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    Dolphin Discovery Daycare
    The owner is professional, loves the children she takes care of and I would highly recommend them for a good quality day care service, with a responsible owner. They are top of the line! I would use their services, again.
    - Sandra S.
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    Montessori Children's House
    We and our daughter LOVE Montissori. My 3 year old loves the teachers, kids, and lessons. My 14 year old also attended when she was little and most of the teachers are the same now as they were then ... Very little turn around. Very highly recommended!
    - Rebecca P.
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    ABC HAPPY KIDS LEARNING CTR
    I cannot say enough good things about this center. We started taking our son there in July 2007 at age 9 weeks. His sister started when she was 6 months old and has been there for 4 years now. Every day for 7 years I have trusted this center with my children and it has only gotten better. Yes, there has been staff turnover. And yes, we've had our issues. However, I believe that would be the case no matter where we took our kids. It's the nature of letting someone else take care of your children. The current director has been in place (as of this writing) for close to 2 years and has made amazing improvements around the center. She has high expectations for the center, for the employees and for the kids in the center and it shows. The staff is the best it has been in 7 years and turnover is nothing like it was in the past. My daughter began her time at ABC Happy Kids with many, many medical issues and was considered a 'medically fragile' child. I never once worried that she was not in the best place and that everyone in that building knew exactly what it took to take care of her. The communication levels are amazing and they care for my kids like their own. They do have rules for the good of all kids in the center- and all kids/parents in the center are expected to follow them. They are clearly lined out in the handbook. Anywhere you go, there will be issues. If you do not know that and cannot accept it, then you should re-think childcare all together. I would highly recommend ABC Happy Kids to anyone looking for quality, loving care in the Bentonville area.
    - Emily M.
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    LITTLE HANDS CHILD CARE
    After two day cares, I was able to finally find one that treated my daughter like family. Judy runs her daycare and treats every child as if they were her own. She truly advocates for the kids. She makes sure every child is taken care of at home and during their stay with her. She is not shy when it comes to sharing her thoughts and experiences, and that's the type of person you want. When I call to check up on my child, I get a detailed response. They tell you everything you want to know even if you don't think about asking them. The special request that you ask of them to do for your child will be done. Unlike others who talk about being the best daycare and who claim that they do the right thing, this place actually does. I work odd hours and show up unannounced all the time. I still haven't found a discrepancy in the place, but instead I am always greeted with a smile from the staff and from my daughter. She's gaining weight well, has not had a single diaper rash, and is always clean. I know that if she can speak she would tell me how happy she is here. We are so blessed that they able willing to take her in last minute.
    - Anita R.
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    Stepping Stones Learning Center
    It was as if she was the only child there, that is the way every child there is treated. My daughter has asthma and had to be given breathing treatments several times a day and the ladies were super and never complained a bit. I would recommend this daycare to anyone. I do not have to use the care much anymore but I still stay in touch with the girls. The best way to describe the atmosphere is family oriented, just as it should be. 
    - Jamie M.
  • A
    KIDS WORLD OF MONTICELLO
    My child has been here for over a year and a half and it has always been wonderful. The lady that keeps the newborns has been there for 30+ years and is so sweet! The other girls are also fantastic with the kids and my son is really attached to them. They have a huge gym full of equipment that the kids can play in no matter what the weather is outside. They also get to go out on the playground when the weather is nice, so there is always something fun going on. It's a wonderful place, full of loving people and really smart and well-behaved kids!!!
    - k h.
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    LEARNING TREE OF CAMDEN INC
    Our child went there for 2.5 years and it was the best educational experience! She can do things in preschool that kids in kindergarten cannot do.
    - Jennifer J.
