decoratorgirl

Jonesboro, AR

#81 Nov 12, 2010
St. Mark's Day School- exceptional the best... the co-directors are sweet and always meet your needs. Montessori School, Walnut Street Baptist, First United Methodist are great! My kids went to St. Mark's and Montessori when they were 2-4 yrs. old. Part-time care is HARD to find; St. Mark's and Montessori both do part-time & full-time.
Jonesboro Pre-k is awesome for older kids
newtojonesboro

Jonesboro, AR

#82 Nov 30, 2010
Pcktdrms wrote:
I am a mom with older kids but when they were small I found that daycare wasn't never a good idea between cost and child to adult ratio. I would never use one again. I would try very hard to find a stay at home mom if possible. But that is just my take on day cares.
I have been blessed to be able to stay home with my children! What do you do in this area to get them social interaction or to get a part time preschool to help with this. I would love for my 4 year old to get time with other kids in a safe environment so I can volunteer with my 6 & 8 year olds at Valley View.
Jas

State University, AR

#83 Mar 22, 2011
TARA JONES wrote:
kiddie kastle is the best daycare in town! it may not be anything fancy but they are amazing people and awesome teachers!
My daughter was enrolled in kiddie kastle I thought I had found a great daycare for my daughter but when my daughter got sick I lost my job and withdrew ger from the daycare about a week after the last day she attensed when I picked up all her bottles and stuff her bottles were molded at the bottom all of them they were the bottles with the vents on the bottom and it looked like the whole six months she was there they had never been taken apart I was mortified! Also they gave my daughter two borges of prune juice and she had diarrhea as a result so I was unable to take her the next day
guest

Jonesboro, AR

#84 Mar 22, 2011
Kids Kountry in Airport Rd is hands down the best in town. I have had a child at Discovery Island and yes it is a good place but large, I also had a child at Cherub House it sucked. Kids Kountry is small little turnover and reasonably priced. The director is wonderful and gets to know every child. They have a waiting list but they are well worth the wait.
Guest

Fort Worth, TX

#85 Apr 5, 2011
We just moved back to the Jonesboro area and we're looking for a daycare for our child. Just wondering if anyone knows anything about Valley View Learning Center?
Guest

Jonesboro, AR

#86 Apr 7, 2011
Guest wrote:
We just moved back to the Jonesboro area and we're looking for a daycare for our child. Just wondering if anyone knows anything about Valley View Learning Center?
Not sure about the VV DayCare. My infant goes to Kidspot, and I'm happy with them!
poison_heart2201

Jonesboro, AR

#87 Apr 11, 2011
Guest wrote:
We just moved back to the Jonesboro area and we're looking for a daycare for our child. Just wondering if anyone knows anything about Valley View Learning Center?
My daughter attends VVCC and we love it. We went through four local daycares until we found this one and have been very pleased. Our daughter has never been mistreated or neglected in any way, they are well organized, clean, friendly, and we always pick her up happy. I am a teacher and highly reccommend them to everyone. They have a waiting list, but are worth it.
Teacher

Dallas, TX

#88 Apr 22, 2011
If you want a quality early childhood education program and not just "daycare" check to see if the program is recognized by Better Beginnings.
not true

Jonesboro, AR

#89 Apr 23, 2011
Better Beginnings was started and completely planned by people who have never worked with kids. Look at the rules of BB and then decide if it will really help kids. It's mostly a lot of regulations that make it impossible for a teacher to enjoy her job or bond with the children. The only people supporting Better Beginnings are the ones that wrote it and the daycares that have nothing else to offer.
Guest

