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Growing Tree Day Care Reviews
Don't waste your child's potential here.
I would say that this daycare center is very middle of the road. Not great by any means but not bottom of the barrel either. Over the last couple of years there have been issues. It is basically an affordable alternative to a babysitter. The teachers are not very attentive to the children and do spend a lot of time talking to one another and huddling under that tree. In my very own personal opinion, the director doesn't seem to be qualified to perform her job correctly and the "teachers" could certainly use some additional child development training as well. The methods they use for dealing with issues that come up are questionable at best. I would not recommend this daycare provider to anyone that wants the best for their child.
I am appalled by what I have just read concerning the review by "a parent" dated may 7th. I feel I must reply to what has been stated. I am a parent as well and my child attended this center from 2010 to the finish of pre-k. He had an amazing experience. I believe he was in the same class as the child referenced previously. I feel this way because I am positive that my child was injured purposefully by the child refernced. My child was choked, pinched, and scrathed by this child. The teachers and the director did everything in their power to change his actions and behavior. I know that my son was not the only one who was affected by his behavior. I signed documentation with each injury so I feel certain that you "parent" also did which makes your claim untrue that there were no specifics about who your child was accused of hurting. As far as eating rocks and sticking things in your child's nose...my son didn't do that after two years of age. Using scissors is part of every preschool curriculum and being able to use them correctly is something I started with my kids at age three. It sounds to me like this place had your son's best interest at heart by trying to get him extra help. i think you may have misinterpreted or even be in denial but a suggestion for evaluation or help would be appreciated by most parents. My son benifitted from this extra help and had a speech therapist visit weekly at their suggestion. I loved this school and have enrolled my 2 year old for this season.
WOW! I am appalled at what I am reading! To the parent of the child eating rocks, the child you are describing I believe he was in my son's class as well. My son has been at The Growing Tree since 2010, his last year he was here, he came home often talking about a little boy in his class that always ate rocks and always hurt friends. He would tell me that he didn't want to sit buy him because he was mean. I also remember a note being sent home about "that same boy" putting his hands around his neck. NOT OK! Im kind of glad I am getting this opportuinty to fire on your ass. Oh and as far as the scissors go, Im going to throw out there, that im glad my son learned to use them, because he just started kindergarten and they do a lot of cutting! The director did talk to me about it and did not say one negative thing about your child even though he put his hands on my child and other children. She was very professional about the whole sitution! My son talked anout this kid for a long time, First of all, I don't think its the preschool that has a problem, I THINK YOU ARE THE PROBLEM! I searched and searched for the perfect prechool/daycare for my son to go to, and Im pretty sure I found it at THE GROWING TREE. I have never once had an issue with anything there! The teachers are amazing! My little guy loved going to school there and looked forward to it! It was always clean! there was always interaction with teachers and children. They did a ty-dyed t-shirt day, he came home with really neat crafts ALL the time! They had ice-cream parties, they have water days in the summer and bike days where the kids get to bring there bikes to school He learned so much too! Me nor my husband have never seen "teachers just huddled up under the tree" I will tell you what I have seen, I have seen a teacher out in the feild playing ball with a group of children, I have seen 2 in fact, teachers singing songs with the children on the playground. Not just sitting under a tree. If the teachers don't do anything, then why does my son come home singing songs i have never heard of, and oh, here's one for ya, praying, and talking about the bible stories he have learned, learning who Jesus is, Im sorry, but thats awesome! When we drop off and pick up, we are always greeted with a smile! Theres not anything i would change about that wonderful place! Its so good and I am so thankful to have found it! I just enrolled my 2 year old! Its an awesome feeling not to have to worry about my kiddos!
I LOVE this daycare and the cost is reasonable. I would reccomend it to anyone. The staff is friendly and have notified me of all concerns thus far. My kiddos never say they do not want to go there in the morning, they are excited to go! They come home dirty but they are kids playing on the playground which they love and it is prodominatly shaded. I trust the care my children are in there. They have learned so much since they have been going there. I understand everyones experience will be different, but I can say mine has been wonderful! :)
I have to agree with the first parent. All the 'teachers' sit around a table in the morning, at recess and the kids play on the play ground equipment. I can't tell you the number of times I picked up my child to find him with rocks in his mouth. Totally agree, two years later-2013, all the kids do in the afternoon when I p/u was sit infront of the tv watching shows and if they would get up to play with toys they would be put in time out.
