Red Bell Preschool

★★★★☆
  • 44661 W Ann Arbor Trl

    Plymouth, MI 48170

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  • 734-453-5520

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Mon - Fri, 6:30am - 6pm; Sat, Sun, closed

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Just dropped off Genny for preschool. She had a great year at Red Bell Preschool. I've had 7 kids go to a total of 9 preschools. I feel like Red Bell did the best job preparing her for Kindergarten. If you are in the area and looking for a

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Just dropped off Genny for preschool. She had a great year at Red Bell Preschool. I've had 7 kids go to a total of 9 preschools. I feel like Red Bell did the best job preparing her for Kindergarten. If you are in the area and looking for a

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We absolutely consider ourselves very blessed and happy to be a part of the Red Bell family! My daughter is on her second year there, and we plan to send our son this fall. Not only has our daughter absolutely thrived at Red Bell, but her experience has exceeded our expectations. Over this last summer, we couldn't decide which room to place her in, and several teachers took the time to have lengthy discussions with us until we were comfortable with the decision. The school really focuses on paying attention to each child as an individual and are able to tailor the curriculum to match where each child is in their academic development.
We feel confident that she will be ready for kindergarten, but we know she will miss her Red Bell family! We look forward to our son having the same great experience. Thanks Red Bell!

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We absolutely consider ourselves very blessed and happy to be a part of the Red Bell family! My daughter is on her second year there, and we plan to send our son this fall. Not only has our daughter absolutely thrived at Red Bell, but her experience has exceeded our expectations. Over this last summer, we couldn't decide which room to place her in, and several teachers took the time to have lengthy discussions with us until we were comfortable with the decision. The school really focuses on paying attention to each child as an individual and are able to tailor the curriculum to match where each child is in their academic development.
We feel confident that she will be ready for kindergarten, but we know she will miss her Red Bell family! We look forward to our son having the same great experience. Thanks Red Bell!

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The certified teacher was only present a few hours in the morning. The rest of the day is run like a daycare. When I pulled up, teachers were texting on the playground with kids on HIGH play structures. (Do not be lured in by cool-looking playground!!!!!) Kids behaviors are not redirected when harsh toward each other. I did not feel the school was teaching respect and problem-solving with preschool-aged children. It was disappointing and I had to take my child to a different location.

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The certified teacher was only present a few hours in the morning. The rest of the day is run like a daycare. When I pulled up, teachers were texting on the playground with kids on HIGH play structures. (Do not be lured in by cool-looking playground!!!!!) Kids behaviors are not redirected when harsh toward each other. I did not feel the school was teaching respect and problem-solving with preschool-aged children. It was disappointing and I had to take my child to a different location.

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If you are like most parents, you are here to research the opinions of the parents before you to see if this may be a good fit for your child. You have probably looked at many places in the area, tried to weed out your favorites based on first impressions of the staff, cirriculum and policies, and maybe even (and most likely), the look of the facility.

I was in your shoes a year ago. Although our situation was somewhat different than the 'average' we still had a very smart and good boy with a lot of potential who needed a safe and happy place to spend his days. A place to challenge him and help him grow and adjust to a new way of life. A place to encourage him and take the time to really care. He was not just another number. We were led to Red Bell by no coincidence I'm sure and I'll be forever thankful to their staff for the time and care they put into making sure my son was safe, appropriately educated and cared for, GENUINELY, each and every day. My son has since moved onto Kindergarten a completely CHANGED boy than he was a year ago. A confident, engaged, well behaved and caring child. The staff worked with us closely to ensure he would grow and change in a positive way. That is putting it lightly. He is already excelling in this new chapter based upon the UNWAVERING work and commitment from the staff at Red Bell. A staff who is easily accessible, happy to work with parents and implements a standard of care and concern that I guarantee you won't find elsewhere.

If you have any question in your mind as to where to send your most precious gift for the day to be cared for and educated, Red Bell should be at the top of your list. As we moved onto elementary, I left a series of well deserved and sincere thank-yous to the staff, one of which is below. This should illustrate how impressed with, thankful for, and blessed we are to have found, Red Bell Preschool.

