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What Creative Minds Families Are Saying About CMLC Schools!

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"I just wanted to send a note to you regarding my experience at Gateway Creative Minds. I have a 10 year old who attended the same center and loved it then and my sentiment is the same now with my 3 year old. I wanted to voice to you how wonderful the staff is. Teacher Lydia, Taylor, Emily, Priscilla and Rudy are the teachers whom I have worked with the longest. I just think they are so awesome. I always tell people that it is rare that you find a place that still has staff present from 7 years ago. It is largely based on the individual who is leading the location and Emily just does a spectacular job. My daughter has had both Lydia and now Priscilla as her teachers and I just have to say I love them both. Both have listened to my concerns always and answered all of my questions. They have taken time to help my child transition well into their classrooms. They are just the best. Thank you and please continue doing what you do to keep great staff at Gateway.”

"I found Creative Minds Learning Center through a friend. When we went to the meet and greet, Teacher Jackie and all of the teachers were very warm, friendly, kind, and helpful. I was very thankful to find a place for my 2 1/2 year old toddler, that wasn't yet potty trained, as several of the other daycares I had looked at said they wouldn't accept kids who weren't yet trained.
Teacher Nadia, Amanda, and the others at the Gateway school were great with Joshua! He had so much fun there every day, playing with all of his friends. It was comforting to know that he was at preschool having fun, in a safe environment.
The Parent Night Outs were a great bonus for our family as well. Joshua got to go hang out with his friends, have pizza, play, and watch a movie, while we as parents got time for an evening to ourselves.
Joshua went to CMLC until he started kindergarten.  I would, and have, highly recommend any of the CMLC's to anyone I know that has little ones.  Jackie and Ken have created and established a wonderful set of schools that focuses on and puts their heart into the kids.  CMLC was truly a blessing to me and my family!"

"Jackie, I just want to let you know how grateful I am to you and your Creative Minds employees. I am so thrilled that I have found a daycare where I feel that my children are so well cared for and loved. I was so impressed with the program on Friday and LOVED seeing both my little boys take such an active part in the performance. As you know, I was concerned going in that my son's individual needs would be overlooked and have had nothing but assurance day after day that his needs are being met. I love the teachers over at Broadway and think they are just working miracles. The other day I happened to show up just as the fire alarm was going off. Holly and Anna quickly grabbed the emergency supplies and had all the children out of the building and lined up against the fence in minutes. The children were completely comfortable with the 'emergency' and the teachers were prepared and calm. It speaks volumes to the kind of training and professionalism that you ensure your staff receives. I am so grateful to have found you and please continue your good work. I tell everyone about you and your staff.
"It isn't easy working full-time and sending my little precious boys to daycare, but having Creative Minds as the place they go every day certainly sets my mind more at ease. A million times thanks!"

"We love Creative MInds! All of the teachers and assistants are always so pleasant and upbeat, they create a really positive environment for the kids! The curriculum is very carefully considered and varies week to week. Our two and a half year old son is always very excited to tell us what is new at school, and he is learning by leaps and bounds thanks to his awesome teachers! I really appreciate that everyone at Creative Minds keeps us in the loop about their goals and plans for the kids and the school. I always feel very comfortable talking to them about anything that comes to mind, and they are attentive to our feedback as well."

"Our daughter Taylor started at Broadway Creative Minds when she turned three in 2008 and is now getting ready to graduate from their Kindergarten program. We enrolled our youngest daughter Chloe when she turned two and plan on watching her graduate from Creative Minds Kindergarten in a few years. We looked at over 12 schools and when we walked into Creative Minds Broadway we instantly knew it was the best choice by the way we felt when we were there. The teachers are genuine and love what they do. We have loved all our daughters teachers and feel so blessed that our children are taught and cared for by some of the most wonderful individuals! The school is always clean, safe, organized and decorated with new art projects weekly. I wish they had an elementary program, we would never leave."

"Creative Minds Broadway School has been a loving and nurturing environment for our 3 year old. We have seen her blossom at the school and she is always asking if it's a school day. She loves CMLC! And we do to! I love that there are teachers at the school who have children going to the school. I can feel that it is truly a family environment and that makes it so much easier for me to go to work and leave my little girl for the day."

"Our five year old daughter and one year old son both attend Creative Minds Learning Center. We could not ask for a better group of teachers and caregivers. The quality of care and education that my children are receiving is above and beyond what we expected when we first started Creative Minds! We have created some everlasting relationships with the Creative Minds families and teachers. The saying, 'It takes a village to raise a child', is so true and we are one lucky family to have had Creative Minds be part of our village!"

"My family is so happy to have found CMLC. Our daughters love coming to school and learning new things, which is creating a strong foundation for enthusiasm for their education. The teachers seem to appreciate my children's individuality and promote creativity. They dance, sing, cook, make art, learn letters, and tell fantastic stories! I am so grateful to feel confident that I have a safe and loving space for my children--I never hesitate when I drop them off in the morning, and they are always playing happily when I pick them up in the evening."

