Jolly Fun House Playschools

★★★★☆
  • 7559 W Addison St

    Chicago, IL 60634

    Map & Directions
  • 773-637-6115

About Jolly Fun House Playschools

Hours
Mon-Fri 6:30am-6pm

Education

Education
More choices in Chicago:
Resultset_next

Central Driving Academy

1455 W Montrose Ave Chicago, IL

Resultset_next

International Training & Exch

174 N Michigan Ave # 200 Chicago, IL

3.85 20
Hi! Sign in to let us know how Jolly Fun House Playschools was?
Write a Review
.

My daughter and I chose the Prospect Heights location for her oldest daughter's new daycare center.
We have been nothing but THRILLED with her progress. Her teachers (Miss T & Miss U) take great pride in their interaction with the children, working to make sure each one is being properly taught the concepts of the week/day.
The office staff has been more than helpful in maneuvering the maze of Cook County's daycare assistance, and so patient and willing to work with us while the status was pending.

The center is always clean, and any discipline issues have been properly dealt with immediately. The diversity of the meals provided is better than what we serve at home!

I can't imagine choosing a better run, informative, and educational center for my granddaughter.

4
★★★★☆

My daughter and I chose the Prospect Heights location for her oldest daughter's new daycare center.
We have been nothing but THRILLED with her progress. Her teachers (Miss T & Miss U) take great pride in their interaction with the children, working to make sure each one is being properly taught the concepts of the week/day.
The office staff has been more than helpful in maneuvering the maze of Cook County's daycare assistance, and so patient and willing to work with us while the status was pending.

The center is always clean, and any discipline issues have been properly dealt with immediately. The diversity of the meals provided is better than what we serve at home!

I can't imagine choosing a better run, informative, and educational center for my granddaughter.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

I am a preschool teacher who worked for Jolly Fun House Playschools and a counselor at the Day Camp and I have to say that I was always cleaning the toys and the room. The school has a service that comes in everynight to clean the rooms. The toys were updated regularly through buying new ones and donations. Parents are main source of donations. Donations are always welcomed the children love new toys that they have not seen as you all know. I would highly recommend these schools to all parents.

5
★★★★★

I am a preschool teacher who worked for Jolly Fun House Playschools and a counselor at the Day Camp and I have to say that I was always cleaning the toys and the room. The school has a service that comes in everynight to clean the rooms. The toys were updated regularly through buying new ones and donations. Parents are main source of donations. Donations are always welcomed the children love new toys that they have not seen as you all know. I would highly recommend these schools to all parents.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

My daughter has been attending the school on Addison St. for about 2 years now. All of the teachers I have interacted with are phenomenal. Ms. Toni the director is very nice and professional. Ms. Marie and Ms. Susanna (sorry if spelled wrong) are great as well! My daughter has learned so much in the last 2 years at this school. They keep me well informed with my daughter??s progress, and behavior. She is very happy here. I couldn't even imagine sending her anywhere else. Keep up the good work ladies!!!

5
★★★★★

My daughter has been attending the school on Addison St. for about 2 years now. All of the teachers I have interacted with are phenomenal. Ms. Toni the director is very nice and professional. Ms. Marie and Ms. Susanna (sorry if spelled wrong) are great as well! My daughter has learned so much in the last 2 years at this school. They keep me well informed with my daughter??s progress, and behavior. She is very happy here. I couldn't even imagine sending her anywhere else. Keep up the good work ladies!!!

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

My child attends JFH Academy in Norridge and I have nothing but good things to say about this school. The class size is small which really helps the teachers be able to give the children enough attention. I have been able to compare my son's education with that of kids attending public schools and the difference is enormous. I use to compain about the amount of money I had to pay for my son to attend this school but now I see that the education he is receiving is absolutely worth what I pay. My son loves JFH and so do I. Keep up the good work!