"Jim,

We can't thank you and your staff enough for your kindness, patience and guidance through a very tough time in our lives. (Our son) is doing well and enjoying Kindergarten. Still misses Red Bell very much but you'll surely be happy to know he is adjusting well and making new friends. He seems to like going every day and took to it quickly so for that we are blessed. God was looking out for us when he sent us your way and I'll never forget it. You've helped us lay a good foundation for him and he seems to be doing just fine. You are HIGHLY appreciated in my home :)


Take Care!"

I would recommend Red Bell to anyone looking for a place where your child will be safe, made a priority, educated and receive clear preparation for kindergarten and beyond.

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If you are like most parents, you are here to research the opinions of the parents before you to see if this may be a good fit for your child. You have probably looked at many places in the area, tried to weed out your favorites based on first impressions of the staff, cirriculum and policies, and maybe even (and most likely), the look of the facility.

I was in your shoes a year ago. Although our situation was somewhat different than the 'average' we still had a very smart and good boy with a lot of potential who needed a safe and happy place to spend his days. A place to challenge him and help him grow and adjust to a new way of life. A place to encourage him and take the time to really care. He was not just another number. We were led to Red Bell by no coincidence I'm sure and I'll be forever thankful to their staff for the time and care they put into making sure my son was safe, appropriately educated and cared for, GENUINELY, each and every day. My son has since moved onto Kindergarten a completely CHANGED boy than he was a year ago. A confident, engaged, well behaved and caring child. The staff worked with us closely to ensure he would grow and change in a positive way. That is putting it lightly. He is already excelling in this new chapter based upon the UNWAVERING work and commitment from the staff at Red Bell. A staff who is easily accessible, happy to work with parents and implements a standard of care and concern that I guarantee you won't find elsewhere.

If you have any question in your mind as to where to send your most precious gift for the day to be cared for and educated, Red Bell should be at the top of your list. As we moved onto elementary, I left a series of well deserved and sincere thank-yous to the staff, one of which is below. This should illustrate how impressed with, thankful for, and blessed we are to have found, Red Bell Preschool.

"Jim,

We can't thank you and your staff enough for your kindness, patience and guidance through a very tough time in our lives. (Our son) is doing well and enjoying Kindergarten. Still misses Red Bell very much but you'll surely be happy to know he is adjusting well and making new friends. He seems to like going every day and took to it quickly so for that we are blessed. God was looking out for us when he sent us your way and I'll never forget it. You've helped us lay a good foundation for him and he seems to be doing just fine. You are HIGHLY appreciated in my home :)


Take Care!"

I would recommend Red Bell to anyone looking for a place where your child will be safe, made a priority, educated and receive clear preparation for kindergarten and beyond.

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It just occurred to me to look up Red Bell online and I took a look at their Web site. I actually went there when I was little back in the 1970's. I was happy to see it is still around and I found the history to be very interesting, especially the fact that it is a family run school. Being a small child when I went there, I had no concept of such things, nor would I have recognized the significance. But looking back, it makes sense now. Everything about the place had a home-grown feel to it. It's nice to think that a business as important as this would be run by generations of people who have such a deep affection for their work.

I have very fond memories of my time at Red Bell (and Plymouth in general) because it was such a carefree time, as it should be at that age. Though we lived in Plymouth for only about a year form '77 to '78, my time at Red Bell has remained a cherished memory all these years.

Some things I remember:I vividly recall a big metal castle on the playground that had ladders inside opposing turrets/ towers. Another thing I remember was that every now and then the class would get to play with a big basin/ table type of thing filled with dried rice. I remember the lunches being very good. The only thing I disliked was staying after school and napping on the cots when my Mom couldn't pick me up right away, haha! I also discovered pine cones for the first time while at Red Bell and collected them whenever we went outside. The faculty were always super nice, and from what I remember, VERY patient. It was often bedlam in Red Room (which is I'm pretty sure where I was. I also think there was a Blue Room on the floor below and that we visited it once. Am I right at all?) and at least one of the teachers was a very good artist who could basically draw up whatever you asked for as a picture to color.

