The Learning Experience - Center Reach

10 Holbrook Rd.
Centereach, NY 11720

The Learning Experience - Center Reach

10 Holbrook Rd., Centereach, NY 11720
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Hours
Monday:
6:30AM - 6:30PM
Tuesday:
6:30AM - 6:30PM
Wednesday:
6:30AM - 6:30PM
Thursday:
6:30AM - 6:30PM
Friday:
6:30AM - 6:30PM
Saturday:
Closed
Sunday:
Closed
Program Details
Type:
  • Preschool (or Nursery School or Pre-K),
  • Kindergarten
Additional Details:
  • Summer care / camp
Cost & Availability
Classroom Type Rate Rate Type Availability
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Offerings
Full Time (5 days/wk)
Ratings & Reviews
(20)
(20)
Disapointed
05/24/2018
Terrible. I did a working interview. The owner and director are extremely rude. They don't care about the children or the staff their bottom line is making money. Constantly out of ratio and do their children and families a complete disservice.
Cristina G
11/09/2017
Short description - HORRIBLE Administration at this daycare facility.
They might have a nice building and presentation curriculum, but not the right people, and definitely not the right attitude towards the kids/families. Everyone: kids, family and even teachers are just numbers which can be moved around at their discretion.
Although in this field there might be a high turnover rate, at this location particularly, the teacher turnover is HUGE and the administration never lets the families know what is going on. Basically, you find out if you ask.. . My child was enrolled in the toddler room for only 10 weeks. There was no consistency in the teachers at all .On my kid's tenure here, we were used to see 6 teachers or more in his class every week, averaging 3-4 different teachers daily, and most of them were students without much experience or talent for the job. Therefore I could not always get answers when asked about my child.
Due to this inconsistency, the daily curriculum and activities were inexistent (besides the show-off paper), the kids were just strolling around the room/rooms the whole day, every day. More than that, if your kids develop attachments to the people around, you can forget-it; Every time they would get comfortable with a teacher, another one would replace.
I don't think there is any greater anxiety than being concerned about your child's care and safety. I am the type of parent that DO care about what happens in the classroom after the child is dropped off. My husband or I would visit almost daily at different hours, I would call once a day to check on my child, I even took random days off from work and spent it all in the daycare to observe how it all goes. I witnessed teachers yelling on kids, there was no consistency, no proper communication, not enough teaching materials/toys and the admin is rude, mean, the kids are just a number for them.
One day I picked up my child with a severe diaper rush - bloody wounds on the rear - because he was neglected and his diaper was not changed in time. When I asked the teacher when he was changed last, surprise... she didn't know, because she just came in the class. Then naturally, I wanted to see the daily log, to find my answer and see how many times my child's diaper was changed - guess what - they couldn't find the log. On my way out, I brought-it up to the owner's attention, which with a bored, "what do you want again" attitude, had the gut to tell me that "maybe you dropped the kid in the morning with that rash". I know that wasn't possible, but even if that would have been the case, I believe they should have noticed, notify me, or at least record in the daily log, which they so proudly glorify when enrolling in their programs.
98% of the time when I picked up my son, he was crying. I know you cannot pick up a child every time they cry but play with them, sing with them, show them some attention, bring them a toy...don't just ignore them.
And since we reached the administration, they are nice to everyone until you sign up, and then, don't dare to ask questions. If you ask or complain about anything you will get a nice "I don't care" reply: "We will see", or "I will tell the teacher", or "no problem". If you exceed the number of permissible questions (which is not too large at all), you will get the "you don't like-it, take your kid and leave" that I got from the owner herself.
In the end, fed up with all the irregularities, and their nasty attitude, I complained officially with the appropriate state agencies who handle such matters. As result of the inspection, the official's response was that although they see the numerous teacher's changes in the facility, and acknowledge this is not good for the kids development, they couldn't find any illegalities, for, there is no law to control or prevent this issue.
This place is a totally waste of time and money.
We were lucky to find QUALITY care quickly. Since my child started at the new daycare, I didn't pick him up crying not even once and I was able to see and speak with the same teacher every day about my child progress.
It doesn't matter how many of the admin' friends post FIVE star reviews as a favor. Do your own research and judge for yourself.
Jennifer
09/15/2017
Management is often very rude to concerned parents. Parents have heard the manager bad mouthing other parents to staff. There are tons of state violations for this site. I wish there were more options in our area!
Melanie Z
01/16/2017
Outstanding school in every way! I went to many schools and kept hearing such great things about The Learning Experience. It was a little further from work than I had wanted, but I went for a tour, and I never looked back. My kids were enrolled and started 2 days later. We are so happy, and it is so amazing to see teachers who truly love what they do. Can't say enough about this school!
