Carousel Early Learning Center - Ocala FL Child Care Facility

1843 SE 11th Ave, Ocala FL 34471
(352) 351-2369
7 Reviews

About the Provider

Description: History Carousel Early Learning Center opened under new ownership in 2009. The center is owned and operated by the Davidson family. Dr Millicent Davidson and her husband Howard Davidson (Lt Col. Ret) have a combined 50+ years in early childhood education experience and provide invaluable guidance and insight into curriculum and student development. Jim and Tammy Davidson are responsible for the day to day operations of the center. Tammy is the director of the center and responsible for curriculum, staff and educational activities. Jim provides support in all aspects of the operations.

Additional Information: Provider First Licensed on: 6/21/10;

Program and Licensing Details

  • Capacity: 133
  • License Number: C05MA0116
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: Yes
  • Type of Care: After School;Before School;Food Served;Full Day;Infant Care;Open Year-Round;Transportation
  • District Office: Judicial Circuit 5
    1601 W. Gulf Atlantic Hwy., Box #80 C
    Wildwood, Florida 34785
  • District Office Phone: (352) 330-5631 (Note: This is not the facility phone number.)
  • Licensor: Linda Mahone

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Reviews

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Kennedy Jun 23, 2017
I have used this provider for more than 6 months

DO NOT USE THIS DAYCARE, YOU'VE BEEN WARNED. please do not let the cover of this book (daycare) fool you as to it's contents.
This daycare looks like a dream but it's a hell.
"When it comes to Jim and Tammy you cannot correct them at all because they will kick your child out." I ignored this comment from other reviews. Jim and Tammy are very self centered individuals who DO NOT care about your work life, personal life, or even your child. Their out for the dollar. They are extremely inconsistent and have caused me to miss work/late to work WITHOUT WARNING 3 times in the past 2 weeks! They will make up a rule and they don;t care if your late to work or not YOU HAVE to jump through their hoops OR ELSE YOUR CHILD GETS UNENROLLED. Then you have to re-pay an enrollment fee. The rules are ridiculous too NOT for the rules themselves but because they don't pass out flyers NOR call you NOR warn you ahead of time. You can be sent home simply for something like; "Your child has open toed shoes, we no longer accept that as of today" Or "Sorry we no longer accept checks so you need to go to the bank right now or else your kid can't come in today" They won't even hold your child five minutes. If your a career mommy this place is a living HELL. Everyone is very self entitled even the ladies who run the place. I repeat THEY DO NOT CARE IF YOUR RUNNING LATE TO WORK or if you have to miss work! Maybe not at first but when you least expect it...after 5 months i'm OUT.

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Abby Oct 13, 2016
I have used this provider for less than 6 months

I also left out that my son was sick every single week. he always had the flue, pink eyes and hand, foot and mouth disease. So I understand what that other parent stated. they never asked for a doctors note. luckily I work in the hospital and know not to take my kids until he is free from fever for about 48hours.

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Abby Oct 13, 2016
I have used this provider for less than 6 months

