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    DAKOTA MONTESSORI SCHOOL
    Asking around for a school for our 5 year old when we moved to Fargo, Dakota Montessori came up repeatedly. Since my son had been going to a Montessori before, we decided to enroll him. The teachers are usually very friendly. Their extended hours program which starts from 7.00 am to 5.30 pm is great for working parents. At the age of six, my son is now able to read books at grade 3 level, and do maths including complex addition, complex subtraction, and basic multiplication. He also has a good knowledge of geography. I also like the school's focus on life skills. A few times when we had issues, the school authorities were fast at resolving problems. The fact that they have a summer school with rotating activities each week, means that you don't have to go searching for summer programs.
    - Navin P.
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    TIME 2 PLAY
    We've been bringing our daughter to Time 2 Play for drop-in daycare for over 1 year - since she was about 5months old. She attends about 2 or 3 days a week, 6 to 8 hours a day. And we love them! The flexibility and extended business hours are beyond-convenient; we're happy to see the same caregivers continuously (little or no turnover) and when we arrive to pick up our daughter they're fully informed on how/what she ate that day, how she napped, how she played, etc. In addition, even at her young age, they make it possible for her to participate in craft and learning activities and have theme days and other structured play I wouldn't have expected from a typical and quot;Drop-in.and quot; But most importantly, our daughter is excited to get there when we drop her off at Time 2 Play, and she's a happy little girl when we return to pick her up. I don't know what we'd do without Anna, Joci and all the Time 2 Play staff!
    - Jamie S.
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    Lil' Bloomers
    My son is in Baby Bloomers, which is the infant care center for Lil Bloomers. First of all, they are amazing. The controller there is very kind, clear, and understanding. The care givers that my son has specifically have been sweet and patient with me. This is my first daycare provider that my son (now 15 weeks old) has been to, and they were wonderful handling me as a new mom. They provide a daily care chart including specifics on all diaper changes, feedings, and any reminders. I.e- bring diapers, sunscreen, more clothes etc. so far they have been good following personal care for each child. For example, I don't want my son doing tummy time on the floor (even though they clean it nightly) without one of his blankets under him. They've done wonderfully personalizing our experience and have been a great first provider. Downfalls- they had a pretty long wait list (typical of Fargo). I called about openings in late January and they contacted me in mid may about an immediate infant opening. I was able to sign up and pay on a Friday, and start the following Tuesday without any hassle. Their price is also pretty steep- $205.00 a week. Which may cause us to move to a cheaper daycare sometime in the future. They keep AT LEAST a 4-1 ratio, they keep a clean facility, wonderful staff, and have a secure building. I recommend this provider to everyone- especially the new wary moms out there.
    - Danielle K.
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    HOPE PRESCHOOL
    My son has been with HopeKids (North) since he was 3 1/2 months old (he is now 14 months). My husband and I weren't too excited about how much Hope charges, but we knew that if we took him anywhere else we wouldn't feel comfortable. The teachers are very good about calling us if anything happens (he gets a fever, a bump on the head, etc.). They also do a very good job of letting us know what he did during the day, his likes and dislikes, etc. I have been very happy with HopeKids and would recommend this childcare center to others.
    - Jessica G.
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    Lil' Bloomers
    It is a very safe place. The staff is very friendly. They are very good with children. They have 10 different rooms for specific age groups. It is set up so that they can work with your child in his or her specific age group. They have very good service. They provide service for infant through grade school. They are one of the more expensive services in town, but they are worth it.
    - Robert M.
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    WEEKARE CHILD KARE CTR
    The childcare staff has overall been extremely patient, loving, down-to-earth and organized.  The administration is friendly, communicative, and seem to be good people-managers because the staff does not have a lot of turnover.  The daily planned activities are educational and age-appropriate, and they hold lots of field trips for the older kids and outside time for everyone when the weather is nice.  The field trips are about 1 per month for the 4+ kids, many of which are free of charge. Sometimes parents will be asked to provide a sack lunch or occasionally a minimal fee (usually $1 - $3), but they are always a lot of fun - my daughter really looks forward to her field trips! The facility is always kept very neat and clean.  There is plenty of space for the kids to eat and play, they nap on separate cots and have a separate attached bathroom right off the 2-year-old room (for potty training).  There is an enclosed playground attached to the building. The adult-to-child ratio is very good, never seems like the staff is overwhelmed, despite the fact that their jobs are pretty stressful in my opinion!   Parking is sufficient, at peak dropoff / pickup times you may have to wait a maximum of a couple minutes for a spot but it is really not much of an issue. The only minor downside I can even think of is the cost of attendance, BUT that is simply because we came from an inexpensive home daycare to this center so it seemed like a greater jump.  I know their price structure is very similar to other centers in the area, probably even less expensive, considering what you get for your dollar here.  To me, it is totally worth every penny having the peace of mind knowing my children are cared for in this kind of stable environment. I would have to say the biggest positive is the open communication between the staff and parents at WeeKare.  I feel like they truly know what my kids are doing during the day there.  The staff is great at spotting re-occuring behavior issues, and never hesitate to call me if there is a question about any out-of-the-ordinary behavior (potty accidents, lethargy, injuries, fighting, etc.) and parents receive daily reports about what the child ate for meals/snacks, # of diaper changes, activities performed, and other relevant information.  If there is even a minor injury we receive a write-up about the incident - it's usually just 'kids being kids' kind of stuff, but it is still wonderful to know that they're keeping a watchful eye in those situations.   We started attending based on positive recommendations from a couple of my colleagues, and I have recommended WeeKare to two of my close friends whose children now attend.  I would not hesitate for a moment to recommend WeeKare to ANY parent.  Overall, I have been over-the-moon about our experience at WeeKare: it's a working parents' dream!
