Testimonials

Current and past families speak of what the Center means to them:

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We feel fortunate to have found in Brown/Fox Point:

– A place for our son to learn what the word “choice” means, what it takes to make a choice and the responsibilities that come with it.

– A place where “workshops” are offered for parents at the right time for the right subject. We get a lot of useful information and ideas, and it reassures us to see other families facing the same or similar challenges.

– A group of people who care about our son’s future. Each week the teacher’s report describes what our son has been doing, and provides us with ideas of things we can do at home to encourage or practice what he has learned in school. But most of all, we’ve found a group of people dedicated to early childhood learning, in an environment where that learning is nurtured and valued. And where the shape of our son’s future can begin to unfold.

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My sprout is my oldest child so Brown/Fox Point is my only point of reference. What I have found is that the level of communication far exceeds my expectations and they were pretty high going in. The staff lays out agendas and after seeking input from the parents and sets out to execute the plans. Every step of the process is transparent leaving very little, if any, room for misunderstandings. This is a huge relief for me.

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After trying several other child care situations, we have finally found a comfort level and trust in Brown/Fox Point that we did not believe was possible. The program has been enormously supportive of our non-traditional family, and has made many adjustments to ensure the well-being of each of our twins’ distinctive personalities. Just the other day, a group of parents stood in the school discussing how we could get the program to extend into elementary school. In short, we don’t want our children to leave Brown/Fox Point.

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Getting our child into Brown/Fox Point is definitely akin to winning the lottery. There are so many times when my husband and I have looked at each other and said, “We are so lucky to have our daughter here”. We consider ourselves to be among the truly fortunate to know that our daughter and her classmates get the best care and education possible. Her progress and confidence are so exciting to witness. I just wish she could stay in such an excellent environment for the rest of her school days!

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Brown/Fox Point is a marvel. It engages our daughter’s body, mind, and spirit, with teachers who encourage creativity, foster respect and responsibility, and promote diversity. We are so grateful to be a part of Brown/Fox Point, both for the classroom environment and for its wide and supportive community of fellow families and educators. We particularly appreciate Brown/Fox Point’s attentiveness to, and inclusion of, different kinds of families.

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When our two older children started preschool, the tension associated with dropping them off in the morning went on for years (in some ways, I’m not sure if it ever ended). But at Brown/Fox Point, bringing my son into his classroom in the morning is one of the highlights of the day. He shows me things that he’s doing at school, we talk with his new friends for a few minutes, and then we both move on to the rest of our day without tears or stress. This is particularly striking, when you consider what was happening when he started school this fall. He was initially really uncomfortable, largely because he had never spent any significant time in a setting outside of our home, and he went through all kinds of adjustment problems. However, the teachers and staff at Brown/Fox Point handled the situation brilliantly. They met with us within the first two weeks to discuss a whole set of strategies for making the transition easier, and within several weeks our son approached school with a completely different attitude. Now, only a few months later, his anxieties about school have completely evaporated. He proudly tells anyone who asks that he goes to school at Brown/Fox Point, and he loves talking about the things that happen at school, and his teachers and friends.

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Brown/Fox Point provides an ideal environment for early childhood education. The school believes in focusing on the whole child, paying attention to academic, social, physical, and family factors. Our son has flourished under the guidance of the wonderful teachers and the superb infrastructure. He loves being at school so much that on a recent trip to Disney World he expressed a desire to be back at BFP. As parents, we have received practical advice that has delivered proven results for reducing undesired, yet typical, childhood behaviors. It will be very hard to find another school that measures up to Brown Fox Point once our son leaves.

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Every day, our son emerges from Brown/Fox Point with a smile and tells us excitedly about the great things that happened that day. The center is a structured, yet nurturing environment where children have fun, get engaged and learn about the people and things around them. We made the right choice for our son’s first year of preschool and we look forward to the what’s ahead at Brown/Fox Point.

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“Brown/Fox Point is the best childcare center in town,” is what I heard when we moved to Providence, “but it’s impossible to get in,” is how the sentence always ended. I sent in an application immediately – the only pre-school application for my daughter. My back-up plan was home-schooling if we didn’t get in BFP. Imagine the surprise when Chris called to tell me there as a spot available for her, all I needed was a DHS case number. I was self conscious about applying for childcare assistance, and I told this to Chris. “State assistance is for those who need it, and if you do, there is nothing wrong in getting it,” was Chris’ answer. I was grateful for his matter-of-fact statement, so took a deep breath and admitted to myself that we needed the assistance. My daughter has had two years at B/FP and in this time I have learned to fully appreciate the meaning of Chris’s original statement. B/FP’s entire culture is based on observing comments. Observing statements have intrinsic simplicity and reliability. I am grateful to have learned them, and I can see them always being part of my daughter’s child rearing.

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I didn’t fully appreciate B/FP until an incredible job opportunity appeared without warning and I was able to accept it with 3 days’ notice. Unlike my previous work which had the flexible schedule of freelancing this opportunity required a fixed schedule from 8:45 to 4:15. Without BFP this opportunity would not have materialized into a job for me – the life style changes (for both mother and child) would have been impossible to accommodate in 3 days and overall insurmountable. But knowing that my daughter’s daily routines will stay the same, I knew I could handle the changes. I now have a “dream job” and I attribute at least 20% of my ability to get this job to BFP and the lessons I learn along my daughter. Thank you B/FP.

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Our family are grateful to be a part of the B/FP community in a very crucial point in our lives. Our daughter can not be happier going to school. The quality education, communication with teachers and administrators, and emphasis on diversity have made her a more engaging and understanding child. Also, we are able to understand better what kind of activity she enjoys, how she socializes, and how she is developing as a person. However, the benefits are not confined to our daughter. As student parents living on a graduate stipend and constantly being under the pressures of coursework and qualifying exams, we would not have been able to afford our daughter such a great education had it not been for the generous support from B/FP. The financial support has enabled us to maintain a living while myself continuing my studies and my wife graduating and eventually finding a job. The B/FP education and people have become a valuable component of our lives.

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