Utah’s Top Rated Local® Child Care Center Award Winner: Discovery Tree Academy

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Discover Tree Academy is a 2018 award winner!

We are thrilled to say that the team at Discovery Tree Academy has earned a phenomenal 94.00 Rating Score™ and a spot among the top three child care providers in the entire state of Utah. Here are a few of the reviews that earned them their 2018 Top Rated Local award:

“Discovery Tree Academy has been so amazing! We searched and searched for quality childcare and preschool for our daughter, and Discovery Tree exceeded our expectations. The teachers and staff are wonderful, caring, and knowledgeable. My daughter had an excellent experience! She was loved and cared for, and she learned so many things. Thank you!” -Katie S.

“My kids were at Discovery Tree for two years. Mr.Tim and his caring staff are very dedicated and professional. [The staff was] very responsive if we had any questions or concerns. They also kept parents informed on current events through the bright wheel app… I would support raising tuition to keep good teachers. Keep up the great work, DTA staff!” -Jayne W.R

“We have been using Discovery Tree for almost two years now and it has been a great experience. My kids love their teachers. The days are structured to include learning, structured play, and free play. I really like that they use [an] app so that I can easily see pictures and videos of what my kids do throughout the day, as well as what they eat, any notes/updates, and view/pay for invoices. The teachers are great. They love the kids and care about their learning. The only downside so far is that I don’t live closer.” -Melinda D.S

Not Your Average Child Care Company

Owner, Tim Carter, took some time to chat with us about his business’ successful online reputation, as well as what they bring to the table for their students and their families. When we asked what makes Discovery Tree different from other child care centers, he told us it really boils down to four things:

1. Security and safety for children and staff
2. The ability to run advanced programs and give kids hands-on experience
3. A clean facility with a great atmosphere
4. The culture they provide—they pick and choose who is a good fit for the school and only take 72 kids at a time

Building Success Through by Sticking to Their Vision

It’s clear that the team at Discovery Tree Academy is doing something right. After all, you don’t earn phenomenal reviews for no reason. Because of that, we knew Tim would have some great advice for other business owners, especially those working in the childcare industry. He said,
“Get your program or product aligned with true vision and show it externally, go as big as possible. [Do] lots of Marketing, surround business around social proof.”


Congratulations to the team at Discovery Tree Academy for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner!

Utah’s Top Rated Local® Child Care Providers Award Winner: Children’s Classic

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Children’s Classic is a 2018 award winner for child care providers in Utah!

If you’re looking for the right child care provider in Ogden, look no further than Children’s Classic Child Care Centers.

Children’s Classic has earned dozens of online reviews with an average rating of 5.00 stars, a wonderful Rating Score™ of 92.00 and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for being ranked among the top 10 child care providers in all of Utah!

Here’s just one of the many five-star reviews their happy clients have given them:

“I absolutely love taking my kids here! We are at the South Ogden location, and they are so amazing with my kiddos. All the employees know my kids, and they are always warm and happy with all kids! It’s like dropping the kids off with family. Love this place!” – Kirsten B

Not Your Average Child Care Provider

The team at Children’s Classic has been serving children and their families in Ogden for more than 50 years. And unlike most child care centers where turnover is common, the staff at Children’s Classic is long-term, giving them the experience and expertise to provide next-level child care. This also benefits the children, ensuring they have a friendly, familiar face to turn to each day.

Another thing that sets Children’s Classic apart from other child care providers are the unique benefits they provide for their students. For one, they are Top Star Rated, giving them the training to target obesity in preschools. They also include the Spanish language into their lesson plans, and with in-class cameras, parents always have peace of mind knowing their child is safe and happy.

Children’s Classic was started in 1964 in a humble, three-bedroom duplex by Michael and Lucy Morelli, and today, it’s now a prominent child care center in Ogden. The manager of Children’s Classic, Shauna Kendall, attended Children’s Classic when she was a child, and wanted to be a part of it. She has been the administrator for more than 25 years, and is happy to carry on the tradition of loving, caring for and teaching children that Michael and Lucy started more than 50 years ago.

