La Petite Academy

★★★★☆
  • 1212 Hazelwood Dr

    Smyrna, TN 37167-3920

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  • 888-609-0319

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My oldest child who is know 9 started here at LPA Smyrna when he was 2 months old. He has always excelled in school and I worked with him alot to get him ready for Kindergarten. He is now in a Magnet school and I couldn't have done it myself. She was a wonderful loving and compassionate teacher. My now 5 year old is getting ready to start Kindergarten this fall and I had some concerns because every child is different and he is not on the same level as my oldest son was. He doesn't really have a intrest to learn, however Ms.Andrea has got him so excited to go to "big school" and he can now do everything from writing his name, spelling site words, recognizing all his letters and the sounds they make, colors, numbers, and I could keep going. He has the attitude that he would rather learn from someone else than me or my wife. My daughter is in the Preschool program and she had some serious seperation issues, because she had stayed home with me for a month while I was unemployed. It took her a couple of weeks to get used to it which broke my heart, but the management and staff emailed pictures at work and called after I left to reassure me she was ok. I have truly been amazed how everyone there goes the extra mile to make the kids safe, happy and the parents as well all while they teach the children thinngs they need to know. I have read some of the negative reviews and all though I am not fully aware of the situation the parent that has made all these nasty threats and allegations told me about this situation and tried to get us to leave as well. Although i was VERY concerned by listening to her she told me she watched in the window for several minutes, I am sorry but if that were my child the police would be there arresting me and I sure wouldn't watch! I talked to managementy and they assured me the situation was being investigated and the Department of Human Services and DCS reported this case Unfounded and there was no police report on file. Also I come in all different times of the day and have never seen a teacher at the computer and they have never been written up for being out of ratio, so I highly doubt the teachers were allowed to come in and write fake reviews. I suggest that if you are looking for a childcare facilty to go tour the school yourself and as a parent you will know which one is a great place for your kids. Its really sad that someone tries to down such a great place because they obviously got kicked out. I am so happy and my kids are too!!!They are safe, secure, compassionate, loving and dependable and that says alot for a parent to feel like they have family taking care of their children

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★★★★★

My oldest child who is know 9 started here at LPA Smyrna when he was 2 months old. He has always excelled in school and I worked with him alot to get him ready for Kindergarten. He is now in a Magnet school and I couldn't have done it myself. She was a wonderful loving and compassionate teacher. My now 5 year old is getting ready to start Kindergarten this fall and I had some concerns because every child is different and he is not on the same level as my oldest son was. He doesn't really have a intrest to learn, however Ms.Andrea has got him so excited to go to "big school" and he can now do everything from writing his name, spelling site words, recognizing all his letters and the sounds they make, colors, numbers, and I could keep going. He has the attitude that he would rather learn from someone else than me or my wife. My daughter is in the Preschool program and she had some serious seperation issues, because she had stayed home with me for a month while I was unemployed. It took her a couple of weeks to get used to it which broke my heart, but the management and staff emailed pictures at work and called after I left to reassure me she was ok. I have truly been amazed how everyone there goes the extra mile to make the kids safe, happy and the parents as well all while they teach the children thinngs they need to know. I have read some of the negative reviews and all though I am not fully aware of the situation the parent that has made all these nasty threats and allegations told me about this situation and tried to get us to leave as well. Although i was VERY concerned by listening to her she told me she watched in the window for several minutes, I am sorry but if that were my child the police would be there arresting me and I sure wouldn't watch! I talked to managementy and they assured me the situation was being investigated and the Department of Human Services and DCS reported this case Unfounded and there was no police report on file. Also I come in all different times of the day and have never seen a teacher at the computer and they have never been written up for being out of ratio, so I highly doubt the teachers were allowed to come in and write fake reviews. I suggest that if you are looking for a childcare facilty to go tour the school yourself and as a parent you will know which one is a great place for your kids. Its really sad that someone tries to down such a great place because they obviously got kicked out. I am so happy and my kids are too!!!They are safe, secure, compassionate, loving and dependable and that says alot for a parent to feel like they have family taking care of their children

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Thank you La Petite for everything you have done for my family. When my Mother passed away and we couldn't afford her funeral the director, Ms. Michelle took up money for us. It touched my heart and the hearts of all my family members. Most businesses wouldn't do something like that for anyone but they did. Even before this tragedy happened they were always so loving to my children and helped my oldest child get into the magnet school here in Smyrna. Without their educational program I know he would have never gotten in. Also, several of his classmates from La Petite made in to the magnet school. That says a lot about them and what they do for our children every day. Thanks again!

