A Child's Space

★★★☆☆
  • 1020 S Wabash Ave # 100

    Chicago, IL 60605

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  • 312-431-1234

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I've seen numerous daycares and this is by-far the best!!! The teachers are so great in communicating with the children and giving them the love they need to grow and blossom!

They also provide an amazing curriculum which allows the

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★★★★★

I've seen numerous daycares and this is by-far the best!!! The teachers are so great in communicating with the children and giving them the love they need to grow and blossom!

They also provide an amazing curriculum which allows the

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Pros:
- We love the teachers. Our child had been since she was about 9 weeks old. There are a few teachers there that she loves. Most of them interacts with her and has provided her with a safe and warm environment to play and grow. When

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★★★★★

Pros:
- We love the teachers. Our child had been since she was about 9 weeks old. There are a few teachers there that she loves. Most of them interacts with her and has provided her with a safe and warm environment to play and grow. When

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I do not recommend this daycare. The infants were not interacting with each other or the teachers and it seemed that they were not being stimulated as much as they should. In addition, when we attempted to get our deposit back, we were met with resistence uncharacteristic of childcare givers.

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★☆☆☆☆

I do not recommend this daycare. The infants were not interacting with each other or the teachers and it seemed that they were not being stimulated as much as they should. In addition, when we attempted to get our deposit back, we were met with resistence uncharacteristic of childcare givers.

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I don't typically like to write good reviews for places that I prefer to keep incognito, like our daycare or our pediatrician, or my hair dresser as I prefer that these places not get busy, but I am making an exception. There were several reasons, why I originally chose this daycare:

1. 1:3 in the infant room and low ratios for the older children (this low ratio is unheard of for the majority of the other daycares I toured),
2. webcam (also unheard of for the other daycares I toured), and
3. location (near work so nice).
4. Allow you to come and go as you please. I often went during lunch to feed our baby and I could not believe that other daycares would only allow you to come during pickup and dropoff times.

Our child has been with the daycare for several years now and things have gone along pretty smoothly. I keep the webcam up and running in the corner of my computer at all times so I know exactly what is going on most of the day. When issues do arise (and trust me they do anywhere, but I know about them due to the webcam), I have no problem discussing it with the director and I have found her to be nothing but accommodating which really puts my concerns at ease. Granted, most of the issues that have come up are minor (i.e. pacifier being used outside of naptime) but they are important to me and director has always addressed it and made sure it was corrected within a day.

The teachers are loving and nurturing, which is nice. They often try to get us involved in their daily activities and take the time to tell me how my child did during the day so I don't feel like I missed out on anything.

Overall, I have been very pleased with the daycare and my child's development. My child loves all the caregivers and all the other kids and often talks about them outside of school. I am dreading the day that I have to take my child out of this great environment and into a public or private school as I feel I am so involved now in the day to day activities (with the webcam and daily updates), and once my child is in big kid school, I feel I will not be so involved.

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★★★★★

I don't typically like to write good reviews for places that I prefer to keep incognito, like our daycare or our pediatrician, or my hair dresser as I prefer that these places not get busy, but I am making an exception. There were several reasons, why I originally chose this daycare:

1. 1:3 in the infant room and low ratios for the older children (this low ratio is unheard of for the majority of the other daycares I toured),
2. webcam (also unheard of for the other daycares I toured), and
3. location (near work so nice).
4. Allow you to come and go as you please. I often went during lunch to feed our baby and I could not believe that other daycares would only allow you to come during pickup and dropoff times.

Our child has been with the daycare for several years now and things have gone along pretty smoothly. I keep the webcam up and running in the corner of my computer at all times so I know exactly what is going on most of the day. When issues do arise (and trust me they do anywhere, but I know about them due to the webcam), I have no problem discussing it with the director and I have found her to be nothing but accommodating which really puts my concerns at ease. Granted, most of the issues that have come up are minor (i.e. pacifier being used outside of naptime) but they are important to me and director has always addressed it and made sure it was corrected within a day.

