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My son has been enrolled at Secaucus Daycare for a little over a year and we have had a great experience. My son absolutely adores his teachers and enthusiastically comes home everyday telling and showing me all he has learned. The classrooms are large, bright and clean. The staff is pleasant and helpful for whatever it is you may need (from help potty training or extra help learning skills). The summer program is great as well. In the summer the children go swimming twice a week and they have weekly activities such as a puppetier, build a bear workshops and comedians.

My family loves this daycare and we look forward to sending our son back for the next school year.

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★★★★☆

My son has been enrolled at Secaucus Daycare for a little over a year and we have had a great experience. My son absolutely adores his teachers and enthusiastically comes home everyday telling and showing me all he has learned. The classrooms are large, bright and clean. The staff is pleasant and helpful for whatever it is you may need (from help potty training or extra help learning skills). The summer program is great as well. In the summer the children go swimming twice a week and they have weekly activities such as a puppetier, build a bear workshops and comedians.

My family loves this daycare and we look forward to sending our son back for the next school year.

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We were using Kiddie Castle (a wonderful day care!) for our son for 3 years but we switched him to this day care when he started the pre-K program at the elementary school. I asked local parents for their feedback and not one had anything good to say about the daycare. All spoke of too much yelling by the teachers and harsh punishments and being forced to nap, forced to eat, etc. We gave it a try anyway, because the facility looked great, very large classrooms, huge gym / cafeteria. They also have great programs like ice skating in the winter + swimming in the summer. We gave it a try. It couldn't possibly be that bad! Oh but it was. It was an absolute nightmare. The 1st week there were a few red flags, like the 1st day i dropped him off, i stayed in the hallway outside the class and the teacher's aide yelled "and WHO ARE YOU?" almost in the tone of who the hell are you? I then overheard her scream at another child "SIT DOWN!!!" That was the first day. OK so I thought, she's probably having a bad day, I'm sure it will be fine. So each day we get a daily report. He had a so-so day, or he had a bad day. So you get this note and want to ask why he had a bad day or what can we do at home to make his day better? But no one is there when you pick them up after work. Only highschool kids who don't even know who wrote it. The director leaves at 2pm, the other teachers leave by 3pm, the aides by 5pm. So by 5:15pm everyone is gone. Every day at pick up we would try to speak with someone but no one was there and there is no reason listed in the note. Nice. A few days go by, he says he loves the teacher at the preK class (at the elementary school) but says one aide in particular at the day care always yells at him and all the other kids. One day we pick him up and he is terrified. Absolutely terrified. The aide says he rolled his eyes at us. My child was put into 10 min time out in the office (not even in the room, but he was taken to the office) for timeout. The director reassures us later he was happy to be there and she let him help her and he was coloring. According to the handbook, the office is the last resort after classroom time out or removing from an activity. And all this because my 3 year old rolled his eyes. At 3 he doesn't know that rolling his eyes is rude, he probably thought his punishment was unfair and he might do it because he is disappointed in himself. He's only 3 for heaven sake! These people are not trained, they are just awful and should not be around children. But wait, it gets worse. We still ask him each day, do you like school? yes. do you like your teacher at school? yes. do you like the old day care you went to? yes. do you like this aide (we would throw names out there and run through all the teachers and aides). yes. except when we would mention one aide in particular, he would say she is mean. she yells at him. she made me throw away my lunch. we would notice at home when he played he would imitate a screaming military voice and yell at toys and his blocks, we would ask who talks like that, and he would say the same aide's name. we still gave it more time. finally he told us over the weekend the same aide grabbed his hand (he re-enacted it for us) and then he used his hand to hit the top of his dad's hand. we didn't want to overreact so we listened to him. asked him where did this happen? the gym by the bathrooms (the kids are escorted to the potty when they need to go). we asked where were your friends? in the classroom. where was the other aide? in the classroom. we then began thinking of pulling him out. but the final straw was something he was taught there. he did something cute, he showed us he learned to meditate. we don't practice yoga and don't meditate at home so i thought he learned it from tv, but when i asked him where he learned it he said the same aide taught him how to do it, because that's what we do. because we are of an ethnic background. i won't say specifically what he said but you get the idea. NICE. in only 3 wks we knew we had to get him out of there. i am glad all this happened and i know now to always go with my instinct. i knew something wasn't right the 1st wk when they said my son rolled his eyes at them and was punished severely. i also know now to listen to all the feedback from other parents. things need to change over there. i hope it improves, really i do. on the upside there are a few great aides and a few nice teachers there. really it was one aide in particular that interacted with my child in this way, it doesn't mean all the children are treated this way, who knows she may have singled him out or something because there are other parents who seem happy to have their children there. just something to be aware of and hopefully things have improved since.

