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The Goddard School of Allen, Texas is a Pre-School/Day Care Sans the Care
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ALLEN, TEXAS -- I have always cared for my child full-time since birth. But because he will be attending kindergarten next year, I decided to enroll him in the Goddard School in Allen, Texas for two days a week from 6:30 AM until 12:30 PM to get acclimated to a structured, classroom setting with others his own age.

At 6:30 AM on April 29, 2011 when I brought my child to the Goddard School at 1695 East Exchange Parkway, Allen, TX 75002, there were only two adults present: the “Academic Director” and the woman who cares for infants.

The director had me bring my four-year-old child into his office where I saw an infant in a carrier on the center of the floor and the director’s son asleep on the couch. The woman who cares for infants was outside the office cleaning-up in front of the door to the infant room.

The director immediately sat down at his desk and began typing away at his computer with his back to the children.

Over the next few minutes, the director told me several times that he would bring my child back to the classroom himself in a few minutes after he is finished with what he is doing with the computer. This is in spite of the policy that parents are the ones who are supposed to take their children to their assigned classrooms themselves.

Suspicious, I asked him where the teachers/day-care providers were and he told me an assistant didn’t show-up this morning due to sickness and that he himself would watch the kids until 7:00 AM. A few moments later, the woman (infant caretaker) told me the assistant is “running late."

When it became obvious to the director that I would not leave until my child was situated in a classroom with a teacher and/or care provider to supervise him, he had me, my child, and his son follow him into a classroom my son is not scheduled to be in.

Later that day when I arrived to retrieve my child, I spoke with the on-site owner about what had occurred. She gave me multiple conflicting explanations including:

- No teachers/care providers are scheduled to arrive until 7:00AM each morning (even though school opens at 6:30AM).

- An assistant is scheduled to arrive at 6:45AM, but "something must have happened to her."

- The owner concluded by stating she has "no idea" who, if anyone, is actually scheduled to arrive prior to 7:00AM, and that she will "investigate" and contact me later.

Because of this disturbing event, the blatant dishonesty of those involved (whom I entrusted to care for my child), and the eight violations with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services I subsequently discovered when I checked with the state as a result of this situation, I decided to cancel my child's enrollment at the Goddard School in Allen, Texas.

For information about the Goddard School in Allen, Texas state violations, check out:

* Side Note: The on-site owner said during her presentation of the Goddard School in Allen, Texas (policy booklet states as well) that as a snack, the children are served "milk, juice, and seasonal fruits."

I found out they are in fact provided with only tap water and crackers.
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Anonymous on 04/30/2011:
Those are the chances you take when paying someone else to care for your children. Imagine the times you're not there to see what goes on? That is why my wife and I chose to raise our kids ourselves. Even if it meant sacrificing and living off of a single income. The kids were raised by us though, and with our morals and values instilled in them, as opposed to someone else.
Anonymous on 04/30/2011:
It seems to me these places have to follow state guidelines in order to retain their license. You may want to check into that. It looks like the last part of your post is missing. Can you add the missing part?
Venice09 on 05/01/2011:
Dirm, the OP's child is four years old. She wanted to prepare him for kindergarten by placing him in a school setting two days a week. I think that's a wonderful idea considering most kindergarten children have had a preschool experience. This has nothing to do with paying someone else to take care of your child. My children were never in daycare or left with babysitters, but I did put them in preschool to prepare for kindergarten. It was the best preschool in the area with an impeccable, long-standing reputation, and I trusted them with my children's lives.

OP, you did the right thing. This school sounds like an accident waiting to happen. Schools should not operate with skeleton crews. They should be fully staffed at all times.
spiderman2 on 05/01/2011:
I totally agree with Venice! It is not irresponsible or wrong to put your child in preschool. I stayed home with my kids too and they went to preschool to help prepare them for kindergarten. We also sacrificied to live on one income. Unforutantely, not all people are willing and/or able to do that. Everyone's situation is different. I thank God every day my husband's employer pays for family health coverage or I would have not been able to afford to be a SAHM while my children were little.
Anonymous on 05/01/2011:
Good review..and thank you for posting this, hopefully it will reach others who may be considering this school.

DIRM, times have changed...when entering Kindergarten these days, if your child isn't fluently reading, socially capable, understands basic math, able to recite the Constitution, etc..they are likely to be told they are not ready for school yet and/or may qualify for additional 'help.' I am not kidding (other than reciting the Constitution)...there is a battery of testing done on each child at registration..gone are the days when parents could choose to skip K altogether. Pre-School is no longer considered "child care" ... Pre-School is the new Kindergarten and many parents start as young as 3.
Anonymous on 05/01/2011:
After reading the comments, I just have to post my thoughts.

I am a stay at home mother of a 3 and almost 2 year old. I would love to keep them home with me until Kindergarten starts, but in reality I think its best for THEM to go to preschool.

It's very important for a child to be well socialized and educated before school really starts. Sure, I can do it myself, but I want my kids to be prepared to spend longer periods of time out from under my protective wings. That way when the day for Kindergarten comes, it won't be as dramatic a change.

It breaks my heart to send them off, though! My son has his first summer camp in June, and I am already nervous! Lol! It's only for a few hours a day, for three weeks.

Actually, in a few weeks, I am going on my first vacation without the kids since they have been born! I am sure I will be calling them every ten minutes.
Anonymous on 05/01/2011:
And to the OP, you probably made a wise choice. I think I would have done the same. Thank you for sharing with others.
Anonymous on 05/01/2011:
Since this is a preschool/daycare, it is disturbing that they didn't even know who was supposed to be there with the kids at 6:30 AM. My kids school didn't start until 9 AM and went until 12:30PM, but if you're working, I can see how 6:30 AM would be the time to drop them off.