"Our daughter has been at CMLC for two years, and we couldn't be happier. She loves her teachers and her friends, and we feel she is getting a very rich and fulfilling preschool experience. We especially value the exposure she is getting to art, music, dance, Spanish language, and healthy food (including how to cook!). As two parents who work full time, we feel that our daughter is receiving excellent care and education during the time we are not with her. She loves going to school every day, and that's the highest praise we can give to the staff at CMLC!"

"Creative Minds Learning Center has been an unbelievable school for my boys. Before coming to this school they had been enrolled in other daycares/preschools that were run by staff without a background in education. The difference between the two is striking. My sons have learned so much this year and are so excited to come to school and engage with the teachers and friends. I also enrolled them in the yoga and dance classes which have helped them become more excited about the arts. I would recommend this school to any of my family or friends."

"My son, Alex, started at the Gateway CMLC during the summer of 2011. Alex could not speak and was at the developmental level of a toddler due to a global developmental delay. Thanks to the help of all the staff members- Alex is thriving today. Teacher Taylor and Teacher Lydia have helped Alex learn how to make friends, be a helper, and move up to a preschool level. Teacher Jamie, Teacher Emily, and Teacher Morgan have allowed Alex to spend time with the older kids and do fun projects. I would recommend CMLC to any family with small children- as the director and staff have shown such dedication to my child and those at the school."

"My daughter had never been under any one else's care other than mine and my husband's since she was born. Creative Minds Learning Center is the perfect fit for our family. With the great teachers and staff, our daughter was able to make a very smooth transition and we've noticed so much growth in her since starting. They offer great art projects, time outside, as well as beginning academics to help the kids get introduced to school. I would never want to send my child anywhere else. I have recommended it to several friends and will continue to do so."

"I am thankful I was able to enroll Dallas into Creative Minds. The teachers are wonderful and very attentive. Dallas has learned so much and continues to learn more and more each day. He has made some great friends there and really enjoys getting up in the morning and going to school. I would definitely recommend Creative Minds!"

"Making the transition from in- home day care to Creative Minds Learning Center was one of the smoothest and easiest transitions for myself and my daughter. My daughter has been going to this program for two years and my appreciation and satisfaction with the program, teachers and staff, and facility continues to grow. My daughter's interest in activities, learning, and her creative spark has blossomed since starting this program. Her teachers have always been open to feedback and are clearly dedicated to maximizing each child's potential. My daughter talks endlessly about her friends and teachers at Creative Minds and I am so thankful to have found a program that involves me as a parent and allows my child to explore a variety of subjects through many learning styles. What impresses me most is that my child, being a child of a multi-ethnic family, is surrounded by diversity and culturally sensitive play and learning which was extremely important to her father and myself. WE LOVE THIS PROGRAM and will continue to rave about our experience. We did not even have to hesitate to continue Kindergarten at this school!"

"Our family is very grateful for the care that has been shown to our son in many ways by the staff at Creative Minds Learning Center. We especially like the educational activities, including sign language and basic Spanish. For example, I have been speaking Spanish with our son ever since he was born and I was thrilled when he taught me two color words that I didn't know (marron for brown and rosado for pink) that he learned at school, and he loves showing us the signs for 'yellow' and 'green,' too.

"My son started CMLC when he turned 2. In the last 3 years I have seen my son flourish socially as well as academically, which I think is partially due to CMLC. He is only in Pre-K, but he is reading at about a 2nd grade reading level! In the 3 years that he has attended Gateway CMLC I have never had any problem with any child or teacher. The teachers here are so friendly and are not there because they have to work, there are there because they enjoy their jobs. Every morning when I drop my son off I know that he is in capable hands and that when he gets picked up he will have thoroughly enjoyed his day. I could not ask for more in a daycare! Thank you!"

"We love CMLC Gateway. The teachers are warm and caring, the curriculum is varied, and the facilities (classrooms and play areas) are fun and engaging. Our son asks to go to school on the weekend he loves it so much - what more could parents ask for? We also appreciate the family centered events/parties, well written newsletters, student progress reports, and enrichment activities (Halloween, Mr. Reptile, etc.). Thanks for all you do!"

"My son has been going to CMLC Gateway full time for 2 1/2 years. I chose CMLC because of the healthy meals, great education & art curriculum, homey atmosphere, and big outside play area. My son started in the toddler class and thrived right away. He began singing songs and reciting the alphabet, things i had been working with him on for months without such great results. He now is in the Pre-K program, and still loves his school and the teachers as much as his Dad and I do. He has made great friends and we have met great families. His self proclaimed favorite parts of the day are story time, art, cooking class, outside play, and dramatic play (pretend & dress up). I am so glad we found this school!"