I realize my memories are over a generation old now. But really, what's that tell you? I was hoping the Web site might offer a glimpse of the way, way back. But that's okay. It was very nice to see what Red Bell is like now and that they're still at it.

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It just occurred to me to look up Red Bell online and I took a look at their Web site. I actually went there when I was little back in the 1970's. I was happy to see it is still around and I found the history to be very interesting, especially the fact that it is a family run school. Being a small child when I went there, I had no concept of such things, nor would I have recognized the significance. But looking back, it makes sense now. Everything about the place had a home-grown feel to it. It's nice to think that a business as important as this would be run by generations of people who have such a deep affection for their work.

I have very fond memories of my time at Red Bell (and Plymouth in general) because it was such a carefree time, as it should be at that age. Though we lived in Plymouth for only about a year form '77 to '78, my time at Red Bell has remained a cherished memory all these years.

Some things I remember:I vividly recall a big metal castle on the playground that had ladders inside opposing turrets/ towers. Another thing I remember was that every now and then the class would get to play with a big basin/ table type of thing filled with dried rice. I remember the lunches being very good. The only thing I disliked was staying after school and napping on the cots when my Mom couldn't pick me up right away, haha! I also discovered pine cones for the first time while at Red Bell and collected them whenever we went outside. The faculty were always super nice, and from what I remember, VERY patient. It was often bedlam in Red Room (which is I'm pretty sure where I was. I also think there was a Blue Room on the floor below and that we visited it once. Am I right at all?) and at least one of the teachers was a very good artist who could basically draw up whatever you asked for as a picture to color.

I realize my memories are over a generation old now. But really, what's that tell you? I was hoping the Web site might offer a glimpse of the way, way back. But that's okay. It was very nice to see what Red Bell is like now and that they're still at it.

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Our daughter has attended Red Bell for 3 years. As part of a dual income family, finding the right care for our children is our top priority. We wanted her to spend her time away from us in an environment that closely matched our goals for her...to be safe (physically and emotionally) so she could be free to explore all of her surroundings, be socially kind and accepting, be challenged by age appropriate studies, and form relationships with other children and adults outside of our family structure. As soon as we walked into Red Bell during their annual open house, we felt an immediate ease and comfort with the facility and staff. The rooms (4 classrooms) are clean and bright, decorated with students' artwork. The teachers and caregivers are kind, engaged, patient and enthusiastic. The family owners live onsite so they are always involved with the children, their activities and all things happening on the property and in the building. We learned (and have since participated) that the Red Bell family not only cares for the families that attend their school, but also within the community. They participate in the Trike-A-Thon which raises funds for St. Judes Children's Research Hospital and help local families with a "giving tree" during the holidays.

Red Bell is truly a family atmosphere that is loving, supportive, encouraging and structured. All of the teachers truly care for the children - and their unique gifts and abilities, and they nurture them so they feel safe, cared for, and supported.

Red Bell rocks!!! We're so glad to be part of the Red Bell family!

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Our daughter has attended Red Bell for 3 years. As part of a dual income family, finding the right care for our children is our top priority. We wanted her to spend her time away from us in an environment that closely matched our goals for her...to be safe (physically and emotionally) so she could be free to explore all of her surroundings, be socially kind and accepting, be challenged by age appropriate studies, and form relationships with other children and adults outside of our family structure. As soon as we walked into Red Bell during their annual open house, we felt an immediate ease and comfort with the facility and staff. The rooms (4 classrooms) are clean and bright, decorated with students' artwork. The teachers and caregivers are kind, engaged, patient and enthusiastic. The family owners live onsite so they are always involved with the children, their activities and all things happening on the property and in the building. We learned (and have since participated) that the Red Bell family not only cares for the families that attend their school, but also within the community. They participate in the Trike-A-Thon which raises funds for St. Judes Children's Research Hospital and help local families with a "giving tree" during the holidays.