5
★★★★★

Thank you La Petite for everything you have done for my family. When my Mother passed away and we couldn't afford her funeral the director, Ms. Michelle took up money for us. It touched my heart and the hearts of all my family members. Most businesses wouldn't do something like that for anyone but they did. Even before this tragedy happened they were always so loving to my children and helped my oldest child get into the magnet school here in Smyrna. Without their educational program I know he would have never gotten in. Also, several of his classmates from La Petite made in to the magnet school. That says a lot about them and what they do for our children every day. Thanks again!

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La Petite has been so wonderful to my family. They are clean, professional, and very educational. I just can't say enough good things about this 3 star rated school.

5
★★★★★

La Petite has been so wonderful to my family. They are clean, professional, and very educational. I just can't say enough good things about this 3 star rated school.

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I toured this facility twice in the last couple of years. We went the first time when my daughter was one, and we decided not to send her there at that time because there were ants in the classroom and the room was very small. Then I went back for a second look when my daughter was almost three after some problems at her current daycare. I brought my her and spent an hour there. The classrooms are very noisy because there are no walls between three of them, only short partitions. It has been proven in scientific studies that too much background noise is detrimental to a child's learning, so that in itself is a huge drawback. Then the whole time I was there one of the children was sobbing and crying and the teacher would not offer any comfort. The teacher was very short with the children and never smiled. At one point when they were lined up to come in from outside she said to one of them angrily "Get up! You're not a baby!" after I had been told by an assistant director that they never say things like that to the children, because they really are still babies.

They also had some wooden play kitchen furniture and at one point a piece fell over, which was even taller than the children, and the teacher said "Oh that happens all the time". She seemed unconcerned that one of the kids could get hurt. I mentioned this to the director on my way out and she blew me off because I had already told her I wouldn't be sending my child there. I later looked it up and it is against state regulations to have furniture that is not anchored down.

Bottom line: the La Petite website talks a good game, but this center is not deserving of their good reputation. I would never in a million years send my child there.

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★☆☆☆☆

I toured this facility twice in the last couple of years. We went the first time when my daughter was one, and we decided not to send her there at that time because there were ants in the classroom and the room was very small. Then I went back for a second look when my daughter was almost three after some problems at her current daycare. I brought my her and spent an hour there. The classrooms are very noisy because there are no walls between three of them, only short partitions. It has been proven in scientific studies that too much background noise is detrimental to a child's learning, so that in itself is a huge drawback. Then the whole time I was there one of the children was sobbing and crying and the teacher would not offer any comfort. The teacher was very short with the children and never smiled. At one point when they were lined up to come in from outside she said to one of them angrily "Get up! You're not a baby!" after I had been told by an assistant director that they never say things like that to the children, because they really are still babies.

They also had some wooden play kitchen furniture and at one point a piece fell over, which was even taller than the children, and the teacher said "Oh that happens all the time". She seemed unconcerned that one of the kids could get hurt. I mentioned this to the director on my way out and she blew me off because I had already told her I wouldn't be sending my child there. I later looked it up and it is against state regulations to have furniture that is not anchored down.

Bottom line: the La Petite website talks a good game, but this center is not deserving of their good reputation. I would never in a million years send my child there.

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Since my children cannot be with me 24/7 La Petite is the only other people outside of my family that I would trust with my children. They are an extension of our family. Mrs. Michelle is the most professional and kindest Director I know. Her staff are well trained and always greet us with a smile. My children love the staff at La Petite.

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★★★★★

Since my children cannot be with me 24/7 La Petite is the only other people outside of my family that I would trust with my children. They are an extension of our family. Mrs. Michelle is the most professional and kindest Director I know. Her staff are well trained and always greet us with a smile. My children love the staff at La Petite.

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When I needed to move my children from an in-home daycare to a "regular" daycare, I was very nervous about choosing the right one. I toured a couple different daycares in Smyrna but felt the best about LaPetite. The directors are very helpful, the staff is friendly and caring, the school is clean and the structure of the curriculum at each level helps to prepare your child for Kindergarten. My children have been attending LaPetite since 2008 and they are truly happy there! That's the only confirmation that I need to know I made the right choice!

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★★★★☆

When I needed to move my children from an in-home daycare to a "regular" daycare, I was very nervous about choosing the right one. I toured a couple different daycares in Smyrna but felt the best about LaPetite. The directors are very helpful, the staff is friendly and caring, the school is clean and the structure of the curriculum at each level helps to prepare your child for Kindergarten. My children have been attending LaPetite since 2008 and they are truly happy there! That's the only confirmation that I need to know I made the right choice!