"You really don't have to spend your whole paycheck to have a great childcare experience. Creative Minds has far exceeded what I expected from a 'childcare center'. Our children were previously enrolled in a small Waldorf school, and then in an in-home Montessori school. Both fell short of what we needed from a care provider, in spite of their claims. Creative Minds is a very diverse and very supportive community. Our kids have caring teachers, wholesome meals, a half acre to run around on, and an engaging environment to flourish in. We appreciate the bright, educated, and communicative group of teachers who have been very flexible with our changing schedule. They work so hard and still have huge smiles at the end of the day! I know my kids are in excellent hands.

"We are quite pleased about our daughters learning and social skill development. We attribute her growth to the careful, dedicated, and patient attention given to her by the Gateway staff. Our daughter was initially very reluctant to attend school. Now, she protest vehemently if she can't go due to sickness, vacation, or other circumstances. We never imagined such a transition would be possible despite maturation expectations for a preschooler. The staff deserves well earned compliments for attending to our most precious investment during the day – our child. Quality child care, development, and education are often elusive given the industry's challenging financial model. Despite the constraint, the staff's proven attention to our girl, and the outcomes of such care (she's more outgoing, engaged to learn, and attentive to others) are priceless!

"I am thankful I found you and your outstanding center for kids!!!! I have been telling all Moms I know because I'm amazed more and more everyday with your great staff and my daughter's intelligence! A million thanks."

"I felt compelled to write a letter about my son's enrollment in the private kindergarten at Creative Minds Learning Center. I am extremely impressed with what he has learned. If anyone is on the fence about enrolling for this - I urge you to consider the great start you will be giving your child. The teacher and the staff have done an exceptional job in all facets of learning. My son is more than prepared for the first grade. Thank you."

"My kids love going to this daycare. The staff is very friendly and understanding, the prices are not to bad and it is always a joy when your kids are happy when you are not there with them. Big play area outside as well as indoors also. lots of fun field trips and activities to do during the day. I give this place thumbs up!"

"I just wanted to take the time and thank everyone at Creative Minds LC (Happy Valley) for taking such great care of our daughter. It gives us great peace of mind to know that she is in good hands while we're at work. We were stressed out trying to find good full time care for her. You guys have far exceeded our expectations and I want everyone to know how grateful we are to have ALL of you involved in her life. She loves going to school. We've noticed how much she has progressed verbally since Feb 1st. Great job everyone! You set the bar very high. You guys should be proud!"

"Our daughter first went to Creative Minds- Sellwood as a four month old. As a first-time mom, I was nervous to send my very young infant to daycare. The wonderful teachers put my mind at ease as every time I would drop her off or pick her up she was being wellcared for: being held, swaddled in her cozy bed, or playing with other infants and teachers. Now at a year old, our daughter has learned so much from her baby peers and teachers. Creative Minds is a health conscious, play-centered learning environment. As a teacher myself, I highly recommend this top notch daycare."

"When I walk through the doors the atmosphere at CMLC- Sellwood is very warm and inviting. I do not worry about Meghan when I drop her off as I know she is being well cared for and her daily experiences are positive. I am impressed with each staff member I have met. I feel blessed we are part of the CMLC family. :)"

"When my family and I decided to move from Massachusetts to Oregon, I had two major concerns for my children: a good pediatrician and a good childcare facility. When looking for childcare I had very high standards of what I was looking for. I wanted a place where it could be a home away from home for my son, Porter, where they provided art for toddlers, healthy food, and a solid developmental program. I found this instantly with CMLC. I would call from over 3,000 miles away to talk to Meredith about the school. Every time I spoke to Meredith or Brittany, they took the time with me that I needed and still do now. Porter has been through a lot upon his arrival to Oregon. CMLC has been beyond supportive of our family and Porter's needs, from his crazy dietary needs to him being out of school for several days at a time because of illness. Porter's teacher care is phenomenal, the care that Dom & Courtney provide for my son is outstanding. They truly care and every day when his daily report is sent home it obvious how well they know him and what he needs. I look to them for answers and guidance in helping my son. Overall, the entire staff at Sellwood CMLC is amazing. I am always greeted by a friendly face and treated with kindness. As a family, we feel very fortunate to have found such great care for our son. Thank you."

"Our family loves the teachers at Creative Minds. They are kind, thoughtful, energetic and truly loving towards our sons. We have complete peace of mind every day they are there, which exceeds all of our hopes for what a daycare could be."

"My children first started attending Creative Mind at ages 2 & 3. Neither had ever been away from me for care on a regular basis. My son (2) had some pretty difficult separation issues and I think the center dealt with it with incredible patience and understanding. He now gets himself ready in the morning, excited to get to school! They come home with the prettiest projects and my daughter is already very advanced in reading and writing. Recently they even overhauled the menu to be all free range, whole grain foods with lots of heathy stuff. I really like the diversity of the students as well which can be difficult to find in other preschools."

"We have been happy with this school. My kids come home happy and excited about their day which is a great feeling for a working mom. The Director is always willing to work with us and the Head toddler teacher (who works with my daughter) has been there for a long time which is nice to know they don't have turnover in staff or kids. The meals are healthy and the school has structure which my kids need! I can't recommend a better school (and trust me, I have tried others!)!"

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