5
★★★★★

My child attends JFH Academy in Norridge and I have nothing but good things to say about this school. The class size is small which really helps the teachers be able to give the children enough attention. I have been able to compare my son's education with that of kids attending public schools and the difference is enormous. I use to compain about the amount of money I had to pay for my son to attend this school but now I see that the education he is receiving is absolutely worth what I pay. My son loves JFH and so do I. Keep up the good work!

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

I attended Jolly Fun for the duration of my childhood. I attended while Bob and Gigi Bowie were the owners; and I absolutely adored them and my time spent in the program. Jolly Fun was family run, and made their parents, campers, students, and Staff feel like a part of the family.

I attended both the grade school and the day camp for years, and the program was fun, well organized, and I learned how to swim in a safe and nurturing environment. The school's small class sizes allowed me the one-on-one attention the public schools wouldn't have afforded me. The program was also individually focused in that it tested each student and tailored to their individual needs, as well as group interaction that built the social skills needed in life.

I would recommend this program to anybody, and if it's still in operation when I have children of my own I will be choosing it as their school.

5
★★★★★

I attended Jolly Fun for the duration of my childhood. I attended while Bob and Gigi Bowie were the owners; and I absolutely adored them and my time spent in the program. Jolly Fun was family run, and made their parents, campers, students, and Staff feel like a part of the family.

I attended both the grade school and the day camp for years, and the program was fun, well organized, and I learned how to swim in a safe and nurturing environment. The school's small class sizes allowed me the one-on-one attention the public schools wouldn't have afforded me. The program was also individually focused in that it tested each student and tailored to their individual needs, as well as group interaction that built the social skills needed in life.

I would recommend this program to anybody, and if it's still in operation when I have children of my own I will be choosing it as their school.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

Jolly Fun House Playschools is the BEST! The teachers and staff are all wonderful with the children. If I have a question it will always be answered or someone will get back to me with the answer. Gigi and the staff, always work with families to make them feel at home, The school meals are awesome.
Over all Jolly Fun House is a Great School.

5
★★★★★

Jolly Fun House Playschools is the BEST! The teachers and staff are all wonderful with the children. If I have a question it will always be answered or someone will get back to me with the answer. Gigi and the staff, always work with families to make them feel at home, The school meals are awesome.
Over all Jolly Fun House is a Great School.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

My children attend Jolly Fun House Playschool and I have been very pleased with the program, teaching staff and individualized attention my children receive. The executive director Gigi Bowie has always been responsive to my needs and willing to help us in any way. Gail B

5
★★★★★

My children attend Jolly Fun House Playschool and I have been very pleased with the program, teaching staff and individualized attention my children receive. The executive director Gigi Bowie has always been responsive to my needs and willing to help us in any way. Gail B

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

As I first time mom returning to work, choosing a daycare/pre-school and staff that I felt comfortable leaving my child with was a very difficult decision. Before my son even started I felt completely comfortable with the teaching staff AND the administration, and was confident that my child was in a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment. I was impressed with the level of education and expertise of the teachers and the sense of care I got on a continuous basis.

Reading the below reviews, I could not disagree more about the cleanliness of the center - not only are the teachers constantly cleaning the tables before and after activities and meals, but they clean and sanitize the toys on a daily basis. My son has only had one cold all year, so they have to be doing something right! If I ever have a question or concern, I have always felt comfortable going to the teacher and/or administration, and they are very kind, professional, and courteous.

Ultimately, I am proud to bring my son to school and am confident that they will care for him as I would.

5
★★★★★

As I first time mom returning to work, choosing a daycare/pre-school and staff that I felt comfortable leaving my child with was a very difficult decision. Before my son even started I felt completely comfortable with the teaching staff AND the administration, and was confident that my child was in a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment. I was impressed with the level of education and expertise of the teachers and the sense of care I got on a continuous basis.

Reading the below reviews, I could not disagree more about the cleanliness of the center - not only are the teachers constantly cleaning the tables before and after activities and meals, but they clean and sanitize the toys on a daily basis. My son has only had one cold all year, so they have to be doing something right! If I ever have a question or concern, I have always felt comfortable going to the teacher and/or administration, and they are very kind, professional, and courteous.

