I'd heard that Cradle Club had an excellent preschool program. Their curriculum sounds good and it is obvious that the children are well-cared for. However, I would not recommend this place for the following reasons:\r
1) The director was arrogant about the school. When I mentioned that my son was not potty trained and I couldn't guarantee that he would be potty trained by 3, she said, ""I don't think I would want him in our program, then."" She would not work with me on potty training him. Other programs were willing to work with me for 2 weeks on potty training. I felt that because they frequently have a waiting list that they do not care what parents wishes are -- there is always another family in line.\r
2) They don't brush the kids' teeth. I was told that parents could send their children to school with a toothbrush but there wasn't specific help to brush their teeth. This seems to enforce poor dental hygiene. Toddlers and preschoolers do not brush their teeth well and the American Dental Association has recommended that an adult help a young child to ensure their teeth are clean.\r
3) I work in an industry that focuses on hygiene and cleanliness. I noticed she never mentioned cleaning measures or handwashing practices. Other places tried to stress to me how they worked on keeping the place clean.\r
4) They are purchasing computers but do not have them yet. This puts them behind other programs.\r
I think this would be a good place if (1) your child started there as an infant and (2) if you were looking for a caring program. But I do not think it is a good place for families who are new and with a slightly older baby. I also think that if dental care is of importance, that you may want to rethink this place. They often have a waiting list so overall care of children must be good, but I would rather find a place that worked more with parents rather than having a level of arrogance about themselves.
Pros: Location, obviously caring caregivers
Cons: Arrogant attitude about their program and beliefs by director, dental hygiene not stressed