I want to thank you for your transparency and helpful guidance throughout this “wonky” time in the world. My husband and I were struggling and going back and forth about child care. We feel very secure in our choice at the Young School. Your staff is very pleasant and a joy to see in the morning. The questions for screening are well worded and straight forward (limited interpretations). We appreciate how responsive the organization is with all of the changes that are occurring. Thank you for helping keep our kids safe.
When we were looking for a daycare facility for our first child, we stopped searching after our first visit to The Young School. We just dropped by to pick up an application and schedule a tour. There wasn’t even a need to schedule a tour because we had the time that day and the Director wanted to show off the beautiful facility and the teaching in progress at that precise moment. We were greeted with enthusiasm by everyone we met. It was a no brainer – their philosophy regarding a child-centered approach to a very personalized education struck a chord with us. (My husband and I are both in education.) Needless to say, it was the best choice we made for our child and his infant brother. From a smooth drop off every morning to communication throughout the day to a great pick up in the afternoons, The Young School is top notch. The staff is part of our family in helping us raise our boys. Plus, there is nothing more satisfying knowing that they are safe AND happy while they learn!
I have nothing but great things to say about this school! My daughter started there about 2 weeks ago and their program is next level. The teachers are so kind and welcoming and my daughter is excited to go to school each and everyday. Since she has started her imagination and storytelling skills have skyrocketed! They are very strict with their temporary illness policies but that gives me much comfort due to the current state of affairs. School is 5 stars!
We were very hesitant about putting Zinnia back in daycare this summer at first, but these precautions made us feel that it was safe enough. Our prior daycare is not taking the pandemic as seriously, with mixing kids together, allowing parents into the building, etc, and that made us very hesitant. Obviously we are worried about what we’ll do when her classroom gets shut down due to a sick kid, but we still feel it’s the right balance for safety. So far her time at Young School has been a great experience for her and for us, and we hope the precautions are kept as long as they are needed. Thank you for taking safety in a pandemic seriously!
The Young School is a special place – it has been an extension of our family for more than 5 years. My 3 children have thrived in their Reggio Emilia based curriculum, and as a parent, I have always appreciated their uniquely nurturing approach. They have tackled the current situation with innovation, resourcefulness and compassion. They retained their teachers throughout the closure, and offered a robust distance learning program for all ages. They were, and continue to be in regular communication about the changing guidance and CDC regulations. They have gone above and beyond to adjust, with the health, safety and well-being of their students, staff and families in mind. While so much looks different right now – pictures of the space and videos of the new check-in procedures have helped to ease my worries. Like most parents, I have been, and continue to be anxious about plans for each of my children, as my husband and I continue to work full time during these most uncertain times. But as we return to the Young School, I can say that it is with a great deal of trust – trust that they have established for us over time – that they will do everything possible to keep my child safe, and happy! And she is so very happy to be back!
We appreciate everything the Young School is doing. We’re so happy to have the kids back in their playing and learning environment, and back with their friends and teachers. The staff has been so incredibly great and we’re beyond happy with the measures that are in place. Thanks for everything that you and the rest of the staff do for us each and every day!
You all are doing an amazing job! This is a very difficult situation and I wouldn’t have Leo in school at all right now if it weren’t for TYS being open and taking such good care of our children and their teachers. Thanks for all that you and the rest of the staff are doing to keep everyone safe.
Please pass our sincerest appreciation on to Josh and Jo Ann Young and leadership of The Young School. I want you all to know how much we deeply appreciate that The Young School has chosen to operate with extensive safety measures during the pandemic. Both my husband’s and my professions are in public health, so we are especially concerned with everyone’s health and safety as well as the need for diligent prevention measures. We would absolutely not have sent our daughter back to school had the Caring Safely Plan not been so thorough. We were very impressed with The Young School’s careful planning and hard work to completely adapt both the physical space of the school and the operations to protect the health of students and staff. We want you to know that we are happy and thankful for all you’re doing to safely care for our daughter and her peers in these unprecedented times.
