Children's Academy-Northlake

★★★☆☆
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2041 Harobi Dr

Tucker, GA

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Childrens Academy of Northlake has met and exceeded our expectations for child care. The staff is always courteous and has gone above and beyond to help meet both our childrens needs and ours as parents. It is comforting to know that the CAON staff has the best interest of our child in mind. The do not hesitate to make a quick phone call to discuss and solve any concerns. Communication is solid between all parties, staff, director, parents and children. They also took the time to work with us individually on a military specific program which are are so grateful for.

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★★★★☆

Childrens Academy of Northlake has met and exceeded our expectations for child care. The staff is always courteous and has gone above and beyond to help meet both our childrens needs and ours as parents. It is comforting to know that the CAON staff has the best interest of our child in mind. The do not hesitate to make a quick phone call to discuss and solve any concerns. Communication is solid between all parties, staff, director, parents and children. They also took the time to work with us individually on a military specific program which are are so grateful for.

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This school is so well run and such a bright, positive, and sunny environment. My daughter has absolutely thrived since she began at Children's Academy at 4 months of age. With low turnover, loving teachers, and advice for new moms, noth to mention Laura Newman, a director that should be commended for the excellence with which she runs the school, CAON is wonderful. I only wish every school was so nurturing, clean, and caring.

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★★★★★

This school is so well run and such a bright, positive, and sunny environment. My daughter has absolutely thrived since she began at Children's Academy at 4 months of age. With low turnover, loving teachers, and advice for new moms, noth to mention Laura Newman, a director that should be commended for the excellence with which she runs the school, CAON is wonderful. I only wish every school was so nurturing, clean, and caring.

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I really wanted to like this center because its so convenient but I had to pull my child after several months. The teachers are OK for the most part but the biggest problem is the management. The man that runs the center day-to-day is extremely rude and unresponsive to parents' concerns. I honestly tried to make this work but I feel like the people running this are more in it for the money than the children. So sad. By the Way, the positive review from Shelley H is questionable as she is an employee at the center!

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★☆☆☆☆

I really wanted to like this center because its so convenient but I had to pull my child after several months. The teachers are OK for the most part but the biggest problem is the management. The man that runs the center day-to-day is extremely rude and unresponsive to parents' concerns. I honestly tried to make this work but I feel like the people running this are more in it for the money than the children. So sad. By the Way, the positive review from Shelley H is questionable as she is an employee at the center!

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It is good to know this center is still here after all these years. I came to visit with a friend who needs to place her child in a quality day care center so I recommend her to Children's Academy. That is where two of my children attended for over 6 years. How they have grown! The owner was there, wiping the glass door. She remembered me and greeted me by my first name. I really appreciate that.
The center appears to have made many improvements since we were here. The floors were clean and the classrooms are well lit and organized. Children's art works were hung around the center. It's definetely one of the better center that we have seen. The children in one of the classrooms were doing a lesson on fire safety. And in another class, the older children were preparing a dish. I believe it was spaghetti sauce, rolls, and salad. They look so focused and excited. I was dissapointed I did not get to see the cook that I used to know, apparently she had just recently retired after working at Children's Academy for almost 40 years. But, I still saw good number of people I recognized, including the office manager who also remembered me. He is the owner's brother, who has been there at least six years.
During the tour he told us that the center has been trying to make many improvements, all of their staff are in the process of getting certifications in childhood education. The center was also working to be nationally accredited and recognized. He mentioned that Children's Academy has even implemented a random drug testing policy. Good for them.
Bottom line: So far, my friend has been pleased with my recommendation.

5
★★★★★

It is good to know this center is still here after all these years. I came to visit with a friend who needs to place her child in a quality day care center so I recommend her to Children's Academy. That is where two of my children attended for over 6 years. How they have grown! The owner was there, wiping the glass door. She remembered me and greeted me by my first name. I really appreciate that.
The center appears to have made many improvements since we were here. The floors were clean and the classrooms are well lit and organized. Children's art works were hung around the center. It's definetely one of the better center that we have seen. The children in one of the classrooms were doing a lesson on fire safety. And in another class, the older children were preparing a dish. I believe it was spaghetti sauce, rolls, and salad. They look so focused and excited. I was dissapointed I did not get to see the cook that I used to know, apparently she had just recently retired after working at Children's Academy for almost 40 years. But, I still saw good number of people I recognized, including the office manager who also remembered me. He is the owner's brother, who has been there at least six years.
During the tour he told us that the center has been trying to make many improvements, all of their staff are in the process of getting certifications in childhood education. The center was also working to be nationally accredited and recognized. He mentioned that Children's Academy has even implemented a random drug testing policy. Good for them.
Bottom line: So far, my friend has been pleased with my recommendation.