The teachers are loving and nurturing, which is nice. They often try to get us involved in their daily activities and take the time to tell me how my child did during the day so I don't feel like I missed out on anything.

Overall, I have been very pleased with the daycare and my child's development. My child loves all the caregivers and all the other kids and often talks about them outside of school. I am dreading the day that I have to take my child out of this great environment and into a public or private school as I feel I am so involved now in the day to day activities (with the webcam and daily updates), and once my child is in big kid school, I feel I will not be so involved.

Pros: Location, nurturing caregivers, low child/caregiver ratio

Cons: None

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My child was at this facility for 3 years. I have had all positive experiences. The staff is very nurturing, friendly, and compassionate. I hate that we has to leave because we were moving out of state. I watched my child grow and blossom!

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★★★★★

My child was at this facility for 3 years. I have had all positive experiences. The staff is very nurturing, friendly, and compassionate. I hate that we has to leave because we were moving out of state. I watched my child grow and blossom!

Pros: Great downtown location

Cons: Cant think of any

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Friendly, inviting, and professional. This child care facility is of the highest quality. Very accomodating to parents needs (i.e. special diet concerns, breast feeding, etc.) Plus the security is very comforting (webcam for parents, key card entry). Everything in the school has a child focus. I would best describe the atmosphere as, friendly and professional. It's a place parents feel happy to leave their child.

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★★★★★

Friendly, inviting, and professional. This child care facility is of the highest quality. Very accomodating to parents needs (i.e. special diet concerns, breast feeding, etc.) Plus the security is very comforting (webcam for parents, key card entry). Everything in the school has a child focus. I would best describe the atmosphere as, friendly and professional. It's a place parents feel happy to leave their child.

Pros: Friendly staff, very accomodating to specific needs

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Nice school. Very clean and smells really good from the moment you hit the door and throughout. The staff is really nice and knows all children by name. Program is very child centered and focuses on individual needs as opposed to checklists and charts. The environment is cozy and home like and just feels like a nice place for kids.

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★★★★☆

Nice school. Very clean and smells really good from the moment you hit the door and throughout. The staff is really nice and knows all children by name. Program is very child centered and focuses on individual needs as opposed to checklists and charts. The environment is cozy and home like and just feels like a nice place for kids.

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We have given this place numerous chances because we could not get into the other daycares in the area and then eventually did not want to transition our kids. However, we've just about had it at this point, and want to make sure other parents dont make the mistake. Yes, there are some pros. Some, and I stress, some of the teachers are really good. But some of those good teachers left, and also, some were initially assigned to one room and then moved without any notice. It speaks to their disorganization. Other teachers were more like caretakers, who would feed and change the babies. But overall, after many issues with organization, payment (being over billed numerous times), poor communication between teachers and parents and director we decided to move our 2 kids from here. In the end, we realized that as a relatively new place run seemingly by one disorganized director who does not have the education necessary to run a childcare facility, we were not willing to stay. Whenever we had issues we'd try to talk to the teacher or director, and were always given a great answer. But then there was no follow through. Their documentation of the children's daily activities (feedings, changing, napping) was very sporadic, so we never really knew what happened there during the day. Yes there is a webcam, but its not that great. You only know where your baby is and don't know for sure if the baby is sleeping or not since the resolution is not great. There were times our older child stayed in a classroom with much younger children because the facility (and director) did not anticipate the transitions for all of the kids. They still are figuring out the process of transitioning kids from one room to another. It was sad really since our kids got attached and liked their friends. Other reviewers said that the bad reviews were from uptight parents, but I know many parents in my older kids class aren't happy but just don't want to move their kids either. Its a place with alot of problems. If you don't believe the negative reviews, think about it this way -- other daycares in the area have long waiting lists, but here there is none, and the rooms all are not filled to capacity. In fact, the infant room only has 5-6 infants and accomodates 12. That should say something. The last thing I'll say is that after we'd decided to leave, the director (not the teachers though) became increasingly rude and unprofessional. It got so bad that during our last phone conversation about a minor fee, she hung up on me. Please heed the advice of so many negative reviews of parents who have removed their kids from here.

