This is the real scoop about Detour from a highly educated (and I have received degrees in education), involved, loving, and generous parent. I do not have a nanny pick-up my child, I DO volunteer for story time, I DO bring wipes, diapers and any of the materials that they ask (mind you most other schools will provide paper, paint, markers, tissue, classroom wipes, snacks, etc...), I ALWAYS pick up my child on-time or even early and never on my cell phone, I ALWAYS say hello to staff that I know and don't know. My child is ALWAYS bathed and in clean clothes. I have had my child there for several years and have been waiting to take him out to send him to pre-school. I have stayed simply for convenience to my home and to not change him too much before he goes to preschool. I have been counting the days and I am a few months away! YAY!!! There are many other daycares opening nearby and if I started again, they would go somewhere else - NOT HERE! I too, as someone else mentioned have been begged by staff to hire them as nannies but I simply liked the socialization for my child. This is an old, run-down buildiing. I see that the enrollment has gone way done and there are reasons why - just walk in the door and be greeted by the wrong administrator. They will change the rules for different people and different times. My child was sick for 1 day (maybe if you cleaned the toys there, they would not get sick as much) and I decided to keep him home for the next two because I had the days off. THey would not let me bring him back without a doctor note. He has been sick numerous times before this and they never made me bring a note. My son was playing at a table and a piece of the ceiling fell right in front of him - luckily on the table and not on him. And I also experienced the days of not having heat last winter. ANd I experienced the HOT days in the summer. I have never seen a daycare close because it snows and they want their teachers to go home early. Then reimburse us for the time that I am now using for my personal or sick time to care for my child. I have friends in the suburbs whose daycare is open from 6:30 AM -6:30 PM. I am charged extra if my child stays past 4:30! Who has working hours like that? I could count on one hand the teachers that I would be happy for my child to have, most of the other good ones have moved on to other daycares or have been hired as nannies. They do not give these teachers health insurance even and close to minimum wage. I ALWAYS give excellent holiday and end of the year gifts and even birthday gifts for the teachers because someone has to treat them nicely. Most of the teachers do not have education degrees and are just thrown into a classroom - just ask them if they have educational training or even training when they start there. I bring my child home with a dirty diaper almost every day but they expect that my child arrive with a clean diaper everyday(of course I would do this anyway). I saw a teacher mixing my child's infant cereal with water... weren't they trained to know to mix with milk or formula? It even says it on the box. I am glad that I caught her doing this.
Pros: a few teachers, catered lunch, parks in neighborhood
Cons: administration, old building, days open, hours of operation