Little People's Place Child

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  • 604 Johahn Dr

    Westminster, MD 21158

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  • 410-848-0834

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I have been affiliated with Little People's Place since 1985 when my oldest daughter starting attending full time daycare. As a working Mom it was wonderful to be able to go to work with peace of mind that my daughter was going to be well taken care of and loved while I was at work. At the time she was an only child so the interaction with other children was very important for her social development and the things she learned was absolutely amazing. She attended for four years and it was a wonderful experience for her and a extended family. My other two daughters attended the part-time preschool program and during the summer months when school was closed and also had amazing experiences. My middle daughter is in her senior year of high school and has been accepted to four colleges so far with a total of $136,000.00 in scholarships offered over four years. I know she received her foundation in education from her early years at Little People's Place to be a student wanting and willing to learn. You could not choose a better daycare/preschool for your children than Little People's Place. The owner/director is on site daily and involved in the day to day activities and always available to the parents. I think the fact that they are celebrating their 35th year in the childcare business speaks accolades!

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I have been affiliated with Little People's Place since 1985 when my oldest daughter starting attending full time daycare. As a working Mom it was wonderful to be able to go to work with peace of mind that my daughter was going to be well taken care of and loved while I was at work. At the time she was an only child so the interaction with other children was very important for her social development and the things she learned was absolutely amazing. She attended for four years and it was a wonderful experience for her and a extended family. My other two daughters attended the part-time preschool program and during the summer months when school was closed and also had amazing experiences. My middle daughter is in her senior year of high school and has been accepted to four colleges so far with a total of $136,000.00 in scholarships offered over four years. I know she received her foundation in education from her early years at Little People's Place to be a student wanting and willing to learn. You could not choose a better daycare/preschool for your children than Little People's Place. The owner/director is on site daily and involved in the day to day activities and always available to the parents. I think the fact that they are celebrating their 35th year in the childcare business speaks accolades!

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One of the most difficult decision any parent has to make is where to send your children when looking for a pre-school, and when needing a day care provider. The guilt we put ourselves through is just excruciating isn't it? Those first few days of crying and clinging on is so hard, but if we let our kids go and wipe our eyes, it gets better! Obviously there is no place like home, but when this need arises, Little People's Place in Westminster is the clear answer. If you are looking for a place that will show your child God's love, teach your child in amazing and wonderful ways, and keep your child safe, you have found it here. Ms. Mary...which really should be spelled Ms. MERRY because the woman is always smiling, has established a school that is really second to none. It really is more than a "CENTER", it truly is a school. We enrolled both of our daughters in the pre-school program, and our youngest we enrolled in the Kindergarten enrichment program. When our youngest had a special need arise, nothing major, she just needed to wear an eye patch, Mary Burke, the owner, wore one too, just to ease the transistion! The teachers, Ms. "MERRY" had our first daughter in the pre-school program, and was assisted by Alyson. Both of these woman were well prepared, organized, and most certainly loving. Ms. Stephanie was the teacher for our youngest in pre-school, and we loved the fact that Alyson was still around! prgram was just wonderful. Stephanie is smart, engaging and our daughter frankly loved her. Ms. Karen was our Kindergarten enrichment teacher, and well, I just don't have enough characters to describe how wonderful she is!
It's hard to find a place to put our babies. They are OUR babies, but LPP will not only teach them, watch out for them, but they will LOVE them. And really thats the most important part!