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After searching for childcare for several weeks, when we walked into La Petite Academy in Smyrna, we knew it was the one and have been there for over 3 years now. They have a great curriculum, a clean environment, and they go out of their way to make you feel welcome and like part of a family. I never worry about my child while he is there. He gets tons of love and care while at this facility. The teachers/staff work very hard and go above state guidelines while caring for the children. It is a great childcare facility.

5
★★★★★

After searching for childcare for several weeks, when we walked into La Petite Academy in Smyrna, we knew it was the one and have been there for over 3 years now. They have a great curriculum, a clean environment, and they go out of their way to make you feel welcome and like part of a family. I never worry about my child while he is there. He gets tons of love and care while at this facility. The teachers/staff work very hard and go above state guidelines while caring for the children. It is a great childcare facility.

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My family loves La Petite. They have a great curriculum, they are extremely clean, and they always go the extra mile for us. We trust them completely and appreciate all the love and care they give our two children.

5
★★★★★

My family loves La Petite. They have a great curriculum, they are extremely clean, and they always go the extra mile for us. We trust them completely and appreciate all the love and care they give our two children.

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La Petite in Smyrna is clean, safe, and a superior learning environment. My children started out at another so-called "Christian" center in Smyrna but I was shocked and horrified to see and hear some of the things that went on there. On the day I took the tour of La Petite I knew in my gut this was the place for us. Everyone is so friendly and really takes the time to get to know you and your child. They have a terrific attitude and feel like family to us. Thank you La Petite, we love you all!!

5
★★★★★

La Petite in Smyrna is clean, safe, and a superior learning environment. My children started out at another so-called "Christian" center in Smyrna but I was shocked and horrified to see and hear some of the things that went on there. On the day I took the tour of La Petite I knew in my gut this was the place for us. Everyone is so friendly and really takes the time to get to know you and your child. They have a terrific attitude and feel like family to us. Thank you La Petite, we love you all!!

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I went to this La Petite when I was a child and I'm proud to say my children are now going there. They must be pretty good to still be in business after 30 years. They have curriculum and lesson plans from the infant class to the school age class and my children are always learning something new. The teachers and Director are wonderful. I have toured other childcare centers in Smyrna and none of them come close to being as great as La Petite.

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★★★★★

I went to this La Petite when I was a child and I'm proud to say my children are now going there. They must be pretty good to still be in business after 30 years. They have curriculum and lesson plans from the infant class to the school age class and my children are always learning something new. The teachers and Director are wonderful. I have toured other childcare centers in Smyrna and none of them come close to being as great as La Petite.

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LaPetite in Smyrna is wonderful We have had our child enrolled for over 3yrs now. Sure there are times we have had to question certain procedures or give specific instruction, but we are the parents and pay close attention to what is going on and voice our opinion as needed. We have not once had any problems with a teacher mistreating our child or have seen any other child being mistreated. We have visited the center during all hours of the day and haven't seen any of the said negativity that is mentioned in previous reviews. Trust us, if we even thought for the slightest moment that our child is in any danger we would go elsewhere and see to it that the center is closed until changes are made. Our child has learned so much while attending LaPetite Academy. The curriculum really doesn't begin until preschool age but as the child develops, the teachers are there guiding your child through their most important development stages. Employees come and go, every center will see that. But the staff at LaPetite makes sure the negativity is stopped before it even starts. Anyone who is looking for a child center may take a tour of La Petite. You as a parent should of course do your homework, research, ask around, read reviews. Walk in with a list of questions. We can guarantee the staff will answer each question, hear each concern and answer sufficiently. Overall we have enjoyed our experience at LaPetite and hope to continue to have such a fine center to take our children to and not worry about the negativity that lies all around.

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★★★★☆

LaPetite in Smyrna is wonderful We have had our child enrolled for over 3yrs now. Sure there are times we have had to question certain procedures or give specific instruction, but we are the parents and pay close attention to what is going on and voice our opinion as needed. We have not once had any problems with a teacher mistreating our child or have seen any other child being mistreated. We have visited the center during all hours of the day and haven't seen any of the said negativity that is mentioned in previous reviews. Trust us, if we even thought for the slightest moment that our child is in any danger we would go elsewhere and see to it that the center is closed until changes are made. Our child has learned so much while attending LaPetite Academy. The curriculum really doesn't begin until preschool age but as the child develops, the teachers are there guiding your child through their most important development stages. Employees come and go, every center will see that. But the staff at LaPetite makes sure the negativity is stopped before it even starts. Anyone who is looking for a child center may take a tour of La Petite. You as a parent should of course do your homework, research, ask around, read reviews. Walk in with a list of questions. We can guarantee the staff will answer each question, hear each concern and answer sufficiently. Overall we have enjoyed our experience at LaPetite and hope to continue to have such a fine center to take our children to and not worry about the negativity that lies all around.

