When I visited Goddard for the first time, I was expecting to see something great because the commercials make it seem wonderful. I was impressed with the state of art center but was put off by a few things. While the lessons plans seemed nice and the ratios are a bit lower, it would create too much stress for me and my family to go to this center. It would be a part time job just getting ready in the morning due to all of the stipulations.
1) Tuition is due on the 1st day of every month and for an infant it was have been almost $1200 per month. The total cost is not my gripe, just when it was due
2) They are closed two weeks of every year and do not give you a tuition credit for that time. They are also closed on Presidents Day and a few other holidays that most people still have to work on.
3) If you can't drop your child off by 9 am each day, the director said, don't bother coming that day because it would disrupt the teacher's schedule. Well what if you had a Dr's appointment in the morning but still needed to go to work that day?
4) Center does not provide food and makes you transfer baby food from jars into plastic containers. For older children, the food has to be cold, they will not heat food up so that your child can have a hot meal.
5) Center makes parents provide crib sheets, bibs, spoons, cups, plates, bowls, etc. What exactly does my $1200/month get me. All of the other centers that I visited provided all of these items.
6) Parents have to participate in fund raisers. So the $1200 I pay is not enough???
Again, the lesson plans and curriculum were wonderful, but this center would be better for a preschooler of a stay at home parent, but not a working parent of an infant.