Fairy Tale Childrens Center at Allston

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Boston's Premier Children's Center and Kindergarten!
  • 14-20 Linden St

    Allston, MA 02134

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  • 617-431-5934

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Our daughter attended Fairytale Childrens Center in Allston for one year. Overall, we would not recommend this daycare until some changes have been made.\r
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Our daughter attended Fairytale Childrens Center in Allston for one year. Overall, we would not recommend this daycare until some changes have been made.\r
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love this place, teacher are great and the kids love it. I have come by at all different hours and they are always doing something fun/productive.

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love this place, teacher are great and the kids love it. I have come by at all different hours and they are always doing something fun/productive.

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I am so thankful to all of the teachers' hard work at Fairy Tale Children's Center. My daughter grows healthily under their cares in the past 3.5 years. She will continue to stay with FTCC. She loves the teachers very much. The

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I am so thankful to all of the teachers' hard work at Fairy Tale Children's Center. My daughter grows healthily under their cares in the past 3.5 years. She will continue to stay with FTCC. She loves the teachers very much. The

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My child has been going to this daycare and we love it! Every day when I pick him up he does not want to leave in the afternoon. Even on weekends he wakes up in the morning and tells us he is ready to go to school. My kid always has a huge smile whenever he sees his teachers in the morning. On several occasions I picked him up the the middle of the day and saw his teachers busy playing with kids, reading books, singing or working on some art projects with them. My kid learns a lot there! I feel that my child is safe and is loved by his teachers. I can focus on work without any worry for him.

Teachers in his class have created happy, loving and fun learning environment for kids. I am so happy to see my kid's progress when I look at his art projects or hear him singing. Every day they have excellent mix of activities prepared for kids: drawing, dancing, singing, reading and much more. When I pick him up, the teachers talk to me about things my child did during the day. Administration is always nice, professional and very helpful too. I would certainly recommend this daycare!

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My child has been going to this daycare and we love it! Every day when I pick him up he does not want to leave in the afternoon. Even on weekends he wakes up in the morning and tells us he is ready to go to school. My kid always has a huge smile whenever he sees his teachers in the morning. On several occasions I picked him up the the middle of the day and saw his teachers busy playing with kids, reading books, singing or working on some art projects with them. My kid learns a lot there! I feel that my child is safe and is loved by his teachers. I can focus on work without any worry for him.

Teachers in his class have created happy, loving and fun learning environment for kids. I am so happy to see my kid's progress when I look at his art projects or hear him singing. Every day they have excellent mix of activities prepared for kids: drawing, dancing, singing, reading and much more. When I pick him up, the teachers talk to me about things my child did during the day. Administration is always nice, professional and very helpful too. I would certainly recommend this daycare!

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Terrible! Before signing your child up to Fairy Tale (or any daycare) please ask if they've ever been reported to the Department of Children & Family Services. Our son has PDD which is a mild autism diagnosis and was treated with 1 on 1 services at Fairy Tale 3x a wk from a specialist at the May Institute, a renowned autism institute in MA. His specialist met with during the day and noticed countless times when the primary was out, which was every Friday, that the children were left unattended, screamed at by sub teachers, the specialist from the May Institute (a non-employee of the daycare) was even asked to watch the kids in the room while the sub teachers "stepped out".

Each time I was told about an incident i would speak with the director, primary teacher (who was great), and the sub teacher to air our frustrations. Finally the May Institute was forced to report them to DCF because nothing had changed. The saddest part of all was when I met with the head admin to tell her they had been reported she literally said nothing. I received a very angry call from the owner/director 2 wks later saying the claims in the report, which she admits to never seeing, were false (crazy, I know). Instead of taking steps to address the allegations they decided to defend their teachers and claim the May Institute was making everything up. Unfortunately for them my son also receives services 1x a wk from Boston Metro Early Intervention who concurred with the May Institutes accusations. Anyway we pulled our son from Fairy Tale and received a letter a wk later saying they conducted their own "investigation" and the allegations in the report, which they admit to NEVER SEEING were "unfounded". The banned the May Institute from providing services to children with an autism diagnosis.

