Share your experiences on Goddard vs, KinderCare for preschool/daycare

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jmom2

Collegeville, PA

#1 Aug 31, 2010
I am evaluating preschools in the Collegeville for my 3 year old. I have visited Goddard Skippack, Malvern in Collegeville and Kinder Care in Collegeville.

Can anyone share their experience with the following schools?
-KinderCare in Collegeville (on the Pfizer/Wyeth campus)
-Goddard in Skippack
-Goddard in Schwenksville

Thanks!
Mike

West Chester, PA

#2 Sep 1, 2010
We had a great experience with Kinder Care. It has been about 3 years since our kids left there so things may have changed. The best part was the teachers especially the PreK and K teachers were simply awesome. We always felt our kids were safe, secure, and having a good time.
Local Yocal

Boston, MA

#3 Sep 1, 2010
Raised two kids through Kindercare, Phoenixville. The oldest is 16 and started there at birth.
cville res

Philadelphia, PA

#4 Sep 13, 2010
Thanks! I'm suprised by the low response level on this post. You would think this would be a high volume topic.
Local Yocal

Boston, MA

#5 Sep 13, 2010
That is because the rich mommies in the area don't work...thus, no day care needed....or the nanny does the raising.
Joni

Redwood City, CA

#6 Sep 13, 2010
I have heard horrible stories about Goddard, Collegeville in particular.

I would steer clear of both
cville res

Philadelphia, PA

#7 Sep 13, 2010
thanks again for feedback...

Goddard Collegeville is now closed. any thoughts on the skippack or schwenksville location?
new to this

Somerville, NJ

#9 Sep 14, 2010
i just finished looking at all of these same schools. the Goddard in Schwenksville was the most expensive, but they seemed to give us the best most informative tour, etc. The Collegeville one closed due to low attendance, but we did not like the tour there at all. very friendly people, but the place was very outdated looking. The Malvern School in collegeville is where we enrolled. much bigger classes, but they seem to have the staff for it. I can;t be that much help since we haven;t gone yet, but that was at least how we felt about the tours. In our opinion, the Malvern school in c-ville was the nicest overall.
Joni

Phoenixville, PA

#10 Sep 14, 2010
cville res, are you only looking for places in Collegeville? Chesterbrook Academy is a great option. They have facilities in Royersford, Audubon and Oaks. Valley Forge Children's Academy in Audubon is also pretty good.
Christine

Abington, PA

#11 Sep 15, 2010
Absolutely love Kindercare in Collegeville. Both of my kids go there, ages 3.5 & 1.5. They have been going there since 15 weeks. Teachers are awesome and there is very little turnover. I would highly recommend Kindercare.
couchcruzin

Phoenixville, PA

#12 Sep 20, 2010
Just over a year ago, we had our at the time 3yo son at Goddard in Royersford. We went to check out Kinderworks in Limerick right before it opened. That was labor day weekend last year and we never took our son back to Goddard period. It was us and 2 other close families never went back. Kinderworks brings daycare (they call it a private school) to the next level. If you are close, check it out and hopefully you can get your children in there.

http://www.kinderworks.net/

Oh and my wife and I evaluated every local place in the area. The have separate classrooms for each subject as well indoor gym/music area. As far as staff to give some examples, the music/gym teacher has a Master's in Music and the Art/Creative Expression teacher has a master's in music. The worst thing about this place is trying to get the kids to come home at the end of the day. They just want to stay..

Hope this helps.
shells

Phoenixville, PA

#13 Sep 21, 2010
Wow kinderworks sounds great! I would love to send my daughter there!! But as of right now she goes to the Goddard in Rofo. I havent had any problems with them I think they do a pretty good job as far as the curriculum goes she's doing really well.. Sometimes I can't get her to leave she really loves it there.:)
just me

Blackwood, NJ

#14 Sep 21, 2010
Both my kids go to the Goddard in Schwenksville and I love it! We have been there for about 6 years now. I can say nothing bad about them. They have a great curriculum and more importantly a loving environment. They ALWAYS make me feel like my children are their favorites- which I know they do for all. They are really good at doing this. It is a safe environment also. Most of the staff have been there for several years, which I think is important in a high turnover type of job. When we first looked, we were between this Goddard and the Malvern school. Both great, however, just felt some special about Goddard in Schwenksville!!! Love it and my kids love it!

Since: Feb 09

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#15 Sep 22, 2010
I'll chime in for Goddard in Schwenksville as well. My son has been there for a little over a year. My older son went to a different daycare and the difference is night and day. The staff is amazing and, as the other poster stated, they are very caring for each child. It is expensive, but I won't even consider changing. I think the low churn rate of the care givers speaks volumes.
Just a Mom

Lansdale, PA

#16 Aug 2, 2011
We moved into the area when my child was almost 2, he had been in a wonderful school in Newtown and was very sad to move. I toured a couple in the area, at the time Goddard Skippack was full we had to wait list so I put him in La Petit in Kulpsville - worked in that area, after 3 months moved him out and got a seat in Goddard. We stayed there for 2 years and struggled. It was understaffed, they complain about the kids high energy - I am not the only one... they do not have the staff to take the kids out in the play yard as needed and instead the kid must conform to their schedule only 1 outing a day- come on they are under 6??? After a teacher tried to tell me that I needed to get my child on medication - at 4.5 years, I had my fill. Then thank goodness Chesterbrook opened in Evansburg- what a god send!!! they know how to handle kids. My son also attended their full day kindergarten what a wonderful program. He is entering 1st grade in the fall, already reading chapterbooks such as Magic Treehouse series, is also adding and subtracting 3 digit numbers... He is still high energy, but because they customize their lesson plan the teacher recognized he needed to be constantly challenged... not told to sit and wait. You can't go wrong with Chesterbrook- also to boot they are not a franchize!!!
VeloDude

United States

#17 Aug 3, 2011
We were very happy with "Play and Learn" off of Evansburg Rd in Lower Providence/Collegeville.
Gee

Collegeville, PA

#18 Aug 5, 2011
Goddard in Schwenksville is the best day care around. We've put out kids through all the classes and loved it very much! A little pricy but well worth it.
Former employee

Telford, PA

#19 Oct 11, 2012
What you see is not what you get! The classrooms may look great and the tour and info are wonderful, but please stay away from this school. Very high staff turnover rate, way too many kids in the classes, no discipline/lots of behavior issues. The kindergarten program is very weak and will not prepare your children for either public or private school elementary education. A day working at this location felt like a year. There are many other childcare centers in the area with smaller classes and teachers who are truly passionate about what they do.
Former employee

Telford, PA

#20 Oct 11, 2012
Please note the former post is regarding Kinderworks in Limerick.
CM

Collegeville, PA

#22 Oct 21, 2012
Selfish People wrote:
Get a clue everyone. Stop trying to accumulate money and "things" and stay at home with your children. If that means living in a town home or less, than so be it. When you make the decision to have a child, you should have already figured out a plan to raise them yourself versus dropping them off to some hired staff member so they bond with them instead of you. They are only young, impressionable and full of curiosity for a short period of their lives. Why on earth would you want to pass the responsibility to teach your children to someone else? Wake up and do the right thing. Now bring on the "It's not possible for all of us to make the money...blah, blah, blah."
You need to get a clue!

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