Caritas Kids' Cottage Inc - Bellevue NE Child Care Center

8255 SOUTH 42nd ST, Bellevue NE 68147
(402) 934-5279
7 Reviews

About the Provider

Description: Our mission is to provide a safe and developmentally appropriate learning environment that fosters each child’s natural desire to explore, discover, create and become a lifelong learner. Our childcare experience is designed to promote each child’s individual social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development.We will offer an environment filled with love, patience and kindness, and that encourages creativity, individuality, and independence.At Caritas Kids’ Cottage Childcare we believe in the value and uniqueness of each child we serve. Our staff will be trained and qualified in early childhood education; we will set our standards high and expect our staff to set only the best example for the children in our care.

Additional Information: First Initial License Date: 09/06/2013.

Program and Licensing Details

  • Capacity: 100
  • License Number: CCC9408
  • Age Range: 6 WKS to 12 YRS
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: Yes
  • District Office: Nebraska DHHS - Division of Public Health - Child Care Licensing
  • District Office Phone: 1-800-600-1289 (Note: This is not the facility phone number.)

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Reviews

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Margaret Martinez Sep 24, 2018
I have toured this provider's facility, but have not used its services

Stay away! Beware! We just moved to Omaha and a friend from church mentioned this daycare so I thought I'd give it a try so I scheduled a tour. When hubby and I arrived right away the owner (Ms. Audery) was very pushy and overbearing. She kept mentioning I give her $75 NOW for enrollment fees to hold their spots because she magically only had 3 spots open & she knew I had 3 children. She even said she moved children around to "accommodate me" *rolling eyes. I wasnt even sure I was gonna use her and she was already bugging for money. Next, I was asking questions and she kept talking and talking about how great she and the daycare was she wouldnt let me speak or get a word in. I asked for her personal cell number because I explained this would be the 1st time I left my children in anyone else's care and she said "I dont give my personal cell out you can call the office cell like everyone else. If someone gave my personal cell out I'd fire them." Wow, the way she talks to people! There were so many wow moments. My husband and I would look at each other like did she really just say that??! While I was there there there was a little boy who came in her office crying because he was getting bullied by another boy there. She ignored the problem because she was chatting and chatting with me trying to get me to give her the $75 and trying to sell me on her daycare. If a daycare is great one can see for themselves you dont have to go into a sales pitch. But while I was standing there about 15 minutes later the boys mom came in and asked Ms. Audery if she knew anything about the bullying because her son was scared of being there. Right away Miss Audrey got defensive and said there was no way the bullying was there because she has cameras & if it happend she would know about it it had to be at his school. Ms Audrey is very rude and condescending. She acts like a know it all and I'm sure it rubs off on the children there. My "tour" lasted 3 hours because she wouldnt stop talking. Yet, when I had a question she didnt answer it she told me what she expected like I was the child. Another thing that turned me off is she needs 30 hours per child per week which I get. I only go to school for 2 days so I agreed to have my 3 children there 3 days so they met her 30 hours 10 hr days and she explained that wouldnt work that they would miss too many days and projects. She said they would have to come x5 days a week for 6 hours per day. And she said they wouldnt be able to come after 9am. If they missed more than 2 days I'd have to give her a 2 week notice or pay her even though they went there. Hello? I'm the mother!! What projects could they possibly miss? My babies are 2 years, 1 year and 4 months. My school isnt till noon so why would i bring them before 9am? I asked if I could bring them around 11am and she said no. Lol, okay, I've never met a women so controlling and pushy when she cost x2 more than most places and her daycare isnt all that. For my 3 kiddos she would have been getting $2400 a month from us and to talk to us like this and to pick MY days and times I could come? Update she called me the day after and the day after bugging for the enrollment fees. After everything my husband told me to call her and tell her we were terminating our association with Caritas and we would find somewhere else. Even after that on the phone she gave attitude about finding somewhere else. Goodluck anyone who attempts to go here! Dont even get me started on her parent handbook there are some weird things listed. She says bugs go around so your child WILL get them so u need to list ur #1 emergency contact and if you or the contact are unable to pick them up within ONE hour she takes ur child to the police station and you pick them up there. This lady is crazy. Thank God my gut told me to go with somewhere else! The outside looks nice bc its huge but all that looks nice ISNT nice. Ms. Audery looks tired and overworked and with all the money she makes (she told me 120 children there handbook says shes allotted 100) she cant even get a damn pedicure.

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Mary K Feb 16, 2017
I have used this provider for more than 6 months

Zero starts would be more like it. The owner is rude and unethical. She and her employees attacked me over expressing my concerns. My daughter attended this daycare and we pulled her out over the poor care she received. Wrong formula, diaper rashes, etc. I'm not a disgruntled employee that was kicked out for non-payment, as they claim is the case for every negative review. I am solely expressing a honest review so other parents can be aware.

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Anne V. Dec 09, 2016
I have used this provider for more than 6 months

This is a great childcare center, and I am saying that after having experience in more than 3 different centers in the Bellevue area.

Caritas is great. Great teachers, great activities, great facility, great food, and great child car.

Hands down, this center passes every test with flying colors. My children do not want to go home at the end of the day because they enjoy being there so much. How many other centers can you say that about?

People that are giving bad ratings seem to be disgruntled ex-clients that are being vindicative.

Thank you Caritas for all you do for the children and families you serve!

A.V.

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Concerned Mom Aug 24, 2016
I have used this provider for more than 6 months

My child attended Caritas for several years and the quality of time and education with the children diminished greatly. My child no longer attends due to the unethical nature the owner runs her business. She has attempted to hold me responsible for late fees in retaliation for voicing my concerns and removing my child from this facility although I was never late with payments and gave proper notice. She never holds herself or her business accountable when an issue arises. I refused to call any of her staff "teachers". They are "grown ups" since there isn't much education involved with the pre-K children. There were issues with my child's grown up lying about an instance with my child's care and when confronted, the owner said the grown up and I just had a personality conflict even though the grown up's story changed from one day to the next. Be very weary of this day care.

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David Munoz May 15, 2015
I have used this provider for more than 6 months

Outstanding daycare center - my children (age 2 and 4) love Caritas, the staff, the animals, the gym, the science area, the music area and the art area.

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Juliet Johnson May 15, 2015
I have used this provider for more than 6 months

Best daycare center in all of Bellevue - hands down! My children (2 and 4 years old) love the center and the teachers.

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Sarah Aug 08, 2014

I would bring my child here every day because it is such a great place for kids. They learn so much here and the staff is beyond amazing. LOVE LOVE LOVE

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