Dallas, TX

#90 Apr 23, 2011
Your center must not be accredited by Better Beginnings. It is a necessary program to ensure that Arkansas keeps it's high ranking stature of having the best preschool programs. The majority of items on the checklist are things that a quality program should already be doing. It is also a great way to get some extra money for a program, as you should know how expensive curriculum materials and quality learning materials can be. Not to mention, part of the money can be used to support higher education for the teachers. Now what is wrong with that? As a teacher, I am a dedicated lifelong learner. Although I already have a master's degree, I am always aspiring to learn something new to implement in my classroom to further help my students. So ultimately...more money into education, highly educated teachers, a high score on the environmental rating scale, setting goals and keeping portfolios to ensure the children are meeting their individual goals, and strong communication with families. What's the problem again? I don't understand why we wouldn't want to encourage all early childhood programs to do this!
not true wrote:
Better Beginnings was started and completely planned by people who have never worked with kids. Look at the rules of BB and then decide if it will really help kids. It's mostly a lot of regulations that make it impossible for a teacher to enjoy her job or bond with the children. The only people supporting Better Beginnings are the ones that wrote it and the daycares that have nothing else to offer.
Daycare lady

Jonesboro, AR

#91 Apr 23, 2011
not true wrote:
Better Beginnings was started and completely planned by people who have never worked with kids. Look at the rules of BB and then decide if it will really help kids. It's mostly a lot of regulations that make it impossible for a teacher to enjoy her job or bond with the children. The only people supporting Better Beginnings are the ones that wrote it and the daycares that have nothing else to offer.
Have you read the Better Beginnings stuff? I know the old Quality standards seemed like a bit of a joke, but Better Beginnings is a major improvement. I didn't like the old quality scale myself, but better beginnings has a lot more to do with quality teaching and less to do with just making up rules. It kinda sounded to me like you were just assuming that it was the same program as the old quality stuff, but it's really not. Somebody who knows about working in early childhood seems to have helped with this one. I do think it will be better for the kids.
ASU Grad Student

Omaha, NE

#92 Jul 10, 2011
ASU student wrote:
My daughter goes to April Lynns daycare on Johnson. It is right beside school which is good for me. They do a wonderful job with the kids, and it is cheap. They take vouchers too if you have those. They feed them breakfast and lunch plus 2 snacks. They are open at night and on weekends if you need them then. They teach the kids a great deal of knowledge. My lil one has learned a ton since she started there. They potty train too. Nothing bad to say here! Only great stuff!
Hi, I am also an ASU student...can u please tell me more about April Lynns daycare. I am in need of a daycare for my daughter!!!
Offended mom

Jonesboro, AR

#93 Jul 26, 2011
JFD123 wrote:
My daughter has been going to Oasis 4 Kids for 9 years. We removed her once to go somewhere cheaper...came back as quick as we could! Great staff, and Sherry Hibbs is an excellent director.
This is not the same case for me. Just today I went to discuss issues with my daughter's classroom. Ms Sherry was on the phone, so her assistant came to help me. I felt that this was an issue I needed to talk directly with Ms Sherry about, so I told her that I would just wait. Ms Sherry immediately hung up the phone and got an attitude with me, saying how I had offended her assistant. After that, she just started making excuses for my complaints, or pushing it off on me. She didn't even know how old my child was (20 months), saying that they don't potty train until 18 months. This was my biggest issue, since we are required by their handbook to help at home if they start at daycare. I didn't think it was fair that the same didn't apply the other way around.
My advice is to not take other people's advice. Go to the daycares yourself, unannounced. That way you can see exactly how the place is ran when there aren't parents there
Happy Mom

Jonesboro, AR

#94 Jul 26, 2011
My son started out at Candyland Daycare and everything seemed fine. Ok-but not great. Seemed like an overpriced babysitter though. No curriculum or schedule. My son was 14 months old and would go in the potty at home. I tried to get them to work with me and they refused. They said until he could actually tell them he had to go potty, they wouldn't even try. We had been on a waiting list with DI and they called us when my son was 18 months old with an opening. I decided I wanted more structure for him and notified Candyland I was removing him. They were furious and treated us like crap for the two weeks (yes, I gave 2 weeks notice). The last 2 days my son was there, they left him in wet diapers the entire day and he ended up scalded from being in wet diapers!! On top of that, we went from paying $96/week to $76 at DI. Our entire experience with DI with my son was great. There was even a 2 month period where he was testing boundaries and not behaving very well, and they worked with us and we got through it. He was completely prepared for Kindergarten and the transition was flawless.

