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    Bright Start Academy- Columbia East
    We LOVE Bright Start Academy (the East location in Columbia on Bearfield). My son started there at 10 weeks old (11/2014) and he is now 3 years old as of 9/2017. We toured several facilities before we settled on Bright Start, but we were won over by several factors: big outdoor play areas and plenty of toys, cleanliness in general, and the security features. Now that our son is preschool age, we have many other options, but we're still driving out of our way to go to Bright Start! I love the low turnover of students. It's a big center, but the kids are grouped by age and he's been in classes with the same children since they were tiny babies together. I feel like they've grown up as siblings. We know all of these kids and we love them. My son can't wait to get to school and play with his friends each day. Staff turnover is low as well. Each classroom has full-time teachers, not just a rotating door of college-age part-timers (which was my assumption before we started there). Sometimes it can take me 10 minutes to drop my son off in the morning if he goes to say hello and hug his teachers! They all remember his name and they remember my name too! I really appreciate center-based care. There are many staff members on site to provide backup in case a teacher is ill or has an emergency, and these issues never interfere with the care provided for my son. I never have to worry that our center will be closed unexpectedly. And the professionalism of the staff is top-notch. I am welcome to drop by anytime during the day, and each classroom has a two-way mirror so that if I arrive early, I can peek in and see my son interacting with his teacher and classmates without being distracted by me. I really like this! And Bright Start uses an app called Brightwheel to stay in touch with parents during the day. The teachers send pictures of the kids doing all kinds of activities and having fun together. Even grandparents can sign up for the app and get the pictures, too. I love Bright Start Academy, and I know my son is getting good care there.
    - Abbie B.
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    Discovery Place
    After much comparison, I chose Discovery Place in 2004 to care for my 3 month old. Although child care centers typically cost more than in-home care providers, having steady dependable child care with standard operating hours outweighed the cost savings for us. I am so pleased and impressed with Discovery Place.  Very quickly I witnessed the caring teachers help my infant get in a routine schedule and really love my child. I did not hesitate to send our second child to Discovery Place as my oldest went off to kindergarten.   Over the months and years, I have watched my children grown and learn while attending Discovery Place. Outside of the center, I would be amazed at all of the things that my kids would say about the earth, nature, sun, moon, animals, etc. that hey had leaned at Discovery Place.  I equally love how the children are taught to respect others and have good manners. DP offers an excellent program that is administered by the most qualified director and staff.  Speaking of the staff, I truly believe the Discovery Place staff are what sets this child care center apart from every facility in the Jefferson City area.  Decades and decades of combined experience and one of the few places in which many of the staff have worked at Discovery Place for 10-15+ years.  This should say more to a parent than almost anything!  The staff is the key to a successful child care center!  Discovery Place teachers provide an awesome teaching and loving atmosphere for kids to develop and grow. Don't be fooled by other child care centers in the area with their gimmicks.  The DP core curriculum and staff provide a safe, consistent, and loving learning environment.  I would encourage every perspective family to visit Discovery Place and see for themselves. The teachers, the children, and the dozens of satisfied families make Discovery Place really stand out and worth every dime!
    - Jill D.
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    Discovery Place
    After much comparison, I chose Discovery Place in 2004 to care for my 3 month old. Although child care centers typically cost more than in-home care providers, having steady dependable child care with standard operating hours outweighed the cost savings for us. I am so pleased and impressed with Discovery Place. Very quickly I witnessed the caring teachers help my infant get in a routine schedule and really love my child. I did not hesitate to send our second child to Discovery Place as my oldest went off to kindergarten. Over the months and years, I have watched my children grown and learn while attending Discovery Place. Outside of the center, I would be amazed at all of the things that my kids would say about the earth, nature, sun, moon, animals, etc. that hey had leaned at Discovery Place. I equally love how the children are taught to respect others and have good manners. DP offers an excellent program that is administered by the most qualified director and staff. Speaking of the staff, I truly believe the Discovery Place staff are what sets this child care center apart from every facility in the Jefferson City area. Decades and decades of combined experience and one of the few places in which many of the staff have worked at Discovery Place for 10-15+ years. This should say more to a parent than almost anything! The staff is the key to a successful child care center! Discovery Place teachers provide an awesome teaching and loving atmosphere for kids to develop and grow. Don't be fooled by other child care centers in the area. The DP core curriculum and staff provide a safe, consistent, and loving learning environment. I would encourage every perspective family to visit Discovery Place and see for themselves. The teachers, the children, and the dozens of satisfied families make Discovery Place really stand out and worth every dime!
    - Jill D.
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    Discovery Place
    It's an educational environment and the children are divided out by age group. They actually provide an educational curriculum to get children ready for kindergarten including math and a little bit of science and exposure to a lot of different information, which is very good for them. They provide nutritious meal and the staff is extremely caring. They are really good at helping you work through when your child has behavioral issues. They treat your children like they will treat their children, which makes it a very comfortable place to walk in and leave your kids while you're at work. The facility is perfect for children. There are a lot of childcare provides here in town, but as far as I am concerned, they are the best.
    - Jessica L.
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    Green Meadows Preschool
    My toddler attends GMP, and we love it.  They teachers and staff are wonderful.  It is not the cheapest place in town, but it is well worth the money.  I pay $250/week.
    - Karen H.
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    Little Learners Lodge, LLC
    Little Wonders day care is wonderful, l love the teachers and the program they use.  My grandaughter has learned so much at the age of 18 months.  Her vocabulary has increased too. I only wish that they had room for her full time.
    - Leigh Anne H.
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    Cannery Row Preschool
    We started going to Cannery Row when the previously child care provider I was using in Boonville did not work out.  I have found it to be very clean, fun and family oriented.  My youngest attends in the three year old room and they treat her so special as well as the other children.  I hear lots of laughing when we get there in the morning and she is exhausted when she leaves at night.  Ilove that she is already starting to spell her name and read.  She loves going to the "gym bus" on Fridays.  They even allow my oldest to attend on her days off.  Highly recommend.
    - Jennifer S.
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    COLUMBIA'S FINEST CDC
    All the teachers my children had during that time were amazing and treated my kids special.  I never worried about leaving them, they wanted to go to school.  The Director and the Owners made us feel like family.  I love the summer program.  It was a little costly but in my opinion you get what you pay for and my oldest daughter was always busy doing something or going somewhere.  I loved that they were not sitting around a classroom doing nothing, but out and about experiencing Columbia.  We only stopped going because we moved out of Columbia.  Definitely recommend though!
    - Jennifer S.
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    ROCK BRIDGE PRESCHOOL
    We put a deposit down to secure an infant spot at Rock Bridge Preschool.  Months later (and just 8 weeks before we needed our childcare to begin), we received an email from the owner saying we no long had a spot secured.  A family was going to leave, but decided to stay and she gave them our spot. We were very disappointed and quite shocked that an email (rather than a phone call) was how they chose to address this challenging situation.  If that is a sign of their professionalism, or lack there of, I am glad we ended up somewhere else.
    - Jen S.
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    LITTLE WONDERS PRESCHOOL
    over charge my daughter 120.00 a month for the past 5 months.  They never informed her that the monthly payment for daycare dropped when and when she asked for a refund they told her that some months had more days so that paid for those.  If they charge $520.00 a month then that should be for the month regardless if that month has more days then normal.  Do they charge less for February. No.
    - Leigh Anne H.
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