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Children Of America Teacher Reviews

Updated January 7, 2017
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  • Restructuring of upper management almost weekly (in 8 reviews)

  • Hours are flexible but NOT 40 hours a week if you need a full time job (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Loved it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Yorkville, IL
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Yorkville, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Parents and children are great
    Creativity is always in use
    My director and assistant director were amazing

    Cons

    Cons:
    Long 10 hour shifts
    Never really had an hour lunch. Usually between 30 and 45 minutes.
    How much corporate wants you to do for the little pay.

    Advice to Management

    Give assistant teachers more credit and pay, they do a lot and yet get paid 2 dollars less


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Company Puts Children at Risk"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Floater Teacher
    Current Employee - Floater Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Children Of America part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the parents and kids are excellent.
    Lots of hugs and smiling faces.
    Staff seems less "cliquish" than other companies.
    Offers more flexible schedules than other daycares

    Cons

    Improper procedures in food preparation: dishes are washed in classroom sinks. Proper 3 step (wash, rinse, sanitize) procedure is not followed. Rinse sink has food remnants. Knives left in sink. Milk and food left out for hours and served to children.

    The safety of the children is labeled as priority, but it's clearly not true. Toys are not age appropriate. Small toys labeled for ages 3+ are placed in toddler classrooms promoting risk of choking. All items are to be kept in full access to children regardless of whether the particular classroom can safely handle it.

    Food restrictions and allergies are not handled properly. Allergy lists are not kept up to date. Teachers and administrators do not read ingredients lists, and often items are served to children who should not eat them (i.e.: s'mores are served to children who cannot eat beef or pork; marshmallows contain gelatin). Parents are asked if child has any "allergies," but not "food restrictions."

    Vegetarians are discriminated against. Menu options are severely limited (cheese sandwiches, rice, pasta). Protein items, like beans, are taken out of personal budgets. When pasta mixed with chicken was served, non-vegetarians were allowed more than double the portion of pasta as vegetarians. No additional protein options for vegetarians (like cheese sticks).

    Hours are unstable. Some days, hours are changed with only a few hours' notice. Little to no advance notice of schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to accommodate all children- especially those with religious dietary restrictions.

    Let teachers pass judgement regarding what toys or activities are appropriate for the class.


  3. "Assistant Teacher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in North Wales, PA
    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in North Wales, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Children Of America full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Children and families are fantastic. We get to wear smocks, which protects clothing. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Lead teachers are often nasty and yell at their students ruthlessly. I've seen children get yelled at and embarassed in front of their peers often. A lot of gossip about children, their families, and other teachers; all within earshot of the kids.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure stricter rules with your lead teachers. You bounce Assistant Teachers around classrooms like its nothing, but keep your Lead Teachers in one stable place. Lead Teachers have been known to verbally abuse their children and display blatant favoritism among families, and you do nothing about it. Ease up on the politics.


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  5. "Somewhat controlled chaos"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Preschool Teacher in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Preschool Teacher in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Children Of America full-time

    Pros

    I enjoyed, observing the kids developmental growth and helping their parents understand some of what/why their child's certain behaviors; as well as, most of the teachers and administrators at the center.

    Cons

    Consistent turnover of staff and administrators. Administrators were not comfortable speaking with staff or parents which created an us versus them mentality within the center. Staff were not backed by administrators when necessary with child related incidents. Every couple of months the supply order was messed up; so we went without rubber gloves, paper towels, paper products, cleaning products, changing table paper every month.

    Advice to Management

    Less focus on business quotas, reports, staff/child ratios, and allow administrators more time to actually be supportive to the teachers and have bathroom breaks without guilt.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "nothing but a hot mess in Indianapolis"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Children Of America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Previous employees were really great.
    There were some great families.
    Not much more because of the management and "educational specialist"

    Cons

    Management.
    "educational specialist".
    Everything about this place is a mess. If you ever come across the Indianapolis location RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN. I REPEAT. RUN. Unless you like unknowledgeable management team that gossips about you, your kids, and the entire staff.

    Advice to Management

    Actually care about your employees and families instead of yourselves. Amazing employees and families have left because of the management team and "educational specialist".


  7. "best company love them"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Aberdeen, NJ
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Aberdeen, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Children Of America (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I am a lead Teacher at the Aberdeen nj location my boss is the best and the environment is fun safe and friendly Co workers the children gets all meals and Snack included in tuition and every child never wants to leave definitely join COA family if you want a steady teaching career

    Cons

    Long hours and short staff


  8. "Lead teacher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Children Of America (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good experience for young people.

    Cons

    Little Pay for the amount of work.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any for them.


  9. "Change in Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Hockessin, DE
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Hockessin, DE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Children Of America (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Family atmosphere
    great people
    great team of teachers
    constant communication

    Cons

    Too much change at times
    at times communication lapses

    Advice to Management

    We are all in the same boat and its best we all work together as a team to not keep the parents happy but in the best interest of the child.


  10. "Assistant Teacher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in Warminster, PA
    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in Warminster, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Children Of America (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment, playing with kids all day

    Cons

    Too much training work

    Advice to Management

    I wish so many documents weren't needed for the employment process because it took me forever to get all the paperwork done.


  11. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Child Care Teacher in Crofton, MD
    Former Employee - Child Care Teacher in Crofton, MD

    Pros

    Its great to work with the children and parents concerning the developmental needs.

    Cons

    Home Office micro-manages the local daycares. They have not idea on how to run a day care center.

    Advice to Management

    wake-up!