Our Reviews

October 16, 2018

My 2 children went to the Whippany location. The daycare facility is super clean, well designed ( big windows in the classrooms, separate dining room, computer class and gym) to accommodate kids all ages. The teachers are very loving and involved in our children development and they give each child the personal attention they need. The curriculum is wonderful. I had tough time picking kids up in the evenings since they enjoyed their time in the daycare and did not want to leave. Great place! Highly recommend to everyone.

Elena

August 15, 2015

Thank you Solnyshko for the wonderful two years of great care and education. Thank you for the very good age appropriate curriculum, fun games, interesting projects, healthy homemade meals, friendly and caring teachers. 

 

My daughter (5 y.o) has been attending for two years, she’s been so happy that even asked if she can go again on the weekend. I loved the nice balance between free play and fun learning activities, art projects, math and language classes, music and dance classes. We also loved twice a year concerts/performances, when parents were delighted to see their little ones to sing, dance, play and recite poems! I’ve always felt comfortable and safe having my daughter in Solnyshko care. Special Thank You to Elena Semenova for keeping the place so warm, friendly and safe! When Nicole asked me once why it’s called Solnyshko I said because it’s so warm, bright and caring like the sun…

We are off to a new journey at school now, but we will miss Solnyshko a lot!

Svetlana K.

July 24, 2015

My 2.5 year old started attending Solnyshko daycare 2 years ago.  Prior to this, we tried another more traditional daycare center, and she had hard time adjusting.  Here, they have small class sizes, truly care for each child’s needs, and provide nurturing and safe environment for growth and development.  One of the important things here is no teacher turnover; all teachers had been with the program since we started.  Teachers are mature and experienced and communicate well with the parents.  This provides consistency for children.  The owner is nice and warm, very experienced with children of all ages, and the center has a feel of small family business with personal approach.

Anastasia R.

June 30, 2015

My son has been attending this day care center for two and a half years. Last year he began to attend school. I just wanted to say a big thank you to all the teachers, especially Ms Elena (the director) for making sure that my son was as ready as possible for school. He’s doing great, and has adapted very quickly to the new environment. Throughout the year, my son remembered different memories from the day care and asked if we could go visit. I am very happy that we have made the decision to take my son here.

Anonymous

June 24, 2015

The most amazing daycare! Very good for the Russian speaking members of our community. My daughter went there since she was 2.5 years old until the graduation. She was totally prepared for the kindergarten, very advanced in reading and math, never needed any ESL classes in public school (even though we are not speaking English at home), and still she was able to recognize Russian ABCs, and even read Russian a little. I investigated a lot before we started this daycare, and it was the best what we could find in the area. The teachers and the owner are very very nice people. The place is absolutely clean, the food is fresh and healthy, all the toys are clean and in a very good condition. My daughter enjoyed to go there, and whenever I picked her up, she was absolutely neat with freshly combed hair, well-rested and ready to share with me all the interesting stuff she did with her friends and teachers during the day. Even in kindergarten we continue to use Solnyshko from time to time when the public school is closed for the national holidays – very convenient.

Ulla Y.

June 10, 2015

My son has been attending this day care center for two and a half years. Last year he began to attend school. I just wanted to say a big thank you to all the teachers, especially Ms Elena (the director) for making sure that my son was as ready as possible for school. He’s doing great, and has adapted very quickly to the new environment. Throughout the year, my son remembered different memories from the day care and asked if we could go visit. I am very happy that we have made the decision to take my son here.

Marina B.

May 19, 2015

My daughter has been attending Solnyshko since last year. I couldn’t be happier and neither could she! The staff and owner at Solnyshko are incredible. They care for my daughter the way I do. She has had the same teachers since she started and the stability helps us all feel secure. The food is nutritious and homemade. The place is immaculately clean. The enrichment provided even at age 2 cannot be compared to other day care centers. This is not a place where they just watch your child; they teach your child. My daughter at 2.5 counts to 20, knows her colors, knows the words to many songs and poems, speaks and understands both Russian and English, but most importantly she is happy.

Olga W.

January 30, 2014

We had our two boys enrolled in this day care – very satisfied. Definitely put this day care on your short list and visit it – we toured half a dozen facilities in the area, both those that offered Russian language and those that didn’t, and selected this one. This day care offers a great value for your money – they are open from 7:30 am until 6:30 pm (and don t charge you per minute if you are late, like some other), open on most holidays, provide breakfast, lunch, and, possibly afternoon snack (not totally sure about this one), educational program is excellent and diverse, and everyone from the Director/Owner to teachers really care about the kids and do their utmost to create a nourishing environment.

Artur

December 26, 2013

My 2 kids went to this daycare. It’s the best daycare i have ever known. Teachers are great and very knowledgeable. Kids are getting ready for pre school. Teachers are very nice. Thank you all the teachers.

Elizabeth G.

