Gerber Child Development Center - Menasha WI Licensed Group Child Care

1230 Midway Rd , Menasha WI 54952
(920) 720-0320
4 Reviews

About the Provider

Description: Gerber Child Development Center is a Licensed Group Child Care in Menasha WI, with a maximum capacity of 77 children. This child care center helps with children in the age range of 6 Week(s) - 12 Year(s). The provider does not participate in a subsidized child care program.

Additional Information: Open Jan - Dec. 3 stars. Nighttime care available.

Program and Licensing Details

  • License Number: 2000995
  • Capacity: 77
  • Age Range: 6 Week(s) - 12 Year(s)
  • YoungStar Rating: 3
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: No
  • District Office: Wisconsin Dept of Children and Families (DCF)- Child Care Regulation and Licensing
  • District Office Phone: 608-266-9314 (Note: This is not the facility phone number.)

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Inspection/Report History

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Violation Date Rule Number Rule Summary
2021-04-07 251.04(2)(m) Health, Safety & Welfare Of Children
Description: An incident that occurred on 3/23/2021 that involved a verbal and physical altercation between two staff workers could adversely affect the health, safety or welfare of an awake 7 year old child under the care of the licensee.
2021-04-07 251.04(3)(k)1. Report - Law Enforcement Contact - Harm
Description: The center did not report to the department law enforcement contact on 3/23/2021.
2020-08-18 Licensing Warning Letter
2020-07-16 251.07(2)(e)5. Prohibited Actions - Cruel, Aversive, Frightening, Humiliating Actions
Description: Based on staff interview and statements regarding an incident that took place on July 13, 2020, the center did not follow their child guidance procedures when a staff member put soap in a child's mouth as punishment.
2020-01-07 251.06(2)(i) Deteriorating Paint
Description: Based on observation, the 2-3 year old classroom across from the office and the older toddler/younger twos classroom on the left side of the hall had substantial chipping on the bottom of the walls.
2020-01-07 251.07(6)(dm)4. Medical Log - Reviewing Injury Records
Description: Based on observation of all classroom medical log books, the last review was completed on 03/08/2019.
2020-01-07 251.05(2)(a)3.a. Staff Record - Physical Examination
Description: Based on review of staff files, Staff B did not have a physical examination report on file from 12 months prior or 3 months after being hired.
2019-07-19 251.07(4)(b) Naps Or Rest Periods - Awake Children
Description: Based on staff interviews, it was confirmed that staff are not allowing children who have not slept after 30 minutes to get up and have quiet time. Children are required to remain on their cots for the duration of naptime.
2019-07-19 251.07(2)(e)3. Prohibited Actions - Physical Restraint, Restriction, Enclosure
Description: Based on staff interviews, it was confirmed that staff are using physical restraint during naptime. The restraint is being applied by staff using their bodies and by tightly tucking blankets under the legs of cots to restrict movement.
2019-06-28 251.07(6)(i)2. Adult Handwashing
Description: Based on observation of diapering in the younger infant room, staff was observed to change a diaper then place the child directly into a high chair and begin to prep him for breakfast prior to hand washing. Based on observation in the older infant room, staff was observed to change a diaper then directly pick-up another child prior to hand washing.
2019-06-28 251.04(2)(a) Compliance With Laws
Description: Contrary to s. 48.686(4m)(c) Wis. Stats., the center failed to obtain an approved preliminary report indicating that Staff A and Staff B were eligible to work in the child care program prior to them becoming caregivers.
2019-06-28 251.07(6)(f)6. Current Authorizations For Medications On Premises
Description: Based on observation, medication was observed in the fridge in the infant room. The corresponding medication authorization was outdated as it was only authorized for 05/01/19-05/15/19.
2019-06-28 251.06(3)(a) Emergencies - Post & Practice Written Plans
Description: Based on observation of the Safety and Emergency Response Documentation, the last fire drill, tornado drill, and smoke detector/fire alarm inspection were completed in April 2019.
2019-06-28 251.06(4)(j) Fire Alarms & Smoke Detectors - Maintenance, Drills, Testing
Description: Based on observation of the Safety and Emergency Response Documentation, the last fire drill, tornado drill, and smoke detector/fire alarm inspection were completed in April 2019.
2019-06-28 251.09(4)(a)3. Infant & Toddler - Diaper Changing Surface Disinfection
Description: Based on observation, staff in the older infant room changed a diaper then placed another child on the changing table prior to disinfecting and sanitizing the surface.