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★☆☆☆☆

We have given this place numerous chances because we could not get into the other daycares in the area and then eventually did not want to transition our kids. However, we've just about had it at this point, and want to make sure other parents dont make the mistake. Yes, there are some pros. Some, and I stress, some of the teachers are really good. But some of those good teachers left, and also, some were initially assigned to one room and then moved without any notice. It speaks to their disorganization. Other teachers were more like caretakers, who would feed and change the babies. But overall, after many issues with organization, payment (being over billed numerous times), poor communication between teachers and parents and director we decided to move our 2 kids from here. In the end, we realized that as a relatively new place run seemingly by one disorganized director who does not have the education necessary to run a childcare facility, we were not willing to stay. Whenever we had issues we'd try to talk to the teacher or director, and were always given a great answer. But then there was no follow through. Their documentation of the children's daily activities (feedings, changing, napping) was very sporadic, so we never really knew what happened there during the day. Yes there is a webcam, but its not that great. You only know where your baby is and don't know for sure if the baby is sleeping or not since the resolution is not great. There were times our older child stayed in a classroom with much younger children because the facility (and director) did not anticipate the transitions for all of the kids. They still are figuring out the process of transitioning kids from one room to another. It was sad really since our kids got attached and liked their friends. Other reviewers said that the bad reviews were from uptight parents, but I know many parents in my older kids class aren't happy but just don't want to move their kids either. Its a place with alot of problems. If you don't believe the negative reviews, think about it this way -- other daycares in the area have long waiting lists, but here there is none, and the rooms all are not filled to capacity. In fact, the infant room only has 5-6 infants and accomodates 12. That should say something. The last thing I'll say is that after we'd decided to leave, the director (not the teachers though) became increasingly rude and unprofessional. It got so bad that during our last phone conversation about a minor fee, she hung up on me. Please heed the advice of so many negative reviews of parents who have removed their kids from here.

Pros: some good teachers

Cons: lack of organization, no follow-through, rude director

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After just a month we decided to withdraw our daughter from this facility , but you have to give 60 days notice to get your large deposit back. Our baby was fed late on multiple occasions ? when we asked why she was fed 1 hour and 45 minutes late they said they ?were busy?. We witnessed a hungry baby cry for half an hour before it was fed; babies are strapped to bouncy seats for much of the day and often fed in them, the ?teachers? change during the day so when you pick up your child the teacher can?t tell you about what happened in the morning. On multiple mornings we witnessed one teacher with more than 4 babies. We would tell the owner who would send in another teacher. One time the owner was not there and we had to go into another classroom and pull that teacher away to go to the infant room. One parent told us how he witnessed a fire drill occurring one day when the owner was not there that resulted in untethered toddlers wandering the sidewalk and wheels on the cribs used to transport the infants falling off. Despite the owner?s assurances, the teachers do not appear to be adequately educated, for example one teacher stated that our 6-month old should be walking. They are poorly organized and the facility often appears rather untidy and dingy. For example, we still get emails from the organization and we still have webcam access despite withdrawing our daughter some time ago. It often took multiple requests in order to get simple administrative matters taken care of, such as asking for monthly invoices. The owner can be very smooth and gives off a false aura of being in control, but she made us a lot of promises that she did not follow through on.