Now, I have a daughter and she started out at Blessed Sacrament (paying $115/week). When she was 4 months old, she was left in a swing for 5 hours without a diaper change or being fed (I used to have different diapers for home vs daycare). I immediately removed her from there and had her watched by my inlaws until she started DI. I now pay $112/week and have total piece of mind. She just turned 3, totally potty trained and getting along with the other children well. It has been worth every penny.
Happy mom

Jonesboro, AR

#95 Jul 28, 2011
My child attend the ASU child development center on campus and it is not a daycare. There is a difference at a daycare they aren't required to do lesson plans and only go by min. State requirements and if you take a look at the state min, license book isn't much. As far as my child doing worksheets and other pre k related sit done work you wouldn't find it in there program it strictly a learn through play curriculum, which is backed by research!
Angela

Little Rock, AR

#96 Jul 28, 2011
ASU Grad Student wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi, I am also an ASU student...can u please tell me more about April Lynns daycare. I am in need of a daycare for my daughter!!!
I watch children in my home beside ASU email me if you are interested... moody021411@gmail.com
mommy

Harker Heights, TX

#97 Aug 17, 2011
guest wrote:
Kids Kountry in Airport Rd is hands down the best in town. I have had a child at Discovery Island and yes it is a good place but large, I also had a child at Cherub House it sucked. Kids Kountry is small little turnover and reasonably priced. The director is wonderful and gets to know every child. They have a waiting list but they are well worth the wait.
Agreed!! My son absolutely adores kids kountry! I love the small size. He gets personal care & learns SO much!! Because the director & teachers know each student personally, they know which method is best for teaching the. The curriculum can't be beat in my opinion!
Tiffany Nichols

United States

#98 Aug 19, 2011
I hv a 2 yr old nephew n i really wanna get hm n2 a good daycare/learning program! I nd hlp findin a great n affordable learnin program. Im tryn 2 pay less thn a $100 a wk or a part time learnin centr! Do i hv 2b a student @ asu 2 let hm go thr? Plz comment or email tiffanynichols@rocketmail.com thnx
parent

Jonesboro, AR

#99 Aug 19, 2011
Part of the reason we moved back to Jonesboro was because of Discovery Island.

Discovery Island had done an excellent job preparing our daughter for kindergarten. Better than any of the PreK programs in the schools would have done.

We wanted our other children to have the same opportunity and there is no better place in town.
MAMA

Jonesboro, AR

#100 Aug 31, 2011
CLB--Jonesboro mom wrote:
<quoted text>I totally agree with this statement above! BEWARE of Discovery Island. Not only did my son almost get out of the playground and onto the parking lot. The staff tried to blame it on me, his mother. I told them that it wasn't my fault my 2 year is smarter than their staff. They discriminate toward hyperactive children. I have heard this over and over from parents and from his developmental therapists. They are very bad people and just in it for the money. People please remember that the most important thing a developing child needs is love and acceptance from parents and teachers. Knowing their ABC's and 123's are not the most important thing when judging a daycare. The kids coming from D.I. I'm sure are very bright and advanced because they cherry pick the kids and "work out" any children who have special needs or require special attention!!!
My two year old has been at Discovery Island since the age of 15 months. You are absolutely right about them discriminating against hyperactive children. They expect the children to walk in a single file line down the hall, sit in their seats in the classroom and pretty much never touch another student. My child is very loving and loves to hug. I guess DI just doesn't like that. My child has been sent to the office several times for not following directions. OMG, my child is only 2. This is just ridiculous. And, every time my child gets into trouble, the director calls me at work and just expects me to drop everything and go for a conference. Hello?? I have to work to pay the outrageous bill that you charge me every week. And also, as much as I pay them, you would think they could buy their own clorox wipes and tissues, candy for special occasions, and FEED my child better. And yes, there is quite a bit of turn around. Seems to me that DI is just in this for the money!

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