  • D
    Montessori Children's House
    Word of mouth is so helpful and in this situation my daughter and I did not listen to others that warned us about this school. While the teaching skills are good, the attention to any child with social behavior is not something they want to deal with. So if your child has been home with a parent for the first few years of their lives, this is not the school to be sending them to. If you child has any social issue whether it be medical or something else, this is not the school. The director does not want to deal with it and does not listen to the teachers or even speicialists that are called in by themselves to see why the child is acting the way they are. She wants the parents to straighten it out, but when in fact it takes the school, the parents and anyone else the child has close contact with to eliminate the problem by all working together. This director is not there for most ot the time and has other things to tend to. While she might be a great business person, she is not one I would consider as being great as a director of a pre-school, etc. She needs to take some classes on how to conduct yourself when talking with parents and even with the children. You do not belitte them or make them feel like they are a failure as a parent. This woman has left several mothers feeling like they were unfit to be a mother. Several left crying and even my daughter had an anxiety and panic attack and had to be taken to the doctor by the time it was all done. Even the doctor wanted to know how the director could make some of the statements she did. Another mother left in the same manner after she got done with her and went to the doctor and found the child had a medical issue that has since been taken care of. Another mother told us that she would be constantly called while at work and one day it came down to them asking her to come to the school and get out of the site of the camera system they have to spank him. She has also left this school and the child is doing great in another pre-school. My grandchild is in another school now and is doing great. It took all,....... and quot;the school, the parents, and the grandparentsand quot; working together and in about 2 weeks the issues were straighten out. My grandchild is not perfect, but in no way was the child not going to be allowed in public school as stated by this director. The child is 3 years old and like both the doctor and new school said, and quot;The child is 3 and has to be taught social behavior, etc.and quot; The child is being taught that now and I am so glad she/he has been put into a new school where the attention to both mental and social skills for children below the age of kindergarden is taught and respected. You want your child to be put with a school that has is good and knowledgable in their field. You want someone that is teaching them to be generally of good, respectful and moral character. Belitting ones mother in front of the child does not hold that issue with me. Also, letting the child follow another mother and her child out of the school without them knowing it is not something a mother wants to drive up and see as my daughter did. Their response......and quot;she, (my grandchild) needs to know her bonderies.and quot; She was 3 years old and yes she has been taught bonderies but in this case the ones who should have been looking out for her were no where to be seen. Finally, this is not a school I would recommend to anyone. While the instructors are good, you have to have someone to back you in a professional manner to make the school work. In this case the director doesn't even listen to the instructors when they tried to tell her my grandchild was not a problem all the time like the director was indicating....she just cut the instructor off and said, and quot;She (my grandchild) has been a problem from day one. My grandchild had been in this place for 2 years and if she was not big of a problem then why let it go so long. My daughter had enough and took my grandchild out and a week later she was placed in another pre-school in this town that is just great all the way around. My grandchild loves it there and is growing both in her social and mental skills. It just took someone to teach her these things.
    - Laster M.
  • F
    GINGERBREAD KIDS LEARNING CENTER
    KEEP YOUR CHILDREN MILES AWAY FROM THIS PLACE!!!! It is a complete and udder pig sty. Floors were never cleaned the entire time my child attended, roughly 8 weeks, and this part is no exaggeration, actually none of this letter is an exaggeration. MAY GOD STRIKE ME DEAD IF I AM LYING! I came to pick up my daughter one day and the teachers looked the other way as half the class sat in front of the TV eating there snacks DIRECTLY off the floor. NO PLATE, NO PAPER TOWEL. COOKIES AND PRETZELS DIRECTLY OFF THE FILTHY CARPET. I complained about it to one of the directors and she said its happened frequently before and said she will look into it.... THIS NIGHTMARE ISN'T OVER YET!!! In several of the classrooms they have actual old used portable dog kennels that the children play and sleep in... I've raised dogs before and have had to clean soiled dog kennels many times. I never let my child near them even after they were cleaned and in this place they let the kids play and sleep in them......THIS NIGHTMARE ISN'T OVER YET!!!! In my child's class, 3-4 year olds, there was a problem child who constantly bullied everyone in the class. One day out in the playground he pushed my 3 year old 28 pound little girl off a slide and she landed head first on concrete. Fortunately she only had a bump, bruise and multiple cuts on her forehead. We never got a straight answer of who was out there watching the kids.....THIS NIGHTMARE ISN'T OVER YET!!!!! We asked for the accident report and they candy coated it to make it look like nothing serious happened. We went back for a meeting and demanded a truthful accident report and the other director Shannon gave us one that was even more candy coated then the first. We voiced our concern during the meeting for our child's safety and they told us the problem child has been here for a while and they are working on him. Coldly forgetting about what he did to my daughter. We voiced our concern again during the meeting and the teacher of the class condescendingly snickered and shook her head like we were being ridiculous. My wife demanded to know why she was doing this, snickering, and the teacher refused to answer still behaving in a manor like we were being ridiculous. My wife and I stood up, pulled our child out of class and we left. AGAIN AT ALL COSTS....KEEP YOUR CHILDREN AWAY FROM THIS PLACE!!! UNSANITARY, UNRELIABLE, MANIPULATIVE AND UNCARING....... Signed....VERY DISPLEASED!!!!!!!!!!