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★☆☆☆☆

After just a month we decided to withdraw our daughter from this facility , but you have to give 60 days notice to get your large deposit back. Our baby was fed late on multiple occasions ? when we asked why she was fed 1 hour and 45 minutes late they said they ?were busy?. We witnessed a hungry baby cry for half an hour before it was fed; babies are strapped to bouncy seats for much of the day and often fed in them, the ?teachers? change during the day so when you pick up your child the teacher can?t tell you about what happened in the morning. On multiple mornings we witnessed one teacher with more than 4 babies. We would tell the owner who would send in another teacher. One time the owner was not there and we had to go into another classroom and pull that teacher away to go to the infant room. One parent told us how he witnessed a fire drill occurring one day when the owner was not there that resulted in untethered toddlers wandering the sidewalk and wheels on the cribs used to transport the infants falling off. Despite the owner?s assurances, the teachers do not appear to be adequately educated, for example one teacher stated that our 6-month old should be walking. They are poorly organized and the facility often appears rather untidy and dingy. For example, we still get emails from the organization and we still have webcam access despite withdrawing our daughter some time ago. It often took multiple requests in order to get simple administrative matters taken care of, such as asking for monthly invoices. The owner can be very smooth and gives off a false aura of being in control, but she made us a lot of promises that she did not follow through on.

Pros: location

Cons: too many to list

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Nice location. Well organized, clean inviting environment for children with very committed kind and friendly staff. Strict policies, but most are in place to protect the children, which are clearly the focus of the family owned managment that seems to be involved in every aspect of the business, which I find a positive factor.

Comfort and individual attention for each child's needs, interests and abilities are what we enjoyed most.

Good overall security is in place, parents key in a code that allows access and we are also able to view the center, children and staff via a web-based camera system. You can call in to your child's class at any time during the day and see how they are doing. Tours are scheduled in advance, so outsiders who drop by to "take a look" are not allowed inside, which I feel very good about! A Child's Space holds nice events for parents, staff and children to help reinforce a great sense of community. It would be great if they had more parking, during drop off and pick up, it gets really tight in that area.

I would definitely recommend A Child's Space.... It stands up to many of the best places that I have seen... quite well.

Make an appointment.... and judge for yourself.

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★★★★☆

Nice location. Well organized, clean inviting environment for children with very committed kind and friendly staff. Strict policies, but most are in place to protect the children, which are clearly the focus of the family owned managment that seems to be involved in every aspect of the business, which I find a positive factor.

Comfort and individual attention for each child's needs, interests and abilities are what we enjoyed most.

Good overall security is in place, parents key in a code that allows access and we are also able to view the center, children and staff via a web-based camera system. You can call in to your child's class at any time during the day and see how they are doing. Tours are scheduled in advance, so outsiders who drop by to "take a look" are not allowed inside, which I feel very good about! A Child's Space holds nice events for parents, staff and children to help reinforce a great sense of community. It would be great if they had more parking, during drop off and pick up, it gets really tight in that area.

I would definitely recommend A Child's Space.... It stands up to many of the best places that I have seen... quite well.

Make an appointment.... and judge for yourself.

Pros: Location, staff, interior environment

Cons: limited parking

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This is a great day care. We put our daughter in at three months and she has significantly developed physically and intellectually because of their constant attention and stimulation. We visited two other daycares before this one, and yes we may have waited a few long minutes for them to open the door and even when they opened the door they didn't let us in, BUT that is to say they are cautious. Why would you want them to blindly open the door to strangers? Because it is a downtown area, you never know who's lurking around. We don't even open our door at home to strangers, so why would you want them to do it? The other two daycares blindly buzzed us in. In one, we had to fold up our stroller and it took us about 5 minutes to get to their office . They didn't come out to greet us or to see who they buzzed in. What's the point of the buzzer? That was strange and very risky. The staff at A Child's Space are super nurturing, caring and friendly. The parents always smile and greet each other. The activities are great as well. All this and they have webcam. You can totally watch your child all day long. We are planning to move out of the neighborhood in a few months, but we plan to keep our baby at A Child's Space because we love it and it's still close to work.

