“I had just gotten accepted to Med school and also just had a newborn. I was scheduled to move across the United States in 4 weeks. I knew I would need child care when I was in class, but I couldn’t seem to find a place. I had called over 50 facilities that day, literally, most didn’t have openings and/or wanted to put my son on the waiting list. I kept looking and decided I would try 1 more for the day, Augustine’s. Immediately I felt at peace, her tone was nurturing, welcoming, and she said, “I’ve been doing this for 45 years; we will take good care of him.” We scheduled a time to meet once we were settled and my son started the next week. I was hesitant at first. We were 38 hrs away from home and the only people my son and I knew was Augustine’s staff. I could not have made a better decision. They have become more like family than a daycare facility. We have been here for 6 months and it seems as if we have known them forever. They take great care of my child and care for him as if he is a family member. She’s very understanding with my class schedule. They implement learning activities, arts and crafts, music circle, and much more. If you’re looking for a loving, safe, family type of environment, this is the place for your child.”
“Augustine’s Dreams is a fabulous daycare! I can't say enough about it. Our kids have been attending Augustine’s Dreams for the past 9 months now. I would say that the staff here stands out even in a town with many wonderful child care options. They are caring, dedicated, and knowledgeable about early childhood education. They have made our family feel we are the most important thing in their day. They are reliable, flexible, and attentive. I do not ever feel worried about my kids during the day. I know I can call after hours with questions or if I need input about anything!
In addition, they offer creative and engaging projects and experiences for our kids to grow. They do adorable and educational art projects, and our kids come home each day having learned something new. Our family constantly receives compliments from friends and family regarding how much our kids already know at their young ages, and we thank Augustine’s for this!
The staff goes above and beyond to make our experience at the school as comfortable as possible for children and parents alike. They provide an amazing sense of community.”
“The Augustine’s Dream Learning Center has been an amazing setting for my family. I received the most devastating news when my children were diagnosed with autism, and it was scary thinking that they will never talk and never fully understand the world around them. As a parent of special needs children, it was imperative that my daycare program not only provide a safe and educational environment, but also provide individualized care to my children. I needed caregivers to reinforce all the therapies that they received, and help me help them reach their potential.
The center is safe place for my children to thrive and has been instrumental in helping my children talk. Ms. Milani does not see color, sex, or disabilities when she cares for the children; she protects every single one of them and teaches them to respect one another. There are so many stereotypes that go with having children with disabilities, and I know that their journey has just begun. There will judgment on them, and it will break my heart. Knowing that they will have those future challenges makes today so important to me. The children are so excited to get to the center as they have very busy days, but I never have to worry about other kids “picking on them”; everyone is included and I have seen such amazing growth.
The center provides an amazing educational platform; my children did not sing at the age of 4, did not talk, and did not engage with the other kids. By working hand in hand with the center, the school, and therapist, the children are emerging from the autistic behaviors and learning at such a fast rate I can’t keep up. It surprises me when they tell me they want they want, such as “a drink of water”. Honestly, those are the struggles for parents that have children with disabilities. The center has been dependable and supportive of my children’s education and growth, and they have been going above and beyond to ensure the children get to school and are picked up as well. They were my eyes and ears while I worked, having an open communication with their teachers and their therapists and always reported everything back to me in real time.
The center has provided individualized care for my children from the very first day of admission. My children are on different levels of the spectrum so what one will need the other does not and vice versa. They have been loved and their transformation has been truly astonishing. One of the children, who did not speak 1 summer ago, will be attending a mainstream kindergarten class. My other child, who is also now talking, still has some work to do, but my team of teachers, therapists, and Ms. Milani are all confident that the child will be in mainstream very soon. To see my children laugh and make jokes just pulls my heart strings and confirms that I have been making the correct choices for their care. There are many more successes still yet to come, and I am embracing every word they say, games they play, and things they learn as they happen.
I feel it does not matter if you have a child with disabilities or not; as a parent, you always want to do your best to “stack the deck” in their favor. I highly recommend Augustine’s Learning Center to any parent, regardless if they have disabilities or not. They will provide care for your child at the highest level, be taught self-respect and respect for others, and taught all the same educational material as any other program. Ms. Milani has been doing this for a long time and has a heart of gold. She has been the source of strength and support for my family and I, and I have nothing but appreciation for all she has done.”
“I absolutely LOVE and adore the staff at Augustine's Dream! They treat our three kids like they are family! When we first went to check this daycare out, our three toddlers immediately fought with each other to climb into Ms. Milani's lap! Since then I have never been disappointed about anything. It is fun-loving, yet structured. I feel very good about leaving my kids with her and don't even worry during the day. They come home sharing new songs and stories, and they provide the kids with lots of art projects. We always have something to hang on our kitchen walls at home so that our kids see how proud we are of what they do!
Augustine's Dreams has potty training down to an art! They potty trained my eldest and is currently potty training my twins. Milani offers extremely great advice in any area of early childhood development. Her experience, patience, and flexibility are a triple threat to other daycares!”
“My daughter started care with Augustine's Dreams when she was four months old. The care she has received here is remarkable. Ms. Dupre is an excellent provider, always attentive to my daughters needs very and flexible with my crazy work schedule. Daycare home is very clean, lots of activities for my child, and overall a great place - dream come true! I would highly recommend Augustine's Dreams to anyone looking for a reliable provider. I don't know what I would do without her!”
“Our 3-month-old came here for only a short time. However, the short time he was there we felt he was completely taken care of. This was our first time using an in-home daycare and I was nervous, to say the least. Every day my husband would drop my son off, Ms. Milani was waiting with open arms. You can tell she really cares about the kids. When we had to relocate our son to a daycare that was closer to our home and jobs, I was bummed. I would highly recommend this child care for anyone looking for an in-home daycare. The place is clean, and the kids are extremely safe and well taken care of. You can tell the kids really enjoy being there.”
“I am a working parent who relies solely on childcare while I go to work. I checked out several daycare programs throughout the Sacramento area which consisted of in home and public daycares. Wanted to have my children at a place where I knew they were well taken care of and in an environment where they could thrive mentally. Once I met with the staff at Augustine’s Dreams Learning Center, I knew I wanted it to be a place where when I am at work I can be at ease. I cannot say enough good things about Augustine’s Dream. My son just turned two years old. He has been at the daycare for about 6 months. Prior to him being at daycare, he was not talking. He had no social skills and was very dependent. After the first month of him being there, I saw sudden change in his behavior. Now he is talking in semi-complete sentences. He recognizes his alphabet. He is counting to thirty, recognizes the colors, and he is fully potty trained, and not to mention, this all has been accomplished within the short amount of time that he has been there. My school-aged children also attend Augustine’s Dream. They are in the after-school program where they offer assistance with homework, after-school pickup and snack. The staff genuinely cares about the children and works with each child to strengthen any weakness or concern you may have. I would highly recommend Augustine’s Dreams Learning Center for childcare. From my experience, it has been a safe learning environment for my baby and older children.”