AS A PARENT THAT HAD A CHILD IN THE CENTER FOR ALMOST 5 YEARS,I HAD ABSOLUTELY NO NEGATIVE EXPERIENCE WITH THEM,THE STAFF PERFORMS IN THE BEST I’VE SEEING..LOVING ,CARING AND VERY WARM,THEY TREAT THE KIDS AS IF THEY WERE THEIR OWN,SORRY ! MY SON HAD TO LEAVE FOR A CHARTER SCHOOL THIS YEAR. I WILL NOT THINK TWICE TO BRING HIM IN FOR SUMMER CAMP,AND OUT OF ALL THE LOVING TEACHERS,MISS TENZIN LHAMO WAS THE GREATEST AND CARING. MY SON AND I LOVE YOU AND WILL STAND BY YOUR SIDE.
My son started Diki when he was only two and half and now four. It would be a punishment for him if I didn’t take him to Diki Daycare for a day. There was a time I lost my job due to my health issue and I couldn’t come up with tuition for the daycare. Ms Diki the director was so kind as she listened to all my problems and told me not to worry until I got back on my feet. She is more worried about my son who was about to attend Public school kindergarten will lose his school readiness routine if I keep him home. Danny had a wonderful preschool years at Diki and now he is doing so well in school. I still feel so grateful for this wonderful preschool and the owner who is more of a living angle than a business director.
My son will be 4 in two months and has been going to Diki for two years. He started in the Penguin center on 38th St and this past year moved up to the Bunny class on Steinway. There are pros and cons about each center but, overall, I recommend them and am happy my son has had a nurturing place to spend his days while I’m at work.
The Penguin class has great teachers and a shaded, cemented area in the backyard where the kids sit outside on hot days to get a cool breeze while playing on a large rug laid out for them. They’re also right across from the playground and go there regularly. It was here, actually, that my son had his 2nd ever febrile seizure. The immediate action taken by Diki staff was perfect and I could not be more grateful for how they handled it.
The Bunny class also has great teachers. They’re kind, compassionate, upbeat and have good senses of humor. They’re always active doing different projects and I get a progress report w/ photos of what my son has been doing emailed to me at least once a month. I’m also very grateful to how they’ve respected our dietary restrictions (we’re the only vegetarians in the class). Yes, they do show videos to the kids sometimes in lieu of other activities but, from what I hear from my son, it’s usually before naptime to get them to calm down. I personally don’t mind if my child gets to zone out for 20 min or so in front of a show. It gives him a break during the non-stop Learn! Interact! environment he’s in for 9 hours.
In response to someone else’s comment that the teachers don’t speak English well: no, not all of the teachers do speak English well but, really, who cares? This isn’t a university, it’s a tiny kiddo care center. All of the head teachers DO speak English perfectly, it is only assistant teachers who may not have a perfect command of the language. To make up for this, they exude love, warmth and compassion, getting down on the floor to play with the kids and cuddle them when they’re upset. My son can hear enough English from the head teacher, his friends and his family. It also provides the kids with an opportunity to learn how to interact with someone who doesn’t necessarily speak the same language as them which I think is a pretty great educational opportunity.
Overall, although it might not be a perfect place in every way for every person, I feel comfortable leaving my there son all day and trust that he’s in good hands. My son looks forward to “school” everyday and even asks to go on the weekends and, at the end of the day, that’s all I need to hear.
Diki daycare is the best , home-like center. All the staffs are so loving and caring that all kids feel no short of anything when parents are away! They have created a very beautiful family in itself. All kids are fed full without leaving a single kid empty stomach. Their circle time is the most happiest time for kids where they get to read books, sing songs and dance . To my surprise , kids are padded and sung lullabies to put them to nap just like we parents do. I am deeply indebted to this centre since they took good care of older son Jordan who is 8 now and is taking good care of my son Jigme Ghongpa who is 3. Cant wait for my no 3 to join their family in a year from now. I would recommend this centre to all the parents if you want to make your kids feel home away from home.
My child attended Diki Day Care prior to our move. I thought they were wonderful with her. I had no complaints. I never saw the television on and my child always came home with crafts that they had done during the day. I brought my daughter on the subway every day because I thought this facility was nice and the women kind.
My son has been enrolled in Diki Daycare for almost 16 months. I can honestly say that I am EXTREMELY happy with this facility. My son has thrived since his enrollment. The place it clean, the staff is warm, caring and loving. Their program is well balanced between educational and fun. They are very informative about upcoming events and schedules. When the weather permits, they are at the playground. What more could you ask for? We moved and I have at least two daycare centers within 2 blocks of my house and wouldn’t even think about switching – it is well worth getting on the Steinway bus daily to make the trip.
I really don’t understand the 1 star rating a parent gave because I have never had a bad experience. I have never seen “junk food” given and a copy of the menu is posted for all to see. A copy was also given to parents in the kids’ cubbyholes. Most of my son’s classmates have been there a while as well.
If you are a parent looking to enroll your child in a place, do it here. You will not be disappointed.
My son has been enrolled in Diki Daycare for almost two years now, and is currently in the Bunny class. He loves it and so do I. They provide great care and a very nurturing environment. Each day is packed with plenty of activities that get the kids’ minds and bodies going. My son has learned so much there and he regularly comes home with a piece of art that he has created (or a paper with letter he has traced). They also incorporate music into their activities as well as reading books. TV watching may sometimes take place but most likely late in the day after 5 pm after a day packed with various activities. Also, weather permitting, kids are taken to the nearby playground and I have observed the teachers take great care of the children while in the playground. Food is versatile and healthy. I have always received ample notice about any scheduled closings and have received phone calls regarding any unexpected closings. I could go on and on, but in sum, Diki daycare is a place where your child will be provided with great and safe care by loving and caring teachers, and will learn so much. I wholeheartedly give them two thumbs up.