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My son has been going to peanut gallery for 2 years now and we love it!! Security is a major plus for me. I always receive phone calls whenever my child has had an injury or has had an accident. My son has been in 4 classrooms as he gets older and all of his teachers are great! Andrea has always greeted us and acknowledged my son and I as we walk thru the doors! Highly recommend this daycare to all of my friends and family!

Nelly Saunders 5 stars - Excellent

My family loves Peanut Gallery. When beginning our daycare search years ago, they were highly recommended by several friends and coworkers, but I saw it as a sign that two high school students told me that they were excited to go back to visit their daycare teachers… at Branch Hollow Peanut Gallery! They have taken care of my children for years and have helped them prepare them for school, and also for so much more. They love going, and I love that they get hands-on experiences for learning. Each classroom that they have grown into has been challenging and rewarding for them. The teachers, who have been there for years, value them and guide them both academically and emotionally. Our children have formed relationships there that I know will last a lifetime. Five stars isn’t enough.

Stacy 5 stars - Excellent

The Peanut Gallery school is awesome I would recommend this school to anyone. I have know Karen the director for about 15 years she is the most loveable person I know. Having my 1st child 5 years ago I knew Peanut Gallery was the right place for my son. The loving and nurturing staff made it easy to drop off my son each and every day. I just love the Peanut Gallery!!!

Lisa Vargas 5 stars - Excellent

My kids have been going to the Peanut Gallery for 3 or 4 years now. We absolutely love it! The staff is wonderful, the management is amazing and my boys are always excited to be there. The teachers welcome them and send them home with open arms & big hugs everyday. The summer camp activities are always something they look forward to attending as well. I’m grateful to say that my children are able to enjoy this place just like I did when I was a kid!

Kelli S. 5 stars - Excellent

I absolutely love this school. The love and care that go into taking care of my children is just amazing. I could never have imagined that being a mother, I would be so comfortable with others taking care of my children. But when my little girls walk into school, the run to their teachers, and you can tell they truly love being there. I just love this place!

Holly Maxwell 5 stars - Excellent

I wanted to take the opportunity to tell you how much I appreciate your staff at Branch Hollow. The struggle to leave my daughter Emily, and return to work after maternity leave was a tough decision and what my family needed to survive. Each morning the decision was made easier as I found my child thriving in the care of the nursery staff. She was a happy and healthy baby that grew into a toddler quickly.

As Emily moved through the class ages at the day care, she was challenged by learning, friendships and invaluable discipline to get along with others. The teachers do an excellent job of communicating with me about her day. I feel they are partnering with me in preparing my child for each step of her future.

Emily enjoys teaching my husband and I all the new songs she is learning. She loves to do art work, count in Spanish, and tell tales about her day.

The extra time and care that Karen Merolla and her staff take to know each child is evident in the atmosphere of the center and the joy of the child. The Branch Hollow Peanut Gallery has been an answer to my prayers. Well done Karen and staff.

Kathy H.

We have had our children at The Peanut Gallery Early Learning Center since our oldest was an infant at the Richardson location.Today all three of our kids are enrolled at the Allen location. One is in the Summer Camp program; the next in the Preschool program and the youngest is in the Two year old program.

The management and staff really love and care for our kids. They are very attentive to the child’s needs. No request is too big and they are very helpful in our children’s development both socially, physically and mentally. We have referred friends in the area to The Peanut Gallery and they were also amazed by the quality of the facility and the staff. We are so glad that The Peanut gallery in Allen offers us a choice of quality daycare in our neighborhood for all our children.

The Bennett Family

After making the decision to return to work following 18 months at home after our daughter’s birth, I faced the dilemma of choosing the right child care for our family. When Devin was younger he attended a Montessori Academy with which I was pleased. I wanted a facility that would offer a variety of stimulating activities in a positive environment. After interviewing several schools, I chose The Peanut Gallery.

