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Updated December 8, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Children's Creative Learning Centers full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, with program supervisors and center directors who understand what it is like to work with young children. The staff was very supportive of each other both professionally and personally.

    Cons

    I can not think of any cons


  2. "Preschool Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Preschool Teacher in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Preschool Teacher in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Children's Creative Learning Centers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working at AOL Child Development Center. It was like a family. Independence to be the professional that you are as a teacher.

    Cons

    Lack of career growth available and not enough PTO.

  3. "Bad experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Children's Creative Learning Centers (More than a year)

    Pros

    The children and other teachers were great

    Cons

    Management was poor, they were unorganized and unhelpful. Employee morale was low. Children would be moved from one class to another without notice. Turnover was high. The place was filthy. No extra time was given to prepare lessons.


  4. "May or may not be enough to live on but not bad!"

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    Current Employee - Floater in State College, PA
    Current Employee - Floater in State College, PA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Children's Creative Learning Centers part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Accountability is very important to CCLC. Good professional development trainings.
    Tuition reimbursement and education assistance through the STARS program does make up for the mediocre pay.
    Most employees are parents and understanding of work/life/family issues. Also 50% discount for your own kids is certainly something.

    Cons

    Teachers definitely not paid enough. Not enough attention to the mental health of teachers.


  5. "Former Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The team I worked with were kind, empathetic and fun to work with. The team felt more like family than just co-workers. The job can be stressful at times but with support of an awesome director and team, that stress will be alleviated.

    Cons

    The pay is better than other public schools and programs but still not enough to retain some great teachers (especially those with their own children). High turn over rate.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to work your teachers say, they know the family and children best. Pay them what they are worth because we are going to keep losing great teachers at a high rate.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "CEO needs to be Undercover Boss"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Children's Creative Learning Centers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The sites are beautiful, the families and staff are dedicated and passionate about the children's learning and care. Pay is decent.

    Cons

    Management is awful. A lot of turnover in upper management so field employees have a hard time knowing what is expected. Too much busy work and not enough time spent doing the important work being with children, and families and colleagues. Benefits suck!

    Advice to Management

    Tom Wyatt or Wei Lei need to send someone undercover to see what the Directors and Leadership at Stanford really have to deal with they are stressed and overwhelmed. Therefore the teachers have a hard time being engaged. They are tired and over worked.


  7. "Teacger"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Ramona, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Ramona, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Children's Creative Learning Centers (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice Architect of the School. Very homey and well thought out of placement of things.

    Cons

    There was a big turnout rate for teachers leaving. They hire subs that do not match the school's philosophies.

    Advice to Management

    Keep things consistent

  8. "Loved my class but not the leadership"

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    Former Employee - Toddler Teacher in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Toddler Teacher in Charlottesville, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Children's Creative Learning Centers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The teaching ratio for the toddler age was pretty good: 1 teacher to 4 children. So, toddler classrooms had 2 teachers and 8 toddlers. The center was next to trail which made for a great outside activity. Most of the teachers working there are dedicated and passionate about their job. Playground was a very good size. Lesson planning/curriculum was really great, easy to use, and easy to tailor to different developmental levels.

    Cons

    The leadership is very disorganized: poor communication internally (with each other) and externally (to teachers). Classrooms were pretty small for toddlers to have space to run around and play. Set up of the building was very inconvenient. There was one main entrance and parents/teachers had to walk through several other classrooms to get to destination. While the playground was a good size, the equipment/toys were sparse in comparison to how many children there were. Many times it would take weeks/months to get desired classroom materials, even when leadership was given plenty of notice. There was a ton of turnover, which I know is typical for daycares/development centers. In my year there I saw at least 20 people leave. The concerning thing was that many people left for negative reasons: couldn't stand the leadership, pay was too low, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to provide a more competitive hourly wage. Improve the leadership, overall. People that have previous experience managing employees well and that like to manage, should be hired - this is not the case with the leadership that was in place while I was there (2014 - 2015). Leadership should improve communication amongst the leadership as well as to the teachers and other staff. Improve process for ordering class/center materials. Update and increase playground equipment/toys.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "The worst job and organization for which I've ever worked"

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    Former Employee - Management in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Management in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The pay was decent enough

    Cons

    High turnover, inconsistent schedule, high ratios, unsupportive management, disorganized system, STRESSFUL, no career growth, will use and abuse you

    Advice to Management

    Understand that your staff are the most important asset you have...without good staff your organization will suffer. Treat them with respect and support them more.


  10. "working with children"

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    Current Employee - Floater in Winston-Salem, NC
    Current Employee - Floater in Winston-Salem, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Children's Creative Learning Centers part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working with children, meeting new children and their parents. Playing all day with kids.

    Cons

    never knowing what you are going to be doing until you clock in.

    Advice to Management

    put your workers first


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