Ywca

★★★☆☆
  • 8101 Wolftrap Rd

    Vienna, VA 22182

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  • 703-560-1111

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My wife and I took my son to this daycare when he was 4 months through 1 year old and then again when he turned 2 until the present time. He is now 3.5 years old. Overall our experience has been decent especially with the current head of the 3 to 4 year old group of children.

The good parts about the daycare include the fact that both the caretakers and the children are an extremely diverse group. English is a second language to most of the caretakers (maybe even all of them) with the most common first language possibly being Spanish. The only time I was a little concerned was when one of the caretakers English was poor enough that I was a little afraid my son would start mixing up his hes and shes but that never happened. The daycare will publish all of the planned meals for the month so that you know what they are feeding your child. They send home daily activity reports and are good about getting your child potty-trained and urging you to work on it at home. There is an older woman there who plays the piano and the children sing along. They offer extra activities (at extra cost) such as soccer and swimming lessons. A couple times a year, the have a professional photo company come and take photos of your child.

Some of the negative points include that in general, the daycare seems to operate in a somewhat haphazard/disorganized fashion. We first contacted the daycare when my wife was pregnant and were told that at the the time it wasn't necessary to even be placed on a waiting list. There was a waiting list but the woman I spoke to couldn't tell me how long the current waiting list was. We waited until until my son was born and we then called them up to say that we were interested in enrolling him in 4 months time. This time they said that they wouldn't have any opening when we wanted it. This really annoyed us because despite trying to be proactive about it initially, we almost were not able to enroll him when we wanted to because they had given us the impression that there was no rush. We just kept at them over a couple of weeks and it seemed like they just gave in. It worked out for us in the end but it didn't seem like they had any real concrete system for who they allowed in and when.

If you want to take your kid out of the daycare and go on a long trip say for a month (or any time for that matter), you have to pay for that month when you're out if you want to reserve your spot. It's a real bummer that you can't take the $1300 and use it on your vacation instead.

My biggest grievance by far involved how I found out that the daycare is closed one week in August every year. I showed up one day with my son to find the doors locked. After calling the daycare immediately after returning home I found out that the daycare was closed for the entire week! This left my wife and I scrambling to shuffle our schedules to make sure one of us was at home for each day of the week to take care of my son. When I first contacted the daycare to ask about how or when my wife and I should have known about the closure, their response was that the daycare is always closed at that time of year (as if we should have know because it's just always been that way) and that they had in fact told us about it. For the life of me I could not remember anyone mentioning it to me. This wouldn't be the kind of information a parent would just ignore. When my wife had picked up my son on the Friday before the daycare closed, no one said "See you in a week" or "Remember, we're closed next week." Part of not knowing about the closure was just bad luck. They had sent out some notice several months in advance reminding parents about the closure, but we had not yet enrolled our son in the daycare. They do provide a handbook when you enroll that lists all of the holidays which includes this one week of the daycare being closed. My wife and I didn't pay that close attention to the holiday section of the handbook. We must have figured when each holiday came up we would find out if they were closed or open that day. What irked me the most was that they were so sure they had told me despite the fact that I was so sure they hadn't told us. I suggested that they mail out a reminder closer to the week when they were actually closed. They said they would start doing this but they never did. In the end they were apologetic, but I'm still annoyed that they never followed through with my suggestion like they said they would.

Despite these shortcomings we continue to take our son here. I should mention that the daycare is walking distance from our house which is extremely convenient for us and a big motivation for keeping him there. Like I mentioned before we are satisfied with his current class.

They close at 6pm. My wife and I sometimes have a hard time leaving work early enough but they seem to be pretty forgiving if you end up being a few minutes late.

3
★★★☆☆

My wife and I took my son to this daycare when he was 4 months through 1 year old and then again when he turned 2 until the present time. He is now 3.5 years old. Overall our experience has been decent especially with the current head of the 3 to 4 year old group of children.