I was extremely concerned with Deborah’s ability to adjust and Devin’s daily transportation from Elementary School to The Peanut Gallery. The first week I drove to the Peanut Gallery on my lunch hour every day to check on Deborah. Of course she was soundly sleeping, and Devin came home very happy. In addition, you let Devin visit his sister in her classroom any time he missed her. This greatly relieved my anxiety about leaving my child in the care of others while I worked.

Now Deborah is very outgoing and so smart. At three years old, she can write her name, identify letters in the alphabet, spell colors, count to thirty and count in Spanish. What a turn around from the shy baby she was when she started! Devin is so happy to be with all his friends after school. Every day he comes home with funny stories or crafts he has created. I love that he has so many activity choices, and never complains that he is bored. I always tell my friend and family that I wish there was a place like The Peanut Gallery when I was growing up.

The Peanut Gallery has been the most positive experience I have had with a child care facility. I recommend them to everyone I know with children.

D. Bushland

I just wanted to take a few minutes to say how much my children, as well as my husband and I, love Peanut Gallery on Branch Hollow in Carrollton. They practically grew up there, my son since he was 1 and my daughter since she was 8 weeks old, thus feeling at home every time they go back. Even though they are at home with me during our summer breaks, they constantly ask me to take them there because they do not want to miss out on the fun. The fact that the same teachers have been there since way before they have been attending, gives me a piece of mind because I know they are in good hands and everyone knows and loves them. It is our home away from home, and we are grateful!

Cristina I.

My kids have been treated like family since Day One. The staff are very loving and caring people that have taught my daughter SOOOOO much in a very short time!! Cannot say enough for the peace of mind I have when I drop my daughter off everyday!!

Meg B.

I would have to say this is the best childcare in this area. My son just graduated in Mrs. Viki’s pre-k class and was in every department throughout the building. I am very blessed that my son was cared for by this group of people….I say people more like family! My son enjoys being there that is his second home and not one have I felt that my child was not cared for or loved like their own! If is was not for the peanut gallery being his home away from home he wouldn’t be the child he is today!! Great people great place!!

Katie P.

My Grandson went to Peanut Gallery in La Porte, TX for over a year and the people there were very loving and attentive. He is not attending right now but will return in the fall when his Mom is back in school. No daycare is perfect, just like no workplace is perfect…people are involved! In my mind running a daycare is like controlling chaos and the Peanut Gallery does a very good job of controlling the chaos, some days better than others but that is to be expected. My Children, now 20 & 24, attended the same daycare (different owner/name at the time) and the current director and many of the teachers were there then which is an example of the experience of the staff.

Ketchum & Harrison Families

It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that Ashton Redman’s last day of summer and after school care will be August 22, 2014.

Ashton has been enrolled at The Peanut Gallery since 2008.

I cannot speak highly enough of all of the staff members that our family has come to know over the past many years. The directors, assistant directors, lead teachers, and teachers have always taken great care in providing for my child.

I am very thankful for the two centers he has attended. The center on Rosemeade Pkwy. with Ms. Terri and Ms. Becky is where my son started.

We purchased a home in The Colony in 2010. At that time we transferred to the North Colony center with Ms. Christie, Ms. Chris, Ms. Jennifer, Ms. Kim and Mr. Nick.

These individuals are an exceptional asset to your company! I have seen them portray the utmost professionalism and genuine care for my child and for all of the children at their centers.

The staff, at both of these locations, has a God given spirit for the industry they are in. The Peanut Gallery has been the only choice for our child. We have and will continue to tell everyone what a great company and early development organization The Peanut Gallery is.

Thank you for al of the support, encouragement and patience you have shown to my son.

Debbie R.

I switched my two children from another area daycare due to the fact that they had a really high turn-over of teachers. I never knew who was going to be with my children on a day to day basis and eventually just stopped learning their names all together. At the Peanut Gallery, I know all of the teachers that work there full time and most of the part-time summer help. They know my children s name and most of them have all worked there for a long time. I feel confident in sending my kids to daycare everyday knowing who will be with them and that they are being taken care of. Thank you to our “other family” of teachers & staff at the Peanut Gallery in Carrollton!!!

Arica S.

