I am continually grateful that my daughter attended Saigon Kids during our time in Ho Chi Minh City. When selecting a school for Ilene, I searched for an organization that was truly child-centered and would facilitate the students’ imagination and creativity. I wanted a center that focused on the child’s need to experiment and not necessarily the adult’s need for control. I found this at Saigon Kids. The moment you enter the gate of Saigon Kids, you know you are in a caring sanctuary.
Every day that I dropped Ilene off with Ms. Victoria, Ms. Trang, and Ms. Kim Anh, I was thankful that she would be spending the day with these attentive teachers and the children in her Little Lambs class. If I could have brought the school with me to the United States, I would have. Ilene always looked forward to school and playing with her friends—whether they were going to be swimming or exploring in the bamboo. Ilene would come home and sing songs or recite book lyrics she learned at school. I knew she was happy at Saigon Kids. Moreover, Ms. Victoria is clearly a confident teacher, well-versedin early childhood education. She and the other teachers are well-organized and intentional about how the children spend their day. The special events at school for the mid-Autumn festival, Halloween,
Christmas, and Parent Information Day were an added bonus. I will always be grateful that this was Ilene’s first educational experience.