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Vincent H Aug 24, 2017
I am an employee

I'm not gonna say we're perfect. I'm not gonna say your child will come home in perfect condition. I'm not even going to say that you should come to our child care.

I've been here for every violation except the June 2014 incident. Every incident was addressed, and there were consequences for the employees involved. Some were even terminated as a result. Parents come to us with issues and we address them as soon as we can.

I read a complaint about children being together in the same classroom. This is only done in the morning when we are first opening, and until the teachers determine their classrooms are ready for children to enter. This used to be done at night as well while the children are sleeping, but after complaints, is no longer in practice. We instead addressed the issue, and keep children separated based on age group.

I've read complaints about staff being out of ratio, but this is never the case. If we have a situation in which a staff member would be out of ratio, the director and owner step in to ensure there is an adequate number of staff in the room. That is the main reason the director and owner are often unavailable, because they are in classrooms due to teachers being ill, or teachers needing help. If this was an issue, there would have been a citation above.

The majority of the complaints I'm reading are from former employees, who I could name, but that would be unprofessional. The majority of families that sign up stay with us until they either move, or their children start school. Even when starting school, we'll see these children during the summer.

We've become a tight knit family here at Gerber Child Development Center, and we'd love for you to join us!

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Kayla Aug 04, 2016
I am an employee

I have worked for Gerber for 3 years now and what each review forgets to state is they were employees that were in a full classroom and when they decided to quit and write a bad review they were going to leave out the fact that they were those teachers who walked out of classrooms leaving their room unaccounted for which is against the law and bands you from working in another child care center. And as for the first one she was a pregnant young mom who wanted nothing more than sitting on a chair inside or outside too lazy to get up and go get water or anything for the children. These people that are posting reviews are not educated hence the reason one is still attending classes and the other never did the books or any schooling. Gerber is a good Center and the children are well cared for, second shift care is also available for the convenience of parents who work second shift. This is the one time that reading the reviews will give you a bad outlook on a business both reviews are from employees who quit and instead of titling their faults they labeled them as someone elses!

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workingmommy Jul 09, 2015

I worked for this place for 3 months, while pregnant. I was put on mandatory leave of absence even though I could clearly still work. I sent my child here for one day and would not recommend ANYONE sending their children here at all. When I finally did get to be with my child, she was very dehydrated, and cranky because of it. There are many many MANY state laws being broken at this place. They don't always have water available to the children outside no matter how hot it is outside. And they put the infants with the toddlers, and the 2 year olds with the school age kids. The owner and director are rarely at the facility, and a few of the teachers do nothing but yell at the children. I'e seen children go an hour to two hours outside with wet diapers that they just don't change. These children already have horrible diaper rashes.

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Carolyn K Oct 16, 2014

I am a former employee of Gerber. If you care about the care your child will receive please do not take them here. First of all, Ty Gerber is the owner. He only cares about the money, he doesn't care about your child. I have witnessed Ty get into the faces of young children and yell at them for things they can not help. For example I saw him yell at a boy who just turned 2 a few months ago for crying. He also yelled at a 4 year old girl for defending a teacher that he was yelling and name calling in front of the children. Also, you can expect Ty to be discussing important business matters such as disagreements between teachers in front of your child. Don't get me wrong, there are a couple good teachers there at Gerber, but there are also many states laws that are being broken. A teacher may be out of ratio for a couple hours because there are not enough staff there to cover. Also, if you have a 2 year old, you can expect him or her to be in the same room as up to 12 years old because there are times when ages 2-12 are all combined. This is highly inappropriate as things such as pencil sharpeners, small game pieces, or scissors are left out and unsupervised. Also during these times, you can expect your little one to not be able to get a nap. I have seen children yelled at for crying many times. The only good thing about this child care center is it is open until 11:30 at night but I assure you as an educated and experienced teacher, it is not worth it.

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