My grandson has been going there for One year.most of all I love the caring staff,and convenience of location. My grandson is always happy when he arrives and when he leaves, and that is very important to us. The staff are happy and caring people to us and our child and that’s what matters.

Brenda G.

As we begin our final summer at Peanut Gallery in The Colony, I want to thank the directors and teachers for loving and caring for my daughter for the last nine years. Each of the directors and several teachers have many years at the daycare.

Over the years she has learned many things. As a toddler, she learned to share, sing, color and was potty trained. In preschool, she learned her ABC’s, sounds, numbers, some Spanish and fine motor skills. As a Kangaroo she learned to read and was above average by the time she entered Kindergarten. The graduation ceremony seems like yesterday and will always be a special memory. She has enjoyed the physical activities provided. Leighas love for dance started by taking from Ms. Cheri at age 3. She enjoyed the trike-a-thons each year. As a school-age student she enjoys the fun packed summer field trips. She has made many friends which will last a lifetime.

As a parent, the peace of mind I have knowing she is safe and having fun means the world to me. We consider the directors and teachers family and would like to thank each of them for everything you do each day for children. You are making a difference!

Leasa M.

I have had my children at The Peanut Gallery for 7 years and would not change a thing!! My two children have very different personalities and both thrived and learned so much from the Peanut Gallery. They loved going to school, were loved by all the staff, and to top it off were extremely prepared for kindergarten. I would recommend this school to anyone looking for a place for their kids, they are absolutely the best and have a clean, safe, loving environment.

Katie A.

My two grand kids have both attended the Peanut Gallery. I love all the things they do for the kids and their families. We have been able to attend stone soup days, fall festivals, graduations and so much more. They really know the kids and their families and make everyone feel welcome and involved. Both my grand kids love going to the peanut gallery and I recommend them to everyone!

Barb W.

All 3 of our children have attended The Peanut Gallery and we currently still have one enrolled.

Our 1st child started day one when it was originally Beary Best Academy and was there until the age of 11/12. He had the opportunity to take swimming lessons when they were offering those and is a good swimmer now because of it. It was a nice option since these were done during the day hours and we didn’t have to worry about running him to lessons after work. While there he also started learning computers and basic Spanish, which prepared him for his classes in elementary all the way through high school. Going into Kindergarten, he and anyone who attended The Peanut Gallery were already ahead of the class because of the teachings they received there. They prepare them better than any other facility I know. We once were told they were not a “day care” but rather a teaching facility, and I believe this based on our children’s experiences. This is where he met some of his first friends; a special group in which he continues to be friends with through high school. We too have also met and established relationships with other parents whose children attended The Peanut Gallery and have become very close.

Our second child attended The Peanut Gallery until the age of 7 and had opportunities as well with computers and Spanish. She too, was better prepared than the majority of her class. Our third child was fortunate to start attending when she was 6-8 weeks old. We always wanted the school to accept new borns and on baby #3 this happened. We couldn’t have been happier. The facility is separate from the older children and is very cautious on their handlings with the babies, from sanitary to what specific needs your child has. Both facilities do a great job in making sure that your child gets the attention they need. All 3 of our children are fair skinned and require more sun screen use than normal. The staff has always been more than willing to accommodate us on this. If there is anything that needs to be resolved, they are always willing to look into the situation and do what is best for all those involved. Their concern is always for the child.

The facility has many functions throughout the year – Picture day, Halloween Carnival, Family Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas Book exchange, Picnics, Field trips, visits from the fire department and Clifford and much much more.

Their staff is very caring and does a great job at teaching our children the necessary skills they will need in life.

A big THANKS to the Staff for the many years of dedication to our children and for the years still to come.

Lutz Family

My daughter, Julia, has been attending the Peanut Gallery for almost all her life. Starting with the infant room at the small school to the pre-k room at the big school, she has had wonderful teachers and staff members caring for her. The Peanut Gallery is a place where I can drop my daughter off and know that she will be cared for in a safe and clean environment that promotes learning.

