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Disappointing daycare

I have never been more unhappy with a daycare than with children's lighthouse. It is not a school, but a babysitting service. The long post below must be the owner because no one would put all this information in there, especially knowing this much about the business. They tell you their ratios for my 16 month old, they call them toddlers, is one to four, but this is not true becasue not all of them are there at one given time. When all toddlers are there, it is a one to six ratio. The food is not good, but cold and it is on the floor all day long in their classroom. The owner is not honest. When I questioned them about the biting of my son, they seemed concerned for just that moment, but they do nothing about it. This is place is money hungry and concerned only about the bottom line. Stay away from here. Teacher turnover is high. The owner treats her dogs better than the children at this place. Go somewhere else. Learning is a joke here and not what the owner states in her long post below.

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Wonderful Day Care

This is a great school. My child has attended this school for just over two years. I interviewed over twelve schools prior to selecting this one. The food seems fine. I have eaten it on days I have volunteered and it was hot and fresh. YES! The school does request you to volunteer - Get involved with your child. I think they ask you to volunteer 20 hours a year - Not a month! As far as fees go they do have a supply fee. I think it is about $200 for the year. It pays for the books that your child uses every day. The pages are taken out and your child will use them and they are sent home. I assume it pays for the arts and crafts and other items you use in the class. They usually have a safety week and they have police, fire, helicopters, fire trucks, smokey the bear. They have a fall festival, many different days for parents to come and participate with the child. They do have extra classes that you can pay for such as Playball, Spanish, computer class, dance, gym, and music. I am sure I am leaving something out. These classes are taught by outside vendors and you pay the fee directly to them. I have not seen a large turn over of teachers. A few teachers have left but for the most part the ones my son has had for the last two years are still at the school. The school has a lot of excellent teachers. NOT BABY SITTERS! The school is structured. They have a schedule. You are welcome to drop in at anytime during the school day. I often go over and I have never had any issues. You can also watch your child on a live video in the class - Yes, there is a fee - I think $5.00 a month. I watch mine at various times through out the day. My child loves it at Children's Lighthouse and trust me, I would not hesitate to remove my child if there was any issue. The school has responded to my request. Such as I requested music class and they found a music school and now offer music class. This makes is easy. I don't have to take my child out after work to provide music. I think the class cost $15.00 per week plus the rental on the instrument. Of course it is up to each family if they are interested in the extra classes. Overall the school has been a great place. My child is learning and happy. This school provides your child a safe, clean, fun, happy place with great teachers. (Teachers with college educations and training in child development) Even the teachers that are not college trained seem to be very good teachers. They have a certification for child care. I can not speak about the times they allow you to view the center. I know they worked with me to come in and look around and it was not just at nap time. The school is there to make money. The staff needs to be paid. The building and electricity needs to be paid for. The food for lunch and snacks. I think when you add that all togehter and compare it to other schools you find the cost similar. I compared the cost over two years ago and did not find that this school was out of line cost wise. But most importantly -I feel my child is safe and learning. I wrote this review because, I felt offended by what some people were writing. My child is my only child and I spend a lot of money and time making sure he has the best and yes I volunteer at his day care. I want to know what is going on and I feel that I do. You can see the kids hugging the teachers. Smiling at them. My three year old will tell you the capital of Florida and who is the President and First Lady of the United States. He knows the state and city he lives in and who invented the telephone. His computer skills are off the chart and he know many sight words when we read together. This school is not a Baby Sitting Service it is a SCHOOL! Your child will learn and the teachers are GREAT!

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We are not happy at this daycare. they are a baby barn and that is it. If you look on their website they state that they were listed as best for Families in 2008. This magazine went out of business in 2007. This just goes to show how dishonest they really are. This place is expensive and you pay for each and everything at this daycare. they are not worth the money. Find another daycare, but avoid this one at all costs.