Our son Ethan has never attended TYS in any other time than during this pandemic since he was supposed to start on March 30th as a 12 week old – but of course that could not happen as the pandemic hit. As there was much uncertainty over the following couple months about when and how people, including myself, were going to go back to work full-time and if daycares would be open to allow for childcare, my husband and I greatly appreciated the thorough, logical, and considerate decision-making and communication from TYS. If we ever had any doubts about sending Ethan to TYS before the pandemic (which we didn’t) those doubts were put to rest as the organization and communication between TYS and parents instilled confidence in us that TYS is 100% devoted to the well-being and care of the children who attend, as well as their families and the staff. As a healthcare provider myself, I am very grateful for the highest precautions and measures TYS has taken to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Today is my daughter Kayleigh’s last day at TYS in Kings Contrivance. I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know how happy we are with the care and education she has received and to say thank you. I will admit that when she began more than 3 years ago, I was nervous and concerned as there were some growing pains in her cottage. And I will also admit that I am not shy about voicing my opinions or concerns as they come along.
But any concerns over the years were allayed and have been greatly overshadowed by the positive aspects of our experience. From the thoughtful responsiveness and proactiveness of Karen and Jessica in the front office, to the nurture and support of the amazing teaching staff in Mountain Cottage, and the support of all people in between, we have been so impressed.
We always know that our girls are in a safe and caring environment where their needs are met and where they are respected as unique individuals. Beyond basic needs, Kayleigh has fallen in love with her teachers, and I have witnessed them lead by example by treating others with warmth and kindness while setting clear and sensible boundaries. I have also appreciated the Cottage set-up and having a helpful point-of-contact in Ms. Anne and now Ms. Andrena.
Kayleigh is now headed to Kindergarten reading far above her grade level, and while I give her much of credit, she would not have achieved this level without the solid instruction and support she has received from her teachers. I would like to give particular kudos to Ms. Alix and Ms. Cassandra, though I would be remiss if I didn’t also acknowledge Mr. Nick, Ms. Katie, and Ms. Iman as they all have played important roles in Kayleigh’s preschool experience. Please give them all praise (and raises)!
I look forward to continuing our partnership with TYS with our younger daughter.
We have been a part of the Young School family since 2008. Our children, Vanessa (8 years old) and Lily (5 years old), were both active members in your Sky Cottage. I would like to personally acknowledge several of your staff members for their outstanding performance, support, and professionalism.
Ms. Termika, as the Sky Cottage Director and Assistant Head of the School, has personally mentored me and my children. Her knowledge of child development, teaching methodologies/approaches, and management has directly benefited our family in multiple ways. She helped our oldest daughter Vanessa develop academically, recognizing her aptitude for learning, and developed opportunities for her to excel that resulted in a 3rd grade reading level assessment upon her entering kindergarten. She helped Lily deal with significant emotional development issues, such as feelings of shame and inadequacy, by creating an environment where she was able to feel safe and thrive. She also managed to answer all of my questions, support me in developing goals for my children, and provide much needed guidance and assistance throughout our years at the Young School. I refer to her as my “Personal Consultant” and believe she should be commended for her ability to exceed parent expectations through her management of staff.
Ms. Shannon, as the Sky Cottage Art Teacher, Language Arts Teacher, and Director, has fostered an environment of creativity and discipline. Her ability to recognize the needs of children and modify teaching approaches to help the children learn is exceptional. She noticed the strengths in both of my children, and tailored her teaching/caring approach to help them excel in heir own rights. Her efforts resulted in a spirited little girl FINALLY being able to write and recognize her ABCs. Our little girl will now go to Kindergarten with a skill set that is above average, which would not have been possible without Ms. Shannon’s superior teaching prowess.
Ms. Pam and Ms. Melissa helped me raise my younger daughter. They were truly my partners in every aspect of her development – from manners and behavior to walking and potty training. Ms. Pam’s consistency and Ms. Melissa’s gentle discipline, accompanied by their HUGE hearts helped my daughter grow into the caring, loving, and confident little girl that she is today.
The staff members recognized above are truly remarkable professionals and deserve to be recognized for their contributions to upholding your mission statement and values. They will forever have a place in our family and in our hearts.