Negative Experience. Unfortunately, I had to remove my child from the program due to consistent lack of supervision/safety reasons. I would have loved for my child to stay have stayed there & my child loved it there. I believe the teachers in my child's class room were good, but there definitely is room for administration to provide better training and oversee supervision issues. My child was twice injured in the face, by the same child, 12 days apart, the 2nd injury causing an ER visit and application of Dermabond (the clear version of stitches). After the 1st incident, I met with the director, expressed areas of concern and expected there to have been some sort of intervention. After the 2nd incident 12 days later, i was furious. In the other's child's defense, his parents were not even made aware of the incidents to have even talked to the child about it (at least the director told me she was not sure when I asked). In my opinion, if a child is injured to the point of needing stitches, the parents of the child who did the injuring should be notified by the same incident report, so that they can work with the child. As the director that signs all the incident, you should not be uncertain if the parents where notified, it should be a part of your protocol. This proved to me that intervention was not actually sought and it was just another "incident". The director also informed me that the child was a "challenging child" & that they have had "issues in the past". Ok, so since this was known, why wasn't extra attention given to the child for increased supervision or monitor him more closely especially while outside? I am not blaming the child, but if the center was going to keep the child, the efforts should have been made to keep everyone else safe. The challenging child is not my child's face's problem. The outside supervision is POOR at best. The inside ratio is excellent, but when the children go outside, some teachers may go inside or they are not paying full attention and injuries occur (at least to my child). There is not enough supervision with intervention when the kids play outside. When you see a child chasing another with an object or playing too rough, not enough intervention happens to stop it. The straw that broke the camel's back for me was when I met with the assistant director the day of the 2nd incident. I was speaking w/ the teacher, asking her how many teachers were outside supervising. The teacher gave me a list. The assistant director used her foot to nudge the teacher on her foot and said ((tap tap tap)) "NAME of anther teacher was out there, wasn't she? The teacher was so afraid. She looked at me & looked back at the assistant director and said "no". The assistant director signed in disgust (as if to be pissed off that the teacher admitted that more teachers were NOTout there). The teacher did the right thing, & I appreciated that, but from an adminstrative standpoint, I was done. I knew, right then and there, that that assistant director DOES NOT have the best interest of the children in her heart, (at least not my child's best interest). I immediately removed my child. As a responsible parent, I know I make the right decision. It was tough, I cried, but it was the right thing. Just when I started to feel bad about it, I went back to the school to get the last of my child's things. As I was leaving, I stopped to say goodbye to my child's teacher & thank her for the work that she was able to do. I noticed 7 kids where in the red playhouse outside in the yard. Of course, no one was watching them inside. I heard a little girl shriek to the top of her lungs and start to cry very loud (parents know the cry, like when you get hit or hurt yourself). No one saw anything & a teacher walked over and poked her head in the house and said "NAME OF LITTLE GIRL, tell me what happened". I just shook my head and said, Oh no, I know I made the right decision.
An Excellent Program. This is a wonderful program, one of our city’s best-kept secrets. Children thrive in an optimal setting for growth, learning, and exploration. There is warmth, love, safety, and affirmation. It is hard to find an unhappy kid in this school. Anyone who is closely associated with it shares a great deal of pride and joy in what they see—especially the children.
Regarding 9/09 review.
The review from 9/09 appears to be from a former employee at RECP. As a parent whose daughter has been enrolled there since 12/05, I am offended by the review, and am relieved that an employee with this degree of anger and selfishness was recognized by the Administrators and fired.
To all parents in need of daycare for their children, RECP has been a wonderful experience for my daughter and now for my son, who started last year as a 1 year old. From my experience, the teachers there truly adore the children and are always kind and affectionate with them. Your child receives an education there that is a great jump start for kindergarten and I highly recommend it.