Red Bell is truly a family atmosphere that is loving, supportive, encouraging and structured. All of the teachers truly care for the children - and their unique gifts and abilities, and they nurture them so they feel safe, cared for, and supported.

Red Bell rocks!!! We're so glad to be part of the Red Bell family!

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My children absolutely LOVED Red Bell Preschool. The playground is fabulous!! The best part is the cozy/family feeling. If we had not had to move out of the area my other child would definitely be attending. My son especially loved his "green room" teacher. Thanks for offering a Christian preschool where it is ok to pray & play!!

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My children absolutely LOVED Red Bell Preschool. The playground is fabulous!! The best part is the cozy/family feeling. If we had not had to move out of the area my other child would definitely be attending. My son especially loved his "green room" teacher. Thanks for offering a Christian preschool where it is ok to pray & play!!

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I want to take a moment and comment about my recent experience at Red Bell. First, I believe it is a wonderful program that is exceptionally creative. As an example, I recently attended an evening ??bed time?? reading session with my child. This extracurricular event gave everyone an opportunity to spend a few quiet, quality moments in a small group setting. It was a warm, relaxing and comfortable way to share the end of the day with family and friends. I commend the staff on their enthusiasm and creativity; the milk and cookies were a wonderful bonus.

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I want to take a moment and comment about my recent experience at Red Bell. First, I believe it is a wonderful program that is exceptionally creative. As an example, I recently attended an evening ??bed time?? reading session with my child. This extracurricular event gave everyone an opportunity to spend a few quiet, quality moments in a small group setting. It was a warm, relaxing and comfortable way to share the end of the day with family and friends. I commend the staff on their enthusiasm and creativity; the milk and cookies were a wonderful bonus.

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I went into Red Bell Preschool only hearing good things about this school. Boy, was I wrong!! I put my son in for 2 days a week 1/2 days. He had never been to school before so needless to say, this was the first time he had been away from home. My son was 3 years old when I put him in and he was fully potty trained. On the first day I picked him up from school he had an accident, which at first I was thinking that maybe he went to the bathroom in his pants because he was scarred at his first day of school. The third day, I got a letter from the teacher that he was not potty trained and the letter was in all caps.... I was very offended that nobody said anything to me any of the times that I picked him up. Finally the fourth day I got a phone call from the office telling me that they would not work with him any longer. When asking my son what was going on at school, he told me he didn't know where the bathroom was! He has not had any accidents at home. After I told the person in the office that I would like to take him out of the school, she asked me to have him come back next year when he was potty trained because I paid in full. That school was a joke!! They did not work with my son and they did not show him where the bathroom was! I do NOT recommend this school to anyone! The people in the office were not professional, and I suggest before you put your child in a school to ask if you can sit in the class for the first day to see how your child reacts to the environment and to see how the teachers are with showing kids where things are and to see the structure of the school.

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I went into Red Bell Preschool only hearing good things about this school. Boy, was I wrong!! I put my son in for 2 days a week 1/2 days. He had never been to school before so needless to say, this was the first time he had been away from home. My son was 3 years old when I put him in and he was fully potty trained. On the first day I picked him up from school he had an accident, which at first I was thinking that maybe he went to the bathroom in his pants because he was scarred at his first day of school. The third day, I got a letter from the teacher that he was not potty trained and the letter was in all caps.... I was very offended that nobody said anything to me any of the times that I picked him up. Finally the fourth day I got a phone call from the office telling me that they would not work with him any longer. When asking my son what was going on at school, he told me he didn't know where the bathroom was! He has not had any accidents at home. After I told the person in the office that I would like to take him out of the school, she asked me to have him come back next year when he was potty trained because I paid in full. That school was a joke!! They did not work with my son and they did not show him where the bathroom was! I do NOT recommend this school to anyone! The people in the office were not professional, and I suggest before you put your child in a school to ask if you can sit in the class for the first day to see how your child reacts to the environment and to see how the teachers are with showing kids where things are and to see the structure of the school.