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★☆☆☆☆

We were using Kiddie Castle (a wonderful day care!) for our son for 3 years but we switched him to this day care when he started the pre-K program at the elementary school. I asked local parents for their feedback and not one had anything good to say about the daycare. All spoke of too much yelling by the teachers and harsh punishments and being forced to nap, forced to eat, etc. We gave it a try anyway, because the facility looked great, very large classrooms, huge gym / cafeteria. They also have great programs like ice skating in the winter + swimming in the summer. We gave it a try. It couldn't possibly be that bad! Oh but it was. It was an absolute nightmare. The 1st week there were a few red flags, like the 1st day i dropped him off, i stayed in the hallway outside the class and the teacher's aide yelled "and WHO ARE YOU?" almost in the tone of who the hell are you? I then overheard her scream at another child "SIT DOWN!!!" That was the first day. OK so I thought, she's probably having a bad day, I'm sure it will be fine. So each day we get a daily report. He had a so-so day, or he had a bad day. So you get this note and want to ask why he had a bad day or what can we do at home to make his day better? But no one is there when you pick them up after work. Only highschool kids who don't even know who wrote it. The director leaves at 2pm, the other teachers leave by 3pm, the aides by 5pm. So by 5:15pm everyone is gone. Every day at pick up we would try to speak with someone but no one was there and there is no reason listed in the note. Nice. A few days go by, he says he loves the teacher at the preK class (at the elementary school) but says one aide in particular at the day care always yells at him and all the other kids. One day we pick him up and he is terrified. Absolutely terrified. The aide says he rolled his eyes at us. My child was put into 10 min time out in the office (not even in the room, but he was taken to the office) for timeout. The director reassures us later he was happy to be there and she let him help her and he was coloring. According to the handbook, the office is the last resort after classroom time out or removing from an activity. And all this because my 3 year old rolled his eyes. At 3 he doesn't know that rolling his eyes is rude, he probably thought his punishment was unfair and he might do it because he is disappointed in himself. He's only 3 for heaven sake! These people are not trained, they are just awful and should not be around children. But wait, it gets worse. We still ask him each day, do you like school? yes. do you like your teacher at school? yes. do you like the old day care you went to? yes. do you like this aide (we would throw names out there and run through all the teachers and aides). yes. except when we would mention one aide in particular, he would say she is mean. she yells at him. she made me throw away my lunch. we would notice at home when he played he would imitate a screaming military voice and yell at toys and his blocks, we would ask who talks like that, and he would say the same aide's name. we still gave it more time. finally he told us over the weekend the same aide grabbed his hand (he re-enacted it for us) and then he used his hand to hit the top of his dad's hand. we didn't want to overreact so we listened to him. asked him where did this happen? the gym by the bathrooms (the kids are escorted to the potty when they need to go). we asked where were your friends? in the classroom. where was the other aide? in the classroom. we then began thinking of pulling him out. but the final straw was something he was taught there. he did something cute, he showed us he learned to meditate. we don't practice yoga and don't meditate at home so i thought he learned it from tv, but when i asked him where he learned it he said the same aide taught him how to do it, because that's what we do. because we are of an ethnic background. i won't say specifically what he said but you get the idea. NICE. in only 3 wks we knew we had to get him out of there. i am glad all this happened and i know now to always go with my instinct. i knew something wasn't right the 1st wk when they said my son rolled his eyes at them and was punished severely. i also know now to listen to all the feedback from other parents. things need to change over there. i hope it improves, really i do. on the upside there are a few great aides and a few nice teachers there. really it was one aide in particular that interacted with my child in this way, it doesn't mean all the children are treated this way, who knows she may have singled him out or something because there are other parents who seem happy to have their children there. just something to be aware of and hopefully things have improved since.

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I had my daughter in Secaucus Day Care for over a year. The program means well, but it is not run by the best people. It is sort of a hit or miss situation. We had good days and bad - unfortunately more bad than good! The only good things are that it is run by the town so they have access to bus service and they coincide with the public school schedule - very accommodating. In all, my daughter left there in one piece and I might still consider it for summer camp.

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★★★☆☆

I had my daughter in Secaucus Day Care for over a year. The program means well, but it is not run by the best people. It is sort of a hit or miss situation. We had good days and bad - unfortunately more bad than good! The only good things are that it is run by the town so they have access to bus service and they coincide with the public school schedule - very accommodating. In all, my daughter left there in one piece and I might still consider it for summer camp.

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This daycare is a mess. Everybody roams around with a long face. Whenever i go to drop my child there, i can always hear teachers yelling at kids. The director is busy bossing around and teachers are just sitting in the classroom looking bored with their jobs. Probably the only reason ppl put their kids here is bcoz it is reasonable. But they have increased their fee as well. It is so not worth the money. I know atleast 5 other parents who have same reviews. What a shame that this is a town facility and yet no improvement, despite complaints !

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★☆☆☆☆

This daycare is a mess. Everybody roams around with a long face. Whenever i go to drop my child there, i can always hear teachers yelling at kids. The director is busy bossing around and teachers are just sitting in the classroom looking bored with their jobs. Probably the only reason ppl put their kids here is bcoz it is reasonable. But they have increased their fee as well. It is so not worth the money. I know atleast 5 other parents who have same reviews. What a shame that this is a town facility and yet no improvement, despite complaints !

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My daughter is enrolled in the Secaucus Day Care for the past year and I am extremely happy with them. The classrooms are bright and airy, there is a separate lunch room doubled as a recreation room. The staff is young, energetic, loving and involved. There are 3 separate age groups with appropriate activities provided for children.
The days are well structured and kids are involved in various projects and activities. They go to town sponsored shows in Meadowlands arena, ice rink, park, and town pool in the summer.
The price for the services is very good. I will consider putting my younger children there when they reach the entry age of 2.5 years old.
I am very happy with them as well as other parents I had spoken to. Keep up great work.

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My daughter is enrolled in the Secaucus Day Care for the past year and I am extremely happy with them. The classrooms are bright and airy, there is a separate lunch room doubled as a recreation room. The staff is young, energetic, loving and involved. There are 3 separate age groups with appropriate activities provided for children.
The days are well structured and kids are involved in various projects and activities. They go to town sponsored shows in Meadowlands arena, ice rink, park, and town pool in the summer.
The price for the services is very good. I will consider putting my younger children there when they reach the entry age of 2.5 years old.
I am very happy with them as well as other parents I had spoken to. Keep up great work.

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I know several people that have put their children in this daycare and had to pull them out for pretty much the same reasons. Most of the kids didn't like it there and complained they were always yelled at. What a shame, because they are reasonable in price!

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I know several people that have put their children in this daycare and had to pull them out for pretty much the same reasons. Most of the kids didn't like it there and complained they were always yelled at. What a shame, because they are reasonable in price!

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