Choosing the Right Daycare...
... for your family can be challenging, especially if you're not sure where to start! Reading other parents' testimonials can give you great insights into how the daycare center operates, and if it does all it claims. At Toddler Town, we are very humbled and proud of the reviews from our parents–and we hope these help you!
"This isn't the place and the people that 'babysit' your kid while you're at work; this is the family that provides a home for your precious baby while you're at work. 5 stars are not enough of a rating for Toddler Town. The teachers are wonderful and really care about your children and their education. The director, Angelo, runs this place magnificently. There is constant, effective and insightful updates of what kids are learning about and what is going on in each classroom and the community. This staff really goes above and beyond. In the winter of 2014, when we had 40 below degree weather, they kept their doors open! Regardless of that harsh weather, the staff bundled up and showed up to open the doors right at 7am. I remember one morning, I dropped my daughter off in extremely cold weather, the type of cold weather days that most of Chicago businesses did not open their doors, I said 'thank you for opening' to the teacher (I had to go to work!) and she said "yeah, we asked Angelo if we were going to close because of the cold weather and he said 'No, we're going to open. Parents need to get to work so we need to open our doors'. As a single mom, that meant the world to me!
Toddler Town is committed to helping children obtain a strong foundation and maximum growth through the emotional, physical, social and cognitive areas. The environments in the classrooms are age appropriate and children are nurtured and encouraged to play learn and explore. Each classroom is divided and private so there are no distractions from the class next door. My daughter has been here since she was 2 and her intelligence far exceeds that of my nephew a year older than her who has a stay-at-home mom so never needed to be in daycare. This place really takes advantage of the most important years of your child's brain development.
This is not a daycare; it is an investment in your child's education." ~ Gabriela G.
"My daughter has been there for over a month now and throughout this time I have seen such growth in her mentally and physically. I like how toddler town has an open door policy so I'm able to pop in at any time. They offer parent/teacher conference which helps me as a mom know how my child is developing and behaving. It's a safe and secure location as well so I don't worry about my child's safety being compromised. The staff is great and really works with you and the child. In all, I really am enjoying my daughter being at Toddler Town and look forward to seeing how she will progress in a year." ~ Allyson Reboyras
"First let me begin by saying we are very VERY anal parents! We notice everything and everyone. My son has been in Toddler Town since he was 2 years old. I am not one to let ANYONE watch my child -- but the staff at Toddler Town have now become family to us! I trust them 1,000%. The facility is very clean and up to date. The staff keeps you updated on the child's status and lets us know if anything needs improvement, they work as a team, and they are very focused on making sure that our child reaches that next level. I am deeply saddened that this will be my son's last year at Toddler Town! In all 4 years not once was I ever uncomfortable nor my child and I can proudly say my child loves this facility and is also saddened by the fact that he will be leaving but the teacher has assured him that he will do great at his new school when the time comes for him to leave and now has become more accepting that he will move on. Robert (director) has always taken his time to help me and dad with any questions in regards to my child's care. You can go to him anytime and he always finds a way to help you in any way he can. I love that he is so involved with the children. All in all I visited 24 daycare's in our area before I reached Toddler Town and not one and I mean not one can compare to TODDLER TOWN! Trust me -- sending your child here is a great investment" ~ Ruby Rivera Salgado
"I must say, putting my son in Toddler Town day care was the best decision I've ever made. He's talking so much more. Learning so much everyday. And all around an amazing little boy. Thanks to Miss Jackie and Josie he absolutely loves going to "cool" (school) every day! I'm so pleased with the experience and learning he's getting. I would recommend this day care to anyone looking for a safe, clean, and all around amazing place to leave their children. They will be in the best of hands." ~ Jasmina R.
"My daughter loved it there! I am very pleased with the place and the staff, I'm glad I got my daughter in this daycare. I consider them friends now and I've recommended them to a few people already. My baby grew a lot there and in many ways, she is very prepared to start 1st grade, but still says she wants to go visit. Keep up the great work TTDC!" ~ Glenda C.
