Graves Mill Early Learning Center - Forest VA Licensed Child Day Center

Provider Status: License Not Renewed.

305 Grist Mill Drive, Forest VA 24551
(434) 385-xxxx
1 Review

About the Provider

Description: Children are not made with a cookie cutter. They are all unique little people with different combinations of strengths, weaknesses, gifts and abilities. One of our greatest joys is to see the children in our care learning new things, growing and maturing. We strive to create the atmosphere, learning opportunities, and class structure that encourage this for every individual. Our programs have been designed to promote steady growth physically, intellectually and socially so the children graduating from GMELC are prepared to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

Program and Licensing Details

  • Capacity: 250
  • License Number: 995579
  • Age Range: 0 years 1 months to 12 years 11 months
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: No
  • District Office: Virginia Dept of Social Services - Division of Licensing Programs
  • District Office Phone: (800) 543-7545 (Note: This is not the facility phone number.)

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ksksksks Feb 09, 2013

If I could give this daycare zero stars, I would. My child had never been to daycare before and he started for the first time at GMELC at 15 months old. When I dropped him off in the morning, no one even acknowledge me or my son nor would they aid me in the dropping off process. My son would cry and they would just stare at us or give me dirty looks. None of them ever tried to help my son calm down or join the group. Thankfully, they have tv's that you can watch in the lobby... That showed me that they let him cry in the corner. Not one decided they should help him. I also witnessed a teacher grab up a child, much too rough for my liking and put them in time out. After four times of my son biting, they decided to tell me very unprofessionally, on my way out to work, that my son was "needed to find somewhere else". They did not follow their own biting policy, I received only ONE paper notifying me that he bit someone and he was never offered the break that their policy allows for. I then watched from the screen and saw my son remained crying alone. Every afternoon that I picked him up, I found him in a rocking chair, alone and upset.

They serve breakfast, lunch and snack, but I chose to pack my son's lunch, which they were visibly annoyed with. Their papers that they rarely get around to filling out, were always inaccurate. They would say he ate 90% of his lunch, when he did "poorly" at lunch and he ate most of it...

When I toured the facility, they told me they have a curriculum and they do art class, teach sign language and play outside. BS. My son made one "craft"... Believe nothing.

I decided to go back in there and take my child out that day, rather than waiting to finish out the week. I could not stand the thought of him being mistreated. The director was very rude and unprofessional, the owner was hardly any better. I have since moved him to another daycare and he is back to his old self. He was timid and depressed for those three weeks. Now, I have my sanity and my child back. I wouldn't trust these people with a fish.

I will be filing complaints with the state. Please, send your child ANYWHERE else.

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