Kids are lovely, management is mediocre.
Child Care Worker (Former Employee) – Orange County, CA – August 7, 2017
I worked summer and school year at The Learning Connection. It was a really great time with the kids, but the communication between the district and the sites is poor. We were very frequently understaffed. There's a high turnover of employees and they cut spots instead of refilling the spots they desperately need.
New management did not understand how difficult it is to run such a program while so understaffed. In the summer, to ease our issues with understaffing, they decided to no longer give us lunch breaks. If we had any break, it would be scheduled for the first fifteen minutes of our shift so it wasn't truly a break. I frequently worked ten hour shifts without having a minute to myself.
During the summer you are doing twice the amount of work that you do during the school year while recieving no pay raise or incentive to do so, so many staff just find other summer jobs.
The management needs to understand that many schools have more than twenty kids. It is much easier to work a small site than it is to work a site with 180+ children. It seems like they forgot how different the experiences between small and big are, thereby leading to tons of problems for the larger sites.
Kids are the best, nice coworkers, fun job
Low pay for work done, bad communication from district, little to no breaks, stressful, not a lot of upward growth