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Terrible! Before signing your child up to Fairy Tale (or any daycare) please ask if they've ever been reported to the Department of Children & Family Services. Our son has PDD which is a mild autism diagnosis and was treated with 1 on 1 services at Fairy Tale 3x a wk from a specialist at the May Institute, a renowned autism institute in MA. His specialist met with during the day and noticed countless times when the primary was out, which was every Friday, that the children were left unattended, screamed at by sub teachers, the specialist from the May Institute (a non-employee of the daycare) was even asked to watch the kids in the room while the sub teachers "stepped out".

Each time I was told about an incident i would speak with the director, primary teacher (who was great), and the sub teacher to air our frustrations. Finally the May Institute was forced to report them to DCF because nothing had changed. The saddest part of all was when I met with the head admin to tell her they had been reported she literally said nothing. I received a very angry call from the owner/director 2 wks later saying the claims in the report, which she admits to never seeing, were false (crazy, I know). Instead of taking steps to address the allegations they decided to defend their teachers and claim the May Institute was making everything up. Unfortunately for them my son also receives services 1x a wk from Boston Metro Early Intervention who concurred with the May Institutes accusations. Anyway we pulled our son from Fairy Tale and received a letter a wk later saying they conducted their own "investigation" and the allegations in the report, which they admit to NEVER SEEING were "unfounded". The banned the May Institute from providing services to children with an autism diagnosis.

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Terrible! Before signing your child up to Fairy Tale (or any daycare) please ask if they've ever been reported to the Department of Children & Family Services. Our son has PDD which is a mild autism diagnosis and was treated with 1 on 1 services at Fairy Tale 3x a wk from a specialist at the May Institute, a renowned autism institute in MA. His specialist met with during the day and noticed countless times when the primary was out, which was every Friday, that the children where left unattended, screamed at by sub teachers, the specialist from the May Institute (a non-employee of the daycare) was even asked to watch the kids in the room while the sub teachers ""stepped out"".\n\nEach time i was told about an incident i would speak with the director, primary teacher (who was great), and the sub teacher to air our frustrations. Finally the May Institute was forced to report them to DCF because nothing had changed. The saddest part of all was when I met with the head admin to tell her they had been reported she literally said nothing. I received a very angry call from the owner/director 2 wks later saying the claims in the report, which she admits to never seeing,were false (crazy, I know). Instead of taking steps to address the allegations they decided to defend their teachers and claim the May Institute was making everything up. Unfortunately for them my son also receives services 1x a wk from Boston Metro Early Intervention who concurred with the May Institutes accusations. Anyway we pulled our son from Fairy Tale and received a letter a wk later saying they conducted their own ""investigation"" and the allegations in the report, which they admit to NEVER SEEING were ""unfounded"". The banned the May Institute from providing services to children with an autism diagnosis.\n\n100% True. 100% Unreal \n

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Terrible! Before signing your child up to Fairy Tale (or any daycare) please ask if they've ever been reported to the Department of Children & Family Services. Our son has PDD which is a mild autism diagnosis and was treated with 1 on 1 services at Fairy Tale 3x a wk from a specialist at the May Institute, a renowned autism institute in MA. His specialist met with during the day and noticed countless times when the primary was out, which was every Friday, that the children where left unattended, screamed at by sub teachers, the specialist from the May Institute (a non-employee of the daycare) was even asked to watch the kids in the room while the sub teachers ""stepped out"".\n\nEach time i was told about an incident i would speak with the director, primary teacher (who was great), and the sub teacher to air our frustrations. Finally the May Institute was forced to report them to DCF because nothing had changed. The saddest part of all was when I met with the head admin to tell her they had been reported she literally said nothing. I received a very angry call from the owner/director 2 wks later saying the claims in the report, which she admits to never seeing,were false (crazy, I know). Instead of taking steps to address the allegations they decided to defend their teachers and claim the May Institute was making everything up. Unfortunately for them my son also receives services 1x a wk from Boston Metro Early Intervention who concurred with the May Institutes accusations. Anyway we pulled our son from Fairy Tale and received a letter a wk later saying they conducted their own ""investigation"" and the allegations in the report, which they admit to NEVER SEEING were ""unfounded"". The banned the May Institute from providing services to children with an autism diagnosis.\n\n100% True. 100% Unreal \n