"I really enjoy the all around service provided at Toddler Town Daycare. My son has been attending for almost 2 months and he loves it. He has learned a lot in the little time he has been there. He really loves all his teachers and seems to talk highly of them all the time. Overall I appreciate that the teachers and Mr. Robert have a open door policy and the online website with updates of the children's pictures. Glad I chose this daycare to help me in preparing my son for school. Great job everyone." ~ Christina Morales
"Our 3 year old son has grown and developed leaps and bounds in the 7 months he has been here! He is bot only developing cognitively but also learning languages which has exceeded our expectations! DeMarcus loves going to school and loves all his friends he has made! We are VERY happy with the teachings of Miss Sandra and the entire Chipmunk staff ghat has cared for our son the last 7 months. The direction that Angelo gives and the way the center is run is far superior to other comparable centers and my husband and I could not be more elated with our decision to send DeMarcus to Toddler Town!" ~ Jasmine Lockett
"Toddler Town Daycare is awesome. My son loves his teachers. My son has shown a lot of improvement. I have no complaints!" ~ Brenda Roman
"I love Toddler Town Too! They treat the kids and parent like family. The kids love it there. I was scared at first because of all the bad things on tv about day care being negligent with the kids, but Toddler Town Too has proven to me me that not all day cares are the same. If you're looking for a day care/ preschool with honest, lovable staff who look out for your children with care as if their own then this is the place for you and your children." ~ Jessica McClain
"All three of my children have attended Toddler Town Daycare. Currently, my youngest is enrolled and our experience has been nothing but positive. Great teachers, loving/caring atmosphere, and a hands on director who makes himself available and is always looking for ways to improve the already top-notch quality of his school. My child looks forward to going to school every day and comes home singing new songs and sharing what he has learned in the classroom. Thanks Toddler Town for all you do!" ~ Jean-Marie Freise
"THIS PLACE IS AMAZING!! I HIGHLY recommend Toddler Town Daycare & Toddler Town Daycare Too to ANYONE looking for a preschool for their toddlers! My son has only been there less than a month and I have already seen a SIGNIFICANT difference in his growth and development! He seems to be very settled and wants to go to school everyday now! He is also learning Spanish!
The teachers are ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! They are caring and patient with the children and extremely informative and engaging with the parents! The director, Angelo, is an amazing director who not only answers any questions parents may have but corresponds with you regularly in the development and progress of your child! The tuition is extremely reasonable for the nurturing care that your child will receive! I will recommend this place to ANYONE looking for a new preschool for their child!" ~ Jasmine L., Mother of 3 year old boy
"Dear Toddler Town Staff –
Thank you. Two simple words, thank you, but they mean so much. How can we say thank you for taking care of both of our children for the past 7 years. All of you were there to take my children into your arms while I rushed off to work, you comforted them when they cried, you feed them, made sure they got their naps, played with them and taught them how to be caring and responsible individuals. How can you say thank you enough for all that you have done on a daily basis from 7am-6pm every day of the week. You all are considered family!
To anyone considering Toddler Town Daycare all I can say is that I highly recommend them to any parent. The staff is welcoming, warm, smart, caring, loving and truly knows how to work with children. The team there really works together to create a very well rounded child. The director, Angelo, is involved on a daily basis to ensure the care of the children. Security and safety is Angelo’s number one concern and you can absolutely detect that from the moment that you walk through their doors.
If you are looking for someone to take care of your children as if they were family I know you’ll be happy to call Toddler Town home. Thank you Toddler Town for all that you have done for both of my children." ~ Warmest Wishes, Natasha Peric
"Re: Ms. Alex & Ms. Tammie (Azalea Drew Classroom)
May this communiqué find you in the best of health and spirit. My name is Michael James, Lecturer Professor, Chicago State University and the NAACP Religious Affairs Chair-Southside. I am also the grandfather of Azalea Drew and the father of your client, Sariese James. Therewith, the purpose of this communiqué is to commend the spirit of teaching excellence in two members of your staff at Toddler Town, Ms. Alex and her assistant, Ms. Tammie.