THE TRUTH. Where should I begin? I can start with the administration. First and far most Barbara Argote, doesn't know how to run a center if her life depended on it. Cida Lancaster is rude. She talks to staff and parents any kind of way, she shows favoritism towards some staff members(Keefa Bell especially) and some students. I have reasons to believe that Cida doesn't like bi-racial kids nor there parents. Thersea she's a very messy and fake woman. She's always in students and staff members files, so if you tell her something personal be prepared for others to know also. Now its down to the teachers.There are some who I've been told that while your child is on the changing table he/she is getting slapped on the leg or even pinched and the cameras don't pick that up. There's other teachers who I've seen myself that are pulling on the kids or even snatching them. I've been told plenty stories on Keefa Bell(infant II teacher), where should I begin? I've heard stories to where she shouldn't even be working around children in a daycare period. Keefa Bell has started several arguments with other staff members, had a fight inside of Rayne with a previous employee, locked kids in closets, smacked kids, pinched kids, give the kids bottles in bed, and what I've been told trust me the list goes on. Some of the staff members aren't even certified teachers and they don't know how to talk some of them come off as ignorant. Who wants there child's teacher to be elirate. However, teachers wise I would give the few good one's 30% out of 100%. So parents be aware go home and talk to your kids and please do pop up visits because this place isn't what it seems to be.
Disgruntled Employee Bashes Excellent Program. The negative comments from previous postings are from a disgruntled former employee who was discharged for performance reasons and is now seeking to retaliate by making false and malicious allegations designed to harm the school. For many years Rayne Early Childhood Program has provided a nurturing environment for the care and education of young children and enjoys a place of trust and respect in the community.
Wonderful- but it takes 2. Let me say that Rayne has been a godsend for our family - we have worked as a true partner with the school and our son has flourished. The teachers have and continue to offer good advice, for not only our son, but our family, and we consider them an integral part of raising our son. That being said, I am dumbfounded by the comments put on this page. There are days when he eats more than others, he is learning to eat things other than peanut butter. There are days when he is sad that he doesn't play with his best buds or that they call him a name - he is learning to cope. HOWEVER, has our son progressed without weeks when we would happily give him to a grandparent and go to bed for a week - OH NO. But, I have NEVER, EVER seen abuse, or even time-outs to the extent that I give them at home. I find that most parents are like myself, we kind of corral our kids at outings very similarly and it is actually kind of funny at times the village of caring for our Rayne family. I don't care for the "drama" of knowing some of the details of some allegations, but I keep a sharp eye along with my network of parents and have seen NOTHING. Sum it up to say, in a recovering city- it is nice to know there is ONE thing I don't have to worry about - and Rayne is it.
I would recommend this program. My daughter has been with Rayne for just over 1.5 years. The fellow parents and teachers all seem very invested in the children's well being and development. We had one bout of poor communication but it was remedied immediately and I felt that both me and my daughter were ultimately treated with respect and care. Every morning and every evening my child is greeted by name by many teachers in different classes. They show a great amount of love and affection towards her. It makes me feel good that even before she has reached a certain classroom that many of her future teachers have already begun to bond with her. I have recommended this program in the past and I will continue to do so in the future.
Wonderful program. Rayne Early Childhood Program provides a nurturing and caring atmosphere for children; I would know since I have been part of the program since 2002. The teachers are kind and loving and provide early childhood experiences and educational activities that are fun! My children have never come home upset because of unsavory or inappropriate behavior on the part of the teachers. My children love their teachers! The Program is a wonderful community for both parents and children. Parents, don't let the postings of a disgruntled former employee cloud your judgment about Rayne; visit the center for yourself to see the happy children and caring teachers. This program is solid!
Our Son!. Rayne was a good loving school to our son once also, but somewhere things changed. You should be so thankful your child does not have nightmares of being pinched and slapped around because we have to sit with our 3 yr.old every nite just so he can close his eyes and sleep without crying. We certainly wouldn't say the entire staff at Rayne was to blame, but it doesn't change what our son had to deal with. So just because you haven't experienced what we had to experience don't make lite of our suffering.
Professional Loving Staff!!. Was highly recommended and we have had our daughter there for two years now. Very professional and loving staff. Our child could not be in better hands!!
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