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Ignore all previous comments before June, 2011. The center director who was wonderful left cold turkey. The brother in law of the owner took over. He has major control issues and is horribly disrespectful to especially women. They have had car break ins, the front door is usually open, the log in computers never work, there are so many State and County laws being broken, the food is horrible, The owners are completely non existent. The teachers are all angry and want to leave (the best ones have or are looking elsewhere.) It's a communication mess. Recently, one of the senior staff was suspended for grabbing an autistic child so hard it ripped her shirt.and she still works there??? Check out the report on Dekalb's page. Take a tour. Notice the smell, ask some hard questions and then make up your mind. No lottery program and no certification either.

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★★☆☆☆

Ignore all previous comments before June, 2011. The center director who was wonderful left cold turkey. The brother in law of the owner took over. He has major control issues and is horribly disrespectful to especially women. They have had car break ins, the front door is usually open, the log in computers never work, there are so many State and County laws being broken, the food is horrible, The owners are completely non existent. The teachers are all angry and want to leave (the best ones have or are looking elsewhere.) It's a communication mess. Recently, one of the senior staff was suspended for grabbing an autistic child so hard it ripped her shirt.and she still works there??? Check out the report on Dekalb's page. Take a tour. Notice the smell, ask some hard questions and then make up your mind. No lottery program and no certification either.

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This place is absolutely HORRIBLE. Although the teachers are nice, most have not been there very long (turnover is extremely high) and are looking for new jobs. The place is run by the brother of the owner and he is a crazy person. If you have any questions or issues about the program he gets upset or worse, just ignores you. The biggest problem they have is the lack continuity among staff during the day. A class of 14 kids will have 4-5 different teachers on 4-6 hours shifts - this is because they don't want to pay benefits. Its frustrating when no one can tell you what your child did during the day or explain why they are wearing a different outfit from the one you sent them to school in. Some of the teachers barely speak English. It used to be a nice place but when their director of 15 years left suddenly, I knew it was only a matter of time before we would need to withdraw. I will be surprised if its still in business in a year or two.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place is absolutely HORRIBLE. Although the teachers are nice, most have not been there very long (turnover is extremely high) and are looking for new jobs. The place is run by the brother of the owner and he is a crazy person. If you have any questions or issues about the program he gets upset or worse, just ignores you. The biggest problem they have is the lack continuity among staff during the day. A class of 14 kids will have 4-5 different teachers on 4-6 hours shifts - this is because they don't want to pay benefits. Its frustrating when no one can tell you what your child did during the day or explain why they are wearing a different outfit from the one you sent them to school in. Some of the teachers barely speak English. It used to be a nice place but when their director of 15 years left suddenly, I knew it was only a matter of time before we would need to withdraw. I will be surprised if its still in business in a year or two.

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Look at placing your child in another daycare center. I have to admit with the releasing of a director that had been with them for over 15 years the business has continue to decrease with time. They have a gentlemen working as a director, and sadly to say he doesn't know anything that is going on with the center. Then on the other hand the young lady director always looks like she is unhappy working there. I have never seen two people that show no communications skills what so ever. Talking to them sometimes can be annoying. I would rather talk to the teachers there then the directors. I have seen this other young lady working there last week, and I swear she looks like she is above everyone else. The center needs to work on communication skills with the upper level, and then work on gettting their people back in there. I will admit I love the teachers, but the administrative board is horrible. I have noticed that within 2 weeks they have lost over 20 kids, and more are following. I have to admit I am looking for another center for my child, because the management staff is killing the parents. SO YES LOOK FOR ANOTHER CENTER START WITH THE TOP LEVEL MANAGEMENT FIRST!!!!!!!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Look at placing your child in another daycare center. I have to admit with the releasing of a director that had been with them for over 15 years the business has continue to decrease with time. They have a gentlemen working as a director, and sadly to say he doesn't know anything that is going on with the center. Then on the other hand the young lady director always looks like she is unhappy working there. I have never seen two people that show no communications skills what so ever. Talking to them sometimes can be annoying. I would rather talk to the teachers there then the directors. I have seen this other young lady working there last week, and I swear she looks like she is above everyone else. The center needs to work on communication skills with the upper level, and then work on gettting their people back in there. I will admit I love the teachers, but the administrative board is horrible. I have noticed that within 2 weeks they have lost over 20 kids, and more are following. I have to admit I am looking for another center for my child, because the management staff is killing the parents. SO YES LOOK FOR ANOTHER CENTER START WITH THE TOP LEVEL MANAGEMENT FIRST!!!!!!!!!!