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We sent our son to Fairy Tale Childrens Center since he was 5 months old and are very happy with the service provided. Teachers absolutely love the kids, are very caring and teach them a lot. Our son seems to have learned great social skills from there and we never felt bad leaving him at the daycare to go to work. We can tell he is always very happy when we enter the front door, which leaves us with a good feeling for the rest of the day. The teachers (especially Varvara) always takes some time at the end of the day to let us know how the day went, which we appreciate a lot! Also as a first time mom I personally received some helpful tips from them, for example when we started introducng solids etc.\n\nThe only thing that could potentially be improved is the communication around teachers leaving. We initially had a few teacher changes, but were never informed why someone left. \n\nAll in all a really great daycare for a reasonable price. I highly recommend it!

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We sent our son to Fairy Tale Childrens Center since he was 5 months old and are very happy with the service provided. Teachers absolutely love the kids, are very caring and teach them a lot. Our son seems to have learned great social skills from there and we never felt bad leaving him at the daycare to go to work. We can tell he is always very happy when we enter the front door, which leaves us with a good feeling for the rest of the day. The teachers (especially Varvara) always takes some time at the end of the day to let us know how the day went, which we appreciate a lot! Also as a first time mom I personally received some helpful tips from them, for example when we started introducng solids etc.\n\nThe only thing that could potentially be improved is the communication around teachers leaving. We initially had a few teacher changes, but were never informed why someone left. \n\nAll in all a really great daycare for a reasonable price. I highly recommend it!

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My child has been going to Fairy Tale Children's Center for 3 years since she was 8 months old. She grows up healthily with average of 90-95th percentile according to the pediatrician and doctor. Healthy breakfast and lunch are provided on schedules. Teachers are very kind and educated. The curriculum are so creative and appropriate. She learns so much everyday. She is talking like a 5 years old while she is only 3. Given plenty of opportunity to learn and communicate, her social skill is amazing. FTC closes at 6pm while other day cares close early. I have no problem at all leaving her at FTC while I work full-time.

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My child has been going to Fairy Tale Children's Center for 3 years since she was 8 months old. She grows up healthily with average of 90-95th percentile according to the pediatrician and doctor. Healthy breakfast and lunch are provided on schedules. Teachers are very kind and educated. The curriculum are so creative and appropriate. She learns so much everyday. She is talking like a 5 years old while she is only 3. Given plenty of opportunity to learn and communicate, her social skill is amazing. FTC closes at 6pm while other day cares close early. I have no problem at all leaving her at FTC while I work full-time.

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I cannot say enough wonderful things about Fairy Tale Children's Center. My son has been with them since he was 4 months old (now 16 months). We chose Fairy Tale because it is so conveniently located near the Mass Pike but we love it because the teachers love him as if he were their own. As any mom will tell you, guilt has a way of creeping into our thoughts all the time. When I pick my son up and he doesn't want to leave because he is having so much fun it makes all those feelings disappear. Watching him grow and learn is so exciting, made even more so because the teachers are just as excited at his progress and development as I am. I highly recommend them.

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I cannot say enough wonderful things about Fairy Tale Children's Center. My son has been with them since he was 4 months old (now 16 months). We chose Fairy Tale because it is so conveniently located near the Mass Pike but we love it because the teachers love him as if he were their own. As any mom will tell you, guilt has a way of creeping into our thoughts all the time. When I pick my son up and he doesn't want to leave because he is having so much fun it makes all those feelings disappear. Watching him grow and learn is so exciting, made even more so because the teachers are just as excited at his progress and development as I am. I highly recommend them.