December 23, 2013

Wonderful daycare! We can’t be happier. Our toddler loves it there. He is 2, started this daycare when he was 1.5. Teachers are really nice and experienced; children are always involved in interesting activities. They have a great schedule and fresh food delivery every day. My son didn’t want to talk much before starting this daycare and now he is like a chatting box: knows how to count to ten, sings russian children songs and eats completely by himself. All those changes happened in only 6 months. There are days when he doesn’t want to go home,- he feels very comfortable there. Really recommend this daycare!

Stan S.

December 17, 2013

We have had both our son and daughter visiting this day care. It was great time for our family! We knew we could count on friendly stuff and business owner, who was easy to reach and discuss even small matters about children. The facility looks great and clean, there are plenty of educational materials, toys and activities like painting, dancing, as well as beginning education Math, English etc. Food service is great. In general this daycare is quite different from a regular overpriced babysitting services you found on an average. Kids are playing and learning stuff and very well taken care of!

Elena Z.

December 10, 2013

“Solnyshko” is an extraordinary daycare center. It is like a second home to our kids. Our daughter was going there for 4.5 years and son is now finishing pre-kindergarten group there. Staff is very helpful, responsible, flexible and friendly with parents and children. We have had a pleasant experience and loved every moment of the time our kids were there. The educational program is advanced and challenging, our kids learned alphabet and words, did activities that developed their motor skills, pretty much initial learning skills. There were dancing and art lessons as well with highly qualified teachers; and regular shows for parents. Be sure to try them out and you would not be disappointed!

Andrei S.

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June 01, 2018

My son attended Solnyshko in Livingston for 3 years and it has been a very positive experience. Teachers have been very supportive, director Miss Lena always accessible and attentive to my child. I have seen my son make wonderful progress in preparation for kindergarten. It helped him maintain Russian language but also focused on English curriculum closer to school years. There is a good daily menu and plenty of activities for the kids, such as music, dance, art, gymnastics. Overall I felt safe trusting my child to Solnyshko and plan to send my second child there when he is ready.

Yulia Mendez

July 05, 2017

I toured many daycares in the area, and Solnyshko was by far the best. The teachers are patient and devote a lot of time and attention to the children. The facility is Immaculately clean and the kids are very well taken care of. They provide breakfast and lunch and the food is delicious. Both of my kids went there from ages 2 to 5 and loved it.  I would highly recommend it. I could not be happier with the care and love that was provided to my children.

Isabella G.

September 01, 2016

My son went to Solnyshko from since he was 2 till almost 5.  The teachers in this school are Russian speaking as well as most of the kids. My son had an English only speaking teacher in his pre-K class so that kids can catch up with English before K.   Outside of wanting to retain his native Russian language, the other benefits of this school are:

- small in scale, one class of each age, great clean and bright facility

- warm and caring atmosphere

- they spend more time outdoors and are more weather hardy  (including hot and cold weather).  Not quite as in Waldorf schools which play outside in any weather, but much better then the typical American program my son attended part time when he turned five. 

- hot lunches (1st course soup, 2nd course home cooked meal, etc) and - healthy snacks included in the price

- outstanding holiday performances 2-3 times a year.  

This performance is far beyond the typical graduation performances at other daycare.  They do 4-5 singing numbers, 2-3 dancing numbers, poems, games...  

I would highly recommend it, and not only for Russian speaking kids/families.  I think it is a great opportunity for someone to be exposed to another language, as another option to Chinese or French schools in the area.

Anya

February 20, 2014

My son (2 yr) just started to attend this daycare. While choosing, I made an appointment with the director to see both the Livingston and Whippany locations. Out of the nine other daycares that I looked at in the surrounding area, this one seemed to be the best. The classrooms are welcoming and the staff is very kind and organized. I am very thankful for all the help they gave me with my son’s transition period. It has now been two weeks and he always wants to stay and play after I have come to pick him up. All in all, so far very satisfied.

Julia

April 18, 2014

My son has been attending this center for a while now, and I can say that I have been very pleased with it. The director is friendly, the teachers are knowledgeable and kind. My son had a bit of a problem adjusting to a center for a first few days, since he never attended one, but the staff helped a lot and now he runs into the center busting with enthusiasm. It’s a struggle to get him to leave on some days. I would absolutely recommend this center for any parents who want their child to be happy in his or her preschool years.

Sam T.

January 01, 2014

I needed a day care for my 2- and 4-year-old kids. We came here after visiting a couple of other daycare places. Solnyshko had exactly what I was looking for  – loving knowledgeable staff, cozy and beautiful premises, real homemade meals (not processed fast food), choice of educational programs, and reasonable fees. It took about 3 weeks for my kids to get over with separation fear, but with the wonderful and caring teachers like Ms. Ira, Ms. Julia and Ms. Elena transition was rather smooth for all of us. They would call to tell me how my little ones were doing. Children get a great deal of love and attention at Solnyshko, and I feel comfortable knowing they are in good hands. I like that they have a nice outdoor area away from the busy streets where kids spend nice amounts of time.  Another thing we like is that kids already picked up quite a bit of Russian language (even though at home we don’t speak it), and it’s been only 2.5 months since we started. I would recommend this place to anybody who needs a reliable daycare.

Laima L.

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