    - Gerald C.
  • F
    SHINN'S PRESCHOOL & NURSERY
    I was excited to start my family's journey with a daycare like Shinns because they were voted the best daycare facility in the area for 2 years in a row. I took a tour and made sure that I signed up early to be on the waiting list. When the day finally arrived for me to drop my child off, I thought that she was going to be safe and well taken care of due to the many praise that others had shared with me. When I called to check up on my daughter during work, I would receive a short "she's fine" response or "yes or no." They never acknowledged her condition whether it was a cough that she was struggling with, how her diaper rash was, or whether she was eating ok . Even with me asking specific questions, I always just received a short unconvincing answer. I explained this away as the providers being busy with other children or that the she just didn't conversate well over the phone.      I always made sure my child had a dry diaper on and a full stomach prior to her arrival to daycare every morning. We live 10 mins away from the facility. I knew that the morning was the busies time of the day for the providers and I didn't want to make their job difficult. Having a job with odd hours allowed me to pick up my child anytime during the day.  I arrived unannounced one day and happen to walk in as they were starting to change my child's diaper. I consoled my child as she cried like most babies do during diaper changes and noticed something unacceptable. The staff was only using one wipe (I provided my own wipes) and was rubbing extremely hard. She proceeded to dab on a little of diaper rash cream without drying the area first. My baby cried harder as her butt was already raw. As much as I didn't want to be the controlling daycare mom, I calmly and nicely educated the staff member on the spot. When we arrived home, I removed my child's diaper to give her a bath and noticed speckles of blood that had seep through the cream onto her diaper. I shared my experience with the owner, not to get anybody in trouble, but just so that she was aware of the incident. I had wondered why my child had frequent diaper rashes after she started at Shinns. The owner assured me that they were going to work to fix the problem. This helped me feel at ease.        Things seem to go well after that until I walked in unannounced again. I walked my way through the daycare and towards the area where my child was kept. The first thing I heard was Kelly tell me " I swear she was just on her blanket." I was confused and walked closer. As I walked closer, I was able to look over the divider and there was my daughter crying on the ground with another child lying below her crying too. Her cry was a tired cry, as if she's been crying for a while. Its ok I told myself because they can't hold every crying baby at one time. I knelt by my child and picked her up to console her. I noticed that she had spit up running behind her ear. Kelly replies, " she hadn't been there very long." " Its ok" I replied, but when I asked about the thing behind my child's ear, she responds "no she didn't spit up, if she did I didn't notice."       I consoled my child for a few minutes til the tears stopped then we headed home. The other child on the ground was still crying alone when we left. We arrived home 10 mins later. And just as our daily routine, I immediately got her undressed for her bath. To my surprise, she had pooped. It wasn't stinky but It was dry and had seeped up from her bottoms to the shirt that was tucked in. I couldn't believe it, we had just left daycare 10 mins ago. There was not an explanation out there that would make this acceptable. I got her cleaned up and scrambled to find another daycare before closing time.      We started another daycare the very next morning. It was originally our second pick of daycares from the beginning. After dropping my child off, I made a stop to Shinns. I took the owner aside privately and shared my experience with her. She replied "babies do poop on the way home." I just couldn't believe her response especially since it was dry and old poop and especially since I had shown her the picture. I offered to pay for the rest of the week even though my daughter was only there for 2 days. The owner took the entire $ and wrote me a receipt. There was no remorse or apology.       Shinn's may be the # 1 choice for many, but it just wasn't the place for us. My child is a lot happier at her new daycare. She has not had a single diaper rash and greets me with a smile every time I pick her up and gives me a smile every time I drop her off.       I hesitated to write a review, but wished someone would have shared their experiences with me, both bad and good. There are not many reviews completed in this area and I hope that it will one day change.
    - Anita R.
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