    - Shanna F.
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    Fraser Child Care Center
    Fabulous! I love the little report cards at the end of the day, they let me know how many time he was changed, what he played with, who he played with, what they had for snack, whether or not he ate well, etc. Hugely reassuring! They always call me if they have any concerns. The staff take great care of my son, I never have to worry about him. As a single mom working full-time, it's a huge weight off of my shoulders.
    - Sarah K.
  • C
    HERE WE GROW CHILD CARE CTR
    Pros - was a big place with a big playground. big lunchroom, Initial teacher who gave us the tour seemed nice...thats it. Cons - Lack of communication - Only in her first week or so we got feedback on how she adjusted, then she switched age groups and the teachers there barely give me information on how she does, what she did, just that yeah she ate and is still alive. Seemed like I got answers that they thought I'd want to hear. Lack of  teachers with an actual childhood degree - It seems like people who either have their own kids there or mom experience work there. Lax policy on bringing sick kids - There are times when I've admitted she hadnt been on her medicine for 24 hours and they were always ok with me bringing her in, getting other kids sick possibly. Dishonesty- Sometimes I was told one thing over the phone and a completely different thing when I picked her up, about eating or sleeping. One time my daughter was exhausted and they had put she had 2 hr a nap (same times every day?) I know theres no way by how tired she was. Garbage left in hallways and the place always stinks Employee turnover-  There was a lady who when we first had a tour I felt really comfortable with, but she was gone by the time we enrolled. There was another one who I liked when she started daycare, but she was soon gone. No structured activities for kids- I basically just drop her off and aside from singing a few songs and sometimes readying books, it really seems like all they let the kids do is play. No field trips, its basically just like a group of babysitters who are never interacting with the kids when i pick her up. The 'head" teach was never there, had already left for the day. Art projects are always the same, they lack in variety and creativity. I have been in a situation where the teacher had left me in the room with another kid left in the room and I had no idea where she'd gone, lucky she was back a minute later.
    - Jillian S.
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    ABC SANDCASTLE CHILD CARE
    Not impressed.  They tout that they are old school.  I didn't realize that it meant they over use time outs and inappropriately at that.  There is one teacher there that is spectacular with kids, however the rest seem to be inadequately trained or seem to not have any experience with children outside a day care setting.  There are safety issues such as no baby gates on stairs inside, the sand box is all but falling apart.  Different times there would be garbage sitting by the fence in the play area waiting to be taken to the dumpster when it should have been taken immediately.  Some of the outside equipment is in need of repair.  I was not impressed as I look for something comparable to my care of my child.
    - Angie L.
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    WEEKARE CHILD KARE CTR
    Caregivers are young and lack general experience with children in what is actually normal and not other than what they may have learned in a book.  Any time my child stood up for themself or tried to express verbally frustration (at age 3), he/she was labeled as disruptive and unable to be handled.  I was also called to remove my infant as they had vomited.  Upon pick up it was discovered they just spit up and the care giver did't know the difference.  But, I stil had to take them home. They failed to fulfill requests by me (as a parent) for detailed information regarding certain situations my child experienced over the course of the day.  They failed on following through with dr's orders on eating for a potential health concern.  They over use time outs which makes them ineffective.  On top of that, they care givers would laugh if my child (and others I witnessed) got up and couldn't understand why the children wouldn't stay in time out.  Because they we unable to effectively redirect my child or appropriately discipline, they wanted me to discipline at home several hours after any incident. Care givers on several occassions second guessed my instructions on my childs needs.  These instructions were simply to give my child their toy/book as we were leaving for the day.  The toy/book was taken away as punishment.  The care giver tried handing it to me, I instructed her to give it to my child, she had to 'think" about it and continued to hold the toy/book out of the reach of my child. If your child is a follower of the crowd, they will probably do fine in this daycare.  If your child is independent and a leader, this is not the daycare.
    - Angie L.
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