As an educator, I know the importance of high-quality care and rich experiences in the early years of life. Westland Children’s Academy continues to exceed my expectations for early childhood care and learning. My daughter and son are both currently enrolled at WCA. They are actively engaged each day through authentic play and group instruction. Their classrooms are warm and inviting. My 4-year-old daughter enjoys spending time in her science center and playing dress-up in her “home living” center. She is enriched each week with French, soccer, gymnastic, and music theory lessons. My 17-month-old son has been loved by the WCA teachers since before he was born! The teachers treat us like family and couldn’t wait for his arrival. I love to watch as he explores around his room with his friends. My favorite part of WCA is the love and compassion that they have for my children. As I hug and kiss them goodbye each morning, I know that they are loved, thriving, and happy.
-The Large Family
My search for a childcare center started when my son was 3 months old. We contacted and visited several centers and immediately knew when we visited Westland Children’s Academy that they were the one for us. The staff was welcoming, inviting, and had no problem answering my many questions.
I am a teacher and education is my first priority. The curriculum at Westland is top notch and it is a very structured learning environment for the children from a very young age. WCA not only provides a strong focus on academics but they encourage fun and imaginative play too which we appreciate.
I trust the teachers that I leave my son with and they have become friends and family to us. They have not only cared for my son but have loved him well and have gone above and beyond for him and for our family.
Our children are our most prized possessions and it is comforting leaving him in a place where I know he is loved and taken care of! Thank you to all of the teachers at WCA for all you do!
-The Vanosdale Family
Our twins started at Westland Children’s Academy in the Infant II room when they were nine months old. They are now five and in the Kindergarten Readiness class. The experience the twins have had at Westland exceeds our expectations and we feel confident that they will be more than adequately prepared for Kindergarten next year. We are amazed at what the twins have learned through the structured curriculum and dedicated and compassionate teachers at Westland. Watching our children’s growth both academically and socially confirms we made the right decision in choosing Westland Children’s Academy. Thank you to you and your staff for all you have done for Maddie and Liam.
-The Sarratt Family
I have had three beautiful boys attend Ebenezer Children’s Academy over the last eight years. It is hard to believe that we have been there since one week after opening with my oldest and only at the time, not even two years old. The staff welcomed us and took such great care of him that when it came time just a few months later for my next child, only three months old, to attend, my worry was lessened. I knew my boys were in good hands and would be okay without me for a few hours. And then just two and a half years later, we had our third boy who started at four months old. ECA has been their home away from home.
My boys have loved being there and making their first friends. My youngest was the lucky one to have the same friends with him from infant to five years old. My children have had a wonderful time learning so much and having so much fun playing with play dough, drawing, and so many other toys that I would just never had the money or space in my house to expose them to through their early childhood. As a mother, I have loved all the art projects that the boys have completed over the years and use their works to decorate our house. I never knew so much could be done with paper, coffee filters, and the beloved paper towel tubes. The teachers are always coming up with new art, science, and math ideas for the kids. When going through boxes of school work last week, I was amazed to see pieces from toddler to five years old and how my boys have developed through the years.
I cannot express enough gratitude to the teachers and staff. The teachers have shone love and caring through each of their childhoods that will go with them in life. The boys have learned to trust other caring adults besides just their parents. My oldest still loves to come pick up his brother, “Can I come so I can give Ms. Blainie a hug?” The boys have learned to become their own person and how to deal with adults and children in a safe environment. You know they love where they are when you pick them up later than usual and are greeted with a heavy sigh and “why are you here already?” I have heard this question from each of the boys over the years.
During the last two years for each of the boys, the teachers worked hard to prepare each of them for kindergarten. My two older boys have been more than prepared for the expectations of kindergarten and have excelled in grade school. I cannot help but think part of that is because of the teachers and curriculum at ECA. If it takes a village to raise a child, I am so glad ECA was part of that village for my boys.
My youngest will be starting kindergarten this fall and for the first time in eight years, I will have a different route to work. I will dearly miss my morning drop off at “good ol’ ECA”
The leadership and staff at Ebenezer Children’s Academy have provided me with confidence that my children are being well cared for and well educated. Each day, I know that I’m leaving my children in good hands. The overall environment of ECA is cheerful and the leadership staff are truly passionate about the education they provide for their students. The teachers are positive, approachable and willing to work with parents to address any academic or behavioral challenges. I am delighted to have found such wonderful care for my children.
-The Saal Family
My daughter started attending ECA in 2013. As a new mom leaving her baby for the first time was very hard to do, but the teachers and management made me feel very comfortable and my daughter quickly adapted. I now have one daughter in the kindergarten readiness room and my youngest is in the 3 year old class. Both of them love going to school and their teachers & Classmates! The curriculum is great, they are on a scheduled routine and I know everything they learn while at ECA will fully prepare them for kindergarten!
