Westminster Child Care Center

★★★★☆
  • 190 Rugby Rd

    Charlottesville, VA 22903

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  • 434-977-3322

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Assurance of a child's safety is a minimal quality standard of a daycare. My 3 years-old daughter and our family have suffered great pains in last several months caused by teachers negligence in Westminster Child Care Center (WCCC). My

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Assurance of a child's safety is a minimal quality standard of a daycare. My 3 years-old daughter and our family have suffered great pains in last several months caused by teachers negligence in Westminster Child Care Center (WCCC). My

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All three of our children have attended WCCC, and the youngest will leave for Kindergarten this fall. It will be strange not to have any children enrolled there for the first time in 8 years. Our experience with WCCC has been overwhelmingly positive. Our two older children were at the center during the last leadership change that some other reviews have mentioned. Leadership transitions are always disruptive in any organization, but the families that stuck it out (and those who came after) have been rewarded with an extended period of stability and creative leadership. Many teachers have been at the center as long or longer than we have. Every teacher and staff member knows all our children by name - even the kids that have "graduated". WCCC has a unique approach to preparing children for Kindergarten that culminates with "summer camp". Summer camp is an intensive day camp for Kindergarten-bound children that teaches independence and is super fun. The campers go on field trips around town and beyond literally every day. We are amazed that the teachers have so much energy, but they seem to enjoy it as much as the kids. Our kids know more about Charlottesville than we do because of WCCC summer camp. We trust and respect the WCCC teachers and staff like family. It's nice that there is place where we feel 100% confident that our children are loved and well-cared-for.

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All three of our children have attended WCCC, and the youngest will leave for Kindergarten this fall. It will be strange not to have any children enrolled there for the first time in 8 years. Our experience with WCCC has been overwhelmingly positive. Our two older children were at the center during the last leadership change that some other reviews have mentioned. Leadership transitions are always disruptive in any organization, but the families that stuck it out (and those who came after) have been rewarded with an extended period of stability and creative leadership. Many teachers have been at the center as long or longer than we have. Every teacher and staff member knows all our children by name - even the kids that have "graduated". WCCC has a unique approach to preparing children for Kindergarten that culminates with "summer camp". Summer camp is an intensive day camp for Kindergarten-bound children that teaches independence and is super fun. The campers go on field trips around town and beyond literally every day. We are amazed that the teachers have so much energy, but they seem to enjoy it as much as the kids. Our kids know more about Charlottesville than we do because of WCCC summer camp. We trust and respect the WCCC teachers and staff like family. It's nice that there is place where we feel 100% confident that our children are loved and well-cared-for.

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My children were at Westminster atarting at 3 months old through graduation (kindergarten). I was very happy with the teachers and consider some of them to be as close as family. When we started in 2003, the director was less than great, but she was replaced soon after we arrived and the current administrative staff has been incredible. Our children have received special attention to help develop their specific interests and talents and we've been able to work with the teachers to strategize dealing with typical toddler issues. We've also made great friends with other families as a result of the socials and close community feel of the center. I'm glad we chose Westminster.

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My children were at Westminster atarting at 3 months old through graduation (kindergarten). I was very happy with the teachers and consider some of them to be as close as family. When we started in 2003, the director was less than great, but she was replaced soon after we arrived and the current administrative staff has been incredible. Our children have received special attention to help develop their specific interests and talents and we've been able to work with the teachers to strategize dealing with typical toddler issues. We've also made great friends with other families as a result of the socials and close community feel of the center. I'm glad we chose Westminster.

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We have two children who've attended almost every classroom at WCCC. Our family has been very happy there. The staff is warm and caring, the curriculum is age appropriate and stimulating. The center is safe and clean. Our children left there better prepared for school and with close friendships among staff and classmates.

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We have two children who've attended almost every classroom at WCCC. Our family has been very happy there. The staff is warm and caring, the curriculum is age appropriate and stimulating. The center is safe and clean. Our children left there better prepared for school and with close friendships among staff and classmates.

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My child attended this preschool about 5 years ago and we both loved it! Then they hired a new director and everything seemed to go downhill from there. A lot of the great teachers left and they hired inexperience teachers that didn't seem to interact well with the children. Several parents complained about a few things and the director seemed to care less about anything! At one point I had left and was going to sign my child back up. I called and was told there was a spot, but when I got there they were acting very strange and said there wasn't a spot after all. They wouldn't give me a straight answer. I don't know how it is now, but if they have the same director, then stay away!!

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My child attended this preschool about 5 years ago and we both loved it! Then they hired a new director and everything seemed to go downhill from there. A lot of the great teachers left and they hired inexperience teachers that didn't seem to interact well with the children. Several parents complained about a few things and the director seemed to care less about anything! At one point I had left and was going to sign my child back up. I called and was told there was a spot, but when I got there they were acting very strange and said there wasn't a spot after all. They wouldn't give me a straight answer. I don't know how it is now, but if they have the same director, then stay away!!

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I contacted the Center, asked about the waiting list for the toddler group, and was told that the number of applications before me on the list could not be disclosed because 'it was unknown to them and depends on many factors'. I insisted in getting some sort of a rough estimate -months, or years- but they could not even give me that. To top it all up, the staff member I talked to was pretentious and unhelpful, with a totally unsympathetic stance. Dear parent: if you are one of the lucky (?) few with an already enrolled child looking for a sibling slot, fine. If a new parent, forget it and move on.

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I contacted the Center, asked about the waiting list for the toddler group, and was told that the number of applications before me on the list could not be disclosed because 'it was unknown to them and depends on many factors'. I insisted in getting some sort of a rough estimate -months, or years- but they could not even give me that. To top it all up, the staff member I talked to was pretentious and unhelpful, with a totally unsympathetic stance. Dear parent: if you are one of the lucky (?) few with an already enrolled child looking for a sibling slot, fine. If a new parent, forget it and move on.

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Westminster Child Care Center (WCCC) once had a truly superior pre-school curriculum for their older charges and a nurturing play environment for little ones. Now the focus is more on providing physically safe care than on any level of intellectual stimulation.

The offerings are fairly typical: story times, songs, playground, crafts and so on. What isn't typical are the fees - WCCC is on the decidely more expensive end of the fee range for non-specialized or curriculum-based day care. Parents seeking something special should look elswhere. For those seeking a more typical day-care experience, it can certainly be found at a more cost effective rate.

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Westminster Child Care Center (WCCC) once had a truly superior pre-school curriculum for their older charges and a nurturing play environment for little ones. Now the focus is more on providing physically safe care than on any level of intellectual stimulation.

The offerings are fairly typical: story times, songs, playground, crafts and so on. What isn't typical are the fees - WCCC is on the decidely more expensive end of the fee range for non-specialized or curriculum-based day care. Parents seeking something special should look elswhere. For those seeking a more typical day-care experience, it can certainly be found at a more cost effective rate.

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