The owner of this daycare is the ultimate hypocrite. She preaches a lot about personal growth, community, and "children being our world," but is only in the child care business because it means easy money for her, at least as far as her Bellevue daycare is concerned. But she closed the Haller Lake daycare because it wasn't making her the kind of money she was making from her Microsoft clients in Bellevue. She claimed that it would be too expensive to keep Haller Lake open, but what she really meant was there wasn't enough money in it for her. She was charging one of the highest tuition rates in the area, and only paying $2,000 a month in rent. Where was the rest of the money going? It sure wasn't going to the daycare, as I never saw any improvements made or new supplies being bought. In fact, teachers had to beg parents to donate things like batteries and glue, because she refused to purchase anything for them. In the many years that my family spent at this daycare, we saw the owner purchase brand new cars for herself and her daughter, pay a salary for another daughter who did not even work at the daycare, and most recently, purchase a brand new center in Bellevue. All of this, and my child can't even get a bottle of glue for an art project. The only reason we stayed here as long as we did was because of the nurturing and caring teachers. The owner does not even like kids, never remembered their names, or even their genders, in some cases. You would be well advised to keep your family far away from this woman. Go on a tour of her daycare and she'll tell you whatever you want to hear to get you to sign up...but once you do, it's all about getting in your wallet. The other review is right about the Bellevue daycare, too. It's in a strip mall, the playground has a lovely view of 520, and the classrooms are full of mold. Your children deserve better than this, especially for the outrageous rates she charges (you are putting her daughters through college, after all)!
Pros: teachers were very involved with the kids
Cons: no new toys, filthy building, hypocritical owner