510 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1910639.947513 -75.150035
Neighborhoods: Center City, Center City East
Caring staff, we are very pleased – My son has been attending Chesterbrook for a little over a year and we are extremely happy with the care he receives. He loves his teachers and so do we. He is leaps and bounds above of kids his own age in terms of verbal abilities. They are even teaching him Spanish.
We originally thought we would only keep him at Chesterbrook until a spot at the "elite" daycare in town opened up. We have been so happy we told the other daycare to take us off the waiting list. It is a great place.
A wonderful nurturing environment for children – I have been bringing my children to CBA for going on 4 years. My oldest daughter is now in kindergarten and she is out performing her peers because of the excellent curriculum at Chesterbrook Academy. The teachers are all caring and professional, and they are very student centered. My infant daughter is 7 mos old now, I have been bringing her since she was 6 weeks old. I think she likes being at school better than being at home! The teachers work hard to follow my routines and accomodate her needs. This is really a wonderful nurturing environment for children. I also like that the teachers are informed about children who have siblings and allow siblings opportunities to visit each other .Also theyincorporate physical fitness and Spanish into the program, AWESOME!I really could go on for hours about CBA I think it is a great school.
Please don't send your child here – This place is not safe for children and should lose its license. According to my Infant Daily Report they were letting my child go 6 hours in between feedings (she was 3 months old) when she is on an every 3 hour feeding. On another occasion I came in to find my child screaming in a bouncy seat while a teacher sat there blowing bubbles. Turned out she had not eaten in over 4 hours and was screaming out of hunger. I ended up having to feed her myself in the lobby because the teachers were too lazy to feed her for me.
It also smells and there are way too many children in the infant room in my opinion. I think if the State were to investigate they would probably find numerous violations. Don't due what we did and settle on a daycare out of convenience because all the good ones have waiting lists (e.g. Greene Byrne). We are now taking our child out to the suburbs where she is receiving excellent care. I read all the reviews and against my better judgement I gave Chesterbrook a shot and I ended up sending my child to a daycare that neglected my child. Please do not do the same...
Getting better by the minute – although this school has such a bad reputation among a lot of people. I resently took a tour given by ms. angie and she was so nice. That I decided to give the school a chance. my child is 2 yrs old and I absolutely love my experience so far. my child did cry for the 1st week but after that he adapted very well. Ms. Lisa is a good teacher and my son loves him. Every class room doesn't seem as organized or calm as his. but my advise to people is to give this school a try. other people's opinion is not necessarily true. there is always two sides to a story.So give them a try. change is coming
thumbs down – Overall I do not recommdend this school. Basically, a lot of unprofessionalism from the administration and staff
Not recommended – My child attended Chesterbrook Academy and it was an abysmal experience. He was first in the infant room and almost immediately, there were 2 or 3 staff turnovers within the first 2 weeks! I brought up a concern I had with one of the teachers to the principal and she told me to work it out with the teacher myself- as if I were her boss... It did get better after a permanent staff person was hired for that infant room and I believed that she genuinely cared for my son. However, once he was moved to the toddler rooms - he was always dirty, and came home smelling of something funny, his clothes were dissheveled and he also had diaper rash frequently.
Not to mention, he screamed and cried almost every day that I dropped him off and was ALWAYS waiting at the door around the time I picked him up. My husband and I took him out and put him another day care as soon as there was an opening, even if there wasn't, we would have taken him further away to a different day care because the quality of care for him was so poor. If the principal would just reign in her staff, the school would be a much better place for kids to be. This is not the worst day care facility in center city: it's probably the lesser of the worst in the city if it's any consolation....
The Worse – My child went to this childcare for six months. Initially when he was in the infant room it was a good experience. However, when he transitioned to the toddler room it was the worse experience ever! He screamed whenever he went near the room. At first, I thought he was having a hard time transitioning. That was not the case! The teacher was lazy and very unprofessional. Everyday I dropped him off she would be sitting in the same spot when I picked him up. They would only change him at their convenience. He would always have a diaper rash. I removed him ASAP! Please do not ever take your child through this experience!
A daycare to avoid – Very unprofessional. Staff is very rude and lazy . Some teachers have their own children and grandchildren among the kids, favoritism is not enough to describe what goes on there, they openly ignore your child on behalf of their own. Staff turn around is also an issue. The director is nice but is uncapable of keeping the staff in line (or unwilling!). After only couple of months I had to take my child out of there...
Morning Staff – Not to be judgmental, but the morning staff are unprofessional. The children regardless of what age are put into one room. The staff who suppose to watch these children are non-existent. They yap to fellow colleagues and munch on donuts, pretzels.... The Assistant Director is a bit pushy which is a major turn off. I love the principal, Ms. Harley, one of the NICEST principal in the entire CC daycares. Hope one day she'll read other reviews and change the staff around.
Just keep looking! – There are only a few bright spots at this facility. The principal and a slect few of the teachers. Unfortunately the few bright spots are over shadowed by the unprofessional and discourteous staff. The staff also have a tendency to play favorites with the kids and parents. Not a problem unless you are the one they decide not to include. So overall I would not recommend this cite unless you are really in a bind. Don't bother to spend an exorbinant amount of money for little in return, discourteousy and unprofessionalism.
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