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R'Club Child Care, Inc.

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Causes: Child Day Care, Children & Youth, Education, Preschools

Mission: R'Club's mission is to strengthen children and families through quality child/youth development programs which focus on respect, responsibility, resourcefulness, and responsiveness.

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 3,000 children and their families. 86% of our early childhood program graduates tested ready for Kindergarten when entering school.

Programs: R'Club Child Care is the largest nonprofit child care provider in the Tampa Bay region serving more than 3,000 children daily in 47 locations with over 400 staff and a budget of a little more that $16 million annually. R'Club provides programs for children from 8 weeks through middle school and for children with disabilities through 22 years of age. Programs are early childhood education centers, public school-based before and after school, full days on teacher professional days, holidays, summer and other vacations and home-based early literacy services. R'Club also is the official child care provider of the Tampa Bay Rays, providing child care for players' children at all home baseball games. The agency was named the 2008 Nonprofit Business of the Year by the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, the 2007 Nonprofit of the Year in the education category by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, and was named one of the 70 Top Workplaces for 2011 by the St. Petersburg Times.

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son Thomas attends the R' Club location at Ridgecrest Elem in Largo, FL. As a family, we have had a fantastic learning experience w/ R' Club. Ms. Jill and Ms. Dolly provide academic and interpesonal support for Thomas. With the help of the R'Club leaders(Ms. Nina last year), Thomas has begun to mature and take on responsibility. The leaders are positive, approachable and open to suggestions---we are very happy w/ our experience w/ R'Club.

Ms. Jill, Ms. Dolly and Ms. Nina Rock!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jim R.

1wife6mother2director

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being a parent who has higher standards because I've performed in a childcare leadership role, I feel the 28th St site is the best for my 3 year-old twins! Its like extended family, Ms. Anderson is personable and helpful to the parents she serves. The teachers are always happy, and welcoming even when I've been late! I can see what my children are learning and I know they are by the book and adhere to the licensing standards, because they make it known to the parents, "we do this for compliance." My twins come home with self help and social skills that can only be taught in a positive and healthy environment. They've taught siblings the proper way to wash their hands at meal times, Thanks Ms. Blue!
I also have a son at the John Hopkins university, he enjoys the new friends he's made; and I love how Mr. Devon is always so willing to help, he asks questions about his progress and transition to middle school from elementary and offers ideas and tips, and explains that some of the behaviors are typical. They offer support for homework and maintain with a curriculum so he's still learning after school! They cooked s'mores in the pizza ovens they made themselves out of pizza boxes! Thanks R'CLUB!

Michelle258

Client Served

Rating: 4

I have two of my children attend the R'Club on US 19. Both children learned a lot and enjoyed the program and love their teachers. One has been in the program since two months old. The other has just began kindergarten and the teacher there says she is so smart. I feel that has a lot to do with the R'Club program and their curriculum. Also, they offer the Pre - VAN program which is an excellent program also and those teachers are wonderful and did a great job. The children learned a lot also while they played. I worked with them at home also. I highly recommend R'Club it is so worth sending your children to. I am confident in knowing my children are safe and in good hands while I go to work. The staff is great, they are well organized and communicate well with the children and the parents daily. My children have met and made plenty of friends.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have 2 children who are at McMullen Booth R Club, and they love it. The staff are so warm, friendly, and caring. They help the kids with homework, keep us informed about what's happening, and since we both work, we don't feel like we are abandoning our kids after school. Many times when we go to pick them up, they want to stay because they are having so much fun.

Client Served

Rating: 5

R'Club is fantastic. My son really enjoys going there, and that makes it easier for me to relax, knowing that he enjoys his afterschool program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son goes to R'Club and absolutely loves it. It's amazing to see how much he has learned in the past couple of years. The director and teachers are amazing.

Joseph29

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son goes to Paul B Stephens and the R Club has been wonderful for him. The staff is great with all the special needs kids have. My son loves to go and is not happy if he misses a day.

Amy_187

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Children attend Sandy Lane Elementary School, and also attend R-Club there. We LOVE R-Club and their incredible staff!! They do an amazing job taking care of the kids, helping them with homework, and keeping them busy having fun and being kids!! I would definitely recommend them. Over the years we have used other programs, however, R-Club far exceeds any others! They also have a summer program that is excellent! Thanks R-Club!