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Katy P. was fired from La Petite for mishandling a child. I worked at La Petite with her and still remember all the drama, lies, and turmoil she caused. My children attended there also and I only have wonderful things to say about them. La Petite does not put up with staff who can't follow the rules and put children at risk. I really enjoyed the years I worked there and my children still talk about their "apple school" days with great fondness. I agree with DM's review below, don't believe everything you hear or read, check it out for yourself. It's the cleanest preschool I have ever been in and they do a great job!

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★★★★★

Katy P. was fired from La Petite for mishandling a child. I worked at La Petite with her and still remember all the drama, lies, and turmoil she caused. My children attended there also and I only have wonderful things to say about them. La Petite does not put up with staff who can't follow the rules and put children at risk. I really enjoyed the years I worked there and my children still talk about their "apple school" days with great fondness. I agree with DM's review below, don't believe everything you hear or read, check it out for yourself. It's the cleanest preschool I have ever been in and they do a great job!

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I have been in this preschool at all different times of day and have NEVER heard or seen anything negative going on at La Petite. This school is GREAT!!! They have a hard job but you would never know it by their attitudes and professionalism. I highly recommend this La Petite Academy. Good job!

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★★★★★

I have been in this preschool at all different times of day and have NEVER heard or seen anything negative going on at La Petite. This school is GREAT!!! They have a hard job but you would never know it by their attitudes and professionalism. I highly recommend this La Petite Academy. Good job!

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La Petite in Smyrna is by far the best preschool in all of Rutherford Co. The curriculum is wonderful, the teachers are excellent, and the Director cares about each and every one of the kids and her staff. Check them out for yourself, you'll be very very pleased with service and extra special touches this preschool has.

5
★★★★★

La Petite in Smyrna is by far the best preschool in all of Rutherford Co. The curriculum is wonderful, the teachers are excellent, and the Director cares about each and every one of the kids and her staff. Check them out for yourself, you'll be very very pleased with service and extra special touches this preschool has.

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My two children both attended La Petite for almost five years. During that time, they were well cared for at all times. Staff members are very friendly and more than willing to accomodate parents whatever their needs may be. No one will ever care for a child as a parent normally would but I was more than pleased to leave my children in the care of the La Petite staff. Never have I heard of any inappropriate behavior on the part of the staff or wrong doings to any of the children.

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★★★★★

My two children both attended La Petite for almost five years. During that time, they were well cared for at all times. Staff members are very friendly and more than willing to accomodate parents whatever their needs may be. No one will ever care for a child as a parent normally would but I was more than pleased to leave my children in the care of the La Petite staff. Never have I heard of any inappropriate behavior on the part of the staff or wrong doings to any of the children.

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I cannot believe some of the reviews below. I have never seen anything close to resembling neglect or unsatisfactory behaviors from teachers there. My daughter has gone to this center for over a year and she has learned so much. The teachers have been so wonderful with her and I have nothing but praise for them. I am sure they get frustrated with the kids just as anyone would who is watching 10 kids every day, but I trust them with my child and I take her there knowing everyday she will be taken are of.

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★★★★☆

I cannot believe some of the reviews below. I have never seen anything close to resembling neglect or unsatisfactory behaviors from teachers there. My daughter has gone to this center for over a year and she has learned so much. The teachers have been so wonderful with her and I have nothing but praise for them. I am sure they get frustrated with the kids just as anyone would who is watching 10 kids every day, but I trust them with my child and I take her there knowing everyday she will be taken are of.

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First off let me tell you that I was in the childcare business for 8 years and know what is and isn't supposed to be going on in a childcare setting. La Petite FAR exceeds state standards and does an excellent job training staff and treating children and families with love and respect. The negative articles below could be from a competitor, ex-employee who was fired for not meeting the standards that La Petite Academy expects, or an ex-parent who's child was terminated for behavioral issues or for not paying tuition. Like I said, I was in childcare so I know those people are exactly the one's who will make up lies. I don't believe the tylenol, duct tape, or any other issue one little bit because if that had happened there would be something in their DHS file (which is public knowledge) that reflects that. Do you people have proof of such occurrences? Didn't think so! If you were so concerned for the well being of the children and staff of this facility then you would have or should have called DCS or DHS and they would have Investigated throughly and there would be something in their record. Also, there is no way they left a child outside unattended because I have witnessed management checking the playground for children before each classroom comes back in and they have logs to prove it. So, with all this being said you should not take anyone's word for it and go check out this center yourself and make up your own mind. That's the intelligent thing to do.