Building Success Through Longevity and Happy Clients

Shauna credits Children’s Classic’s strong online reputation to the company’s longevity and their commitment to ensuring that their clients are happy. This has helped the company grow through word of mouth as well as online reviews.

Children’s Classic also gets their name out there through their website, Facebook and billboards.

We asked Shauna what advice she has for other business owners looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here are her words of wisdom:

“Make the clients happy, make the parents happy, and you will grow.”


Congratulations to the team at Children’s Classic for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Shauna, for taking the time to speak with us!

Are you looking for next-level child care in Ogden? If so, we highly recommend Children’s Classic. Visit their website today!

Arizona’s Top Rated Local® Child Care Providers Award Winner: Wee Blessings Preschool

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that, because of their top-notch 96.00 Rating Score™, Wee Blessings Preschool is a 2018 award winner for child care providers in Arizona.

Located in East Valley, Wee Blessings Preschool is the number one choice for parents looking for an academic, Bible-based approach to childcare.

The team at Wee Blessings Preschool has earned dozens of positive online reviews with an average rating of five stars and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for being among the top 10 child care providers in all of Arizona.

Here is just one of the many five-star reviews they’ve received from their happy families:

“We are so happy here. The teachers and staff are wonderful, and I am amazed at how much my son has learned. He begs to go to school, even on his days off, because he has so much fun there.” – Krista Y

Not Your Average Child Care Provider

There are so many things that set Wee Blessings Preschool apart from other child care providers in Arizona. For one, every teacher is fully credentialed. They also boast some of the lowest student-to-teacher ratios in the state, which means that students get more one-on-one time with their teachers.

The company is family-owned, and the owner and director of Wee Blessings Preschool, Debi Larkin, is always onsite and involved. Debi has a masters degree and 25 years of experience in education, and she writes all of the curriculum for Wee Blessings Preschool. The preschool is run like a kindergarten, giving the students a leg-up when they start elementary school.

Wee Blessings is a Christian-based preschool, but it’s also highly academic, and unlike many other preschools that are located in strip malls, Wee Blessings has an outdoor play area. Wee Blessings also incorporates Spanish programming into their classes and offers after-school programs, which include Tots in Motion Dance, Kids Yoga Smiles, America’s Best Karate and Stretch and Grow Sports.

We asked Debi why she does what she does at Wee Blessings Preschool. This is what she had to say:

“I was looking for a solution for my son, and I couldn’t find a center that was both Christian- and academic-based. We are also trying to bring more people to Christ through Wee Blessings. You don’t have to be a Christian to attend, but we love that we can touch people’s lives and have a positive impact.”

Building Success Through Word of Mouth

According to Debi, the team at Wee Blessings Preschool has managed to build such a strong online reputation because they always make it a point to ask the families they serve to fill out a survey at the end of the year. They post some of those surveys on social media as well.

In addition to the growth they’ve seen through their strong online reputation, Debi also credits the company’s growth to word-of-mouth referrals and the company’s reputation within the community.

When we asked Debi what advice she has for other business owners looking to grow their business and build their online reputation, she had these words of wisdom to share:

“You’ve got to have a connection with your families and the community. We do a lot of outreach to help families in need. It can’t just be about us filling our preschool and making money; it’s got to be about giving back as well.”


Congratulations to the team at Wee Blessings Preschool for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner! And thank you so much, Debi, for taking the time to share your secrets to success with us!

If you’re looking for the right child care provider in Arizona, we highly recommend Wee Blessings Preschool. Visit their website today to learn more.

Colorado’s Top Rated Local® Child Care Provider Award Winner: Community Preschool of Loveland

Due to their exemplary 94.00 Rating Score™ and extraordinary reviews, we are proud to announce that Community Preschool of Loveland is a 2018 Top Rated Local® award winner! This is just one of the many fantastic reviews that earned them a place in the top 10 child care providers in Colorado on top Rated Local:

“I really can’t say enough about this wonderful preschool. My son was a student from 2009–2011, and my daughter was a student from 2014-2016. There are not many preschools left where the teachers truly understand the goal of preschool: to learn through play, movement, song, and interaction. It’s a happy, warm environment where families come together to teach the children. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a preschool.” -S.C

Community Preschool of Loveland’s publicity coordinator took a moment to discuss the school, as well as their online reputation, with us. Here’s what they had to say:

What is your secret to such a strong online reputation?