Erica Y.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the mom (parent) of my son attending R'Club for school age. Excellent service. The director and workers at the New Heights Elementary school location are terrific and so wonderful. It always a joy talking to them at drop off and pick up. My son just loves the staff and especially the director. My son has time where he is really fun is energy they turn it to positive vs negative. We are so happy - it's such a answer to prays finding such a wonderful place that is willing to help and work with the kids vs kicking them out when they don't follow the ideal child.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I could not work my job and provide for my family the way I do with out the help from R Club/. It is such a relief to be able to have a place to take my children before and after school

Michelle257

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i am parent of student in the r'club and they are great!

Advisor

Rating: 5

This group is engaging, proactive and always looking at ways to get involved, so that the kids they serve benefit. The Executive Director, Art O'Hara, runs 2 non-profits, and has also just proposed and was engaged as a delegate to a 3rd program. He found our crowdfunding site (CauseToFund.com) online and sent us an email back in Fall 2012, asking for info on how to raise money via "the crowd."

After a few meetings and some planning to find the right project, we are currently running an online campaign to raise money for children's summer camp books through crowdfunding.

You can find info about the project at this link, on our local crowdfunding site focused on local causes:

www.causetofund.com/rclub-st-pete/

Client Served

Rating: 1

My daughter and I had an awfull experience as the teachers, assistances, and even the actual director did not show any interpersonall skills. On the first, the instructor/assistant were making sure the parents have provided all required documents including payment and little attention was given to the children. This "detached" behaviour continued for over a week as my daughter did not want me to leave her and will grab my leg. There was little to no assistance/direction from the instructor/assistants to encourage my daughter that leaving mommy was ok. My daughter has attended ECC since age one and we have never expereinced this type of problems. On another occassion, I found my daughter upset on the floor and almost crying becasue her time in easel area was up. The instructor/assistant did not redirect her behavior and let her alone to figure out what to do next.

Rhonda234

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for R'Club. I work in another county and I feel greater peace of mind knowing that she is safe at R'Club rather than walking home and being alone. I would not be able to afford this service without the grant and this, also, I am happy to be provided with. Thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent service. The director at the Temple Terrace location is phenomenal. She is always there to help out, lend an ear and encourage the children. She is wonderful. The teachers are so supportive of the children and do a wonderful job at their jobs! We are so happy - been going there for 2 years and will continue!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a dad, I have found R'Club to be absolutely tremendous in not only the programming and function of their counselors, but in the way the children are respected. I've always heard that "you have to give respect to get respect" and the counselors at Thurgood Marshall take that to a whole new level.

After 5 years of being 'forced' to use another provider due to the centralized decision-making of our schools, our daughter now actually gets miffed when I pick her up a few minutes early from R'Club! Kudos to the staff and organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've had a child in R Club now for 5 years. I've never had to worry about his safety, which is such a relief when I'm at work. To know that he is in a safe, loving enviroment gives me peace of mind at work. I also appreciate all the workers who greet me every morning with a smile, hello and have a good day. I feel that the people at R Club are fair and very caring towards the needs of my child. When ever there has been a concern, I've felt that I could talk openly and honestly about a problem and it gets addressed. One example is when my child was getting "picked on" by one of the other children, Ms. Diane and Ms. Amy, listened, and helped to find a solution. They also are so good to reward the good behavior which just edifies a child's self worth. Thanks R Club for the security of great child care at Seminole Elementary R Club.

Client Served

Rating: 5

R'Club has offered a fun and safe after school program for my elementary school children for several years. Their professionals take the time to entertain, challenge and mentor my children. R'Club allows my children to do homework, create beautiful crafts, watch movies, read and free play on the playground after school. The kids in the program are generally well behaved and the adults have control while the children have fun. I would recommend R'Club to any parent who is looking for safe and fun after school care for their children.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization provides excellent before and after care for my daughter who is 11 years old and just started Oak Grove Middle School. This program is wonderful as without it, there would be no before care for her from 8 when I have to be at work until 9:15 am when school starts. The same is true in the afternoon from 4 when school lets out until 6:30pm. I have no one else who can pick her up and I do not want her walking the few miles home by herself. It also gives her a place to do her homework, learn, socialize with school friends, and stay out of bad influences (which she may more likely be exposed to left alone). This program is also free to us, which is great as I am a single mother raising two children on one income. I can't say enough good things about this program. Please continue it at this school as my son will be coming in a couple of years to Oak Grove and will still need the care as well. Thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

RClub isnt just for little kids, teens need it too. I'm lucky my sons school has a grant so it saves me $400 per month during school & $600 per month during summer. The staff have tons of projects, crafts, games, and tutoring to help keep them busy.