Ultimately, I am proud to bring my son to school and am confident that they will care for him as I would.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

This comment is in reference to "me and my daughter". I happened to be present while Gigi's son was taking photos for the magazine. I was impressed at his professionalism as well as his charm with the children and the teachers. I am shocked that someone would make such an extreme accusation against a person. If this person had such a concern with what she was "seeing" she should have reported to the office immediately. JFH is a reputable school that does not deserve this negative criticism. My experiences have only left me with good feelings about this pre-school.

5
★★★★★

This comment is in reference to "me and my daughter". I happened to be present while Gigi's son was taking photos for the magazine. I was impressed at his professionalism as well as his charm with the children and the teachers. I am shocked that someone would make such an extreme accusation against a person. If this person had such a concern with what she was "seeing" she should have reported to the office immediately. JFH is a reputable school that does not deserve this negative criticism. My experiences have only left me with good feelings about this pre-school.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

I wanted to share my experience with this very fine school, after reading some of these reviews. Two of our three children are still enrolled and our third has graduated from kindergarten. All have had a very positive experience. I found the teachers very caring and supportive of our children's individual needs. Most importantly, their attention to education has allowed our oldest to excel in her first years of primary education. Our other two children are still enrolled and I feel are doing very well at Jolly Fun.

5
★★★★★

I wanted to share my experience with this very fine school, after reading some of these reviews. Two of our three children are still enrolled and our third has graduated from kindergarten. All have had a very positive experience. I found the teachers very caring and supportive of our children's individual needs. Most importantly, their attention to education has allowed our oldest to excel in her first years of primary education. Our other two children are still enrolled and I feel are doing very well at Jolly Fun.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

Comment by:
Executive Director/co-owner Gigi Bowie

Response to: ??Me and my daughter post?

I want to communicate the sadness I experienced when I read this post. I want parents, teachers, staff and prospective parents to know the severity of this situation. I want to address each point and sincerely encourage any further concerns to be brought to me immediately by contacting the school directly.

A comment was made regarding a male teacher being fired. This exceptional individual was not a teacher but the site director, and he was not fired. He did not do anything wrong, to either the school or children, it was a mutual parting.

In regards to the situation involving the ??diaper change?, I sincerely apologize, along with my son, for any confusion felt by parents. Matthew has been working for several weeks as a teacher aid supporting the Kindergarten classroom. In addition to many years of experience working with children he has a degree in Photojournalism. For this reason, he was asked to work on creating and capturing photographs for a magazine article coming out this spring in Education Leaders Today, which we are very excited about and encourage you to check out. This is why he was walking through classrooms making observations and we regret not properly informing parents.

I also want to dispel the misunderstanding that I would, under any circumstances, fire a teacher that came to me with a concern involving another staff member, even if that staff was my son.

To conclude, a staff meeting has been called ASAP to resolve staff concerns and hopefully avoid such an occurrence in the future.

Gigi Bowie

5
★★★★★

Comment by:
Executive Director/co-owner Gigi Bowie

Response to: ??Me and my daughter post?

I want to communicate the sadness I experienced when I read this post. I want parents, teachers, staff and prospective parents to know the severity of this situation. I want to address each point and sincerely encourage any further concerns to be brought to me immediately by contacting the school directly.

A comment was made regarding a male teacher being fired. This exceptional individual was not a teacher but the site director, and he was not fired. He did not do anything wrong, to either the school or children, it was a mutual parting.

In regards to the situation involving the ??diaper change?, I sincerely apologize, along with my son, for any confusion felt by parents. Matthew has been working for several weeks as a teacher aid supporting the Kindergarten classroom. In addition to many years of experience working with children he has a degree in Photojournalism. For this reason, he was asked to work on creating and capturing photographs for a magazine article coming out this spring in Education Leaders Today, which we are very excited about and encourage you to check out. This is why he was walking through classrooms making observations and we regret not properly informing parents.

I also want to dispel the misunderstanding that I would, under any circumstances, fire a teacher that came to me with a concern involving another staff member, even if that staff was my son.