We place major emphasis on family involvement. We’re a co-op preschool, so we require parents to volunteer throughout the year, and that’s a really big facet of our program. Our parents love the fact that they’re involved, and as far as our pedagogy is concerned, we’re a play-based preschool. We address the developmental needs of kids before they go to kindergarten by incorporating hands-on activities, field trips, music, and more. Families love that!

What makes you different? In other words, if you had one minute to sell somebody on why they should choose you, what would you say?

I can actually answer that from a bit of a different perspective than most, as I’m not only an employee, but a parent in this program. For our family, we chose community preschool because of its super-welcoming atmosphere. The teachers are very knowledgeable about what it takes to address the needs of young children prior to going to public school. Parents will be able to see that there’s a lot of active learning going on. When you visit or volunteer, you don’t walk in and see a bunch of children being talked at. They’re involved and hands-on with everything we’re doing. Our teacher’s aid, Ms. Tammy, is the first face you see when you walk through the door. She’s extremely genuine, loves to answer questions for our new families, and is very accommodating. We love her.

Why do you do what you do? In other words, what is your mission and/or how do you attempt to make the world a better place?

There are five key values that drive our program and push us to do what we do:

  1. Allow kids the time to explore and discover
  2. Encourage independence during playtime
  3. Provide tools for creative expression
  4. Encourage social development by introducing peer groups of the same age
  5. Provide a safe and secure environment away from home

Outside of building a strong online reputation, what else do you do to market and grow your business?

A lot of families come to us via word of mouth. Community preschool has been in Loveland for decades. In fact, I actually found Community preschool three years ago, when I was talking to a mother who sent her kids here in 2003. When it’s time for enrollment, we post on Facebook, but that’s about it. We post in mom and family groups announcing that we have openings, and it’s worked well for us. We also occasionally partner with parent and alumni businesses through our corporate sponsorship program.

What advice do you have for other businesses trying to build a strong online reputation and grow their business?

Coming from a business background, I’d say, “do a good job and people will talk to you.” If you do well, no one is going to write a bad review. They’ll refer you to other people. It’s that simple. Be the best at what you do.


Congratulations on your Top Rated Local award, Community Preschool of Loveland!

If you’re in the Loveland, Colorado, area and looking for caring and dedicated preschool for your little ones, we highly recommend Community Preschool of Loveland.

Colorado’s Top Rated Local® Child Care Providers Award Winner: Young People’s Learning Center

Top Rated Local® is proud to announce that Young People’s Learning Center is an award-winning child care provider because of their amazing Rating Score™.

For discerning parents in the Fort Collins area looking for reliable, trustworthy care for their children that won’t break the bank, Young People’s Learning Center is a top choice. Young People’s Learning Center is a child care provider that helps children learn through play and excitement.

Over the years, Young People’s Learning Center has earned so many glowing reviews, as well as an award-winning 96.73 Rating Score. Here’s just one of their many reviews:

“My daughter has been at Young People’s Learning Center since she was a year old. We have been at the center on Mathews and Plum. Every teacher has been wonderful to my daughter! She has learned so much and can spell her name, count to 10 in Spanish, count to almost 50 in English, etc. I am very pleased with the centers and would recommend YPLC to anyone!”

Young People’s Learning Center has managed to build the kind of reputation that most companies only dream of, so the team at Top Rated Local sat down with Owner, Heather Griffith, to learn the keys to their success. Here’s what she had to say.

What is your secret to such a strong online reputation?

For a start, we’ve been around for 40 years, and because it’s important to us to feel like we’re part of our community, we’ve been able to make an impact. We also work very hard to build relationships with both our staff and our customers.

What makes you different? In other words, if you had one minute to sell somebody on why they should choose you, what would you say?

We’re locally owned and family operated and have been serving the community for 40 years, which has given us the experience to be prepared for whatever is thrown at us. We make it a point to be very close to the community. We are aware of the events going on within our community, and we maintain a close relationship with the families we work with

Why do you do what you do? In other words, what is your mission and/or how do you attempt to make the world a better place?

