My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Discovery Time School, Bedford, PA, USA
The teachers and helpers at this school are wonderful. Unfortunately, the reputation that was built by many years of wonderful service as a top-notch preschool and kindergarten to our community is being tarnished by the desire by some members of this organization to become strictly a "charter school". They have recently decided (early 2011) to either not offer child care on non-school days or to offer limited hours. For working families, this is just not realistic. Even in the 3 yr old preschool program, your child is expected to only require care from 8:00-3:00 - "wrap-around" care is an additional fee on top of the monthly fee you already pay (which does not include any non-school days - if they offer childcare on those days, it costs an additional $22).
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I have seen children graduate from this preschool program for over 10 years - these children were always some of the brightest children in their later classes - which is why it is so disappointing to see what is now happening to what was a wonderful organization.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
There are a very limited number of families in our area who can afford to not only have a parent stay at home full-time with their children, but also be able to afford the price of sending a child to Discovery Time. The board of directors of this school are going to have to decide whether the handful of children they have attending thier primary classes are enough to support their school, or if they plan to continue the hugely popular preschool/pre-k programs.