If my son didnt have this opportunity, he'd be staying home alone - with tv & games. No homework would get done, no exercise or other social activities.

I've recommended my sons school to mulitple teen parents and the program has filled up. During the summer some friends from other schools were even allowed to join for FREE and know that their kids were safe, busy with great activities, exercising, learning social skils & just having fun as kids.

THANK YOU TO ALL STAFF FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO !! It's Greatly Appreciated.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I think this is great program for kids. My son loves going and enjoys the activities. Would recommend to anyone with kids.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

R'club is a wonderful place to send my child. It is more than just a day care. They teach them everything from the alphabet to manners. My daughter is polite and has respect for other children and adults. The teachers are genuine and caring. From Infant to VPK, each teacher knows my childs name and interacts with them on a daily basis. It really is like a family.

Client Served

Rating: 3

i like r club ,i drop my son off for school he has fun while waiting and learning valuable skills in the r club setr up!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My four children go to R'Club at Sutherland Elementary. We are a single parent household. They love to go to after school care and miss their "teachers" when they do not have to go to R'Club.

Client Served

Rating: 5

R Club has worked quite well for me and my daughter.
My daughter has slight autism and the staff has been wonderfull with helping her fit in with the others.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love, love, love my R Club. My son and twin girls have been going there since they were babies and now they are 6 and 5. I could not ask for better staff there along with the director Jill Trumbill. Jill is very understanding, caring and awesome with the kids. If I have any issues regarding my children I know I can talk to any of the staff there and I feel comfortable talking to them. They have watched all my children grow up and have left a lasting impression on my heart and my children. I will be sad next year when the twins start kindergarten and we leave R Club. My kids love the staff there and talk about them even when we are at home and they always want to get doughnuts for the staff. I can express the gratitude I have for R Club in words because there is not one to express it. I love R Club.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My child attends RClub at Skyview Elementry. I love each memeber of the staff. I can go to work and not worry about my daughter!! They are absolutely wonderful with the children and I would not want my daughter to be with anyone else!!! They are the best and I adore each of them :)

Client Served

Rating: 5

R'Club has been a real blessing for our family. Without their services my son would not have been able to attend the school he is in now for their full time gifted education program. He would have had to attend our neighborhood school which does not have R'Club and would have had absolutely no before or after schol supervision. The staff at R'Club is fantastic. They teach the kids respect, responsibilty, and caring. They provide a structured environment with activites as well as time to do their homework. They encourage them to make great choices and make friend with their fellow classmates. All of the staff members know every child by their first name which helps them connect with the kids. I have never ever come in at any time and witnesses kids misbehaving. This alone tells me that the staff members really have a handle on their jobs and how to interact with all of their students. I am so pleased with how well this has been going for my son as he is in middle school and this year is his first experience at having to attend a child care program before or after school.

Michelle2345678910

Client Served

Rating: 5

my children have been going to r'club for three years for there after school program. The staff is real kind and caring. They also make a point to point out the positive. my children look forward to going to the r'club. I appreciate all there hard work

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

R'Club has been essential for my household. My daughter enjoys her time at R'Club. Her grandparents sometimes pick her up early and she gets upset because she does not want to miss out on the fun opportunities!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have used R Club for my son, Julian for three years now. I am so plesed with this program, that I would never even consider taking him anywhere else! The staff is qualified, energetic, understanding and professional. The curriculum is wonderful, and they encourage independence and responsibility. Whenever there is a conflict with my son and other children, I know I can approach the director or asst. director, and they will take the appropriate action in a fair manner.

Overall, I would recommend enrolling any child to an R Club facility, as they provide education, socialization and structure in a fun and safe environment.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family relies on R'Club for our afterschool care of our kindergartener. He gets to stay on site at his elementary school rather than getting transferred to an off site facility.

He gets any homework assignments done and even has a snack. Then he can play with kids at his school he wouldn't otherwise. The play is structured and organized.