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RedBell Managment We sincerely apologize that you felt offended by our efforts to communicate with you regarding this issue. We truly strive to make effort in handling this topic in the most discreet and considerate manner possible. We understand that potty training is a difficult skill and requires both parents and preschool to work together to make it successful. Bathroom breaks are built into the routine of our day. All of our friends visit the restroom in the morning before and after snack, before and after going outside, after lunch, and before and after rest time. Additionally, children are encouraged to visit the restroom whenever the need arises throughout their day. Parents are welcome to take advantage of a one-hour visit prior to enrolling their child. During this visit the children are introduced to the room, teachers, classmates, routines, and procedures. We use this time to acquaint, both parents and child alike, with the location of the restroom.
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I cannot say enough about Red Bell Preschool. My daughter started in September of '09. She was 3 and I was worried that she might not adjust as easily. Let me tell you that after about 2 weeks, when the separation anxiety got better, she really enjoyed going to Red Bell. The teacher (Ms. Beth) and the staff did such a wonderful job in having her transition from home to the school. The preschool has such a homey environment, and the staff and owners are so warm and friendly that they made her feel real comfortable.

Ms. Beth and the staff have such a passion for what they do, and it shows. They just love being around little ones, and just working with them and teaching them. And I must say, manners are very important as well. Ms. Beth has truly made a difference in my child. I can see it every day by what she says and does. She just loves Ms. Beth who makes preschool so much fun, while at the same time helping her learn.

I can honestly say that Red Bell Preschool lays a solid foundation for Kindergarten and beyond. Two thumbs up!
If I had another preschool age child, I would definitely send them back. I highly recommend this preschool. Oh, I forgot to mention the cool playground. I know if I was little again, I'd love to go there:)

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I cannot say enough about Red Bell Preschool. My daughter started in September of '09. She was 3 and I was worried that she might not adjust as easily. Let me tell you that after about 2 weeks, when the separation anxiety got better, she really enjoyed going to Red Bell. The teacher (Ms. Beth) and the staff did such a wonderful job in having her transition from home to the school. The preschool has such a homey environment, and the staff and owners are so warm and friendly that they made her feel real comfortable.

Ms. Beth and the staff have such a passion for what they do, and it shows. They just love being around little ones, and just working with them and teaching them. And I must say, manners are very important as well. Ms. Beth has truly made a difference in my child. I can see it every day by what she says and does. She just loves Ms. Beth who makes preschool so much fun, while at the same time helping her learn.

I can honestly say that Red Bell Preschool lays a solid foundation for Kindergarten and beyond. Two thumbs up!
If I had another preschool age child, I would definitely send them back. I highly recommend this preschool. Oh, I forgot to mention the cool playground. I know if I was little again, I'd love to go there:)

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I was looking for a Preschool and my niece recommended Red Bell. I love it! The teachers are all so warm and friendly. My little boy always asks if today is a "Red Bell day". He just likes it so much. I really feel the teachers are preparing my child for kindergarten.

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I was looking for a Preschool and my niece recommended Red Bell. I love it! The teachers are all so warm and friendly. My little boy always asks if today is a "Red Bell day". He just likes it so much. I really feel the teachers are preparing my child for kindergarten.

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For the past five years, Red Bell Preschool has been a home away from home for my sister and me. We have spent countless hours on the playground, in the classrooms, and on field trips. And, we have developed priceless friendships along the way. Our Red Bell experience has been wonderful, to say in the least.

The interesting thing behind these facts is that neither my sister nor myself are Red Bell alumni; we are employees and we take great pride in our work. I like that Red Bell fosters a unique Christian structuring that provides not only a safe environment for kids, but a wholesome atmosphere as well. And, the kids love it. I have never seen a group of kids have so much fun together! I have the best job imaginable; it allows me the opportunity to help shape children??s character and plant seeds of joy in their hearts. Their smiling faces and fun laughter is enough to turn any rainy day into a sunny one. I wouldn't trade my experience at Red Bell for the world.

One more thing: I sincerely admire the owners and consider it a blessing to work alongside them. I know that I can trust them as people as well as entrust them with my future children.