As an educator myself (teacher for 12 years in the Chicago Public Schools and Charter Schools) I am acutely aware of the stages of early childhood development. In juxtaposition, as a Mentor Teacher and Certified Special Education Case Manager I’m experienced at identifying a nourishing, safe classroom environment-conducive for growth and learning. Respectively, I have quietly and in a most non judgmental manner observed these attributes in Azalea’s classroom.
I find both employees to be compassionate, well trained educators who have established an excellent learning environment for all children under their perspective care. Furthermore, both the parents and students are warmly welcomed each morning and I have observed that the children feel 100% safe while simultaneously effective teaching strategies (including differentiated instruction) are implemented to maximize learning for all students.
I have personally watched Azalea (I call her Sparkle from birth) grow and learn tremendously (both in confidence and maturity) and she look forward (with an innocent unsolicited enthusiasm) to seeing her teachers and classmates. There is no doubt in my mind that the “Ethic of Care” and “Utilitarianism” [the greatest good for all children] is being implemented by these two excellent early childhood educators.
In closing, it is my unequivocal belief that my daughter, Sariese instinctively selected the best daycare in Evanston (or Chicago for that matter) to place her daughter in. Each day I rest in my spirit knowing that she is receiving the best quality care money can buy. Without reservations I attest and support the hypothesis that Ms. Alex and Ms. Tammie are two of the best early childhood educators I have encountered both as a parent and educator." ~ Sincerely, Dr. Michael James
"To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Pauline Abron. I was a parent of Toddler Town Daycare from 1998 until 2001. In that time span, I have seen Angelo Nikolov and the center itself improve drastically. When my two year old daughter first started, I was nervous to leave her at the school. The reason being is a couple of the teachers there at the time did not have much control over the classrooms. As a parent, the first thing you think about when it comes to your child is his or her safety. However, as time passed the teaching staff improved. When my daughter went to kindergarten, she was well prepared. She knew her numbers, colors, how to spell her name and read.
Another thing I admired about Mr. Nikolov is that he put money back into the school. Whether it were replacing cabinets, painting the walls, enlarging the classrooms, revamping the playground etc. he made sure to improve the daycare.
Now fourteen years later and my son working at the daycare! I continue to witness tremendous strides of improvement. The teachers are using a program called Creative Curriculum Teaching Strategies where they provide lesson plans online. The teachers are conducting parent/teacher conferences and completing observations over a period of time for each child. Angelo Nikolov has been nothing but understanding and helpful to my family. I continue to wish him to receive nothing but the best." ~ Sincerely, Pauline Abron
"To Parents out there trying to decide if Toddler Town is Right for you:
Hi! I have been a Toddler Town parent since July of 2009. My daughter, now six went through the rooms and I started my now three year old just as soon as she turned two. Here is the impressive thing about Toddler Town. Quality. The quality of attention your child will receive is stellar. The quality of lesson plans and age-appropriate activities is fantastic. Every teacher I have worked with has been a good listener to parents and a loving teacher to my children. They know the children well, pay attention to their routines and moods and look out for them. They want your children to succeed and encourage them to thrive.
We looked at a lot of places, and we settled on Toddler Town because not only was it affordable, but the quality was high. My kids are the best thing that ever happened to me. Toddler Town has been there for us every time we needed them. From understanding and helping my child through the death of a grandparent – to soothing my own anxieties – to planning well-articulated activities at all age levels. Toddler Town is part of the success of our working family, and we are so glad we found them." ~ Yours truly, Sara McGuire
"As a parent it goes without saying that I care about providing my child the best possible environment to learn and grow. Truth is my wife and I tend to be a bit overprotective and particular about our child. So we looked into a variety of options that would meet our high standards. Toddler Town has met and exceeded our expectations.