My kindergartener reports enjoying his time while there. He always replies with a "Yay!" when I tell him its R'Club day rather than me picking him up.

The staff is attentive. We feel safe and secure. I know my son is being attended to. Prices are extremely reasonable.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My children attend before and after school care and I can't be more pleased. As a parent with HIGH expectations I have no concerns with R'Club. The staff are wonderful and very responsive to our needs.

Client Served

Rating: 4

As a single mother NOTHING is more important than quality childcare. My son hates it when we pick him up early which makes so happy knowing he is enjoying himself. Usually I suffer quilt about my long hours but not anymore. He loves it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My child attended R'club at Ridgecrest Elementary. I was very happy with this program. I like that it was on school premis and many activities were offered to keep the children entertained and busy. But most important I liked that my child was happy when I picked him up. I felt my child was genuinely cared about and safety was a priority. I would highly recommend this R'Club program. We have just moved otherwise my child would still be at this R'club.

Client Served

Rating: 4

R' Club offers a convenient after school program right at my son's school. I like that I don't have to worry about someone having to pick my son up and take him to the program because he is escorted directly to the cafeteria after school (and escorted to his class in the morning, before school). My son has an opportunity to complete his homework, play games, socialize with his peers and create crafts. He enjoys the R' Club and I like the peace of mind of knowing he is cared for by licensed professionals.

Client Served

Rating: 4

The R'Club is a great before and after school program. The hours are great for working parents and my son has a great time when he is there. There is a lot offered for the kids to do to keep them busy.

Jenn Z.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I looked around at several centers and home based child care for my little guy. This is my first child and I did not know what to expect. R'Club Early Learning was bright, clean, organized, and secure. Terri was happy to walk me around and tell me about the infant program. I took my little man to R'Club @5 months old. I was pleased to find out I would receive a daily report. I am aware of milestones in his life which is important since I miss a lot being at work all day. The center is convenient to my work and the hours are GREAT. I felt so calm leaving him in their care. Now, as a toddler, he has made new friends and looks forward to being able to participate in activities R Club has to offer. The teachers are kind, respectful, and keep me informed.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

R,club is great organzated it help my girl in respect , honest and getting alone with other they help them with there homework

Lisa234567891011121314

Client Served

Rating: 1

I used to like the R club until this current school year... The door has been locked many times and had to drop my daughter off at the front of school with out signing her in and had an issue this morning with being charged three times the amount of her weekly fee for ONE DAY LATE. Also told I had to pay the late fee right then and there. So I have not been happy with the Rclub this year... Seems like the staff changed and they are not as friendly as last year.. also had no problems last year.. Anywho thats my take on the Rclub if anyone is interested and thanks for asking :)

Client Served

Rating: 5

My child is very well cared for in R Club. He loves to go there and is upset I pick him up early!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My 5 year old started kindergarten this year and with my hours at work I didn't know how things were going to work out for me job wise. happry there is an R Club on site at her school (Southern Oak) but what WOW me was after only 3 days of being there most of your staff know who I am. When I arrive to pick up my child they call her name and let her know her mom is here. They are friendly and always speak to me ( this is still a surprise after being with all types of kids at the end of the day). R Club was a God send. Thank for having wonderful employees.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Oak Grove MS R Club is an excellent group. They are there not only for convenience but you can tell that they care about my child's well-being.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love the fact that my children are happy @ Rclub.. They have never had a bad experiance the entire time they have attended RClub. I am hapy knowing that my children are happy & well taken care of :)

Client Served

Rating: 5

R'Club is a great aftercare choice for my kids. My oldest daughter attended R'Club a few years ago and now my youngest daughter is attending R'Club. I can count on R'Club to provide an affordable, safe, fun, and interesting environment for my child after school. I also rely on them to be open during "teacher in-service days" and early release days as well as during winter break and spring breaks. Since I work full-time, I need a quality, reliable child care option and R'Club provides this for me. I like the programs they offer and the staff are wonderful! Honestly, I don't know what I would do without R'Club! Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 4

My daughter has been in R Club since we moved to Florida. I am thankful for this program not only is it affordable it is reliable and I always know my daughter is safe.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I go to pick up my kids and the do not want to leave. The Staff is nice and my kids love them. Its always a pleasure to leave me kids as I know they will be taken care of.