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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.
We've been at Bigelow for three years and I now have two children there. This is a truly wonderful school and community. The teachers are outstanding and are particularly good at teaching children how to negotiate peer relationships. The school environment is warm and very loving. I particularly appreciate the fact that siblings have opportunities to see each other during the day. And while I loved Bigelow when it was in a basement, the school is flourishing in its beautiful and light-filled new location: the classrooms are full of life, the large community room provides a central playspace and gathering spot, and the natural playground (which is still evolving and growing) is a lovely outdoor space. As a cooperative, Bigelow requires and welcomes lots of parent participation, which makes the experience that much more rewarding for everyone. Being present in the classroom and serving on committees means we get to know other parents, children, teachers, and staff. I love the communal lunch program; families take turns bringing in food for the entire class, so my children get a rich variety of fresh home-made meals. I can't say enough good things about Bigelow!
My son is in his second year at Bigelow and we have had a wonderful experience there. There are a couple of things that really stand out: During naptime, the teachers lie next to the kids on their mats, holding their hands, singing to them, whatever it takes to make them feel comfortable and safe. I love that sweetness and genuine caring that I've found in all of the teachers at Bigelow. I also love the community lunches. Parents cook a hot meal for the class (once every few weeks) and the kids all sit together and eat. It's a special place and my son has been so happy there.
My son attended Bigelow for three years, and this cooperative day care was everything our family had hoped for and more. The teaching staff is excellent-I could go on and on about the craft projects, free play philosophy, exposure to music, opportunities to cook and grow plants, learning about animals, and the periodic redecoration of classroom areas to mark the changing of the seasons/new classroom themes. The Bigelow community turned out to be an incredible resource. Most importantly, I never felt anxious about my child during the day while he was there. Great teachers, great peers.
As previous reviews have indicated, the state of Bigelow's current physical space is not ideal for a daycare center. It presents numerous challenges to the teachers and parent helpers. That said, if one spends a moment observing the children in the space it becomes obvious that the children love the space and are not being held back in any way by its shortcomings. This will only improve at the center's new home, where the space issues will be non-existant but the staff and teaching philosophy and community commitment will be unchanged. Bigelow has an unbelievable future. As a parent of a child who has almost three years left at Bigelow, I am looking forward with a lot of enthusiasm!
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