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We had great experiences at Fairy Tale! The short version is that we are confident that our children are safe and are getting a good educational experience there. They have knowledgeable and caring teachers. Our son's social and language skills have come a long way since starting at Fairy Tale. The hours are great (7:30-6pm) and the prices are reasonable compared to other commercial day care options and even comparable to many family day care prices (at least for the ones in Cambridge).\n\nFor the long version, please read on. Our son, now 2.5 years old, has been going there since he was 13 months. He spent a couple of months in the infant room and graduated to the toddler room. Our son is a very active and intense boy who requires limits and does well in an environment that encourages learning; otherwise, he will get bored easily and start to test limits and misbehave. Fairy Tale does a great job with providing the intellectual stimulation and constant attention that our son requires. They have circle time where they read stories and sing songs. They also have weekly music class where they bring in a musician. They do art projects such as painting, play dough, and coloring. They talk about different topics such as colors, clothes, and holidays. They also have free play time with many toys and books. My son will often sit in the corner reading by himself during free time! We also like the variety in the lunch menu as well and my son will actually eat. They also provide breakfast and good snacks. Our son also will usually take naps there since they are good about setting routines.\n\nSince I got a new job in the city and did not want to drive in and pay for expensive parking, we briefly took our son out for 2 months to try out a family day care near Central Square (over near Toscanini's). It was just one provider with five kids. Without going into much detail, the provider was not able to give the constant attention and intellectual stimulation that my son needed. We did not know what to do because we basically had to urgently find new day care. Fairy Tale accommodated us so that they had space for my son in the Toddler-preschool room. They think of our son like their family and instead of going back on the bottom of the wait list, they generously took him back as soon as possible.\n\nOur 7 month old daughter also started a month ago and the infant room teachers have been great! We know our little girl is safe with them. They are introducing her to art projects such as painting and making stamps of her footprints using paint on paper (something we have not yet done ourselves!). She is at that stage where she likes to be held and be close to her providers. They play with her and give her the loving attention she needs.\n\nWe also love the open feel of the Allston facilities. There is an enclosed outdoor space with various play scapes, ride on toys, and a sand box. When it's raining/snowing or too cold, they have an open gym/play room for the kids to run around and get exercise. They also have an elevator and a parking lot.\nThe downsides are minor. The elevator can be slow (take the stairs if you do not need the elevator) and the parking lot is dark since it gets dark earlier in the winter. We will suggest that they try requesting that lights be installed so that we can more easily see in the parking lot. There were also several times where all the parking spaces were filled from other parents picking up kids or from other people attending events at the other businesses. But we just either wait for a space to open up or park to the side and run up to get the kids.\n\nTo summarize, we are very satisfied and happy that we are back at Fairy Tale and our children are happy. I may have to drive into the city and pay extra for parking but our kids' safety and happiness are worth it! Fairy Tale Children's Center is highly recommended!\n