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I have withdrawn my children from this daycare. I was told as a parent you have to volunteer at this daycare. Who has time to volunteer now days since parents are busy between work and home and running errands. I don't buy into this volunteer stuff. Besides, I don't want other people volunteering in my children''s classroom. I don't know them or their history.

So, if you have about 20 hours a month to volunteer and can afford to pay high rates, then this is your place. No thanks. No recommended.

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Great Place

I have had 2 children at Children's Lighthouse for the last 2 years and have wonderful things to say about the care recieved. My children have developed wonderful relationships with the teachers. In my opinion, the teachers really make this place shine. Our boys have had absolutely positive experiences and always look forward to going to ""school"". The facility is first rate and I would highly recommend this daycare and do so when given the chance.

A. Green

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Not a good place for children

I would not recommend this daycare. As a grandmother, I have not been happy at this daycare. Constant changes all the time. I told my son and daughter-in-law to go someplace else that has better care. We thought they were a Christian school, but they are not. They say that they teach from a Christian curriculum, but I found out that you have to purchase this separately if you want this done. They are not a Christian school. Only spinning it. Another parent told me to look at their inspection reports over the last year. I was concerned about one where a child ate something on the school playground and didn't report it. Really bad.
Go somewhere else.

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My husband and I tried to tour this school, but were told that they only give tours between 12:30-2:30. I found this very interesting. This is when the children are sleeping and you cannot see what is really going on at this daycare. Makes you wonder why they only want tours when the children are sleeping. Don't know much about this school, but would not recommend this place.

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Overpriced babysittting service with a high turnover of teachers

A horrible place! I am not happy at this school and gave my withdrawal notice yesterday. I will take my child out by Friday this week. I haven't found another school closer, but I am looking. An overpriced babysitting service. They charge you for everything at this school beyond the tuition. Food isn't that great and usually cold when served. Nutrition is not something they are not intersted in at this daycare. The only reason I chose them is because they are the only school close to my work. I will drive 10 miles even with the gas prices to put my child in a decent place. I am also annoyed that they charged my card for the supply charge that I was not informed about when I enrolled. Communication is a problem here. Director and owner seem to be hiding something all the time when I come to them with a problem. I have real concern about the quality of this place. Go somewhere else as I do not recommend this place at all.

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Lacks Integrity

For the most part the teachers are nice, they just do not supervise the children properly nor clean them properly after diaper changes. The director and owner are both dishonest and only care about keeping the rooms full and the profit coming. They do not address the issues they have (biting, behavior problems). They cannot maintain competent staff. The turnover in that place is crazy. They move the children from room to room all the time to boost profits and will move a child to a new room without telling the parents. This is scary. They also never tell you about the new teachers so you will not know from one day to the next who is caring for your child. My child was bitten so badly (because of lack of supervision) that the skin was bruised for several months. The leadership at this place does not like for the staff or the parents to ask too many questions. So if you are the kind of parent that wants to pay what equates to a mortgage payment for most people and not ask many questions, then this is the place for you. I would NOT recommend this place to ANYONE!! Too bad there is not a ranking for no stars.

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Most uncaring individuals when it comes to children.

This is a very interesting day care. What I mean by this is they (especially the director and asst directors) seem very professionial and caring. They seem to want to do the right things for the children except for when it comes to having to do something special or out of the ordinary. If your child is on medication or under any doctors orders I would not take your child here. They have ""decided/forgotten"" on certain days to follow my child's doctors orders. When you talk with the director make sure you read between the lines. You should also ask before taking your child there if there are any of the other ""teachers"" children in your child's class and find out who they are. You will find out your children will tell you those children are not very friendly but it doesn't matter because they cannot afford to not have that teacher there. When I found out my child was in a class that was yelling at the students I made the mistake of informing the director and once I made that statement it was downhill for child. I am grateful I took my child out of there. A coworker of mine is in the process of taking his child out of there as well.

The owner is just as bad and is very very money hungry. If you question her she can not look you in the eye and will stutter.
I wish you the best of luck with whatever daycare you chose, I however would not recommend this day care to my worst enemy.
La Petite on Beach Blvd was good to my child as well as the Chappell school downtown Jacksonville.