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For the past five years, Red Bell Preschool has been a home away from home for my sister and me. We have spent countless hours on the playground, in the classrooms, and on field trips. And, we have developed priceless friendships along the way. Our Red Bell experience has been wonderful, to say in the least.

The interesting thing behind these facts is that neither my sister nor myself are Red Bell alumni; we are employees and we take great pride in our work. I like that Red Bell fosters a unique Christian structuring that provides not only a safe environment for kids, but a wholesome atmosphere as well. And, the kids love it. I have never seen a group of kids have so much fun together! I have the best job imaginable; it allows me the opportunity to help shape children??s character and plant seeds of joy in their hearts. Their smiling faces and fun laughter is enough to turn any rainy day into a sunny one. I wouldn't trade my experience at Red Bell for the world.

One more thing: I sincerely admire the owners and consider it a blessing to work alongside them. I know that I can trust them as people as well as entrust them with my future children.

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When deciding to go back to work after staying at home to raise my kids, I found myself teaching at Red Bell. What a great experience! My son attended preschool and both my children are part of the after school care and summer camp. They just love it! I continue to work there because of the pleasant atmosphere it provides for both myself and my children. Red Bell offers a home-like preschool/childcare environment for your child with patient, caring and well educated staff.I would recommend this school for any age.Decide for yourself, call for a tour today! K Simons

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When deciding to go back to work after staying at home to raise my kids, I found myself teaching at Red Bell. What a great experience! My son attended preschool and both my children are part of the after school care and summer camp. They just love it! I continue to work there because of the pleasant atmosphere it provides for both myself and my children. Red Bell offers a home-like preschool/childcare environment for your child with patient, caring and well educated staff.I would recommend this school for any age.Decide for yourself, call for a tour today! K Simons

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My son attended Red Bell for 7 years. The teachers and staff made our experience nothing shy of a blessing. Our one and only child was cared for in a fashion we could of only hoped for. We largely attribute his high self esteem and incredible behavior on those who cared for him during his early years. In a day and age of institutional care facilities, Red Bell breaks the mold. We cannot put a price on the love and attention our son received. Having been around so long, I know the effort that goes into making and sustaining a nurturing enviroment for our kids. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.Matt and Carol Adams

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My son attended Red Bell for 7 years. The teachers and staff made our experience nothing shy of a blessing. Our one and only child was cared for in a fashion we could of only hoped for. We largely attribute his high self esteem and incredible behavior on those who cared for him during his early years. In a day and age of institutional care facilities, Red Bell breaks the mold. We cannot put a price on the love and attention our son received. Having been around so long, I know the effort that goes into making and sustaining a nurturing enviroment for our kids. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.Matt and Carol Adams

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Both of my children age 6 & 4 attended Red Bell Preschool. They have been going to Red Bell for the last 2 years. Oldest attends only pre and after school and the youngest attends full time. There are plenty of fun activities for them to enjoy participating in on a daily basis. I??ve found the staff to be very friendly and caring with my children. In addition the playground environment is wonderful with lots of fantastic toys and swings for the kids to play on. We drop our children off in the morning and feel good that they are safe and having fun.

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Both of my children age 6 & 4 attended Red Bell Preschool. They have been going to Red Bell for the last 2 years. Oldest attends only pre and after school and the youngest attends full time. There are plenty of fun activities for them to enjoy participating in on a daily basis. I??ve found the staff to be very friendly and caring with my children. In addition the playground environment is wonderful with lots of fantastic toys and swings for the kids to play on. We drop our children off in the morning and feel good that they are safe and having fun.

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Both my son and daughter went to Red Bell for two years. We would still be there if we hadn't moved to Canton. The staff went way out of their way to make a friendly and home-like environment for the children. Both of them had developed strong and healthy relationships with the teachers and the other children. Honestly, I can't say enough nice things about the school. I always felt that the children were in the best hands. They were always so excited when i picked them up. Often, when I thought I would pick them up early as a treat, they would cry and say I came too early they were still having fun....that says it all.