-The Anglin Family
Our two children have been fortunate enough to attend Maryville Children’s Academy since they were infants. MCA has been much more than just a daycare for our family. MCA provides structure and discipline all within a loving and nurturing environment. As a result of the teaching instruction and care they receive at MCA, my children have flourished socially and academically. I am constantly amazed with the things they have learned each day. The teachers motivate the children to learn in ways I never fathomed were possible for children that young. Additionally, my 2 year old has several allergies and skin sensitivities and has since early infancy. The school has been more than accommodating for our situation and been able to provide us with a peace of mind every day when we leave him.
Ever since we made the decision to send our son to MCA, it has become an important part of our life. When we were pregnant with our son, we checked out several daycares in the area. We picked MCA because of the friendliness of its staff, the happiness we saw in the faces of the children at MCA, the convenience of its location, the cleanliness of its facility, and the fact that it was rated high in the Tennessee Star-Quality Child Care Program. After that important decision, we have found confirmation that it was the right choice in many experiences.
To list a few of these experiences, we have found that the staff helps us as our son transitions through various milestones in his development. On one occasion, a kind teacher in his toddler class advised that he seemed to love the stacking cups in his classroom. We went and bought a set pretty soon after her observation and she was right: he began stacking them at home during playtime and we saw improvements in his dexterity and sense of spatial objects. In addition, that same teacher advised us to think about some training cups that ultimately have helped our son get ready for real cups. These two examples show how we are raising our son in a community and MCA’s teachers are helping him every step of the way.
Also, our son is being raised bilingual. MCA has good experience with bilingual children as there are many Japanese kids in the program. We have felt the support of our goal to raise him bilingual at MCA and further a teacher who is working on her degree even made a specific effort to copy some information on raising bilingual kids that she had from a class and gave it to us. This helps us not only with our goal but also confirms the real interest that MCA’s teachers take in each child in their program.
Finally, while milestone development is important, we also notice that children regularly are having fun at MCA, which makes us feel good as we can see our child happy there. For example, one day we were taking our son in late due to a Dr. Appt, and upon entering MCA we could see kids playing on climbing and crawling toys in the hall and racing through a made up obstacle course. It made us smile. In addition, throughout the summer MCA regularly has water days on Fridays where children have fun playing in the water.
Based on these and many other experiences, we could not be happier with our choice to send our son to MCA. It is truly a great daycare with kind staff that every day seeks to develop children into happy, healthy people.
-Kinga and Richard Hughes
Our family has used Maryville Children’s Academy since 2008 when our older daughter was born. She started at 8 weeks in the infant room and I was instantly comfortable with the facility and the staff. Our older daughter is now in the fourth grade and I have noted over her elementary and intermediate school performance that she was more than prepared to attend school. Our younger daughter began attending MCA at 3 months old in 2013 and has now reached the kindergarten readiness curriculum at MCA. I feel she is certainly prepared for her primary school days to start next year despite her being at the age cut off for beginning school. I owe a lot of my girls preparedness to the curriculum and staff commitment at Maryville Children’s Academy. They have helped to cultivate and educate my girls at an advanced level for preschool years. The facilities and activities that are planned are directed at promoting not only the children’s mental well being and intellect but also have an emphasis on their health and physical activity as well. Meals are well balanced and planned. Activities such as gymnastics and soccer have been part of the curriculum for my girls as well as water day activities in warmer weather. My children have loved attending Maryville Children’s Academy and I am thankful that they have been able to attend from their infant months to the beginning of their primary school days.
-Bethany C. Russell
Two of our boys have either completed or are currently in pre-school at Maryville Children’s Academy. Our family has been in other preschool programs with older siblings in different cities, and the experience we have had at MCA has been very positive, and they are our favorite daycare we have ever used. Our boys actually run into the school most days they are so excited, none of the hanging on dad’s leg routine. The faculty and staff have always treated our children and my wife and myself very well. Everyone knows our boys names and makes them feel welcome and loved. Our middle son is our wild child and we had some concerns starting school, but he has been tremendously successful in Kindergarten and First grade, thanks in no small part to the curriculum at MCA. Thank you all for what you do!
MCA has been a great place for our two young girls. The teachers truly care and love our children and provide a safe, nurturing environment. Our oldest daughter is in the Kindergarten readiness class and is learning so much every day, while our youngest is also already learning and experiencing so much for a 2 1/2 year old. Not only do they teach them letters, colors, etc, but they also teach the children about social interaction, how to be a good friend, and manners. MCA sees the value in both physical and educational development which is evidenced by providing a variety of activities like gymbugs, soccer, music, and French class. These activities help in the well-rounded development of our children. My children especially love the songs they learn and sing them frequently. We feel very blessed to have found such a great place for our children.
-Nick and Elizabeth Bradford