From a clean and safe learning environment to field trips that keep the kids telling the story for days, this facility goes above and beyond. Our son has been attending since he was 2 years old and we have seen remarkable gains in his development.
This facility is more than a daycare as it also serves as a wonderful resource to preparing your child for Kindergarten. The staff is extremely friendly and the administration is completely dedicated to the children. Mr. Robert runs a tight ship and cares deeply for the well-being of all the children.
Toddler Town Two is active in the community that it is a part of and this sets an example for the parents to also get involved for the progress of the community. The added bonus is the diverse atmosphere and interactive learning curriculum that allows parents to feel included in the learning process as well. I would highly recommend Toddler Town as a place to have your child have fun learning and growing." ~ Ben | Portage Park Neighborhood of Chicago, IL
"I sent my son to Toddler Town from the age of two until he graduated. While he was there, I was amazed at the love and care that he received, and also by how much he grew (physically and emotionally) and how much he learned! It is difficult to leave your child and go back to work, but at Toddler Town, I wasn't leaving my son with strangers, it really felt like he was with family. Thank you, Toddler Town! I highly recommend Toddler Town to anyone with a child ages two to six!" ~ Malka
"I remember the first day my son, Isaac and I went to Toddler Town. It was a sunny day and there... was Angelo Nikolov sitting across from us with such a sincere smile with all of the information needed, and open arms welcoming us. I'd stayed at home with Isaac for the first three years of his life. And I was pessimistic about leaving him with anyone else.
I never thought I would need the help of a day care but the reality was.... and there we were. When life's sudden change appeared I was grateful for everything Toddler Town had and has to offer. Toddler Town provides the love and care that children deserves, and gives me the peace of mind knowing my son is being loved, and he is safe and secure.
Besides the warmth of the staff, the Teachers are the best by providing personal and individual attention to each child. I feel very comfortable to leave my son, and from observation I can honestly say as a parent, I and the other parents are blessed to be able to leave their children in the safety of Toddler Town to learn indoor and outdoor. The activities are so fun and the techniques only professionals can offer. I appreciate the set up and the basics of teaching children how to learn and to interact with other children of the same age group. The teachers have done a wonderful job teaching him his letters, numbers & also important social & behavior skills. Watching my child grow so progressively mentally and physically while having such a wonderful time. I cannot thank Angelo, The Teachers (his family) and Toddler Town enough for the love and care they have provide my son. I know how fortunate I am to have such a wonderful place for my child to be.
Thank you so much. You all have truly done a wonderful job. I have and will continue to recommend Toddler Town." ~ Farah & Isaac
"Isabella was been attending Toddler Town since 2010 as a very active 3 year old afraid of being away from home, as I look back with my heart also aching, I notice how the staff held and conformed her, it was a relief to feel that she was going to be safe. As the days and months have gone by; Isabella still a very active child that now has grown into a happy, confidante and ready to be first grader. We are very thankful and grateful that the Toddler Town’s has been an extension of a caring group of teachers as a family would." ~ Thank you, Joel and Yessenia
"When I am asked where my five-year-old son attends preschool, I proudly tell people that he attends Toddler Town here in Chicago. The staff has been so crucial in helping his development that I cannot recommend it enough. My son has had a wonderful learning experience from simple socialization skills across a diverse group of students to more complex skills in math, reading, and writing. Music, art and creative play round out the thoughtful curriculum. When we moved a little further away, there was no question that he would remain there until he was ready to go to the "Big Kids' School".
The staff is very involved and empathetic to the kids and their needs. Their teaching and disciplinary styles fall very much in line with mine (Time outs, gentle correction) so I feel confident that the consistency helps my son grow. Thank you so much for all that you do!" ~ Colleen Retana
If you are already a Toddler Town parent, we would love to hear what you think of our centers! Please go to our Contact Us page, and leave your thoughts, ideas, comments and suggestions.