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Kim K. is not a parent I have ever known while having my child enrolled at Children's Academy of Northlake for many years. I checked with the Director (who has been there for over 10 yrs) and she knows of noone by that name either. It is possible "Kim K" has posted about the wrong school by mistake, since there are other Children's Academies (not affiliated) in Georgia. I would disagree with her review greatly. Children's Academy of Northlake teaches children how to write, count, name colors, dinosaurs, and food groups among many other educational activities. My child was working on sight words before she even entered kindergarten, and school was a breeeze for her after attending the PreSchool and PreK at Children's Academy of Northlake. Now my daughter is at the top of her class! We will always be thankful for the early love of learning she gained at Children's Academy of Northlake.

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★★★★☆

Kim K. is not a parent I have ever known while having my child enrolled at Children's Academy of Northlake for many years. I checked with the Director (who has been there for over 10 yrs) and she knows of noone by that name either. It is possible "Kim K" has posted about the wrong school by mistake, since there are other Children's Academies (not affiliated) in Georgia. I would disagree with her review greatly. Children's Academy of Northlake teaches children how to write, count, name colors, dinosaurs, and food groups among many other educational activities. My child was working on sight words before she even entered kindergarten, and school was a breeeze for her after attending the PreSchool and PreK at Children's Academy of Northlake. Now my daughter is at the top of her class! We will always be thankful for the early love of learning she gained at Children's Academy of Northlake.

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I had my daughter in Children's Academy for about 4 years, now she in the elemetary school, I was very happy with the teachers they are really nice, playful and caring BUT academically not at all, when my daughter made the transition was really hard for her, she did not know even the alphabet, (sorry to be a full time working mom, I have to fed my family, I should pay more attention if she was or not learning) all she knew was songs, games, nap time, that's all, a babysitter I hired during the summer was the one that help me a little all told me about her deficiency with the number and letter. I don't saying It's bad just, I just think we trusted our children to the Day-care so they should learn a little more and play less. I DO RECOMMEND THE DAY CARE but IF YOU ARE TOO BUSY, TAKE SOME TIME TO SEE WHAT YOUR CHILD HAVE LEARN DURING THE DAY!

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★★★☆☆

I had my daughter in Children's Academy for about 4 years, now she in the elemetary school, I was very happy with the teachers they are really nice, playful and caring BUT academically not at all, when my daughter made the transition was really hard for her, she did not know even the alphabet, (sorry to be a full time working mom, I have to fed my family, I should pay more attention if she was or not learning) all she knew was songs, games, nap time, that's all, a babysitter I hired during the summer was the one that help me a little all told me about her deficiency with the number and letter. I don't saying It's bad just, I just think we trusted our children to the Day-care so they should learn a little more and play less. I DO RECOMMEND THE DAY CARE but IF YOU ARE TOO BUSY, TAKE SOME TIME TO SEE WHAT YOUR CHILD HAVE LEARN DURING THE DAY!

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We enrolled our children (ages 2.5 and 1.5) for the first time in daycare at Children's Academy of Northlake for the autumn of 2008 and overall had a positive experience there. Although the classes are quite large, and teachers are often shuffled around in their duties throughout the day, I felt that all of the staff who cared for our children had taken the time to get to know them and bond with them; it was evident that our children felt cared for by their teachers. The cook, Miss Louise, is truly a loving heart, who often came out of the kitchen to hug my children when they arrived and lend a hand comforting my son when he was upset. Although this is a large facility with a fairly stringent set of policies, I felt that they did try to be accomodating to our special requests at least for a time as needed (ie. bringing a teddy bear from home for comfort) although they were fairly strict with their requests to have the children arrive before 9:30 each morning. The facility and grounds are always tidy and in good repair; it is professionally managed, and the classrooms are large, sunny and well-equipped. We particularly appreciated the upstairs loft which we were always welcome to use so that we could observe all of the open-air classrooms and see how our children were faring. The curriculum was excellent, the environment was both safe and nurturing.

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★★★★☆

We enrolled our children (ages 2.5 and 1.5) for the first time in daycare at Children's Academy of Northlake for the autumn of 2008 and overall had a positive experience there. Although the classes are quite large, and teachers are often shuffled around in their duties throughout the day, I felt that all of the staff who cared for our children had taken the time to get to know them and bond with them; it was evident that our children felt cared for by their teachers. The cook, Miss Louise, is truly a loving heart, who often came out of the kitchen to hug my children when they arrived and lend a hand comforting my son when he was upset. Although this is a large facility with a fairly stringent set of policies, I felt that they did try to be accomodating to our special requests at least for a time as needed (ie. bringing a teddy bear from home for comfort) although they were fairly strict with their requests to have the children arrive before 9:30 each morning. The facility and grounds are always tidy and in good repair; it is professionally managed, and the classrooms are large, sunny and well-equipped. We particularly appreciated the upstairs loft which we were always welcome to use so that we could observe all of the open-air classrooms and see how our children were faring. The curriculum was excellent, the environment was both safe and nurturing.

