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    On 30-Nov-2015
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2014-2015 daycare/preschool survey
    Comment:  My son (13 months) has been going to Happy Hours daycare in Red Hook full time (9am - 6pm) since he was 10 months old. We could not be more pleased with our experience there. There are about 10 children there and never fewer than three carers, often with the founder Stephanie there as well. He is one of the younger children though they do accept infants from three months onwards. Their approach is very similar to our own - children are given the time and space to play freely with each other and with the thoughtfully selected toys/books that they have in the main room. There is structured story time and other games, and if the weather is good they take a field trip to the park/playground every day, but from what I can see the children are not constrained by devices (no exersaucers in sight) or too many coordinated activities. The carers speak to them like full human beings and respect their own abilities and unique skills. They provide me with a "report card" about the basics every day (when/what he ate, diapers, naps, etc) but more than that, they are able to tell me what new or funny things he did or his disposition. On the few occasions that he has been sick, Stephanie has been the one to call and will speak with me for as long as needed so I can make a decision about next steps. She and the other carers are also great resources in terms of changes like moving to a sippy cup from bottle, dropping naps, etc. Overall it is a relaxed, supportive, warm, fun, non-hysterical, non-restrictive place for my baby to learn, grow, develop relationships with caring adults and his peers. I now understand why so few spots open up - parents want their child to stay there until they are four!