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One of the most difficult decision any parent has to make is where to send your children when looking for a pre-school, and when needing a day care provider. The guilt we put ourselves through is just excruciating isn't it? Those first few days of crying and clinging on is so hard, but if we let our kids go and wipe our eyes, it gets better! Obviously there is no place like home, but when this need arises, Little People's Place in Westminster is the clear answer. If you are looking for a place that will show your child God's love, teach your child in amazing and wonderful ways, and keep your child safe, you have found it here. Ms. Mary...which really should be spelled Ms. MERRY because the woman is always smiling, has established a school that is really second to none. It really is more than a "CENTER", it truly is a school. We enrolled both of our daughters in the pre-school program, and our youngest we enrolled in the Kindergarten enrichment program. When our youngest had a special need arise, nothing major, she just needed to wear an eye patch, Mary Burke, the owner, wore one too, just to ease the transistion! The teachers, Ms. "MERRY" had our first daughter in the pre-school program, and was assisted by Alyson. Both of these woman were well prepared, organized, and most certainly loving. Ms. Stephanie was the teacher for our youngest in pre-school, and we loved the fact that Alyson was still around! prgram was just wonderful. Stephanie is smart, engaging and our daughter frankly loved her. Ms. Karen was our Kindergarten enrichment teacher, and well, I just don't have enough characters to describe how wonderful she is!
It's hard to find a place to put our babies. They are OUR babies, but LPP will not only teach them, watch out for them, but they will LOVE them. And really thats the most important part!

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Hello, my name is Mary Burke and I am the owner and director of Little People's Place. After 44 years in Early Childhood Education, I know the best communication with families is in person. So please call or visit me anytime. I love to talk about my school and I will ALWAYS give you an honest, detailed, and complete explanation of our policies. Little People's Place is celebrating our 35th Anniversary this year and in all that time our reputation has always been exemplary. You can check these inspections by calling the Maryland State Department of Education at 410-751-5438.We always obey staff-student ratios as set by the state and the ratio of 1 teacher for 12 children is in our regulation book as well as on our license. I personally have shown this to any parent who has voiced concern. Our curriculum is amazing, based on right-left brain studies done at Harvard School of Medicine and you are welcome to visit our web site for details but our most important concern in this day and age is the safety of your child. While we welcome parents to visit us anytime, we NEVER leave an adult in a classroom unsupervised as it is a law that anyone over 16 years of age must be fingerprinted before he/she can be in the building. This law came into effect after a terrible incident at a child care facility where a man molested a child while he was supposed to be working on a computer. The children who had been at that center came to us because we were recommended due to our high security, years of experience, impeccable reputation, and my master in counseling. The children did well and are now happy, healthy, school-agers and the parents were so grateful for our tender loving care and expertise. I will never jeopardize your child's safety and I will always be available to my families. Please give me a call anytime. In Care of Children, Mary

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Hello, my name is Mary Burke and I am the owner and director of Little People's Place. After 44 years in Early Childhood Education, I know the best communication with families is in person. So please call or visit me anytime. I love to talk about my school and I will ALWAYS give you an honest, detailed, and complete explanation of our policies. Little People's Place is celebrating our 35th Anniversary this year and in all that time our reputation has always been exemplary. You can check these inspections by calling the Maryland State Department of Education at 410-751-5438.We always obey staff-student ratios as set by the state and the ratio of 1 teacher for 12 children is in our regulation book as well as on our license. I personally have shown this to any parent who has voiced concern. Our curriculum is amazing, based on right-left brain studies done at Harvard School of Medicine and you are welcome to visit our web site for details but our most important concern in this day and age is the safety of your child. While we welcome parents to visit us anytime, we NEVER leave an adult in a classroom unsupervised as it is a law that anyone over 16 years of age must be fingerprinted before he/she can be in the building. This law came into effect after a terrible incident at a child care facility where a man molested a child while he was supposed to be working on a computer. The children who had been at that center came to us because we were recommended due to our high security, years of experience, impeccable reputation, and my master in counseling. The children did well and are now happy, healthy, school-agers and the parents were so grateful for our tender loving care and expertise. I will never jeopardize your child's safety and I will always be available to my families. Please give me a call anytime. In Care of Children, Mary

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Our experience with Little People's Place has been completely positive. We have three children, and our oldest started Little People's last fall & loves it!!! He/she has been loved on by all his/her teachers, and peers. They teach basic pre-k curriculum along with love, respect, kindness & gentleness, while allowing individuality, and being in a SECURE building. We certainly will have our two other children attend Little People's. They are the BEST in Westminster. Mary Burke is amazing, and upon meeting her anyone can see it is all about the children! This place deserves a 5 star rating - they earned it!!!