The good parts about the daycare include the fact that both the caretakers and the children are an extremely diverse group. English is a second language to most of the caretakers (maybe even all of them) with the most common first language possibly being Spanish. The only time I was a little concerned was when one of the caretakers English was poor enough that I was a little afraid my son would start mixing up his hes and shes but that never happened. The daycare will publish all of the planned meals for the month so that you know what they are feeding your child. They send home daily activity reports and are good about getting your child potty-trained and urging you to work on it at home. There is an older woman there who plays the piano and the children sing along. They offer extra activities (at extra cost) such as soccer and swimming lessons. A couple times a year, the have a professional photo company come and take photos of your child.

Some of the negative points include that in general, the daycare seems to operate in a somewhat haphazard/disorganized fashion. We first contacted the daycare when my wife was pregnant and were told that at the the time it wasn't necessary to even be placed on a waiting list. There was a waiting list but the woman I spoke to couldn't tell me how long the current waiting list was. We waited until until my son was born and we then called them up to say that we were interested in enrolling him in 4 months time. This time they said that they wouldn't have any opening when we wanted it. This really annoyed us because despite trying to be proactive about it initially, we almost were not able to enroll him when we wanted to because they had given us the impression that there was no rush. We just kept at them over a couple of weeks and it seemed like they just gave in. It worked out for us in the end but it didn't seem like they had any real concrete system for who they allowed in and when.

If you want to take your kid out of the daycare and go on a long trip say for a month (or any time for that matter), you have to pay for that month when you're out if you want to reserve your spot. It's a real bummer that you can't take the $1300 and use it on your vacation instead.

My biggest grievance by far involved how I found out that the daycare is closed one week in August every year. I showed up one day with my son to find the doors locked. After calling the daycare immediately after returning home I found out that the daycare was closed for the entire week! This left my wife and I scrambling to shuffle our schedules to make sure one of us was at home for each day of the week to take care of my son. When I first contacted the daycare to ask about how or when my wife and I should have known about the closure, their response was that the daycare is always closed at that time of year (as if we should have know because it's just always been that way) and that they had in fact told us about it. For the life of me I could not remember anyone mentioning it to me. This wouldn't be the kind of information a parent would just ignore. When my wife had picked up my son on the Friday before the daycare closed, no one said "See you in a week" or "Remember, we're closed next week." Part of not knowing about the closure was just bad luck. They had sent out some notice several months in advance reminding parents about the closure, but we had not yet enrolled our son in the daycare. They do provide a handbook when you enroll that lists all of the holidays which includes this one week of the daycare being closed. My wife and I didn't pay that close attention to the holiday section of the handbook. We must have figured when each holiday came up we would find out if they were closed or open that day. What irked me the most was that they were so sure they had told me despite the fact that I was so sure they hadn't told us. I suggested that they mail out a reminder closer to the week when they were actually closed. They said they would start doing this but they never did. In the end they were apologetic, but I'm still annoyed that they never followed through with my suggestion like they said they would.

Despite these shortcomings we continue to take our son here. I should mention that the daycare is walking distance from our house which is extremely convenient for us and a big motivation for keeping him there. Like I mentioned before we are satisfied with his current class.

They close at 6pm. My wife and I sometimes have a hard time leaving work early enough but they seem to be pretty forgiving if you end up being a few minutes late.

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My daughter loves her friends but she wants to be challenged more (it's not me saying that either!). I was not pleased with the bathroom situation, boys and girls were using the bathroom at the same time in the same room with no dividers between the toilets. The management listened to my concerns and may have made changes but I'm usure of the consistency.

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★★★☆☆

My daughter loves her friends but she wants to be challenged more (it's not me saying that either!). I was not pleased with the bathroom situation, boys and girls were using the bathroom at the same time in the same room with no dividers between the toilets. The management listened to my concerns and may have made changes but I'm usure of the consistency.

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