"Our school is best known for producing good friends who love to learn."
Students enrolled 18
Hours 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
School leader Lora C. Ackerman
Transportation options None
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8615 Smoky Row Road
Powell, OH 43065

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(614) 766-2122
(614) 888-3599
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August 22, 2014
I encourage prospective parents to scroll down all the way through the reviews of this school (and click on "read more" if needed), just to get an accurate picture of all opinions. It's a little fishy when negative reviews are buried under several overly positive reviews posted within a day or two of each other. I checked out several schools before enrolling my child, and was ultimately sold on Smoky Row's longstanding history and staff and the low ratios they proudly tout. The wait list was long and the hard-to-reach staff was less than forthcoming about realistic timing, but I was determined to get my child in. Once we finally earned a spot, that's exactly how it felt - like it was our privilege to be there, not like we were valued customers. At Smoky Row, it was rare to see anyone manning the desks (a security issue), and even rarer to get someone to pick up the phone or call you back. I found the staff and especially the owner to be dismissive with questions or disagreements about my child's care. From someone who has experienced it and seen what else is out there: explore your options and don't be fooled by a few glowing reviews.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
Excellent school! My two daughters love going to Smoky Row everyday. The teachers are very attentive to each student and care for each child in their classes. The class sizes are just right(not too big), so each child gets the right amount of attention. The administrative staff is very helpful with any questions or concerns and are always on hand when needed. They have a wonderful outdoor space as well as indoor play area when the weather gets bad. If your a military family like we are, they also work with the NACCRRA program which is always a plus! The facilities are kept very clean and neat. I would highly recommend Smoky Row to any parent.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
Smoky Row is without a doubt the BEST of its kind! 30 years and still going strong. A wonderful owner and leadership, and the best teachers in the city!!! Turnover is very low, and I know kids in their 20s who still go back to visit their kindergarten teacher! My son attended preschool for 2 years (both teachers had masters degrees), and is currently in kindergarten (with the BEST of the best educators). The education is top notch! And the care, love and concern for each child is amazing... communication with parents also earns 5 stars. My son and I have been greatly blessed by Smoky Row and I shout it throughout the land!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
My daughter has been attending Smoky Row Children's Center for 2 years. I am absolutely confident each day that she is getting the best care and education. Their reputation has been this way for years and that is why. Teachers are consistent stay.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
I can't say enough good things about this school. Low staff turnover and consistent leadership have been highlights in having my 4 children go through the program. I highly recommend to anyone considering daycare for their children.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
Smoky Row Children's Center Was highly recommended by family. 2 of my girls spent ages 3 months-7 years of their lives LOVING this amazing school. Teachers are experienced, involved, connected. They learned so much! There was never a negative moment. God bless this institution, the teachers, and Judy, the founder/owner. Such a sweet team! You'd be lucky to get in!! :)

