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Board of Child Care Reviews

Updated Jun 1, 2019

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2.7
31%
Recommend to a Friend
59%
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Board of Child Care CEO Laurie Anne Spagnola (no image)
Laurie Anne Spagnola
17 Ratings
Pros
  • "(in 3 reviews)

  • "As a Day shift Child Care worker, you would work 4 days and then have 3 days off which was nice(in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "Poor management, frequent turnover, lack of oversight, minor consequences for youth violence and misbehavior, lack of support, lack of needed resources(in 4 reviews)

  • "(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Sets the bar for other human service nonprofits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Board of Child Care full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Invests heavily in training and implementing evidence-based practices in its programs. Great health insurance and 403b retirement match (3% - rare in today's market) Executive team does try to be available / takes feedback seriously. Leaders are willing to make changes / shake up the status quo.

    Cons

    Some support departments need better systems to make it less cumbersome for the workforce to get what they need.

    Advice to Management

    Still feels sluggish / slow to get a decision sometimes.

    Board of Child Care2018-11-14
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Not a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Board of Child Care full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You will meet a lot of people.

    Cons

    Poor management. A person can be a supervisor without having the experience or preparation to do the job. If you have connections, you don't have to worry about doing your job well: favoritism. They have a lot of staff that are not qualified to do the assigned job. The students with mental issues can hit you so be aware of your surroundings. Poor pay. Forget about your sick/vacation pay, it changes month by month... without you knowing it ("computer issues"). You won't get it back when you leave so forget about it. HR doesn't look for your well-being. During your interview everything is smiles and "we're here for you" after you get the job they don't provide a good service.

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    Advice to Management

    Learn how to be a manager. Start a meeting by saying something positive (good job, great accomplishment). If you start by saying what everyone is doing wrong the moral goes down. Don't send an email to the whole department saying what an employee is not doing correctly. Speak to the employee privately in your office. These are tasks that a manager needs to handle appropriately.

    Board of Child Care2019-06-01
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Beautiful campus, great possibilities, poor upper management"

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    Former Employee - Clinician in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Board of Child Care full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Make a difference with students; Supportive team of co-workers

    Cons

    Poor leadership; Frequent changes in approaches/policies without much notice; Turnover of staff was high

    Board of Child Care2019-02-23
  4. Helpful (3)

    "TSS"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Board of Child Care full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    pay, benefits, overtime for hourly employees

    Cons

    schedules, number of on call days, little space for promotion

    Board of Child Care2018-10-05
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Upsetting"

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    • Senior Management
     
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Board of Child Care

    Pros

    The idea of these services is great and needed. It’s the actually delivery of services that is the problem.

    Cons

    Claim to be a supportive environment but paranoia is rampant. Lots of turn over, management not seeming qualified and constant underhanded information gathering. Super unhealthy environment when everyone is constantly in fear of being fired. But the crazy thing is that the problem staff stay while the good staff seem to be dismissed. Makes one wonder why that is if leadership is strong. Doesn’t make sense so beware!

    Advice to Management

    Realize that there is a culture of mistrust, under handed gossip and targeting of certain staff of their supervisor just doesn’t like them or the staff disagree with something. Direct care staff have the largest amount of info to share but they aren’t treated with much respect nor do they have much input into policy and practice. Lots going on that’s never talked about or addressed for fear or retribution. Indicates... a sick system even with all of the good intentions.

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    Board of Child Care2018-10-10
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Residential Counselor"

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    I worked at Board of Child Care

    Pros

    Hours are always available. Work is easy

    Cons

    No program or system for children The children run the facility High Turn over

    Board of Child Care2018-08-27
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Board of Child Care full-time

    Pros

    invested in school employees, ability to move up in the company

    Cons

    doesn't help mental health, doesn't listen to staff unless they are loud and angry

    Advice to Management

    Actively listen to your staff

    Board of Child Care2018-08-02
  8. "care team coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Maryland in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Board of Child Care full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great team work for kids from staff

    Cons

    can be tense when kids are having effects of trauma, self care is a must to avoid burnout

    Advice to Management

    keep moral high with good leadership and follow through

    Board of Child Care2018-07-09
  9. Helpful (3)

    "One to One Aide"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Board of Child Care full-time

    Pros

    You make real bonds with the children. Coworkers are very nice as well.

    Cons

    This place is crazy and needs some true legal attention. If you are getting into this job because you really care about the children succeeding academically, do not do it. You can be trying your best to have a student excel in the classroom and constantly have supervisors/administration step on your toes about a student you work with which only makes your job harder. Admin at Strawbridge only care about keeping... students behaved so they can keep them in their program for money, you will see that staff who been at BCC for over 5 years are the same way. They do not care about these students learning all they care about is them behaving. These students are not learning anything in their classrooms, they spend most of their time on “free time”, using the computer and taking walks. I thought that working here I would be helping students better understand a subject that is tricky to them but it is more like firefighting and babysitting. God forbid you feel unsafe with a kid! If you go to your supervisor or admin team about feeling unsafe with a kid they do nothing about it. Admin doesn’t care about staff. In fact, a student had sent a staff to the hospital needing stitches and that staff was fired before his doctor even cleared him to come back to work. This place does not truly care about anyone but the kids because the kids equal more money for them. They lost and are still losing a lot of students so they only have about 20 kids and the school is K-12. If you are looking to work at this place or already in the training process, start looking for another job. Do not expect to stay here long term. I read these reviews in my training and didn’t take them seriously and that is my biggest regret.

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    Advice to Management

    You guys have to start holding these children to some type of academic standards and placing them in the programs that they truly belong in. Some hybrid students need to be in Certificate. Some highschool students need your recommendations for public school. This program is funded by the church yet you guys lack faith that you will bring in new students others leave. Do what is best for a student and trust God to... replace them with more students. If people see that you all truly care about students and that you are running a school and not a jail you will have no problem getting referrals. I don’t want to see this place become like Good Sheppard, but when your passion is not in the right place it will most definitely show. Value your staff who put in hard work daily. Value your students who deserve a more school-like experience.

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    Board of Child Care2018-06-26
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Do not work here"

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    Former Employee - Senior Child Care Worker in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Board of Child Care full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You learn a lot about yourself and how much management makes a difference in a company

    Cons

    Pay is very low, hardly any support from management, you have to watch your back because the company will try to blame you for anything that goes wrong. Very high turnover rate. Also very anti LGBTQI

    Board of Child Care2018-07-14
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