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Fabulous preschool!!

The staff has always gone out of there way to make us feel so warm and welcome- each and everyday! The teachers always keep me informed about what has gone on in my daughter's day, and I like knowing that when I miss her or want to see what is going on, I can log onto the internet and watch. The fact that I drop her off happy and she comes home happy, and telling me all the things that she learned, is just more proof that this is a FABULOUS school!!

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Wonderful School!!!

We stumbled across Children's Lighthouse about 1 1/2 years ago, and couldn't be more pleased with the facility and care my daughter receives there! We had my daughter in another child care facility, but were unpleased due to lack of attention, lack of cleanliness and lack of security. After we had such a bad experience with the first center, we had a hard time trusting another. I choose to take a tour at Children's Lighthouse because it was close to work. My first impression of the center was the security. No one can just walk in off the street. Everyone entering the building has a pass code, or has to be let in my management. At the previous center anyone could walk in. The second was how bright and clean the facility was. It made a very good first impression! During the tour, the center director made me feel very comfortable and answered any questions I had. I was so impressed with the facility and the teachers that I enrolled my child that day. At the time my child was 1 year old, and had just started walking. She was the youngest by months in her class, and I was a bit uneasy on our first day. Her teacher were wonderful and told me I could stay as long as I wanted. It has been 1 1/2 years and 4 classrooms later. Each of the lead teacher have been wonderful. My child has learned so much. She is 2 years old now, and has started learning sign language, knows her ABC's and recognizes most of them by site and sign, can count to at least 25, knows all of her shapes and colors, and is currently enrolled in the spanish class, playball class, and dance class. These optional classes cost extra per month, but I think they are a wonderful opportunity for my child. She surprises me everyday with what she learns in her classroom. She has made many wonderful friends that we also see outside of school for play dates. All in all, I am very pleased with everything, and would never think of taking my child anywhere else! I would recommend it to anyone!

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Very pleased with Children's Lighthouse

I enrolled my 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son at Children's Lighthouse in August of 2007. They are by far the best childcare center I've seen in awhile. Management is extremely friendly, anytime I've had a concern they've handled it in a timely and professional manner. I've made it a point to meet each teacher in the center as a way of familiarizing myself and my children with them. My children have been blessed with wonderful teachers who genuinly care about them. When my son first started his speech was a little behind due to health issues. He speaks very clear now, knows his colors, shapes and numbers and is potty trained. My daughter can't wait to get to school in the morning, she's so eager and ready to learn and I know part of that is because of the attention and care she receives from her teachers. The facility is clean, the teachers go through a background check, and I'm able to log on from the internet to check on my kids if I need to. The owner, director and assistant directors have always made me feel welcome when they see me every morning. Knowing that my kids are happy and learning is very important to me and I will continue to refer family and friends to Children's Lighthouse because in my opinion, they're the best!

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An overpriced nightmare

I recommend that you find an other daycare, especially since it is WAY overpriced for the horrible care they provide. It was really good at first, but quickly went down hill as they filled up. We had more problems and are still working through the problems we had this center, as my child is now in therapy to catch them up for the interaction they missed out on at this center from the staff. I did not realize that my child was starting to exhibit development and social interaction delays until I moved my child to a center who actually cared about my daughter and not my money (this place and actually told me the truth about my daughter instead of letting guess or find the marks on her in the evening...what a difference). I would suspect that the teachers just let the kids run around and chase each other all day without many rules based on what happened when my child (and a friends too) were moved to a center that had some structure and required that the kids do things like sit with a group, eat a table, wash your hands & no climbing on furniture. My child had a serious language delay (only a handful of words at two) and was not the only one in her class with this problem, especially if the child had been at this center when they were younger. I highly suspect that the staff are unpaid (which is why they can't keep them for long) and too overwhelmed to pay attention.

