"I just wanted to send out a thank-you. Just under a year ago my husband and I made a decision to switch our kids to Growing Together at St.Annes to make life a little easier on us. I had an extremely hard time accepting this as both my kids had always been at the same daycare since infants. The very first day everyone was so extremely welcoming and comforting - even when I called 10 times the first day - the girls are always there to help us and make the mornings a little easier. I really noticed the big difference in my daughter when it wasn’t constant battles about attending daycare, she always spoke of how much fun she had daily and all the things she did with her friends and teachers. When it came to my son we always struggled with summer camps or daycares, he was never satisfied and always complained of being bored no matter where we enrolled him. Well this year when discussing where we would try next he broke down in tears asking to attend your summer camp again this year! He went on to tell us how much fun it had been and all the things he was able to experience - especially the hands on stuff with Denielle. This really made me realize the difference your staff has made in my children and we couldn’t be more grateful for that!!"
- Crystal Verhoeven
"Sad to be leaving such a phenomenal child care center. Your team is so professional and trustworthy, and I never once felt guilty for leaving my children in your center's care. I rave about your facility to other parents continuously and have nothing but amazing and positive experiences to share. Thank you to all of your staff for their dedication to providing such a positive start to both Travis and Drew’s educational experiences."
- Allison and Greg Stickney
"To all the Growing Together Daycare Staff who have been part of our lives for nearly 9 years; A chapter in Emma’s life is about to close with her very last day at Growing Together approaching very quickly (January 4th, 2018). April 6, 2009 - two days after her first birthday – was Emma’s very first day of daycare. It was a scary day for me and I think I stayed with her for the first 2 hours of her 4 hour stay! I clearly remember watching Emma discover blue paint and shaving cream that day though. Every new room brought me some panic as the kids in the room she was moving to always seemed so much more advanced than she was. But fears quickly faded as Emma quickly adjusted to the routine of the new room and soon learned all those new skills herself (napping on a cot instead of a crib, sitting at a table instead of in a high chair at meals, drinking from an open cup instead of a sippy cup, getting herself and her belongings to daycare after school – even though it was just down the hall). I have so many memories of things that Emma got to experience or learn for the first time at daycare that there’s no way to list them all."
- Krista, Darren & Emma Negri
"Emma has spent a lot of hours at daycare over the last 9 years. While in the toddler room, she was often the first kid dropped off at 6:30 am and not picked up until close to 5 but unlike others, Emma NEVER cried when being dropped off at daycare - in fact her very first week in the toddler room she cried every day that we picked her up because she didn’t want to go home! Emma even met her best friend, Leah, at daycare – in the infant room. From day one, Growing Together has provided Emma with the opportunity to learn, discover, develop, lead, socialize(which has been so important for her as an only child), how to resolve conflict & disagreements (once again, a key skill in development for an only child), to become responsible, and GROW as an individual! I cannot thank all of you enough for the guidance and mentoring you have given Emma! (And I cannot thank Ms. Nancy enough for giving Emma a healthy appetite for almost all foods and for her love of soup!) All of you have left a huge imprint in our minds and hearts. January 4th is going to be a bittersweet day and yes, I will probably shed a tear! Emma is ready to move on to the next chapter of growing up and is excited to be able to sleep in every day and ride the bus to school, but we will miss everyone terribly! Lastly, I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!"
- Krista, Darren & Emma Negri
"I just wanted to say how impressed I am with your infant staff at the daycare! I leave everyday feeling so content about where I am leaving my child for the day! This is the greatest feeling for a mommy!"
- Allison Stickney
"We've always thought that the staff at GTFRC has been great to our children, however today proved it once more. Kate took her well loved blanket and puppy to school and when I arrived to pick the kids up, she didn't know where they were. She was in hysterics knowing it was the weekend and I had checked cubbies, the classroom etc with no luck. Ms. Chrystal was done her shift, but offered to help look and went through laundry and other classrooms just to double check. Ms. Kelsey was also there and looked hard for it. After a half an hour, we went home - mommy stressed and Kate very sad. Shortly, after we arrived home, Kelsey called and she had found the items! She had continued to look after we had left the school and then, personally delivered them to us since she lived close by! We very much appreciate the extra effort to make Kate's weekend happier!"
- Julianne Paine
"I just wanted to mention how much we love GTFRC! Finley loves it so much. The kitchen staff have been amazing with accommodating his allergy also. Can't thank all the staff enough for taking care of our Finney :)"
- Heather Vandermeer
"I've been meaning to thank you again for all you have done for us. And I have to tell you that the Christmas presents the children made for us were so thoughtful and wonderful they brought me to tears. By far the best gifts I have ever received!
While we have adjusted nicely to the new home, the girls are missing Growing Together terribly. They talk about it every day on the way to or from Montessori. You can pass on the word that the girls are still playing "Miss Becky" and when I'm in the kitchen cooking I have to be "Miss Karen" :)
They desperately want to come back for a visit. I'm thinking that maybe we'll pop in one day during the March Break if that's OK with you. Just let me know.
Thanks again for everything Diane!"
- Heather Burk
"The ELP program is both affordable and beneficial. James and I feel we have seen many benefits in Julia due to the ELP program at St. Annes. She started JK in Sept, and it was such an easy transition for her. She was excited to see some familiar faces on the first day of school. I noticed a few other kids who were going through some separation issues and Jules actually went over and said "it's ok, your mommy will always come back". So socially she was prepared to participate in a large group without mom or dad J On her progress report from JK she has met and exceeded all of the expectations of her teacher. She works well with her 16 classmates and has the confidence to share her opinion about classroom situations (often lol). Julia is respectful to everyone around her and helps out when asked."
- Melanie McKellar
"Tonight, I asked Lilly want kind of fruit she wanted at supper, she responded "see Tina, apple?" This made me smile because it shows me how much going to daycare impacts their lives and how it promotes, not only healthy snacks for the children but also the relationships they are making with others and the rituals that help them succeed in life. Almost all of our toddlers say apple to their parents when they are being picked up. Parents are always commenting on how their child looks forward to grabbing that apple. I think it's cool that we have created such a caring community for the children in our care. Thank you for helping me raise my babies"