The River Day Care - Auburn Hills MI CHILD CARE CENTER

(248) 853-1524
5 Reviews

About the Provider

Description: THE RIVER DAY CARE is a CHILD CARE CENTER in AUBURN HILLS MI, with a maximum capacity of 60 children. The provider does not participate in a subsidized child care program.

Program and Licensing Details

  • Capacity: 60
  • License Number: DC630312585
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: No
  • Type of Care: Full Day Program. PRESCHOOL -

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Not Concerned May 24, 2019
I have toured this provider's facility, but have not used its services

I reviewed River Kids Day Care because of very high recommendations by three families.
In the process, I found this website and read the reviews including the very long anonymous hit piece by a so-called "Concerned" parent dated "Apr 13, 2013" over SIX years ago.
I am shocked that people would use a review board to anonymously slander this Church's Infants, Toddlers, and Pre-School Day Care Center.
I am even more shocked that people would make a decision for their children against sending them to this Church ministry, based solely upon one-sided, anonymous, unproven accusations from an angry, possibly unbalanced person. For all we know this could be an employee from a competitor.
In summary, and decision I recommend people make should be based upon their own personal experience, interview, and hands-on review of the child day care center and its staff.
One should not give potentially life-changing experiences in education to their family members based on anonymous slanderous message boards from years ago. Here as everywhere, the Golden Rule applies: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.

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New Parent Apr 01, 2014

Wife and I are looking into day cares and I read "Concerned"s review. Wow, I can just picture you, you seem like a passive aggressive head case. I feel sorry for your co-workers. Anyway, we have yet to visit this one, but it sounds like "Concerns" precious little one was held accountable which is important to us. So we'll definitely make a point to.

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HappyMom Sep 10, 2013

I absolutely LOVE this place. Our children and children of our friends have attended this daycare/preschool. It's amazing the way our children love to go here everyday and how they have picked up on reading, writing and learning how to work with others. The price is shockingly affordable and very flexible on days. Ms Francie works with different work schedules (most places do not). We have been taking our children here for 2 years and couldn't imagine going any place else:)

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GratefulMama Jun 13, 2013

I just wanted to thank the previous reviewer. I was SO close to sending my five year old son here for the summer, and I had almost talked my sister into sending her son, too, so they could play together. The location was perfect and the price was right, but any ONE of the issues described in the above review would be enough to dissuade me from trusting RiverKids with our boys. Invasion of privacy, unsolicited parenting advice, advocating corporal punishment, non-stimulating environment, safety concerns: these all raise red flags. But, most disturbing of all, the director degrading these children, or at least the little girl mentioned, is completely unacceptable. It makes me sick and I applaud this mom for putting a stop to it, and finding alternative care for her daughter.

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Concerned Apr 13, 2013

I recently pulled my daughter out of RiverKids due to growing problems we were having with the director, Francie. She would constantly give parenting advice including, but not limited to, how we discipline our child at home. She over exaggerates situations involving the children (a shove, push, temper tantrum, or coloring on something other than paper), as confirmed by another teacher that worked there. My daughter is a normal 4 year old, and on occasion has pushed her limits and shoved another child, or took away a toy. According to Francie my daughter is out-of-control with no regard for anyone else's feelings (this the girl that asks us to pray with her at night, tucks all her stuffed animals in bed and has more compassion for other people than I as an adult can comprehend). We were told we don't responsibly love her enough because we don't spank. During a conference, she asked many inappropriate questions trying to understand why we don't spank varying from "did you have trouble conceiving?" to "were you abused as a child?" Francie then wanted us to sign something saying it was okay for her to bind her hands together when she's being unfriendly. Her words were, "This could prevent her from catching herself if she was running and fell down, so I'll need you to sign off on that." What parent would sign that? At my daughter's new school (that includes all different levels of care with different classrooms and teachers for kids in different levels) their rule for discipline is: "We take care of discipline in school for things that happen in school. We will let you be aware of a situation at time of pickup, but please do not discipline your child a second time at home as it could confuse the child." This is more fitting for us; instead of being called mid-workday to come pick her up for coloring "all over the wall" when in reality it was a small letter "W" (for 'wall'). It washed off easily and was in no way a means to call me off of work to go pick her up when the teacher could have taken care of the discipline (have her clean it, apologize, and have a timeout). I pay tuition for child care, not so I can lose pay to come pick her up when it's unnecessary. On top of that, she wanted us to continue with discipline at home and the next day at school. She doesn't understand why she's being punished multiple times for one mistake. My child also wasn't challenged enough at RiverKids. She had been there for a year, and each month she brought home the same crafts and the same letters being colored. Nothing was actually taught at her level, and I don't think it should be considered a pre-k school. It's merely a daycare facility. My child thrives at home when doing activities at a Kindergarten level (things she did not learn at RiverKids). I know her new school will challenge her and better prepare her for Kindergarten. She has been there under two weeks and we have already seen an improvement in her overall demeanor and attitude. She’s much happier where she’s at. When asked why, she said, “Ms. Francie was always mean to me.” Francie was also accused of calling our daughter ugly. When confronted about it, Francie explained it to us as "Pretty is as pretty does" but to a 4 year old, all she heard was a trusted "caring" adult saying, "You're ugly." She does tend to talk down to the kids (and adults in our cases) and make them feel so very tiny. It's heartbreaking to watch. She demands respect but doesn't give it. If you're looking for a preschool, do not attend RiverKids. If you need a daycare, but have a flexible work schedule or only work part-time, this place might just do for you. For me, there is a safety/security issue as well. The front door is usually left open when it's supposed to be closed and locked. At times I have walked right in and saw no adult for several minutes with kids running around all over without supervision (teacher in back office... no camera monitors in the office). She has also left the building and left the children with a new teacher that the parents weren’t introduced to or even told about. Unacceptable.

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