|Address:||3131 N Belt Line Rd, Sunnyvale, TX 75182, USA|
|Working:||6:30AM–6PM 6:30AM–6PM 6:30AM–6PM 6:30AM–6PM 6:30AM–6PM Closed Closed|
Amber M. Freeland
Pay attention - this is NOT a learning center as advertised! Here are the highlights: * Too much TV time * No curriculum * No progress reports and updates on what they are learning * Very little interactive playtime or educational activities * Ineffective potty training methods * Pre-K teacher is very mean to the kids and doesnt allow them to speak or have a drink of water; Lied to me on several occassions Read below to hear the details: First, youll notice there is a TV in every room. Every day during drop off and pickups the kids are watching TV, spaced apart from each other and not allowed to speak. Then they also watch a full-length movie or additional TV almost every day - this amounts to almost 4 hours per day of screen time which is twice the amount recommended in the Texas Minimum Standards for Day Cares. Second, I was told they were using Abeka Curriculum, but in 3.5 months I didnt see any learning taking place - no papers or progress reports coming home. I asked his teacher about it and she said they are in his "tray" for me to collect, which I never heard of. She showed me where to look and all that was there were a few papers that looked like the kind of work he did at 18 months - this was NOT PK level material. I asked his teacher about it and she got huffy with me and said, "Well we dont have a curriculum... Ive got 22 kids all at different ages so I dont know what you expect me to do... Ive got my hands full." I took my complaints to the manger who tried to backpeddal and say that she misspoke and there are only 16 kids in there. I never saw more than 10 in his room. She also said they were not using Abeka anymore because they hadnt found a replacement and "besides, its the end of the year." When I asked his teacher and the manager about the lack of reading, writing, and math, I was told "they will learn all that in kindergarten." I never saw any interactive play in the classroom either, even when dropping in in the middle of the day. I only saw the kids sitting on the floor, spaced apart where they were only allowed to play with one toy and not allowed to speak to each other. When I checked back the following week, there was a coloring book in each childs tray. My sons was not colored in at all and when I check a month later, still not a page colored in his or the other kids. I asked him and he didnt know anything about coloring books and said they never colored. Call me crazy, but I expect a learning center or day care to be educating year round, but they base in on the school year. I asked what they would be covering that summer and was told by the manager, "Well they will have McDonalds day where they get to eat Happy Meals." That is NOT what I consider to be an educational goal. Then one day they just put a bunch of Abeka pre-K books in my sons backpack with no explanation. My son has been in daycare since he was 6 weeks old. This is the only place where he has ever expressed hatred for school and fear of his teacher. He was always complaining of thirst when I picked him up and said he wasnt allowed to have anything to drink at school. When I took him to the water fountain, he was genuinely terrified that he was breaking the rules and would get in trouble even with me there. We were 5 minutes late once and so I sat him at a table with his breakfast. I asked the teacher if it was okay for him to eat real quick and she said of course! But the next morning, he told me that when I left she threw his breakfast in the trash and told him he shouldve been there sooner. I asked her about this and she said that never happened, that she let him eat, but he was cowering behind me in fear. He has stuck to his story that she threw away his food ever since and remembers her as that mean teacher that threw away his food, yelled at him, and wouldnt let him have a drink. Its an old, but relatively clean place with nice playground equipment, but it cost more than other daycares in the area. Not worth it!
Both our kids went there, and both have been straight A students ever since. For the people giving bad reviews not sure what your kids got at home but as a 2 teacher family we felt the Little Ponderosa added a lot to our kids growth, especially in behavior and citizenship. Give them a look you will not be sorry. They also provide after school transportation so when you kid starts school you have that option. Jim Villwok 5 STAR RATING
I noticed real quick that they taught my older son nothing. U pay for child care thats it. This is the only daycare that I saw a tv in every room. Pay attention because they watch tv a lot no teaching. The only good thing I will say about this place is that its a very clean facility with huge playground but they wont teach your kids anything.
Dont be fooled! This is not a pre-school or a learning center. they are a daycare that does the bare minimum in order to call themselves a pre-school. Our daughter loved the place but once we switched her to little Ponderosa we noticed she wasnt learning anything new
Little Ponderosa is fantastic! All the teachers and staff are friendly and acknowledge me when I bring my child. The curriculum is great and my son had learned so much!
i have 2 kids that go here. they are always straight the point. the price is good & the care is good low cilld teacher ratio
They have kept my son and grandchild always going above and beyond for the children.