Carolyn's Red Balloon - Colchester VT Center Based Child Care and Preschool Program - Licensed Provider

42 Severance Green, Suite 101, Colchester VT 05446
(802) 878-5001
3 Reviews

About the Provider

Description: We believe in creating a safe, nurturing, and engaging play environment where children are free to explore with the support of trained, educated professionals. We hope to foster compassionate, socially-conscious life long learners. Teachers work to create homey, clean organized spaces where children can feel focused and relaxed. We promote social learning by teaching children ways to work through emotional challenges and typical childhood miscommunications. We offer predictable routines while responding with flexibility to changing needs and interests. We offer a variety of materials and experiences to encourage creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving. We believe that a healthy body feeds a healthy mind and offers physical movement, outdoor experiences, and peaceful rest periods.

Additional Information: Initial License Date: 11/09/2008; 5 Star Early Childhood Program - Licensed Provider; Area Description: Fenced Yard, Smoke Free; Program Meals: Allergy Awareness, Special Diets;

Program and Licensing Details

  • Capacity: 78
  • License Number: 96683
  • Age Range: Infant, Toddler, Preschool, School Age
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: Yes
  • Languages Supported: English, American Sign Language
  • Type of Care: After School, Before School, Daytime, Full-Time, Part-Time
  • Transportation: School Bus Route
  • Schools Served: Porters Point School, Union Memorial School (Colchester)
  • District Office: Vermont Child Care Consumer Line
  • District Office Phone: 1-800-649-2642 (Note: This is not the facility phone number.)

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Daycare from hell Feb 05, 2020

This was I’m first child care and worse child care ever they my son was in the 2 year old room he’s is a very active little boy my son would be put in a high care in the Infant room left there with toys to play with alone like a time out. Was always coming home with marks I got a call early one morning From Caroline stating that they were understaffed and my son cannot come to childcare that day I called this the next day to see if things got figured out and was told by Caroline that he could not come back to childcare until further notice was not called was not explained why I never heard from her again I went there to get my sons belongings and was handed them to the crack in the door and was not allowed in had no explanation of why my son could no longer go there or why this is happening my son know is at Lund child care and I could not believe how much there’s like day and night my son and I are both very happy with Lund and great full for leave Caroline

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Anonymous Aug 22, 2017
I am an employee

Carolyn's Red Balloon is a poor facility to send your children. This is coming from someone who used to be employed at the center. Carolyn is a money hungry business owner who doesn't care for the well being of families or her staff members. Staff members are overworked, under payed, treated inadequately while employed and vindictively when they leave. They are worked to a busting point that they start to become mentally unstable. I am talking from experience and you do not want mentally unstable people taking care of your children. It is not fair to the kids. For many years I would be left illegally with eight-ten kids alone for hours at a time in the morning. By the time my co-teacher got there I was already exhausted by 8:30 in the morning. Adding to that I also went years with no break, and no relatable co-teacher because she has so much turn over in staff due to her aggressive blow-up approach of communicating with people. Because of this the children develop unhealthy attachment relationships there with constant fear of abandonment. The center is very clean and eye appealing. She is a very purssuasive, manipulative and a dangerous person. Since working there she has been served multiple times and is known for suing parents and calling the cops on employees when they decide to leave her. Unless you are a wealthy white suburban family with very well behaved children you do not want to be in business with this women. Please heathe this warning. It'll literally be the worst decision you will ever make. There are many centers out there that will be much better for your child.

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A Mom Jun 03, 2014

BEWARE!!! This child care facility appears to be everything you could dream of except, if your child doesn't "fit the mold" she or he will be terminated just because. Carolyn has a reputation for "cleaning house" She has let many children go and has done so in a non professional manner. She has hurt parents in the process and has done so with no warning. Carolyn has been reported several times to the Vermont Child Care Consumer Line and Child Care Resource. If you are looking for a nurturing provider, you should look else where. This is all "business"

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