We were there for about a year and a half and my child was involved in way too many accidents, especially on the playground. Some of these accidents were very serious requiring doctor's visits, x-rays & monitoring afterwards. I'm not sure my child got enough to eat during the day and definitely did not get enough liquids during the day as they always drank like 3 glasses of water as soon as they got home. We adjusted our schedule so that my child could eat as many meals as possible at home while we were at this center until we could find other arrangements.

Try T's Learning Center...

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Maybe 2 1/2 stars is more accurate

This daycare is rated 2 1/2 stars. They did not live up to their promises they told us in our tour and it has been a disappointment. The rates are very high and there were hidden charges we were not told about. I am very unhappy with the teachers in general. They seem to have a turnover. All in all, not a good experience.

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My child is in the infant room. I transferred from a nearby daycare after issue after issue. My husband and I have been extremely happy with this facility. So far the teachers in the infant room have gone above and beyond. At this facility there seems to be more consistency in the staff and whoever is present when I go in is always very knowledgeable about my child's day. My child is always happy and I am feel very relaxed during the day knowing he is in good hands. The administration is very inviting and created several opportunities during the holiday for the parents to come in and spend time with their little ones. I feel as though the staff and administration are easy to talk to if I do have a problem. Lighthouse has relieved alot of my stress and bad feelings about having my precious baby in daycare.

The cost is too high, but not very far off from other facilities in the Southside area. I am not happy with how much childcare costs, but for what I was recieving at the other daycare, Lighthouse has been worth every penny.

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I have just put in my withdrawal notice at this place. They don't tell you the truth. I was told that the toddler ratio was 1:4 when I toured. To my surprise after I enrolled my child, the teachers told me it was a 1:6 ratio. The teachers told me that they tell all new parents it is a 1:4 ratio because not all children are there everyday. It has consistently been a 1:6 ratio. I am paying all this money for nothing better, actually worse. I am putting my child back in his old school where they had a good program and good food. I should have never taken my child out of his old school only because I thought the ratios were better at this place. Don't go here. It is terrible.

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Too many problems for the money (way too expensive)!

I originally enrolled my daughter at the Children's Lighthouse because it was rated an A according to the First Coast News report. I was impressed with the initial tour, and being in the educational field, I asked all the educational and professional questions I could think of. From the ""tour"" I felt confident and confortable and immediately enrolled my daughter-b/c the director said they had limited availability and the spots go quickly.

I paid $1000 in total to enroll my daughter in their infant room( You pay $375.00 to reserve your spot and then $700 for a months tuition in advance). For the price, I expected my child to have her own crib, without it being utilized by other infants and for her to remain in the infant room at all times. Within the first week that was not so. My daughter was moved from one room to another without my knowledge or permission. One day, I found my daughter in another room- in another crib, cying at the top of her lungs. When I brought this to the attention of the Director, she replied she was unaware of the situation and she would rectify the problem. Of course to my suprise, the very next day my daughter was moved ""again"".

Another issue my husband and I had was a supply charge of 75.00/month, which was never discussed nor in our contract. We did not find this out until I called the bank questioning an ACH fee of $75.00.

In conclusion, the employees in the infant care room 1 were wonderful; however administration has a lot to be desired. For the price, I expected a more professional and ethical environment.

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I had to call Department of Children because the playground was not safe. The inspector told me after she inspected that they had other problems also. Too many hazards on this playground. They say that their playground is safe but it is not. They didn't follow instructions when told to do so whne to notify me. I am disappointed in this daycare. I would not recommend this day care to anyone.

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I would give this school a below average

This school is unprofessional. My daughter told me that they have just a couple of minutes to eat and will take her plate away before she is done. Food is usaully cold and not appealing. I am told the rates are going up and they are already expensive. For the price of this daycare, it is not worth it. I looked at their inspection reports and they are not very good. I am looking at other places to take my daughter.

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Phone: 904-807-9550

Phone: 904-996-9381

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Southeast Jacksonville, Deerwood

Children's Lighthouse of Jacksonville

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Parking: Lot, Free

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

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