I wanted to stay at Virginia Marx Children's Center with Evan L. all day instead of going to work because it is such a wonderful place.
Isabella B. was afraid to start school at first, but after a few days she kept asking when she was coming back. Bella loves her school!
Initially, Ryan would not tell me anything about his day at the Children's Center. After he became comfortable, he talked endlessly about the activities and fun he had each day.
The first few days for Balkan were really difficult for him. He was crying when I was dropping him off. But of course, language was the real problem. After two weeks he wasn't crying at all and got used to it. He liked his teachers and friends even if he couldn't understand them and hadn't been understood for a long time.
I remember how shy Eliot was and how he always hung on to me when I would drop him off. What an amazing difference now that he has been here for more than a year! Outgoing, more confident and very sociable! Thanks Pia and Jennifer! And Kalsi and Danielle!
I remember coming in the first day with a knot in my stomach because I was leaving my baby, Hae Lin, with strangers. And I remember walking out feeling relaxed and happy after meeting the wonderful people who care for my daughter.
I remember the first time Ryan E. came here. I thought he is going to cry after I left him for five hours, but he did not. He enjoys playing with other kids. When I came back to pick him up he does not want to come with me, he likes here better than my home.
Isabella R. was really happy to come back to school, so it wasn't hard for her. She was ready for preschool and happy to meet new friends.
The most vivid memory I have about the transition to Virginia Marx Children's Center isn't about my child. When we were first entering VMCC, my mom helped me transition Jordan into the infant room. Helen, Maria, and Gloria were simply amazing. They didn't miss anything and seemed genuinely tuned into each child. There was an unparalleled ability (across all teachers) to connect with children and their parents. One of our first days, we were playing in the room when all of a sudden a child could be heard down the hall crying. Maria excused herself for a moment and came back comforting a child. She'd recognized the cry and went to soothe a child who was having a rough time making the transition to the next classroom. That moment stood out for us. It was a precious example of how VMCC cares for our children. It's not about classrooms and rosters - it's about the nurturing and developing of children. I can honestly say that as we transitioned into VMCC - they did everything to minimize my anxiety and make it possible to focus in working without worrying about my daughter. It was clear she was in a loving, safe environment with people who were truly invested.