I spent months looking for a Daycare in Newton, Wellesley, Framingham and Needham. Either the prices were too expensive, the staff was unfriendly, or the kids weren't being taught to reach their potential. At A to Z the staff and director are very welcoming, and always accessible to answer any and all questions (I have to admit, I have sent emails way into the night that were gladly answered!!) There are even helpful articles posted at the entrance about what your child may be going through in development and transitioning for other first-time parents like myself.
The few con's are that spaces really fill up fast, so when a parent is planning to enroll a sibling, that decision needs to be made relatively sooner rather than later. Also, the Child Care is warm and welcoming to many Teachers and Assistant teachers, so the staff can change from group to group.
A final note must be said about the Director. Jane is one of the nicest most caring people I have met, and when I first enrolled my baby son in the infant room I know that I was not one of the easiest parents. Whatever my requests were, even if my suggestions were sent late into the night (guilty as charged!), she would always try to be helpful and nurturing to both me and my family. Without her tenacity and vision, this center wouldn't be able to provide the concerts and shows that are gems on my camcorder (and holiday gatherings =)), and I can proudly say that my eldest is reading at 1st grade level while his graduation from the Daycare is in May!
This place cannot be missed or compared to any other Day Care. I know I'm not alone when I say that this is the best, except better Child Care!!!!
Pros: Strong Curriculum, Music, Performances, Ballet, and Shows!!
Cons: Spaces fill up so need to plan ahead when enrolling