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★★★★★

We had great experiences at Fairy Tale! The short version is that we are confident that our children are safe and are getting a good educational experience there. They have knowledgeable and caring teachers. Our son's social and language skills have come a long way since starting at Fairy Tale. The hours are great (7:30-6pm) and the prices are reasonable compared to other commercial day care options and even comparable to many family day care prices (at least for the ones in Cambridge).\n\nFor the long version, please read on. Our son, now 2.5 years old, has been going there since he was 13 months. He spent a couple of months in the infant room and graduated to the toddler room. Our son is a very active and intense boy who requires limits and does well in an environment that encourages learning; otherwise, he will get bored easily and start to test limits and misbehave. Fairy Tale does a great job with providing the intellectual stimulation and constant attention that our son requires. They have circle time where they read stories and sing songs. They also have weekly music class where they bring in a musician. They do art projects such as painting, play dough, and coloring. They talk about different topics such as colors, clothes, and holidays. They also have free play time with many toys and books. My son will often sit in the corner reading by himself during free time! We also like the variety in the lunch menu as well and my son will actually eat. They also provide breakfast and good snacks. Our son also will usually take naps there since they are good about setting routines.\n\nSince I got a new job in the city and did not want to drive in and pay for expensive parking, we briefly took our son out for 2 months to try out a family day care near Central Square (over near Toscanini's). It was just one provider with five kids. Without going into much detail, the provider was not able to give the constant attention and intellectual stimulation that my son needed. We did not know what to do because we basically had to urgently find new day care. Fairy Tale accommodated us so that they had space for my son in the Toddler-preschool room. They think of our son like their family and instead of going back on the bottom of the wait list, they generously took him back as soon as possible.\n\nOur 7 month old daughter also started a month ago and the infant room teachers have been great! We know our little girl is safe with them. They are introducing her to art projects such as painting and making stamps of her footprints using paint on paper (something we have not yet done ourselves!). She is at that stage where she likes to be held and be close to her providers. They play with her and give her the loving attention she needs.\n\nWe also love the open feel of the Allston facilities. There is an enclosed outdoor space with various play scapes, ride on toys, and a sand box. When it's raining/snowing or too cold, they have an open gym/play room for the kids to run around and get exercise. They also have an elevator and a parking lot.\nThe downsides are minor. The elevator can be slow (take the stairs if you do not need the elevator) and the parking lot is dark since it gets dark earlier in the winter. We will suggest that they try requesting that lights be installed so that we can more easily see in the parking lot. There were also several times where all the parking spaces were filled from other parents picking up kids or from other people attending events at the other businesses. But we just either wait for a space to open up or park to the side and run up to get the kids.\n\nTo summarize, we are very satisfied and happy that we are back at Fairy Tale and our children are happy. I may have to drive into the city and pay extra for parking but our kids' safety and happiness are worth it! Fairy Tale Children's Center is highly recommended!\n

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Today, I had my first parent-teacher conference with my son's teacher. It has been two full months that my son graduated from Fairy Tale into the public Kindergarten. \r\nI came home and wanted to share. The first thing that teacher went on saying: ""How 'my son' is very polite, has an amazing classroom behavior and respect"" Then she said how he behaves as a mature youngster rather than a wild child who never been into a classroom environment. Her words were: ""I am not sure if he attended any Pre-School prior to Kindergarten, but he has an amazing classroom focus and absorbs information very well."" We have been attending Fairy Tale since 2007. Both of my kids grew up there, one from older toddler age and the second from 1 year. Ms.Nadine may appear strict, but that is her way for kids not to take advantage of her. Kids always test us, as parents and them as teachers. But once you get to know Nadine and once she 'wins' the respect of the child - she is the most open, heart-warmth, unselfish, helpful, honest, sweet and most welcoming person in that daycare. She is always willing to go above and beyond to help you and a child, if a child has individual needs she will always tell you how it is without lies and will do everything possible to help. For ex: I witnessed that one kid in our group was definitely advanced, so while she is teaching the class letters, numbers and etc , she would prepare a separate worksheet for that child to keep him involved and challenged. Our kindergarten teacher said that my child has an understanding what letters and numbers mean, he is practicing his handwriting rather than trying to understand the concept of letters and what they need for. She said he received a great educational introduction from his Pre-K class that right now he is reinforcing this information with deeper understanding what it's for and makes life connections. I myself speak from my two children (who by the way visit daycare still because they miss Nadine's warm excitement). I greatly appreciate all her hard work, I feel blessed that we had her as a teacher and we miss her dearly! - Former attendee

