Beacon Center For Children Inc

★★★☆☆
  • 2125 Chestnut St

    Philadelphia, PA 19103

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  • 215-963-0748

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Mon-Fri 8am-6pm

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The school prides itself on the fact that they have teachers there for years. Rosemary is the teacher to whom they are referring. And there is no doubt that she has been there for around 16 years, and she is a fantastic teacher. She is also the assistant director and works only with kids 3 years old. So this might be a fit if you don?t expect to stay for the long haul.

As for the facility and the ever-changing teachers. It is hard to comprehend where the high cost of tuition is allocated. The facility is run down and teaching materials are dated. There is ONLY 1 bathroom for all the kids and teachers. This creates a lot of problems, not to mention can be very insanitary. This is also a big problem with newly trained kiddies that usually have to wait to use the facility.

The teacher turnover is unacceptable. A few leave on a good note, but most leave suddenly with the only explanation from the director is a letter in you mailbox that reads that they have ?abandon their position?. What does this mean?

If you are looking at Beacon, please ask the hard questions: When did the last few teachers leave and for what reasons? What are their credentials for hiring new teachers? And what are the qualifications of their current staff? And just for curiosity sake: how can they justify the tuition?

They also emphasis that they teach though play. This is a concept that I believe in, when done right. From our observation there is very little routine and structure (except in Rosemary?s class). I feel that pre-k kids need structure and Beacon doesn?t provide it.

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★★☆☆☆

The school prides itself on the fact that they have teachers there for years. Rosemary is the teacher to whom they are referring. And there is no doubt that she has been there for around 16 years, and she is a fantastic teacher. She is also the assistant director and works only with kids 3 years old. So this might be a fit if you don?t expect to stay for the long haul.

As for the facility and the ever-changing teachers. It is hard to comprehend where the high cost of tuition is allocated. The facility is run down and teaching materials are dated. There is ONLY 1 bathroom for all the kids and teachers. This creates a lot of problems, not to mention can be very insanitary. This is also a big problem with newly trained kiddies that usually have to wait to use the facility.

The teacher turnover is unacceptable. A few leave on a good note, but most leave suddenly with the only explanation from the director is a letter in you mailbox that reads that they have ?abandon their position?. What does this mean?

If you are looking at Beacon, please ask the hard questions: When did the last few teachers leave and for what reasons? What are their credentials for hiring new teachers? And what are the qualifications of their current staff? And just for curiosity sake: how can they justify the tuition?

They also emphasis that they teach though play. This is a concept that I believe in, when done right. From our observation there is very little routine and structure (except in Rosemary?s class). I feel that pre-k kids need structure and Beacon doesn?t provide it.

Pros: Rosemary

Cons: Everything Else

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If your child is on the lower end of the age group for which he or she is being placed, it's a great place. Otherwise, expect to have your 3 year old stuck in the 2's room until the next calendar year. They will be bored and you will be frustrated with the process. For the amount of money they charge, it's not right. If your child is in the low-mid 2's it's a good fit for the 2's room. Ditto for low-mid 3's for the middle room. Equipment and toys are pretty elderly and missing a lot of pieces. The full time staff has been there for awhile, but the part time staff seems to turn over rather frequently.

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★★★☆☆

If your child is on the lower end of the age group for which he or she is being placed, it's a great place. Otherwise, expect to have your 3 year old stuck in the 2's room until the next calendar year. They will be bored and you will be frustrated with the process. For the amount of money they charge, it's not right. If your child is in the low-mid 2's it's a good fit for the 2's room. Ditto for low-mid 3's for the middle room. Equipment and toys are pretty elderly and missing a lot of pieces. The full time staff has been there for awhile, but the part time staff seems to turn over rather frequently.

Pros: good student:teacher ratio

Cons: one smelly potty room, old toys, flaky administrative staff

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Lovely, charming facility with warm, qualified and intelligent staff and excellent program. Flexible schedules, great outdoor playground. Great place where kids can be kids, learn to be in a group and to be social while having fun!

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★★★★★

Lovely, charming facility with warm, qualified and intelligent staff and excellent program. Flexible schedules, great outdoor playground. Great place where kids can be kids, learn to be in a group and to be social while having fun!

Pros: small groups, warm, nurturing, quaint, cozy space

 

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