Originally Posted by ibex67
My aunt and uncle run a chain of very high end day care and after school care centers. .
Gosh, I hope that wasn't the chain that I worked for. I worked in several of their centers across Northern Virginia and, at every center, both staff and directors blatantly made fun of children who were different. There was *absolute* structure from age 3 and up, no room for individual expression or developmental differences. There was frequently semi-subtle racism, but at one center in particular one of the teacher made very blatant remarks about those "annoying little black monkeys". Her daughter was the director. It was miserable. Yes, there were kids who were dropped off at 6:30 and picked up at 6:30, but what happened within those hours was inexcusable. There were good teachers, but they seldom lasted very long because it was so depressing and any attempt toward change was met with derision. It's one of the largest, most popular chains in this area and, to me, represents the worst of day care. Any possible good was completely outweighed by the overwhelming negatives.