I've got 3 children (4 mo, 3 yr, 4 yr) in Open Arms now and each one of them loves it. The team there makes me feel like they love my children as much as I do. They are friendly and accommodating. It's a very well-run (organized) facility, with great security features. The rooms and toys are clean and the programs they have for the children are engaging and fun. - Erika, LOA Parent
I am happy with LOA. My son attended their preschool for two years then attended the summer camp program for one year. My daughter has spent 4 years in the summer camp program. There are many activities planned throughout the week, weekly field trips, swimming twice a week, as well as educational and entertaining shows that come to the center.
Both my children have food allergies, and my son has seizures and learning disabilities. I love that the staff are aware of the issues, take the time to adjust to their needs, and are trained to take care of kids with allergies.
Everyone who works there knows my kids by name. They welcome them every morning as they walk in the door and down the hall to their classroom, and say good-bye to them every night.
Prior to attending LOA, my children had limited exposure to a Christian environment. After attending LOA they have learned many things about the Bible, how to treat others in a kind way, and how to help others that are in need. The facility arranges many different activities throughout the year, like donation drives, to help those who are less fortunate.
We have had our children at LOA for 4 years. Our son is now finishing first grade in public school and is academically at the top of his class. Our daughter is in Pre-K and is reading and perfectly ready for starting Kindergarten in the Fall. We have been blessed with great teachers at LOA. Each of them truly cared about our kids, they were loving, patient and communicated contstantly with us about their progress. They are always willing to partner with us to make our children's experience the most successful it can be, I would highly recommend LOA for families looking for a safe, loving and academically challenging environment! - Ashley, LOA Parent
My two year old has been going to LOA since last year and we absolutely love this place. I have toured many daycares in Leesburg. I also have an eleven year old and placed her in several Leesburg daycares when she was young. Leesburg Open Arms is my favorite daycare facility in Leesburg.
Here's what I like most: All of the staff are so friendly. Even the staff working in other rooms stop, say hello, and wish you a great day. Everyone knows my daughter's name. My 2-year-old teachers are awesome, always upbeat, welcoming and really care for the kids. The facility is very clean and does not smell. LOA offers extra activities for the kids. The meals offered are fresh and healthy - prepared in the kitchen. There is also a sense of a family bond among the staff that is not found at a lot of other places.
I've heard of other stories, not at LOA, where new babies start at daycares (home ones too) and get sick frequently. Unfortunately when you take a baby into an environment where they share toys with other babies, germs are passed. I'm due with twins and will have both of them at Leesburg Open Arms because I'm an confident and comfortable with the staff/care I get there. - Cara, LOA Parent
I'm very concerned when someone reviews an organization and does not document facts but makes misstatements. Leesburg Open Arms is a church owned and operated program. Their first priority is the safety and security of the children in it's care. Under new management, problems are being addressed consistent with licensing standards and management policies. Anyone seeking redress on issues is free to meet with administrative staff and discuss issues and get them resolved. Parents are encouraged to visit and view the program. This is a wonderful program filled with caring staff that deserves your attention. - R S
If you visit the facility you will learn that the staff is wonderful, and their priority is taking care of and nurturing the children. Pastor Dave is talked about and loved by my two children who attend LOA. Every daycare must post finding from VA State inspections -EVERY parent should read them and follow up with the daycare Directors as to how the situation will be resolved and if you like the answer then keep your kids enrolled. If not, find a better place. So far I am very happy with LOA. Security cameras are a plus. - Glo, LOA parent
I've lived in this area a long time, and am very familiar with many of the preschools and child care centers. Some are poor, some are mediocre, and some stand out amongst the crowd. Leesburg Open Arms is one of the very few that stands head and shoulders above the rest. It is backed by a small but very involved and caring church that puts the children's well being as its top priority. The church considers it a huge privilege to be responsible for the care of young children.
Evaluations with regard to improving the operation and management of the child care center are constantly being made. Due to tremendous demand, the center has been quickly growing, and those responsible for its for leadership are working hard to maintain the best possible care for the children. There has been only one Pastor in this organization, and he chose to leave for personal reasons. I know the current Pastor is an interim Pastor and he will complete his commitment in early Fall. At that time I am told a new Pastor will join the church. Through it all, my observation is that the little church that backs this childcare center is big on looking out for the best interests of the children and families who attend this school.
I have no problem recommending that one's chidlren be entrusted into their care. And honestly, I cannot make that statement about most of the other daycare groups in the area. Some of them do not deserve to have this privilege, and that applies to some of the religious based programs as well. Leesburg Open Arms is a safe, happy, positive environment for your kids, and you will be able to enroll them there knowing that they will have fun and flourish emotionally, educationally and spiritually. And believe me, after what I've personally seen in other daycare centers, I can discern which center is about the chidlren and which is only about the money. - Paula