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Our experience with Little People's Place has been completely positive. We have three children, and our oldest started Little People's last fall & loves it!!! He/she has been loved on by all his/her teachers, and peers. They teach basic pre-k curriculum along with love, respect, kindness & gentleness, while allowing individuality, and being in a SECURE building. We certainly will have our two other children attend Little People's. They are the BEST in Westminster. Mary Burke is amazing, and upon meeting her anyone can see it is all about the children! This place deserves a 5 star rating - they earned it!!!

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My experience with the Little People's Place was disturbing to say the least. Here is my story: My son is 4 years old, very bright and very verbal. We live nearby the facility and had previously been sending our son to a preschool about 30 minutes from home, so not having the commute was very attractive. We are also going to be sending our son to our local public school in a year, so I thought it would be good to slowly acclamate him now to a new set of friends.

Anyway, I took a tour of the facility and it seemed to be a pleasant enough atmosphere, so we signed up for the summer program and would follow with the fall school program. So on Monday, I decided to ease my son into this new situation gradually, so I dropped him off for just 2 hours (vs. the 6 hours per day I had paid for). When I picked him up, he seemed happy. The next morning prior to leaving for camp/school he whined about not wanting to go, but just briefly. He stayed for about 3 1/2 hours on this day. Again, he seemed happy after this second day. On the morning of the third day, he cried for about 1 hour and complained that there were too many kids and he was scared. I checked over the "welcome information" the school had given me and saw that there was a brochure from Carroll County stating the ratio for this age group was not to exceed 1:10. There were 24 kids in his summer class. So I questioned it and was told that because this is a private center, the requirements are different and they are allowed a 1:12 ratio. My son did not complain much about his particular class size but about the amount of children that were on the playground during our drop off time in the morning. The entire school was on the playground at the same time (I am estimating approximately 80-100 children).

I was able to calm him down and convince him to give it another try. I dropped him off and hung out outside with the teacher for about 15 minutes while I explained how reluctant he was to come. When I went to leave, he begged me not to leave him there. I spotted his other teacher standing by the building so we approached her and asked if he could stand with her for the remainder of their time outside. She quickly accepted and sort of took him under her wing. I waved goodbye and went into the building in order to leave out the front entrance. I glanced back out the window as I was preparing to leave and noticed that there now were several other children with this teacher now also. I watched for a minute to see what my son would do. He decided to go back up to the playground and went on the swings for a couple of minutes. Again, as I prepared to leave, he got off the swing and was wandering in circles, looking sort of lost and unsure of what to do.

It was at this time that the director/owner of the center, Mary Burke, approached me as I was still standing by the window. She said "several parents have voiced there concern about you hanging around here for so long and staring out the window." After I picked my jaw up from the floor, I asked what in the world she was talking about. I explained my entire story and the fact that I spent over an hour consoling a terrified child that same morning. I explained he does not know a single soul in the facility and is very nervous, so as a caring parent, I was observing him for a while to be sure he is comfortable. She then stated that "it is just really strange how you are peering out at the children." As if I am a voyer. She then went on to say that if this "behavior" continued beyond this first week, she would have to ask me to find someplace else to send my child.

I was dumfounded and livid to say the least. I pointed out that she supplied me with a brochure from the county that stated 2 pieces of crucial information, both of which she was totally contradicting. I brought up the ratio issue as well as the fact that in the brochure, it clearly states that parents are to be permitted to visit or observe their children's activities in the school at any time, and with no prior notice. I asked why the heck they would hand out this piece of literature if nothing in it seemed to apply. She had no comment.