Jim and Tammy have no childcare credentials. And everything they sell to you at first is far from the truth.
Let me explain how my son who is in VPK loves his VPK teachers (Ms.Rosie and Ms.Joey) Lord knows these two are total sweetheart. I trust them with my eyes closed. However Ms.Joey, Ms.Rosie and I noticed that something was going on with my son. His behavior changed. He is a sweetheart but has started talking back and was always in a grumpy mood. This was happening in the morning when I dropped him off up until around 10something. After getting adjusted into his class he was perfectly fine. So let him inform you parents VPK starts around 9am. I dropped him off around 7:45 a.m. so for a good hour and 15 mins he was in another class (what Jim and Tammy call wrap around care). Anyways, so from 7:45am up until 9am he was left in a classroom with a "teacher" named Kelly Woolsey. I have never seen my son scared of anyone (besides someone in a costume) like he was when it came to this Kelly person. So I arranged a meeting. In this meeting Jim, Tammy, Ms.Joey and I sat down and spoke about it. Ms. Joey noticed that there was something going on with him, this isn't the way my son normally behaved. So of course Jim assured me that he will handle it and because I didn't know any better I believed him. Okay so about 2weeks later I pick up my son and he quickly started to tell me that Kelly grabbed him by the armed and jerked him. He explained to him that it hurt him a lot and that she kept yelling at him. So I ask the teacher (Ms.Rosie) if what he was telling me was true but she asked me to ask Tammy for permission so that she can speak to me about it. So of course I am pissed off already, so I asked Tammy to ask Ms.Rosie to explain to me exactly what had happened. Ms.Rosie said that my son was saying the truth. That Kelly had grabbed him pretty hard and jerked him ONLY because he didn't want to go to her (UMMMM HELLO HE IS SCARED OF YOU) Ms.Rosie explained that Kelly was upset because she asked my son not to look into the window several of times and he continue to do so, which gives her no rights to grab someone else's child. Ms.Rosie said that my son was crying nonstop while Kelly yelled at him in his face then she pushed him to Ms.Rosie. Ms. Rosie then asked him if he was ok and he kept saying "no". Ok, so again I was pissed off and told Tammy that they need to handle it or I will. She continue to say that Kelly was a good teacher(I don't know how is she but, ok). Ms.Rosie did say this wasn't the first time Kelly has done anything like this. So I left it at that. Monday comes and I drop my son off and tell Jim I'll be back after my meeting so that we can discuss the incident. Once I get there I sit in front of him, he starts to talk and all he had to say was that after that week my kids are not welcomed back. EXCUSES ME? Then said that Kelly was fired. Little does he knows I know someone who use to work with her a few years back and the person said that she wasn't fired. He really thought I was going to fall for that. I’m sure these two have no kids because to choose an abusive adult over a child, is just sick. I asked him when can I have this in writing?. He then said tomorrow around 5pm...I have more important things to do. SO DAMN RUDE.

When it comes to Jim and Tammy you cannot correct them at all because they will kick your child out. I have complained about the water fountain. They allow all the kids to put their mouth on it (GROSS). One day my husband and I went to pick up the kids and saw a little boy maybe around the age of 2 climb on the kitchen sink and put his mouth on the faucet to get some water. Where was the teacher?? I don't know. Another thing they say the cameras give you a piece of mind (NOT TRUE) the teachers know there's one spot, outside where the camera can’t see. That's where Kelly grabbed my son jerked him and started to yell at him. Parents pleaseee do your Homework.

Jim is extremely rude and has a nasty attitude. His wife who is the Owner doesn't do anything about anything. She says he is in charge. If you want a loving place PLEASE don't take your kids here. although Ms.Joey and Ms.Rosie are AMAZING Jim and Tammy are all about money and numbers. They doesn't cares about our children.

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vicki morin Jan 28, 2014

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anna Nov 22, 2013

a child care provider named Tara is very mean to our child and yells constantly and shoves her religion down kids throats

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cindy kraft May 16, 2013

when calling to get information on the facility very rude man answers then tells we are lying thru our teeth and dont ever f'ing call here again. if he was talking to me like that i can imagine how he reacts to the children. i wouldnt recommend this place

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Tina May 02, 2013

Jim and Tammy run a fantastic child care facility! My daughter loves going, and talks a mile a minute about her day when we pick her up. At a previous child care facility my daughter cried every day I dropped her off. When we moved to CELC, after a week of she waved "bye mommy" and went straight to her teacher for a hug. Her teacher has known her for 3 years, gives her lots of hugs and positive direction, and asks after her welfare. Jim and Tammy strive to provide consistency with the Staff so the teacher turn-around has always been very minimal, not something you see with most day cares. (The first place we attended had a new teacher every 2-3 weeks!) I think this lack of teacher turnaround shows a lot about the character of those that run it. Personally, I have never seen any of the behaviors from Jim or Tammy that the comments here have expressed, and I have had many communications with them that were positive for both my child and myself. My daughter has attended this daycare for 3 years and was not a part of the outbreak of any illness. Proper hand washing is always maintained. Parents dropping off their children noticeably sick, or with lice, cause the spread of illness, not Jim and Tammy. A sick child will only remain, quarantined, until the parents can come pick them up. My daughter will graduate their VPK program in a few weeks, and it will be sad to see her leave. It is always hard to leave your child with someone other than family when you work, and I have never had any reservations about her care here. This has always been a warm and caring environment, and the best option for my child. I thank them so much for all that they have taught my daughter, the care they have provided, and will recommend them to anyone that needs a loving stable child care facility for their kid(s).

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