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★★★★☆

This is a great day care. We put our daughter in at three months and she has significantly developed physically and intellectually because of their constant attention and stimulation. We visited two other daycares before this one, and yes we may have waited a few long minutes for them to open the door and even when they opened the door they didn't let us in, BUT that is to say they are cautious. Why would you want them to blindly open the door to strangers? Because it is a downtown area, you never know who's lurking around. We don't even open our door at home to strangers, so why would you want them to do it? The other two daycares blindly buzzed us in. In one, we had to fold up our stroller and it took us about 5 minutes to get to their office . They didn't come out to greet us or to see who they buzzed in. What's the point of the buzzer? That was strange and very risky. The staff at A Child's Space are super nurturing, caring and friendly. The parents always smile and greet each other. The activities are great as well. All this and they have webcam. You can totally watch your child all day long. We are planning to move out of the neighborhood in a few months, but we plan to keep our baby at A Child's Space because we love it and it's still close to work.

Pros: Friendly staff

Cons: Parking. But we are downtown, there's usually no free place to park.

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I'm very sad to report that this place has a very backwards attitude when it comes to breastfeeding- they actively discourage it. The assistant director told me that breastfeeding mothers are not allowed in the front room where people can see, because they might not understand. I was made to take my baby in a room by ourselves, which defeats the whole purpose of distracting my child with other children so I can leave once she starts to play. The assistant director told me that this is their policy, and when I asked why don't explain to people who don't understand that breastfeeding is helathy and not obscene, she said that they choose not to. When I informed the assistant director that her behavoir is actually against the law (see 740 ILCS 137/10) she claimed to have never said those things.

Please opt for somewhere that has one foot inside this century.

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★☆☆☆☆

I'm very sad to report that this place has a very backwards attitude when it comes to breastfeeding- they actively discourage it. The assistant director told me that breastfeeding mothers are not allowed in the front room where people can see, because they might not understand. I was made to take my baby in a room by ourselves, which defeats the whole purpose of distracting my child with other children so I can leave once she starts to play. The assistant director told me that this is their policy, and when I asked why don't explain to people who don't understand that breastfeeding is helathy and not obscene, she said that they choose not to. When I informed the assistant director that her behavoir is actually against the law (see 740 ILCS 137/10) she claimed to have never said those things.

Please opt for somewhere that has one foot inside this century.

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I love A Child's Space! The atmosphere is very pleasant, and stimulating to the growth and development of children. The Director and her staff are truly dedicated to the best intrest of children. At this tender age a child's job is to play and they do that and more at a child space.

The various activities and trips have included: yoga, martial arts, music and movement, infant massage, trips to the Field Museum, a Navy Pier Boat Cruise, Kiddie Land, they even took all the children ages 2 1/2 and up out to brunch to teach them resturant manners.

If you are a city parent this is the place for your child to be. They will gain great experience in the world around them. The entire staff at A Child's Space truly love and enjoy the children in their care. I think the parents that have negitive comments are unrealistic in their expectations of a childcare center.

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★★★★★

I love A Child's Space! The atmosphere is very pleasant, and stimulating to the growth and development of children. The Director and her staff are truly dedicated to the best intrest of children. At this tender age a child's job is to play and they do that and more at a child space.

The various activities and trips have included: yoga, martial arts, music and movement, infant massage, trips to the Field Museum, a Navy Pier Boat Cruise, Kiddie Land, they even took all the children ages 2 1/2 and up out to brunch to teach them resturant manners.

If you are a city parent this is the place for your child to be. They will gain great experience in the world around them. The entire staff at A Child's Space truly love and enjoy the children in their care. I think the parents that have negitive comments are unrealistic in their expectations of a childcare center.

Pros: Location, Atmosphere, Reasonable Tuition

Cons: Spaces fill quickly, No actual parking only a 15min loading zone

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My child was at a Child?s space for several months and my experience was overall negative. I did not enjoy the atmosphere that reigns in the school to begin with. You will immediately notice how people are not welcomed in a warm environment. If you are not a parent, and don?t have the code to access the school, they won?t even open the door for letting you in, and will try to know why you are there through a very unpleasant glass door. Moreover, the care givers are discouraged from free or spontaneous activity through strict constraints decided by an excessively authoritative management.
I am a working mom and would have hoped for a bit more of flexibility that is just not there.