I came to realize a little to late that if your child requires work and doesn't follow the norm they will find a way to kick them out. My child would come home every night and ask if he was good today or not. In the year there he tore up two mats (his) and stuffed the stuffing up his nose during nap time-where was the teacher? He got introuble for cutting his hair-why does a 4 year old have scissors? I was called because they thought he had a bladder infection and he was sent home-no they had a new soap dispenser and he kept going to wash his hands (play in the soap). Another instance came when my child had an accident in his cloths and when I went to pick him up (winter) he was sitting by himself at a table with nothing but a pull up on, a shirt, jacket and tennis shoes all the other kids where running around the room playing. I felt imbrassed for my child-he was upset-'mommy they put me in a diaper'-absolutely HORRIBLE
I was told by the director, my child would bite and attack other kids that they had to keep him seperate from the rest of the class. During this seperation period he attacked a child on the play ground-if he was with the director and she was watching how cound he of attacked? I never got one document piece of paperwork saying my kid hurt anyone. I asked the teachers when picking him up how was he all said he was fine, but anytime I saw the director it was 'OH, he did this or that or this and was bad today'. My child has siblings and friends at home-never once did I see this horrible behavior at home. So, I started questioning them and what they were doing.
I finally wanted an outside opinion of the school and I had an occupational therapist (who works with children) come and audit the class and school and my child's behavior. She never noticed him behaving badly or attacking other kids nor did the director/teachers bring that to her attention in their discussion. She did notice the class sizes to big. The kids were exspected to sit at a table for long periods of time w/o breaks and they couldn't reach the floor when sitting in chairs at the table. The therapist did provide some suggestions to help all the kids stay focused that the school was happy to change; that never happend-they emailed her later saying they couldn't accomindate.
The director during this time suggested I send my child to the public school or help with his issues that they saw. The public school agreed to evaluate him and after a month they came back and said he is a normal child for his age and they saw no behavioral or physical issues-and basically it must be the daycare acutally has to do some work with children not just put them infront of the tv. Two weeks later the daycare has me pick him up in the middle of the day with a 7 page letter saying he had 7 accidents in two days and he can't come back there unless he is potty trained.
Needless to say my child is now in a different daycare and flurshing. He loves it-teachers are great. And no reports of attacking or biting or eating rock and definately no accidents-he loves it.
I totally disagree! Our experience has been awesome. Both of my children have cycled through the program from the two year old class to moving on in the school age program. We feel so blessed to have had our children be able to experience everything from the Christian perspective as well as the excellent academics.
Horrible!! My child attended the Growing Tree for over a year. But within the past 6 months it has gone down hill FAST! It started with the little things like letting children share whistles, without cleaning them in between use. I guess they don't know how Strep gets passed around. Then it was disappearing clothes, because they were being put on other children who had accidents and not being returned to my child. But most recently it got really bad! The children are forced to sit and watch TV in the mornings, and I am not talking about educational shows or anything like that. When I dropped my child off I heard a child getting in trouble because they were not allowed to play because it is TV time. They take the children outside for HOURS at a time, regardless of the temp. And while they are out there the staff sits in the middle of the play area huddled together talking not watching the children. I have seen many children climbing the fence, and no one notices. The children put rocks in their mouths, and when I brought this up; as it is a safety concern I was told that the staff watches the kids so that can not be happening. Then one Sunday I told my 3 year old child she will be going to school, so she can play with her friends tomorrow. She started crying because a certain bully will "get her" if she goes, and she is afraid. I have seen this child bullying other children, and had to literally pull him off someone else's child before as the staff did nothing! But up until this point I was unaware she was having a problem as well. These are some of my many concerns that led me to the conclusion that I could not take her there any longer.
I wanted to make everyone aware of how awful this child care facility is, and I hope that my review has helped you make a decision that is best for you as well as your child.