a third, we'll send that one too.
My 2nd kid used to growl and give up when knocking over blocks or having problems with Duplos, etc... Now she persists until her task is done.
NOTE: This site's editing controls aren't working -- this was supposed to read "STRONGLY AGREE."
There's not homework per se, but both kids routinely ask for their art kits to continue drawing/painting/coloring/etc. when they get home -- i.e., the same things they had learned during the day.
I've also routinely seen the older of the two practicing writing skills beyond what I've taught her, with no prompting from me.
I'm in my 2nd year with DCP and love it. My kids enjoy their teachers, and I love the open communication between the parents and what's going on in the classroom. They were the only preschool I found with a 2 year old program as well, and with 3 summer birthday babies, I really was excited about this offering.
Removed my child from this preschool after a little over a year there. I found it to be a very negative environment, with burned out teachers and a student-to- ratio that, while technically meeting licensing requirements, is too high for the children to get much individual attention. Accident reports were being filled out on a daily basis by harried teachers who spent more time gossiping about the "poorly behaved" kids in their charge than they did interacting with them. Also, there are many children there who speak very little English and the staff is not really prepared to handle them. This can create difficult classroom dynamics because these children don't understand the teachers and this is a problem, especially when these children act out because of unmet needs, as all preschoolers do at times. Also, the school has no dedicated indoor playroom, which is a huge problem during Ohio's long winters. The preschool uses the church's social hall, which half the time is set up with tables and chairs and so the teachers must drag out of storage what little play equipment they have for the children each day. This means that on some days, when the teachers are too tired to bring out the equipment, the children simply end up playing in an empty room, with predictable results - chaos, crying and injuries from out of control children falling down and running into each other. Furthermore, the lead teacher my child had during the beginning of our second year there had no control over the classroom at all, but blamed it on the children in her care. She responded by refusing to do any structured activities of any kind with the kids and simply let them run wild in the classroom. I pulled my child as a result, found another preschool and proceeded to have a wonderful experience there. The problem is not my child or your child, it's this preschool. Stay away.