Magnolia Day School has its roots from St. Petersburg Pediatrics, a well-known pediatrics practice serving Pinellas County, Florida.
St. Petersburg Pediatrics has been specializing in children for over 30 years with several locations scattered throughout Pinellas County. The mission of the practice is to treat all of our patients equally and to make visits more convenient for families. This has been the secret to our success as a health care provider in the community.
After communicating with families over the years we came to realize a need for high quality child care in Pinellas County. This is how Magnolia Day School became a reality. After conducting our research, we categorized child care facilities into three major types; home centers, small centers and larger corporate run centers. Families were able to give us reasons why these types of child care facilities did not meet their standards.
With home centers, families felt it was more like a babysitting service rather than an educational institute. Many of these types of centers fly under the radar and get away with not having to abide by licensing board standards. In fact many, do not even have licenses to run a child care facility. Here families felt it was like baby sitter rather than an educational environment.
When it came to the smaller child care facilities, the main concern for families was the actual physical environment. Many of these facilities are in dilapidated buildings which adhere to older building codes and licensing regulations. Due to falling under the older set of regulations, many of these centers are not required to provide the adequate amount of space per child as set by the Licensing Board. As well as falling under the older licensing regulations they also fall under the older building code. Today, city regulators require very strict building codes for schools for the safety of the children. These smaller centers housed in older homes/buildings are major safety casualties waiting to happen.
Then, there’s the larger corporate child care facilities. These companies have several dozen centers across the country with their headquarters typically in another state. The main concerns from families with these centers were the cost of tuition and the cold corporate feeling. The individuals who run these child care facilities are so detached from their centers that they are unable to run them properly. These centers are typically run as child care factories with little care for the families.
After doing our research, we felt we needed to have a mixture of all of these types of centers minus the downside. We wanted to build child care facilities which were new with the most up to date construction and safety standards like the larger corporate facilities. We also wanted the personal feel along with tuition rates much closer to that of smaller centers.
If you walk into one of our centers, you’ll notice the most up to date furniture and learning equipment in the industry. You’ll also notice a very well trained and welcoming staff to help you through the important decision of choosing a childcare center for your family. We are NOT a babysitting service. We pride ourselves in teaching children and giving them and their families the attention each one of them needs in order to be successful in the next step of their young lives.