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★★★☆☆

My child was at a Child?s space for several months and my experience was overall negative. I did not enjoy the atmosphere that reigns in the school to begin with. You will immediately notice how people are not welcomed in a warm environment. If you are not a parent, and don?t have the code to access the school, they won?t even open the door for letting you in, and will try to know why you are there through a very unpleasant glass door. Moreover, the care givers are discouraged from free or spontaneous activity through strict constraints decided by an excessively authoritative management.
I am a working mom and would have hoped for a bit more of flexibility that is just not there.

Pros: location

Cons: parking

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We want to share our experience with parents new to the neighborhood. Last year we moved to the South loop; neo-parents, both working, in an up&coming neighborhood with a heart of steel and glass. Without much knowledge and choice (we thought !), we selected the Child's Space as our child's daycare and it has been an overall very poor experience. In our opinion, the place is disappointing on several levels, poor communication skills by the management and cramped space (some rooms only have artificial light !) are probably the aspects that stick out the most. We endured 4 months of it, and only did it because we thought didn't have options, then went out and found plenty. If you want to know what the South loop has to offer to your child, our advice is that you walk out in the playgrounds between Dearborn park I and II: here is were most people having children live, and here you'll hear about the numerous parent's associations, the possibilities to share a nunny and the daycares aorund that people rate the best, and you'll be able to find the solution that suits you the most. Had we only known before !

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★★★☆☆

We want to share our experience with parents new to the neighborhood. Last year we moved to the South loop; neo-parents, both working, in an up&coming neighborhood with a heart of steel and glass. Without much knowledge and choice (we thought !), we selected the Child's Space as our child's daycare and it has been an overall very poor experience. In our opinion, the place is disappointing on several levels, poor communication skills by the management and cramped space (some rooms only have artificial light !) are probably the aspects that stick out the most. We endured 4 months of it, and only did it because we thought didn't have options, then went out and found plenty. If you want to know what the South loop has to offer to your child, our advice is that you walk out in the playgrounds between Dearborn park I and II: here is were most people having children live, and here you'll hear about the numerous parent's associations, the possibilities to share a nunny and the daycares aorund that people rate the best, and you'll be able to find the solution that suits you the most. Had we only known before !

Cons: takes time for them to open the door, by the time you're in&out your car has been towed

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My son attended a Child's Space from age 1 - 3 and our experience was WONDERFUL. The Director/Owner makes the kids her NUMBER 1 priority... so what if the staff changes. I am under the belief that the staff changes were always for the benefit of the children which is the ONLY thing that matters to me as a parent.

I must admit though that some of the parents who send their children there are rude, uptight and behave worse than the children themselves.

Overall, I have only good things to say about A Child's Space and when I have another child I would send them there in a heartbeat.

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★★★☆☆

My son attended a Child's Space from age 1 - 3 and our experience was WONDERFUL. The Director/Owner makes the kids her NUMBER 1 priority... so what if the staff changes. I am under the belief that the staff changes were always for the benefit of the children which is the ONLY thing that matters to me as a parent.

I must admit though that some of the parents who send their children there are rude, uptight and behave worse than the children themselves.

Overall, I have only good things to say about A Child's Space and when I have another child I would send them there in a heartbeat.

Pros: Great Field Trips, Special Guests and Creative Learning

Cons: Parking

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My Mom always told me that if I couldn't say something nice - not to say anything at all.

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★★☆☆☆

My Mom always told me that if I couldn't say something nice - not to say anything at all.

Pros: location, location, location

Cons: disorganized office, high staff turnover, poor quality menu

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We service children 6 weeks to 6 years of age.

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