To conclude, a staff meeting has been called ASAP to resolve staff concerns and hopefully avoid such an occurrence in the future.

Gigi Bowie

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

This school/daycare is not the best choice in in the area. My children attended the Prospect Heights school for 1 year, larely because it was the most affordable in the area. I never got to the point where I was comfortable leaving them there. I say this for a few reasons:

1. My overall impression of management was poor, we felt more like a dollar signs than people. Everything said in other reviews about Gigi is 100% true.

2. Staff were wonderful at the core, but it seemed like the environment was not as "Jolly" as we would have liked.

3. The school smelled. It was always visibly clean, but the building is older and just smelled bad. My kids smelled like the school when they returned home.

My children did not thrive in this environment, one of my kids was bitten by another child almost everyday and management offered no solutions!

It's worth it to explore other higher-priced options in the area for your child's sake. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD HERE!

1
★☆☆☆☆

This school/daycare is not the best choice in in the area. My children attended the Prospect Heights school for 1 year, larely because it was the most affordable in the area. I never got to the point where I was comfortable leaving them there. I say this for a few reasons:

1. My overall impression of management was poor, we felt more like a dollar signs than people. Everything said in other reviews about Gigi is 100% true.

2. Staff were wonderful at the core, but it seemed like the environment was not as "Jolly" as we would have liked.

3. The school smelled. It was always visibly clean, but the building is older and just smelled bad. My kids smelled like the school when they returned home.

My children did not thrive in this environment, one of my kids was bitten by another child almost everyday and management offered no solutions!

It's worth it to explore other higher-priced options in the area for your child's sake. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD HERE!

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

.

I nearly decided not to enroll my child after stumbling on the negative reviews below. I am so glad I trusted my initial instinct and sent my child when a spot opened. My experience with this school couldn't be further then the experiences below. After reading the reviews below, I kept an eye out for any cleanliness issues and gladly never saw any. On a visit to the classroom I personally saw the teachers cleaning and wiping down areas immediately after each activity. I drop my child off quite early and always find the classroom clean and tidy. I have seen no problems with hygiene either. My child??s has never come home with so much as a smudged face or marker stains on her hands. I have had nothing but positive interactions with the teachers and the management alike. It is a very open and friendly environment, almost family like. The staff really makes an effort to get to know the children as individuals, even if they are not in their specific classrooms. The Director knows each child by name and will gladly give updates or anecdotes on your child when you call in or are picking up. The classroom schedules and activities are stimulating and educational. The menus are nutritional. The projects sent home with my child are adorable and creative. The teachers are very dedicated. Parent involvement is encouraged and welcomed. I am very happy with my decision and know my child is a safe, nurturing, stimulating environment. I would not hesitate recommending this school.

5
★★★★★

I nearly decided not to enroll my child after stumbling on the negative reviews below. I am so glad I trusted my initial instinct and sent my child when a spot opened. My experience with this school couldn't be further then the experiences below. After reading the reviews below, I kept an eye out for any cleanliness issues and gladly never saw any. On a visit to the classroom I personally saw the teachers cleaning and wiping down areas immediately after each activity. I drop my child off quite early and always find the classroom clean and tidy. I have seen no problems with hygiene either. My child??s has never come home with so much as a smudged face or marker stains on her hands. I have had nothing but positive interactions with the teachers and the management alike. It is a very open and friendly environment, almost family like. The staff really makes an effort to get to know the children as individuals, even if they are not in their specific classrooms. The Director knows each child by name and will gladly give updates or anecdotes on your child when you call in or are picking up. The classroom schedules and activities are stimulating and educational. The menus are nutritional. The projects sent home with my child are adorable and creative. The teachers are very dedicated. Parent involvement is encouraged and welcomed. I am very happy with my decision and know my child is a safe, nurturing, stimulating environment. I would not hesitate recommending this school.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

.