As a parent whose number one priority is the safety and well being of her child, I cannot for the life of me understand why this kind of sick and disturbing policy would be tolerated by any parent. I unfortunately found all this out on my third day of sending my child here, so I am not sure how other parents haven't found out by now as well. EVERY parent MUST be allowed to observe their child for as long as it takes for both the parent and the child to feel 100% comfortable. My child is not a piece of property. The Little People's Place in Westminster is, however, nothing short of a child storage facility.

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My experience with the Little People's Place was disturbing to say the least. Here is my story: My son is 4 years old, very bright and very verbal. We live nearby the facility and had previously been sending our son to a preschool about 30 minutes from home, so not having the commute was very attractive. We are also going to be sending our son to our local public school in a year, so I thought it would be good to slowly acclamate him now to a new set of friends.

Anyway, I took a tour of the facility and it seemed to be a pleasant enough atmosphere, so we signed up for the summer program and would follow with the fall school program. So on Monday, I decided to ease my son into this new situation gradually, so I dropped him off for just 2 hours (vs. the 6 hours per day I had paid for). When I picked him up, he seemed happy. The next morning prior to leaving for camp/school he whined about not wanting to go, but just briefly. He stayed for about 3 1/2 hours on this day. Again, he seemed happy after this second day. On the morning of the third day, he cried for about 1 hour and complained that there were too many kids and he was scared. I checked over the "welcome information" the school had given me and saw that there was a brochure from Carroll County stating the ratio for this age group was not to exceed 1:10. There were 24 kids in his summer class. So I questioned it and was told that because this is a private center, the requirements are different and they are allowed a 1:12 ratio. My son did not complain much about his particular class size but about the amount of children that were on the playground during our drop off time in the morning. The entire school was on the playground at the same time (I am estimating approximately 80-100 children).

I was able to calm him down and convince him to give it another try. I dropped him off and hung out outside with the teacher for about 15 minutes while I explained how reluctant he was to come. When I went to leave, he begged me not to leave him there. I spotted his other teacher standing by the building so we approached her and asked if he could stand with her for the remainder of their time outside. She quickly accepted and sort of took him under her wing. I waved goodbye and went into the building in order to leave out the front entrance. I glanced back out the window as I was preparing to leave and noticed that there now were several other children with this teacher now also. I watched for a minute to see what my son would do. He decided to go back up to the playground and went on the swings for a couple of minutes. Again, as I prepared to leave, he got off the swing and was wandering in circles, looking sort of lost and unsure of what to do.

It was at this time that the director/owner of the center, Mary Burke, approached me as I was still standing by the window. She said "several parents have voiced there concern about you hanging around here for so long and staring out the window." After I picked my jaw up from the floor, I asked what in the world she was talking about. I explained my entire story and the fact that I spent over an hour consoling a terrified child that same morning. I explained he does not know a single soul in the facility and is very nervous, so as a caring parent, I was observing him for a while to be sure he is comfortable. She then stated that "it is just really strange how you are peering out at the children." As if I am a voyer. She then went on to say that if this "behavior" continued beyond this first week, she would have to ask me to find someplace else to send my child.

I was dumfounded and livid to say the least. I pointed out that she supplied me with a brochure from the county that stated 2 pieces of crucial information, both of which she was totally contradicting. I brought up the ratio issue as well as the fact that in the brochure, it clearly states that parents are to be permitted to visit or observe their children's activities in the school at any time, and with no prior notice. I asked why the heck they would hand out this piece of literature if nothing in it seemed to apply. She had no comment.

As a parent whose number one priority is the safety and well being of her child, I cannot for the life of me understand why this kind of sick and disturbing policy would be tolerated by any parent. I unfortunately found all this out on my third day of sending my child here, so I am not sure how other parents haven't found out by now as well. EVERY parent MUST be allowed to observe their child for as long as it takes for both the parent and the child to feel 100% comfortable. My child is not a piece of property. The Little People's Place in Westminster is, however, nothing short of a child storage facility.

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