David M
01/10/2017
Best school in the area, my wife and I visited all of them. This school is top notch from the staff to the curriculum and everything in between. So happy to have my boys in a school where I know they will be ahead of the game when they go to Kindergarten. Best part is they absolutely loe going to school...can't ask for more than that.
K L
11/19/2015
So happy we found such a warm and loving environment for our daughter. She is doing so well, and is so happy to go to school every morning! The staff is very professional, and the school is immaculate!
S S
06/16/2015
We were so happy to have found this wonderful school for our girls. I cannot say enough about the teachers, the programs, and the cleanliness! My older daughter is heading to Kindergarten this Fall, and she is beyond ready thanks to the staff at The Learning Experience of Centereach!! Best decision my husband and I made!
S C
05/13/2015
I searched for months for a quality child care facility when I moved to the area. I found The Learning Experience of Centereach, and knew instantly in the was the place for my son and daughter. They love getting up and going to school, and come home talking about school all evening. They are so excited for the excellent summer program. We just couldn't be happier!
Marc G
02/28/2015
My daughter is learning a lot and is very well tsken care of. My wife and I could not be happier with TLE-Centereach!
Kerri R
02/27/2015
I have been so impressed with everything my son has been learning at TLE! I go to work every day feeling confident that my son is safe and happy until I pick him up. He wakes up every day asking if it's a school day and jumps out of bed when he knows he'll be going to see his friends and teacher. Thank you TLE!
Scott W
02/27/2015
Excellent child day care. My two boys have been going here for years. I've never had a single issue. Great director and a great staff.
Henryka
02/26/2015
My two grandsons have come to this daycare since they were 4 months old, I wish I could watch the boys for my daughter but distance is the issue. After touring the facility I knew this was the best place for them to go. Not only would they have the chance to interact with all the other children, but they have such a wonderful curriculum and knew that they will be in great hands. Now my grandsons are 2 1/2 and 16 months and I still feel the same way. There is no better place for my little loves than TLE.
Jennifer C
02/24/2015
Terrible Administration at this center (I think Stony Brook is the same owner). The teachers and assistants quit on a regular basis and the admin never lets the families know what is going on. Everyone seems miserable to be at work and you are made to fee like a "number" and not an individual. Spend a little more money to hire someone to drive your child to a part time school or in home daycare facility.
Janice E
02/23/2015
Our 2 sons have attended the Learning Experience since 2010 and we have nothing but extremely positive experiences to share. The staff and management team are excellent, professional, reliable and consistent with meeting the little ones' needs. They have accomodated the needs of our older son who has moved on to Kindergarden and we are very happy to have our youngest son in their care. He has made many friends and enjoyed frequent special events, while also being given excellent educational opportunities. When he graduates into the school system, he will have been very well prepared through his experience at TLE. We never have any worries - we highly recommend TLE of Centereach!
Mike R
02/23/2015
I cannot be more proud of the accomplishments my son has made over the last 5 months. I was terrified to leave my son with anyone other than family, but I'm so glad I enrolled him at the learning experience. He looks forward to going every morning and I feel completely confident in his care with his teacher. She is warm, kind, creative and fun!
Marlena G
02/09/2015
So very happy that we decided to place our daughter's growth and development in the capable hands of the teachers and aides at TLE-Centereach! Could not be happier or more comfortable!!
Dotw
02/05/2015
t was so hard for me to go back to work after having my baby, but the people here made it so easy and made me feel so comfortable, that it was no doubt that our second baby was going to go here as well. My boys learn so much each day and are always so happy to go to school every morning. I feel so lucky to have TLE part of our family.
M S
12/02/2014
I couldn't be happier with every aspect if this wonderful school! The teachers, the professionalism of the staff, the cleanliness of the classrooms, the incredible things my kids are learning due to their many programs, and curriculum...I could go on and on. Best of all..my kids wake up excited to go to school everyday. It is so wonderful to be a part if this amazing school!!!
Mary G
11/27/2014
I am so thankful I made the decision to enroll my son and daughter at The Learning Experience of Centereach. The school is amazing and they learn so much everyday, it amazes my family. The teachers are amazing, and the school is immaculate! The cleanest school I have seen. I can't say enough great things.
Donna T
09/03/2013
This school and all of it's teachers are amazing. It is clean, well run, and everyone who teaches there is happy to be there. My kids have a definite advantage in school thanks to the wonderful teachers there. I give it my highest recommendation.
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