After our nanny gave us notice that she would have to stop working with our 22 month old son we felt that we could never find someone as kind to our son as she had been. We went online to a daycare search site and found Friends Childcare Preschool in Levittown. We called that afternoon and spoke with Pat MacKenzie about some of our wants and needs in a Pre-K. She invited us to come and view the environment that afternoon, but only AFTER the children had left for the day. This was just one of her ways of protecting the children she watched over. Her home was very warm and our son who had never been in any group environment felt extremely comfortable and has developed some strong friendships over the past 2 plus years. Pat MacKenzie provides structured environment filled with fun educational activities and prepares nutritious meals and snacks making meal time enjoyable for all of her students. Since enrolling our son in Pat McKenzie's care, he has excelled in speech, writing, reading, math and art as well as learning how to be a kind and considerate friend to his classmates. We feel very confident that he is fully prepared to enter Kindergarten this coming September. Pat McKenzie will always be our son's first teacher and very good friend.
Our family has been using Pat's services for over sixteen years. Pat had our eldest reading before entering Kindergarten, and both of our children were well prepared for their transition to school on both an educational and social level. In later years Pat was able to give our children help with their transition to school busses, and she provided a nurturing after-school environment for them, where they could do their homework and relax. We consider her more than a teacher, she has become a part of our family and has been critical in their success.
Christine, East Meadow
When my son was 16 months old I had to pull him out of a different day care center due to their cold hearts. I was given Levittown friends phone number and gave it a shot. I couldn't have been happier. My son was well taken care of and enjoyed going. He learned something everyday and had so much fun doing so! When my son reached kindergarten he was so much more advanced then the other children. The teacher couldn't believe it. Well, I said I can. He had the care and love of a very special person and teacher. Fast forward 4 years and now my 3 year old has been with Ms. Pat since she was two years of age. At three she is able to write the letters of her name and can even sound out some words. She loves going to play with her friends. When I found out I was expecting after 8 years I was worried but the one thing I didn't worry about was looking for a day care. I called Ms. Pat and reserved a spot. Thank you Levittown friends for all you have done for me and my children!
Christine's Son, East Meadow
I am 11 years old and Ms. Pat was my first teacher. I learned so much and had a friendship with all of my friends even after I graduated from Ms. Pat's. She taught me how to tie my shoes and my abcs and count. She was one of my most memorable teachers that I will never forget. When I see her I still give her the I love you sign. Thank you Ms. Pat.
Jeanie, Seaford/Island Trees
Pat MacKenzie at Friends Childcare has made a huge impact on my two daughters. Pat is a loving, kind, and caring person. I appreciate her interest in my daughters health, as she always fed them organic and healthy meals and snacks. My daughters loved the Handwriting Without Tears program, and this is where they learned their letter sounds, how to write letters, and how to sound out words. They will be well prepared for kindergarten and have blossomed into kind girls that care about nature and others. Words can't describe how happy we are that we found her! Thank you Mrs. Pat!!
Edward & Sofia, Hicksville
We had all three of our kids go through the wonderful experience at "Friends" over the course of 5 years of living in the area. Our family eventually relocated to West coast and it was equally heartbreaking for us parents as well as the kids to leave. We always loved the private setting blended with proper schooling offered there. Pat made our kids' stay there fun, while keeping them involved and learning. The personable approach was always appreciated. We dropped the kids off and went to work knowing that our children are safe and completely taken care of. She really treated everyone as her own children. Even after going off to school our older son loved going back for a day or two during time off and he was always welcome. A HUGE THANK YOU FROM ALEX, BEN, EMILY, AND THEIR LOVING PARENTS!!!