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
We have been with Smoky Row Children s Center for over 5 years and cannot say enough positive things about the staff, learning environment and the owner. We cannot thank them enough for all they have done for us and most importantly, our children. We all want the best for our children and this facility is simply the best, warmest, and most trustworthy environment. The staff and owner are always finding new ways for infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and kindergartners to learn and develop. The staff values professional development, accreditation, low turnover and most importantly my child s development. Many of the staff that have worked together for over 20+ years in the same facility! The best part is that I do not worry throughout the day because I know they are safe, happy and taken care of. I recommend this place to all my friends and family. Thanks for everything you do SRCC.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
I had my daughter at Smoky Row Children's Center for two years prior to Kindergarten. The teachers were fantastic. The program was play based but my daughter sailed into Kindergarten with confidence and knowledge that she gained at Smoky Row. Her Kindergarten teacher remarked that she could tell where my daughter went to preschool, "Smoky Row, of course". The staff and administration are very helpful. I recommend Smoky Row to anyone that wants quality care and education for their child.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
I could not have picked a better school to send my young children. Some parents think of the "early years" as daycare. This is not the case at all at Smoky Row. It is a full fledged school from day one. Both of my children started there as infants. I feel my children are better prepared, than most other children, as they transition from Smoky Row to their perspective schools. Most of the teachers have college degrees with specialization on child education and child psychology, etc... I would reccomend this school to any parent looking for that jump start for their kids!! It is really a great school!!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
We have 2 children that have been enrolled at Smoky Row since the infant room. We have been thrilled with the teachers and administration. The staff was willing to meet with us and accommodate our needs. It is not a brand new state of the art facility, but that is not why we are enrolled at Smoky Row. We love it because the teachers are outstanding and have been on staff for several years. Most importantly, our children love it there too.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2014
I echo the concerns of a few previous reviewers. Despite waiting over a year to get into Smoky Row, I took my child out and enrolled him in another center in the area because of my concerns with management. The owner -- and anyone in charge, really -- is notoriously unavailable and unresponsive. Most times, the front desk and phones are unmanned and no one returns phone calls. The quickest response I ever received, from an email no less, was when I withdrew my child. Even in my communication with the teachers, I was disappointed in the lack of face-to-face contact, instead relying on a system of "notes." I was sold on Smoky Row's longstanding reputation and teacher tenure, but quickly found those same qualities as downsides when it came to progressiveness and flexibility/compromise. The facility and outdoor area needs refreshing, as well as the 30-year-old literature they distribute. The teachers are very willing to provide advice, and not so willing to listen to/carry out individual parenting wishes - resulting in an overall poor customer service experience.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2014
My child started at Smoky row at age 12 weeks and attended through 4 years old. The teachers are amazing at each level (infant/toddler/preschool) however, I agree with the other reviewer - administration is extremely poor. They struggle with properly communicating with their families and when they do it is sloppy and unprofessional. After many happy years at Smoky Row our child wasn't accepted into their kindergarten program, so we moved to another school immediately. There is NO loyalty given to families that have been with them for years for their kindergarten program (no matter what they tell you), no accommodations at all which to us is a horrible way to conduct business. Please take this into consideration before starting your child as an infant/toddler. If you are in the Olentangy school district you'll want to evaluate your kindergarten options due to the wonky schedule. In hindsight we are SO glad he didn't get into their school (even though we miss his friends/families) and was enrolled in the public school - Scioto Ridge Elem - because the staff are absolutely wonderful and nurturing.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2013
I would have rated this as 5 star based on the teachers alone UNFORTUNATELY you have to work with the administration and they are horrible. They are unfriendly and not willing to assist with anything. I have called the center on several occasions only to receive a voicemail and never a return call. When the owner retires (should be any day now) this place is going to go to shambles with current admin. Stay away if possible.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2013
Smoky Row Children's Center is a great Center. Teachers have degree in ECD and have a long work history at the Center.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2009
I can't say enough about the school. My daughter attended the school for one school year. The teachers were fantastic! They were kind and nurturing with the children, and very attentive. There was focus on education and kindergarten preparation; kindness and tolerance; and safety and healthy habits. There were weekly 'cooking' projects, several field trips, and weekly sharing time. My daughter is now attending Kindergarten in Olentangy Schools and I can definately see the benefits of her Smoky Row time. Between my children, we have been involved in three preschools - Smoky Row was hands down the best!

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October 10, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2008
My daughter went there for a year. The staff was nice, but I found they weren't able to keep up with her needs. She's highly advanced for her age intellectually and had special emotional needs as a result. They passed her off as a difficult child with behavioral problems. She went on to Kindergarten in the Worthington School district and excelled with absolutely NO sign of any behavioral issues. She is now starting first grade with the possibility of testing out and going to 2nd. Smokey Row is a great school for 'normal' children. The price can't be beat either!!

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2008
The teachers are long term and they really care about the children. I feel they are like family. The summer program for the kids is a little less structured and needs more activities. The pre-school is amazing. I believe my son is the wonderful person he is because of the teachers. They teach getting along with people and that is the most important thing to learn when you are pre-school age rather then your academics, however, they do a great job with that too.

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April 24, 2007
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- submitted by a staff
September 20, 2006
Awesome teachers and so much more than just learning academics....kids learn concepts and kindness in a most appropriate way. Teachers work with parents and children on an individual basis.

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Smoky Row Children's Center El
8615 Smoky Row Road, Powell, OH  43065
(614) 766-2122
Last modified Smoky Row Children's Center El is a Private school that serves grade K
Smoky Row Children's Center El Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 20 reviews.