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Both my son and daughter went to Red Bell for two years. We would still be there if we hadn't moved to Canton. The staff went way out of their way to make a friendly and home-like environment for the children. Both of them had developed strong and healthy relationships with the teachers and the other children. Honestly, I can't say enough nice things about the school. I always felt that the children were in the best hands. They were always so excited when i picked them up. Often, when I thought I would pick them up early as a treat, they would cry and say I came too early they were still having fun....that says it all.

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We heard only great things about Red Bell Preschool from many people, including a colleague of my wife's who met her best friend there as a preschooler! When our 3.5 year old wanted to go (no doubt drawn by the very visible outdoor play area) we agreed to give it a try. My wife, who is an elementary school teacher, talked with the director who came across very professionally and described a well run program. We especially liked that they would assign a buddy. On the first day all three of us went; to take pictures, ensure that the Mother didn't fall apart and to see the little guy off. We walked in looking like tourists - slightly lost and with a giant camera dangling on my neck. We went to the assigned room and stood in the entry way. We weren't sure what to do. After about 5 minutes, my wife wanted to pack it in. I didn't allow that as what kind of a message would that be for a young child? I took our boy over to a little table with Legos and got him busy on that. He came home rather excited and talking non-stop about all the things he did and what fun he had. (I should note that he was signed up for 2 days/wk for a 1/2 day). After his 2nd day, he came home and told us that he stood around the entire period. He flew out of the car at home to go to the bathroom. Turns out he didn't know where the bathroom was and didn't have a buddy to show him. For the 3rd day he was not excited to go. My wife got him motivated because it had snowed and he would be able to play in it! When his Grandmother arrived a bit early to pick him up she found him by himself sitting in the corner. He had opted to not go out and play in the snow, despite jumping up and down and trying to go out upon arrival.

We were never, ever, greeted when we arrived at the school. We always had to bring our son to the attention of one of the "teachers". When my wife phoned the school to inquire about the corner situation the "teacher" said that she shouldn't worry or be concerned because he wasn't a problem or anything, gee it was only his third day, how could he actually be a problem anyway? We decided not to send our child back until my wife spoke to the director, and got the whole story. The next morning we went in to speak to the director, and she was wonderful. She was very sorry for not setting him up with a buddy, showing him where the bathroom was, greeting him, etc. She made all of the right noises. She even convinced us to bring our son back for another try, so that she could make things right. Believe it or not we agreed, and planned to bring our child back on the next day. However, upon talking with our son that evening about going to school the next day, and trying to get him excited to do so, he told us more. He said that he thought there might be too much snow, and that the school would probably be closed, ( my wife had just had a "snow day" at her school). Then he fessed up to being scared to go back. He proceeded to inform us that he stood in the waving window too long and that the director,"Miss S. with the yellow hair", had told him to go and sit in the corner. Well, needless to say, my wife went to the school the next day, without our little boy in tow. After speaking with the director, "the one with the yellow hair", she finally got the truth. She asked what would happen if a child was at the waving window too long. The director looked puzzled, then bowed her head and said, "I told him to go and sit in the corner". My wife then said, that we would expect a check in the mail. To his credit, the owner asked many questions of my wife and myself, and tried his best to make the situation right, yet he fell short as well. He even asked us if we were serious about taking the word of a three year old over that of an adult? Our three year old has been nothing but a credible source throughout this entire process (he doesn't know how to lie yet). How would we have ever known that "the one with the yellow hair" had sent him to the corner? Oh yeah, that key information probably would have remained safe under the alphabet rug.

As parents we feel awful about our son's first foray into the world on his 'own'. A few parting comments. We received a call about 3 weeks afterwards from the finance person. She wanted to know where our check was for the next month. We of course wanted to know where our refund check was. Lastly, we have been looking at a few other preschools. Some have thumbprint readers for entry or coded cards. This got us thinking about Red Bell's system. It is an unmanned door - no doubt just fine 50 years ago, but a bit scary in this day and age.