By the way, my kids loved preschool. They learned how to interact with groups of children and could read before they entered K. They looked forward to it. We also lived on one salary, but I would say that overall preschool was a great experience for them. It was not required when my kids were young, just something I had read about and decided to have a go at it. Glad I did.
Nohandle on 05/01/2011:
This one is an *iffy* to me. Does this happen all the time or was this one of those situations that rarely happens? And yes, it happens. Terrible weather and some employees are running late. I suppose they need to lock their doors until the full staff has arrived. In this state if a daycare/preschool provider is inspected and there are not enough of the mandated workers there, the provider is shut down immediately. No excuses.

I have a family member who elected to enroll the two small children in a preschool several times a week. They had never been in an environment with other children and the first time or two didn't want to go and didn't want to stay. After that they looked forward to going those few days a week to be with their new best friends.
madconsumer on 05/01/2011:
I would like to hear The Goddard School of Allen, Texas side of this.

to you the poster, did you research them prior? I have heard it is good to interview other parents that have children there.
Anonymous on 05/01/2011:
Nohandle, I thought of this too. But, they should have an "emergency" plan in place for these types of occurrences. The parents should feel confident they are leaving their child in good hands. I probably would not left my child until I felt comfortable with the situation. These places charge an arm and a leg to care for your children. They better be able to handle any situation, or close for the day like the public schools do in the case of inclement weather.
Nohandle on 05/01/2011:
Agreed Sing, but sometimes the emergency plan doesn't work if it takes longer to get the emergency employees there before the regular employees arrive. I'm not speaking of someone who phoned in and cannot get to work that day period or scheduled vacation days and that sort of thing. It's an entirely different situation. Good grief, I'd be crazy to own one of those types of businesses.
Anonymous on 05/01/2011:
Nohandle, I wasn't talking about emergency employees, just a plan of action when someone can't make it for whatever reason. I couldn't own one of those businesses either. Talk about stress!
Venice09 on 05/01/2011:
Lots of great comments here. Maybe the OP caught them on an exceptionally bad day, but this school sounds short-staffed to begin with. Preschools must be prepared for everything, and it starts with experienced, well-trained, reliable staff.

Madconsumer, did you view the information provided by the OP from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services? Perhaps that will satisfy your curiosity.
jktshff1 on 05/01/2011:
Good post and good info. Always pays to do your research.
FlitteringFirefly on 05/02/2011:
I have worked in two day cares/preschools and they usually have 2-3 people at opening because there are not enough children for a full staff. I was in the 2 year old room, but worked 730-430, so the toddler teachers had my kids in their classroom until my arrival. They just make sure that the children:adult ratio is correct.
smithwill on 06/28/2011:
We normally do not respond to reviews, but I felt like this one needed to due to the totally inaccuracies within it. The father arrived at 6:25, and my son was sitting on the couch, the parent of the infant in the seat were in the classroom signing in for the day and the infant teacher was taking a sign off of her door.

As stated previously, since we are open 12 hours a day, no teacher will have the class for the entire time-which is not a hidden secret, and schedules are staggered to adequately support the appropriate supervision for my school. The Lead Preschool teacher normally comes in at 6:30, and the Pre K teacher at 7(which is posted in her classroom). The Preschool teacher had a sick daughter, so I was responsible for covering the classroom until 7, as I have been a teacher, school district administrator, and presently the Director of Education, with a Bachelor's and Master's degree (and currently pursuing my Doctorate) in education-so I'm no slouch.

I explained this to the father, who was blocking the doorway so my infant teacher could gather up the infant to take to her class. I clocked in that teacher and proceeded to take them to the classroom. The state did come and investigate and found no violations had occurred (there are not eight violations, but 8 reports-2 we reported of children having an accident-bumped head, etc.-and letting the state know-and two other reports from others that were also determined as no violation. I also think it says something when the father's parents came up to the school that afternoon to apologize for their son's inaccurate and inappropriate reactions. As far as the snack issue-our snack menu is posted, and we state that we give water with every snack to insure proper hydration (is that bad?) and they have cheese and crackers. We were voted in 2010 the number one early childhood education facility in Allen, and we welcome any prospective parent to come in, see for yourselves why we are the best and you are more than welcome to speak to multiple parents to get a real feel for our school.
Rounder on 07/12/2011:
I'm glad to see the schools director responded. This does not appear to be a low end preschool. I think it's very telling that this guys parents came and apologized for their son's reaction. I think that pretty much sums it up.
Dr. Z, Ph.D. on 01/06/2012:
The "Director of Education"'s (smithwill) education has not served him so well, considering as of today, January 6th, 2012, The Goddard School of Allen, Texas, has been cited a total of 12 deficiencies!

The original complaint mentions 8. That means, The Goddard School of Allen, Texas has accumulated an additional 4 complains from the State of Texas since April 30th, 2011.

Perhaps that is why he responds to complaints so infrequently.

As far as degrees go, I hold a Ph.D. in hard science from a prominent university, so according to smithwill's logic, my comment holds more weight than his own, since he only has a bachelor's and master's degree.
Rounder on 07/03/2012:
Dr Z, I checked the state site and non of the deficiencies investigated were determined to be violations. I would imagine every bump on the noggin that is reported is a deficiency. I'm glad to see there are no confirmed violations. Also seems to me that smithwill's degrees have all included the education carefield, including his PhD candidacy. In my book - and I'm just a plain old MBA, that puts him way ahead of you in what he does. You sound like that guy he's writing about where his parents had to come and apologize for him...
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