“She has learned so much and is so happy here, we are thrilled with our choice!”
“We greatly appreciate the extra mile his teacher always goes for him, we are blessed to have such a wonderful teacher and that he has such a wonderful environment everyday”
Hello, First, let me say again how much fun I had visiting with your program. I’ve worked in education before, but it had been a long time since I had been in a classroom and I had never worked with children so young. I can honestly say that my experience last semester helped to validate my decision to go into early childhood ed. so thank you again for the opportunity.
Now that the project is officially done, I thought it would be cool to share a few of my favorite stories with you guys. Just for some background info, my project was to conduct a case study with a single child over the course of the semester and take examples in a number of different development areas (physical, social, emotional, etc.). I was working primarily with —- and he is referred to as simply J in my paper for anonymity’s sake.
I started off with a general overview of the program, and I thought this pretty much summed it up.
“The overwhelming sense I received of the program upon entering the building and meeting the children is one of community. Before I had taken five steps into the room on my first day I was greeted warmly by several children. They were curious and asked me questions, but more importantly, they introduced themselves to me. When I explained to them that I was a student and I was visiting so I could learn to play there was a nearly universal sense of concern for me. They didn’t simply want to play, then wanted to explain to me what they were doing, leading me by the hand to various stations. This shows a great deal of confidence in themselves and their environment which I believe to be the most impressive aspect of the Crayon College as a whole.”
This was from my social development section.
“On April 6th the class had a visiting student, N, who was a visiting child from the Mt. Pleasant school in Plymouth. N was the brother of one of the girls in class and was visiting with them for the day because of his school’s closing due to the holiday (Good Friday). Throughout the day N displayed behavior consistent with autism (I never asked, so this is really only my best guess) and played by himself, seemingly without any interest in the other children. At around the half-way point in the day, as most of the children were working on an arts and crafts project, J and N were the only two children playing in the centers. N was playing with small plastic animals and J with trucks.
With no coaxing or intervention from adults or peers, J first began to play near N and then to explain to N what he was doing. He showed him how he was playing with the trucks and gave N a truck of his own. N quickly began to follow J’s example and the two raced their trucks around the room. I was extremely impressed. To that point, N had had very little communication with anyone in the room, yet in less than thirty seconds J had approached him, engaged him, and the two had begun structured associative play.”
And then this last piece is probably my favorite moment. It’s taken from my section on emergent literacy.
“Following lunch on March 9th, J took a large picture book from the reading center and began to look through the pages. He was talking to himself about the story, “reading” the book. Eventually he got up to choose another and brought it to me on his way back. He asked if I would read to him and I said that I would, but I asked him if he wanted to help me. His face lit up as he took the book from me and began to tell me all about what was going on in the pictures. While he was reading, a new girl in the class, M, took and interest in what we were doing and came over to us. J, without missing a beat, began showing her the pictures as well, modeling what he had seen his instructors do dozens of times.”
There were a lot more stories but in the interest of keeping this email from running too long I think I’ll leave it at that. Again, I had a great time and please pass my thanks along to Angela and Shane for their help. I believe that the only praise which really matters to a good school comes in the form of the conduct and achievements of their students, and with this in mind I think your kids more than speak for themselves.
I’m not’s sure what you’re summer program looks like, but if you ever need any volunteers or extras, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line.
Thanks again, Elijah
“Just wanted to send Kudos to you and your staff! What struck me first yesterday during Andrew’s pick up was the interaction you and your staff members were having with the kids. The kids were all happily engaged in various activities with a staff member or being held by a staff member. Crayon College appears to be a caring learning environment!” Lolli Malone J.
Dear Jenny and Jennifer,
I seriously can’t explain how sad I felt yesterday to have Cadence leave her happy little toddler home- not because she won’t be fine in preschool (she totally was) but because I have loved having part of the warm and friendly world you create every day. It really has meant so much to us to know that she’s been nurtured & kept safe & listened to in these early years. Thank you for being wonderful at what you do- I am so very happy to know that Poesy will soon be part of your toddler family. You’re the greatest- thanks so much for everything and have a wonderful rest of your summer.” Chapman Family
“Thanks you so much for taking care of my precious Audrey Grace, She is blossoming into a wonderful little girl and you all do a fabulous job.” Susannah
“Thank you so much for taking such good care of our little girl. I can’t tell you how much we appreciate it” Duffley Family
“Thank you guys for taking such good care of all our little loves every day. It means everything to me to know that they are safe and well cared for when they are away from me.” Michelle
“Just wanted to say thank you for being so kind to us & the children. It has been a rough year (with the last 6 months not any better) but working with us made us less stressed & ensured that Madison & Andrew always had a loving place to go! Thank you SO much for everything! We really appreciate it! From the bottom of our hearts.” Amy & Brendan Steele (Madison & Andrew too of course!)
“I feel that I can speak on behalf of all Plymouth Cole Harrington staff in saying that we have been very impressed with the work your staff do with these children in difficult family situations and those particularly with behavioral needs. We have sub-contracted with many centers in the last three years but only a handful stand out in demonstrating their commitment to children and families. Crayon College has worked wonders with some of the Cole Harrington children that other programs have given up on. Crayon Colleges smaller classroom sizes reflect your commitment to meeting not only the developmental but social emotional needs of children as well. We have seen too often programs stretched to full capacity to fulfill a financial need instead of what may be in the best interest of the children and classroom staff. These are the programs that ultimately fail to respond to making an effort in being part of a collaborative solution, thus greatly impacting the lives of these at risk children. I highly applaud your teams dedication and look forward to our continued collaborative efforts in working with children and families in the community. Stacey Burke
“All of the staff has been wonderful and loving to our son”
“It has been so reassuring to have a wonderful, caring & professional group of people caring for our children; our family doesn’t work without you”
“The teachers and administration at Crayon College are awesome! The love they give to my children allow me to leave them knowing they will be expertly taken care of. The nuturing and stimulating environment has allowed my children the opportunity to grow and develop in leaps and bounds! Crayon College is the best!” – Kim
“You treated our daughter like she was your family” – Lisa
“When you look at our children and how they have grown before your eyes, please know that the Crayon College family was a huge part of their success.” – Soo
“The curriculum is age appropriate and he is learning and developing all the skills he needs to have. The staff is respectable, honest, caring and appropriate always.” – Jackie
“We will miss you, and the love you give so freely” – Louanne
“Our family looks forward to being involved with Crayon College at Plymouth as we grow and hit many new milestones.” – Suzanne
“Our son is loved and nurtured, as an infant should be” – Stacie
“The kids and I would like to thank all of the ladies at Crayon College for all that you have done for us. We appreciate each little act of kindness…you guys have made a somewhat crazy time in my life so much easier. For all this I thank you.” – Nikki
“He is more than ready for kindergarten, thank you” – Rhonda
“Thank you again for taking such good care of my little man” – Meredith