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I have no childcare centers to compare Children's Academy to because I fell in love with them from the beginning. My husband and I started our babies in the Infant Room and didn't leave until they "graduated" from Pre-K. We transitioned with the center from one set of owners to the next with no problem because of a very consistent staff and a loyal director. I believe that the nurturing environment provided by Children's Academy gave my children security and self-assurance. I don't have to feel guilty for being a working mom! My children are now excelling in private elementary school thanks in part to the jump start they had in learning in the Children's Academy Pre-School and Pre-K programs.

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★★★★☆

I have no childcare centers to compare Children's Academy to because I fell in love with them from the beginning. My husband and I started our babies in the Infant Room and didn't leave until they "graduated" from Pre-K. We transitioned with the center from one set of owners to the next with no problem because of a very consistent staff and a loyal director. I believe that the nurturing environment provided by Children's Academy gave my children security and self-assurance. I don't have to feel guilty for being a working mom! My children are now excelling in private elementary school thanks in part to the jump start they had in learning in the Children's Academy Pre-School and Pre-K programs.

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A gem of a daycare. They are close to Northlake Mall and I-285 but well hidden off LaVista Road with over 1 Acre play area for the children. The staff are friendly, warm and caring. The classrooms are updated and clean. My daughter looks forward to going to school everyday. I have been very pleased that she actually participates in a curriculum that is preparing her for Kindergarten. I would highly recommend that you take a look at Children's Academy of Northlake!

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★★★★★

A gem of a daycare. They are close to Northlake Mall and I-285 but well hidden off LaVista Road with over 1 Acre play area for the children. The staff are friendly, warm and caring. The classrooms are updated and clean. My daughter looks forward to going to school everyday. I have been very pleased that she actually participates in a curriculum that is preparing her for Kindergarten. I would highly recommend that you take a look at Children's Academy of Northlake!

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In response to the previous post, you might want to check this daycare/preschool again. There seems to be a more of a balance of nurturing with "firm but loving discipline" from our experience. There is good emphasis on learning but also plenty of time for kids to play.
The new owners seem to be doing alot of upgrading such as new carpet and tile floors, new furniture, and added playground structures in the last couple of years.
The only "con" that some people may find is that the spaces are very large and open and can seem "loud" if all the kids are inside the buidling together. Most of the time, however, this is not a porblem and the noise is that of kids having a good time.

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★★★★☆

In response to the previous post, you might want to check this daycare/preschool again. There seems to be a more of a balance of nurturing with "firm but loving discipline" from our experience. There is good emphasis on learning but also plenty of time for kids to play.
The new owners seem to be doing alot of upgrading such as new carpet and tile floors, new furniture, and added playground structures in the last couple of years.
The only "con" that some people may find is that the spaces are very large and open and can seem "loud" if all the kids are inside the buidling together. Most of the time, however, this is not a porblem and the noise is that of kids having a good time.

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Childrens' Academy apparently was sold in 2004 to new management, so many things may have changed in the intervening two years. Although the staff working with the children were competent and very caring, the overall tone of the pre-school/daycare was very rigid. Children who do not do well in a very rigid, rules-oriented location may want to search elsewhere.

The location on Harobi Drive is somewhat problematic as well, since getting off of Harobi and back on LaVista Road can be difficult due to traffic and a blind curve. The building and facilities themselves are adequate, with an older playground but with a clean and lively building interior.

PROS: Well-disciplined; caring providers
CONS: location; rigid structure

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★★★☆☆

Childrens' Academy apparently was sold in 2004 to new management, so many things may have changed in the intervening two years. Although the staff working with the children were competent and very caring, the overall tone of the pre-school/daycare was very rigid. Children who do not do well in a very rigid, rules-oriented location may want to search elsewhere.

The location on Harobi Drive is somewhat problematic as well, since getting off of Harobi and back on LaVista Road can be difficult due to traffic and a blind curve. The building and facilities themselves are adequate, with an older playground but with a clean and lively building interior.

PROS: Well-disciplined; caring providers
CONS: location; rigid structure

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This place is absolutely HORRIBLE. Although the teachers are nice, most have not been there very long (turnover is extremely high) and are looking for new jobs. The place is run by the brother of the owner and he is a crazy person. If you

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This place is absolutely HORRIBLE. Although the teachers are nice, most have not been there very long (turnover is extremely high) and are looking for new jobs. The place is run by the brother of the owner and he is a crazy person. If you