Everything we do, from toddler care and preschool to before and after school care, we do at the highest possible level in order to make parents’ lives easier. There seems to be a lack of child care in the community right now, and we are always looking at different ways that we can best meet that need. One way we do this is by keeping our prices affordable for our community.

Outside of building a strong online reputation, what else do you do to market and grow your business?

We don’t do tons of marketing, but we do try to maintain our website. Most of our marketing is word of mouth, but we do send postcards every so often. Because we’ve been around for so long, most of the people in our community know who we are by now.

What advice do you have for other businesses trying to build a strong online reputation and grow their business?

Connect with your community. We’ve also learned from experience that parents appreciate all of the information we have available to them on our website. People appreciate that they can learn so much about who we are and what we do in one place.


Congratulations to the team at Young People’s Learning Center for being a 2018 Top Rated Local winner, and thank you to Heather for taking the time to speak with us!

Are you interested in learning more about Young People’s Learning Center? If so, please visit their website today.

Colorado’s Top Rated Local® Child Care Award Winner: Willows Child Learning Centers

Top Rated Local® is proud to announce that Willows Child Learning Centers is an award winner for their amazing 94.2 Rating Score™! They’ve proudly served countless happy families, many of whom are vocal about how much they love Willows Child Learning Centers.

Here are a couple reviews from some very happy parents:

“I couldn’t be more pleased with switching my child to Willows. She has grown immensely not only in her academics, but also behaviorally and socially. My daughter absolutely LOVES it here. The teachers and staff are amazing and truly take the time with each individual child. I would highly recommend this center to anyone looking for a great school.”

“I cannot rave enough about this place! I am beyond grateful that we found this school for my kiddo. The level of education is high, the environment is warm and creative and the relationships with the staff help me feel comfortable dropping my kiddo off each morning. We use this place for both preschool and daycare and they excel at both. The teachers care about the growth of my daughter and are even there to help jump in when we are having a rough morning and she needs to learn a lesson about getting dressed on time and not throwing a tantrum. As for the curriculum I am continually shocked at the high-level vocabulary my daughter now uses in her casual conversations and her increased understanding of concepts such as logic and patience. I am just so incredibly pleased with this school… “

Executive director Jan Spencer took a moment to speak with us about what makes their online reputation so exemplary. Here’s what she had to say:

What is your secret to such a strong online reputation?

Hard work — that and passion. We work very hard and are truly passionate about early childhood education. These things have given us an extraordinary local reputation, which has translated well into our reputation online. We love these kids and their families, and we believe that shows.

What makes you different? In other words, if you had one minute to sell somebody on why they should choose you, what would you say?

We’re family owned and operated, so when parents allow us to take care of their children, it’s like leaving them with a trusted family member. Another thing that really helps us stand out is the fact that every single one of our teachers has a Bachelor’s degree. Our staff is compassionate and incredibly caring. They’re dedicated to doing their jobs well, and we are all constantly learning and growing.

Why do you do what you do? In other words, what is your mission and/or how do you attempt to make the world a better place?

Our goal is to foster a love of learning and exploration in the children we care for so that they can carry that with them throughout their lives — socially, emotionally, and academically. For that reason, we strive to provide a well-rounded curriculum. Our philosophy is guidance philosophy is Love and Logic®, and that helps us to teach children to take responsibility for their own behavior. This increases their confidence so that they can walk through the world with their heads high.

Outside of building a strong online reputation, what else do you do to market and grow your business?

Most of our business comes to us via word of mouth. We even have old students that now bring their own children in. We’ve proudly built a strong community of families.

What advice do you have for other businesses trying to build a strong online reputation and grow their business?

A good website is imperative. If that’s not well put together, it makes things hard for the parents who will consistently check in. Transparency with pricing is also really helpful in keeping people around. Excellent service is the key.

Ms. Spencer would like to thank her parents, Daryl and Marilyn Bivens, for their outstanding business sense and foresight to set high standards for the company. She would also like to thank her brother, Paul Bivens (Willows’ business manager) for all of his hard work and dedication.

Congratulations, Willows Child Learning Centers, and thank you for your time.