Chikezie-Darron Family

I wanted to take a moment to tell you how very pleased I am with the staff at the Peanut Gallery in Temple. I didn’t just want a place to watch my daughter while I was at work, I really needed a place that cared for her like their own. These ladies have done that above and beyond what I could hope for. I don’t feel like I’m leaving her at “daycare”, I’m leaving her with friends and family who have a vested interest in her care, her education, and her growth as a person. We’ve learned more about my daughter TOGETHER over the last couple of years than I thought possible. They are part of our family now. When great things happen, we can’t wait to get to school and tell her teachers. Thank you so much for what you have done and continue to do for my daughter and our family!

Cortright Family

As a parent, I entrust my greatest blessing to the staff at The Peanut Gallery every day. We have been part of The Peanut Gallery family for almost eight years and the group of individuals working there are caring, professional and dedicated. They have done a wonderful job making The Peanut Gallery an inviting and successful child care center. As parents, we all wish that we would not need the services of a day care for our children but the reality is that many of us do and are faced with the important decision of finding a facility that will provide the love and care that they deserve, and gives us parents the peace of mind knowing that while we are away from them that they are being loved, that they are safe and secure and are learning to interact with other children. Through the years, my son Chase has been blessed with awesome teachers and I thank you so much for your responsiveness, attention to detail and support over the years. I cannot imagine how I could have coped without knowing that Chase is able to go to a safe, fun place every day. What he has learned at The Peanut Gallery, as well as the warmth and respect that he has been shown, has enabled him to be outgoing, independent and respectful of others.


I was really hoping after my third child I would be a stay at home mom. However at this time it is not possible. So my husband and I were ready to start looking for a great place for our son to stay most of his days. I went to The Peanut gallery because of the convenience of it being right across the street. The day we came to check it out we fell in love. There is such a warm presence when you first walk in. There is always wonderful music in the background and amazing staff members at the front to greet you.

Caleb has been there for 5 months. He has always been so excited to come everyday. Everyone knows him by name from the friendly kitchen aide, to the director. You c an tell he feels so loved and safe. His teacher is absolutely wonderful. I will come and watch from afar. She will line up the babies and read to them, play with BIG flash cards and much more.

The Peanut Gallery is a very accommodating place for breast feeding moms. I always feel welcome to come and feed my son and feel very accepted. As a parent of three children I have never felt so cared for in a daycare facility before. I feel as if everyone is really trying to make an effort to make my son and I feel like we are at home. I am so blessed to have found such a welcoming, safe, loving environment for my son and I am sure you will too.

The Peanut Gallery Family

I would like to thank you and your wonderful staff there at The Peanut Gallery. Chip started there on 9.24.2004, before that time Chip has been in 2 other childcare facilities that I was unhappy with. Mrs. Charity is a wonderful and caring person and teacher. I love the face that Mrs. Charity has been there as a stable teacher and Chip really adores her and that says a lot to me as a parent; I trust The Peanut Gallery with Chip, and I know that he’s going to be well taken care of while I’m at work.

I’m often impressed with what Chip has and continues to learn at The Peanut Gallery. Chip is always singing a song that he has learned. He has taught me the colors in Spanish, ABC with a very cute song that has the sound and name of an animal for each letter, and he is also learning sign language, that is great because he teaches it to his older brother and sister.

I’m writing you because I wanted to let you know of the wonderful job and hard work that you and your great staff are doing for my son Chip, and to say thank you for making it a little bit easier for my piece of mind that when I drop him off every morning that hes in a fun and safe place where is truly loved.

Gaither Family

I have 2 children, one of whom attended The Peanut Gallery from 7 weeks old, and the other who started attending at 3 months. The staff has been so accommodating and welcoming, and for a mother leaving her infant, this is paramount! I always felt that I could communicate my needs and wants with both the staff and director, and be taken seriously. The “team” approach of teachers and parents working together helped me feel like I wasn’t just leaving my kids at a daycare, but rather with someone who was an extension of myself and the care I give my children. I nursed both of my children, and everyone was supportive and receptive to the intricacies that entailed when my kids were in the care of others.

The Buckhalter Family

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