We are proud to be so well received by our parents and community. Read what they have to say about Preschool Social Academy.
"We were so thrilled by our experience at Preschool Social Academy. I could tell right away that my daughter Mia loved it there by the way she'd bounce into the modern stylish classroom. You could tell Kimberly took pride in her school from the meticulously clean toys right down to the strategically placed hand sanitizer bottles.
My husband proudly displayed Mia's trendy and well put together artwork on his desk at work. Her (at times magical) curriculum was both well thought out and impeccably communicated back home so I knew exactly what went on in Mia's day. I was delighted that this served as somewhat of a dinner topic for my husband and I. When he got home from work he'd ask right away where Mia's "Daily Report" was.
Last but not least we appreciated Kimberly's years of knowledge and background that she brought not just to the classroom but also into our home. She gladly shared stories with humor, made recommendation, and helped us over little hurdles we'd face from time to time such as potty training or new sudden sleeping issues. Every family should be so lucky and we feel incredibly fortunate to have found such a magnificent first teacher for our daughter."
- Review from the new FAN members only website by: Patricia and Mark Donavaro
"My son PJ entered the Preschool Social Academy when he was just 2 years old. I was very apprehensive about putting him into a program as I thought for sure he would be too much for any classroom setting. PJ had Short Gut Syndrome and required many special demands throughout the day. Including but not limited to being changed every hour on the hour, one on one attention to get him to eat, and staying away from all water for fear that is Central Line would become infected. Kimberly and her team handled all of this and any other requests I had effortlessly.
Kimberly's background in special needs proved indispensible to both PJ and my entire family. Due to Kimberly's tireless work, PJ ate at school, but refused to do so at home or for our eating therapist/specialist at Harvard Pilgram. Kimberly kindly offered to join me on one of these visits in which she consulted with the therapist and assisted in developing an eating plan for PJ. As if this wasn't over and above enough, she then personally came to my home for a few visits to help me implement this.
We adore Kimberly, are thankful she came into our lives when she did, and tremendously grateful she stayed!"
- Samantha Maher, Winchester, MA
"Preschool Social Academy has been a wonderful place for our son this year. Kimberly Higgins and her assistants have created a wonderful preschool. Their business has just the right mixture of age-appropriate curriculum and free play time. Our son has made wonderful first friendships at PSA, and he has made really social and academic progress there including potty-training, sharing, recognizing colors and shapes, and drawing with a tripod grip. We are fortunate to have such a qualified educator providing care in our area."
- Dawn Grogan, Winchester, MA
"We've known Kimberly for a year through our direct contact with her and one other trusted source, our three year old son. All three of us agree that our son couldn't have spent this school-year with a friendlier and more trustworthy caregiver. Kimberly has great instincts and we can always count on her to go the extra mile in order to make our son feel happy and safe. Whether transitioning after a long vacation or difficult morning pickups, Kimberly puts thought and enthusiasm into everything she does with the children. In the same way, she pays direct attention to the uniqueness of every child/family with whom she comes into contact. Giving your child his/her first childcare experience outside of the home is a big step and I'm so glad that we chose the Preschool Social Academy as our place to do so."
- Ashley Bevan, Winchester, MA
"We have nothing but good words to say about Kimberly Higgins and her Preschool Social Academy! Our son, Josh, has been going twice a week and he absolutely loves it. In that time we have seen Josh really progress positively in all areas but most of all with his interactions with other children. All of the children who attend are all so happy and sociable and we are certain this is due to the care and attention that Kimberley puts into planning and managing each day. We get a 'school report' at the end of each school day which outlines what he has been up to and what he has enjoyed the most. He also brings home any pictures or craft work that he has done that day. Of course, like all new parents they are now randomly decorating our house (apologies in advance for anyone who visits us!). Josh going to the Preschool Social Academy has been both rewarding for him and for us. We have no reservations in recommending both Kimberly and her Preschool Social Academy."
- Alison, Chris & Josh Bromley
"I cannot say enough good things about Kimberly Higgins and Preschool Social Academy!
My husband and I wondered if sending Abby to "school" at 2 years old was too young, but it was the best decision we ever made. Kimberly teaches her students how to navigate social challenges in a developmentally appropriate way.
Abby tended to be a bit shy in new social settings and Kimberly provided a nurturing and caring environment for her to feel safe and comfortable.
Whenever I had a question (re: sleep issues, becoming a big sister, etc.) Kimberly was always willing to take the time and answer it thoroughly. The communication she provides is outstanding.
Kimberly is professional, outgoing, and very well-versed in child development.
We couldn't be happier with our experience with Preschool Social Academy! Abby LOVED it and her little brother will be attending as soon as he's old enough!"
- Kelly Unger, Winchester, MA
"My daughter began attending Kimberly's school when she was 26 months old. She was fairly shy and quiet, so I had been searching for a program that would get her out and socializing with kids on her own. Kimberly's program was just what we were looking for.
What impressed me most about Kimberly was her connection to the kids. Each day when I'd drop my daughter off, Kimberly would kneel down and greet her and show her whatever toys/activities she had set out for the day. Kimberly really takes into account what the kids' interests are. For example, the kids were all talking about golf one day, so the next week she had set up a mini golf course in her backyard. I also appreciated the outside time that she built into each day. Unless it was pouring rain or absolutely freezing, Kimberly would take the kids outside to play and learn in the yard.
The daily reports that were sent home each day were great. By outlining what the children had done at school, she gave us further opportunity to engage our kids in conversation about what activities they had done that day. My daughter was always happy, well-fed (love that she serves lunch!) and full of new thoughts when I picked her up. If she had her way, she'd be at Kimberly's every day!"
- Marie Simpson, Winchester, MA
"Kimberly, thanks again! Maggie continues to say all positive things and is still super excited about the potty-patiently awaiting her daddy coming home to tell him. As always, thank you so much for providing Maggie with such a great program!"
- Robin Shevland, Winchester, MA
"I have known Kimberly for the past two years and have admired her warm and loving nature, while also being awed by her professionalism and her ability to get things done- and done well- as the Chair of the Family Action Network's Children's Programming Committee. A nice thing about her program will be some of the ages she will work with two-2.9 which is great because most preschools in the community won't take kids before the 2.9 cut off."
- Elizabeth Angelino (Winchester Family Action Network President)
"I just wanted to second Elizabeth's glowing recommendation for Kimberly's school. My son is already in a program from last year, but upon meeting her he just loved her, and talked about her for a long time afterwards. As a mother I noticed how attentive she was in speaking with him one on one and how perceptive she was of his individual personality traits.
Hope you look into it, you won't be disappointed with her school."
- Donna Ashton, Winchester, MA