I concur with the comment below. Some of the teachers are excellent, but management lacks the skills to properly run this day care. Not only the place does not meet the standard hygiene that you would expect in a center with children under 5, but be sure that you will be cheat off from your security deposit. After giving a month notice that I would be pulling out my children, I am still having problem getting my security back. ( This is a month later....) So, in other words Gigi Bowie will still your money.

My final comment, NOT REPUTABLE, NO INTEGRITY, and only the children of the parents that she (Gigi Bowie) favors get to be moved in more advanced classes... no matter what the teachers comments/reviews are.

Also the staff turnaround is very high, this is an indication of how badly this place is run.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I concur with the comment below. Some of the teachers are excellent, but management lacks the skills to properly run this day care. Not only the place does not meet the standard hygiene that you would expect in a center with children under 5, but be sure that you will be cheat off from your security deposit. After giving a month notice that I would be pulling out my children, I am still having problem getting my security back. ( This is a month later....) So, in other words Gigi Bowie will still your money.

My final comment, NOT REPUTABLE, NO INTEGRITY, and only the children of the parents that she (Gigi Bowie) favors get to be moved in more advanced classes... no matter what the teachers comments/reviews are.

Also the staff turnaround is very high, this is an indication of how badly this place is run.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

.

We checked out this play school to see if it was a good quality care centre for our daughter. We were greeted by a friendly staff member when we arrived, which gave us a good first impression. But as we toured the center we found that the staff did pay a lot of attention to the children and their needs. As the staff are maily focused on the children the cleanliness of this center has fallen to a not acceptable level. If this place had of been clean we would have considered it for our daughter, but cleanliness is something you cant compromise on and risk the health of your child.

PROS: great staff
CONS: very unclean

3
★★★☆☆

We checked out this play school to see if it was a good quality care centre for our daughter. We were greeted by a friendly staff member when we arrived, which gave us a good first impression. But as we toured the center we found that the staff did pay a lot of attention to the children and their needs. As the staff are maily focused on the children the cleanliness of this center has fallen to a not acceptable level. If this place had of been clean we would have considered it for our daughter, but cleanliness is something you cant compromise on and risk the health of your child.

PROS: great staff
CONS: very unclean

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Review Partner
.

My children really enjoyed attending both the early childhood and elementary school. The program gave them a great start in life. Former Parent

2
★★★★★

My children really enjoyed attending both the early childhood and elementary school. The program gave them a great start in life. Former Parent

.

I went to this day care and when I went into the 2 year old room I saw one teacher with over 10 children and I though that was too many 2s for one teacher and the other teacher was in the other room. The children where not safe in my mind

0
★☆☆☆☆

I went to this day care and when I went into the 2 year old room I saw one teacher with over 10 children and I though that was too many 2s for one teacher and the other teacher was in the other room. The children where not safe in my mind

.

These reviews are very sad, I went here and to the one on Irving when I was a child in the 80's and it was such an amazing school, with amazing teachers and staff...This was long before they bought the school in Prospect Heights. I have

1
★★☆☆☆

These reviews are very sad, I went here and to the one on Irving when I was a child in the 80's and it was such an amazing school, with amazing teachers and staff...This was long before they bought the school in Prospect Heights. I have

.

We checked out this play school to see if it was a good quality care center for our daughter. We were greeted by a friendly staff member when we arrived, which gave us a good first impression. But as we toured the center we found that the

1
★★☆☆☆

We checked out this play school to see if it was a good quality care center for our daughter. We were greeted by a friendly staff member when we arrived, which gave us a good first impression. But as we toured the center we found that the

.

I used to volunteer here for service hours so I got to experience first-hand how this day care was run. The children had playtime, classroom sessions, nap time, snack time, and storytelling. The daycare went into the late afternoon and was

1
★★★☆☆

I used to volunteer here for service hours so I got to experience first-hand how this day care was run. The children had playtime, classroom sessions, nap time, snack time, and storytelling. The daycare went into the late afternoon and was

 

Wait, you're the expert.

If you've been to or used Jolly Fun House Playschools, leave a review.

It's easy, only takes a couple of minutes and you'll help thousands make an informed decision.



Write a Review