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★★★★★

First off let me tell you that I was in the childcare business for 8 years and know what is and isn't supposed to be going on in a childcare setting. La Petite FAR exceeds state standards and does an excellent job training staff and treating children and families with love and respect. The negative articles below could be from a competitor, ex-employee who was fired for not meeting the standards that La Petite Academy expects, or an ex-parent who's child was terminated for behavioral issues or for not paying tuition. Like I said, I was in childcare so I know those people are exactly the one's who will make up lies. I don't believe the tylenol, duct tape, or any other issue one little bit because if that had happened there would be something in their DHS file (which is public knowledge) that reflects that. Do you people have proof of such occurrences? Didn't think so! If you were so concerned for the well being of the children and staff of this facility then you would have or should have called DCS or DHS and they would have Investigated throughly and there would be something in their record. Also, there is no way they left a child outside unattended because I have witnessed management checking the playground for children before each classroom comes back in and they have logs to prove it. So, with all this being said you should not take anyone's word for it and go check out this center yourself and make up your own mind. That's the intelligent thing to do.

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The staff is very nice at this facility, to your face. My child comes home telling of children who have had their mouth duct taped because they were screaming and children being left outside because no one even knew they were missing.

Once, while sitting in my car waiting for my wife to come out, two young ladies employed there were standing outside talking about their partying, alcohol and drugs. I did not find any of this amusing. We have since removed our child from this daycare and are satisfied with the replacement. Do not take your children here, if you can help it.

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★☆☆☆☆

The staff is very nice at this facility, to your face. My child comes home telling of children who have had their mouth duct taped because they were screaming and children being left outside because no one even knew they were missing.

Once, while sitting in my car waiting for my wife to come out, two young ladies employed there were standing outside talking about their partying, alcohol and drugs. I did not find any of this amusing. We have since removed our child from this daycare and are satisfied with the replacement. Do not take your children here, if you can help it.

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This La Petite is amazing! They make me and my children feel like family and my kids have learned so much! Also, I have toured other so called preschools in the Smyrna area and they are all filthy except for La Petite. My house is clean and I expect my kids preschool to be clean and La Petite delivers that and so much more. If I have any concerns the director and teacher take care of it quickly. La Petite is a God send to us!

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★★★★★

This La Petite is amazing! They make me and my children feel like family and my kids have learned so much! Also, I have toured other so called preschools in the Smyrna area and they are all filthy except for La Petite. My house is clean and I expect my kids preschool to be clean and La Petite delivers that and so much more. If I have any concerns the director and teacher take care of it quickly. La Petite is a God send to us!

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I think this La Petite is the best by far in Middle Tennessee. They have a fabulous staff that is more than willing to go the extra mile for anyone. They treat the kids respectfully and with so much love! I would recommend this daycare to anyone! Even the management staff does whatever it takes to make the children and parents happy and they know each parent and child by name!

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★★★★★

I think this La Petite is the best by far in Middle Tennessee. They have a fabulous staff that is more than willing to go the extra mile for anyone. They treat the kids respectfully and with so much love! I would recommend this daycare to anyone! Even the management staff does whatever it takes to make the children and parents happy and they know each parent and child by name!

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My Son has been enrolled in this location for several months and since being enrolled he has kept a diaper rash. It will clear up over the weekends when he is home with us but Monday afternoon it is back. Finally after the 3rd time of bringing him home and changing his diaper to find dried feces on him I decided that was enough. They do have some very nice ladies that work there but the ones that my son had to deal with were rough on him, yanking him by the arms to get him away from me when I was dropping him off, and didn't care for him as well as I felt they should have. All in all I had a bad experience with this facility and would not recommend it to anyone.

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My Son has been enrolled in this location for several months and since being enrolled he has kept a diaper rash. It will clear up over the weekends when he is home with us but Monday afternoon it is back. Finally after the 3rd time of bringing him home and changing his diaper to find dried feces on him I decided that was enough. They do have some very nice ladies that work there but the ones that my son had to deal with were rough on him, yanking him by the arms to get him away from me when I was dropping him off, and didn't care for him as well as I felt they should have. All in all I had a bad experience with this facility and would not recommend it to anyone.

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