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Today, I had my first parent-teacher conference with my son's teacher. It has been two full months that my son graduated from Fairy Tale into the public Kindergarten. \r\nI came home and wanted to share. The first thing that teacher went on saying: ""How 'my son' is very polite, has an amazing classroom behavior and respect"" Then she said how he behaves as a mature youngster rather than a wild child who never been into a classroom environment. Her words were: ""I am not sure if he attended any Pre-School prior to Kindergarten, but he has an amazing classroom focus and absorbs information very well."" We have been attending Fairy Tale since 2007. Both of my kids grew up there, one from older toddler age and the second from 1 year. Ms.Nadine may appear strict, but that is her way for kids not to take advantage of her. Kids always test us, as parents and them as teachers. But once you get to know Nadine and once she 'wins' the respect of the child - she is the most open, heart-warmth, unselfish, helpful, honest, sweet and most welcoming person in that daycare. She is always willing to go above and beyond to help you and a child, if a child has individual needs she will always tell you how it is without lies and will do everything possible to help. For ex: I witnessed that one kid in our group was definitely advanced, so while she is teaching the class letters, numbers and etc , she would prepare a separate worksheet for that child to keep him involved and challenged. Our kindergarten teacher said that my child has an understanding what letters and numbers mean, he is practicing his handwriting rather than trying to understand the concept of letters and what they need for. She said he received a great educational introduction from his Pre-K class that right now he is reinforcing this information with deeper understanding what it's for and makes life connections. I myself speak from my two children (who by the way visit daycare still because they miss Nadine's warm excitement). I greatly appreciate all her hard work, I feel blessed that we had her as a teacher and we miss her dearly! - Former attendee

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The center had a Christmas party so kids could perform for parents. It was all well until the end when gift boxes were distributed. Mind you this is a daycare center (infant to pre-K), and one would think there would be age-appropriate gifts. I was annoyed to open it up with my not-yet-two year old child peeking at the present to find a cardboard box filled with hard candies! Afterall parents were reminded more than several times to not forget to take a gift box before leaving: I likely would have left without one and wish I had! 2) The Brighton director gave notice of resignation, but the center's owners made her leave IMMEDIATELY. Literally, after nine months of the children being greeted by the staff person, POOF, the director is gone without explanation from the owners and children are left to wonder. With the owner having to cover for the missing director I overhear her talking about $ to the other staff and nothing else. As a parent, you want to know the directors care about THE CHILDREN and not money. VERY UNPROFESSIONAL!!!! Other reviews of this center have been negative and the only positive one was left by an owner's husband.

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The center had a Christmas party so kids could perform for parents. It was all well until the end when gift boxes were distributed. Mind you this is a daycare center (infant to pre-K), and one would think there would be age-appropriate gifts. I was annoyed to open it up with my not-yet-two year old child peeking at the present to find a cardboard box filled with hard candies! Afterall parents were reminded more than several times to not forget to take a gift box before leaving: I likely would have left without one and wish I had! 2) The Brighton director gave notice of resignation, but the center's owners made her leave IMMEDIATELY. Literally, after nine months of the children being greeted by the staff person, POOF, the director is gone without explanation from the owners and children are left to wonder. With the owner having to cover for the missing director I overhear her talking about $ to the other staff and nothing else. As a parent, you want to know the directors care about THE CHILDREN and not money. VERY UNPROFESSIONAL!!!! Other reviews of this center have been negative and the only positive one was left by an owner's husband.

Message from Fairy Tale Childrens Center at Allston

Are you looking for a daycare or kindergarten in the Boston area? We believe we will be able to serve you and your children. Here at Fairy Tale Children's Center, your children will have the opportunity to explore and experience a variety of activities. They will discover the joy of "I am, I can". They are always free to select materials and activities that are designed by knowledgeable and skilled teachers within the environment that encourages discovery and problem solving. They are viewed as unique individuals and their experiences are always planned to meet each child's individual needs. Fairy Tale Children's Center fosters an environment of playfulness, happiness and joy that brings about learning that lasts a lifetime. Contact us today in order to take the next step!!!

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  • Preschool
  • Pre-Kindergarten
 

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