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We heard only great things about Red Bell Preschool from many people, including a colleague of my wife's who met her best friend there as a preschooler! When our 3.5 year old wanted to go (no doubt drawn by the very visible outdoor play area) we agreed to give it a try. My wife, who is an elementary school teacher, talked with the director who came across very professionally and described a well run program. We especially liked that they would assign a buddy. On the first day all three of us went; to take pictures, ensure that the Mother didn't fall apart and to see the little guy off. We walked in looking like tourists - slightly lost and with a giant camera dangling on my neck. We went to the assigned room and stood in the entry way. We weren't sure what to do. After about 5 minutes, my wife wanted to pack it in. I didn't allow that as what kind of a message would that be for a young child? I took our boy over to a little table with Legos and got him busy on that. He came home rather excited and talking non-stop about all the things he did and what fun he had. (I should note that he was signed up for 2 days/wk for a 1/2 day). After his 2nd day, he came home and told us that he stood around the entire period. He flew out of the car at home to go to the bathroom. Turns out he didn't know where the bathroom was and didn't have a buddy to show him. For the 3rd day he was not excited to go. My wife got him motivated because it had snowed and he would be able to play in it! When his Grandmother arrived a bit early to pick him up she found him by himself sitting in the corner. He had opted to not go out and play in the snow, despite jumping up and down and trying to go out upon arrival.

We were never, ever, greeted when we arrived at the school. We always had to bring our son to the attention of one of the "teachers". When my wife phoned the school to inquire about the corner situation the "teacher" said that she shouldn't worry or be concerned because he wasn't a problem or anything, gee it was only his third day, how could he actually be a problem anyway? We decided not to send our child back until my wife spoke to the director, and got the whole story. The next morning we went in to speak to the director, and she was wonderful. She was very sorry for not setting him up with a buddy, showing him where the bathroom was, greeting him, etc. She made all of the right noises. She even convinced us to bring our son back for another try, so that she could make things right. Believe it or not we agreed, and planned to bring our child back on the next day. However, upon talking with our son that evening about going to school the next day, and trying to get him excited to do so, he told us more. He said that he thought there might be too much snow, and that the school would probably be closed, ( my wife had just had a "snow day" at her school). Then he fessed up to being scared to go back. He proceeded to inform us that he stood in the waving window too long and that the director,"Miss S. with the yellow hair", had told him to go and sit in the corner. Well, needless to say, my wife went to the school the next day, without our little boy in tow. After speaking with the director, "the one with the yellow hair", she finally got the truth. She asked what would happen if a child was at the waving window too long. The director looked puzzled, then bowed her head and said, "I told him to go and sit in the corner". My wife then said, that we would expect a check in the mail. To his credit, the owner asked many questions of my wife and myself, and tried his best to make the situation right, yet he fell short as well. He even asked us if we were serious about taking the word of a three year old over that of an adult? Our three year old has been nothing but a credible source throughout this entire process (he doesn't know how to lie yet). How would we have ever known that "the one with the yellow hair" had sent him to the corner? Oh yeah, that key information probably would have remained safe under the alphabet rug.

As parents we feel awful about our son's first foray into the world on his 'own'. A few parting comments. We received a call about 3 weeks afterwards from the finance person. She wanted to know where our check was for the next month. We of course wanted to know where our refund check was. Lastly, we have been looking at a few other preschools. Some have thumbprint readers for entry or coded cards. This got us thinking about Red Bell's system. It is an unmanned door - no doubt just fine 50 years ago, but a bit scary in this day and age.

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If you are looking for a preschool with friendly, caring staff this is the place for you. Children are the number 1 priority here. It is family owned and the owner is very involved in the business. The center director is amazing and all the teacher love their jobs! The children love coming to schooL. There are many family activities planned so the family can be a part of the enviroment!

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If you are looking for a preschool with friendly, caring staff this is the place for you. Children are the number 1 priority here. It is family owned and the owner is very involved in the business. The center director is amazing and all the teacher love their jobs! The children love coming to schooL. There are many family activities planned so the family can be a part of the enviroment!

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