~ Kavita Patel -- April 7, 2017
Turtle Creek is our favorite early childhood learning center!!! My 3rd grader and 1st grader still talk about their memorable experiences such as the class trips they took in pre-k and kindergarten to Sandy Hook, The Paper Moon puppet show, and the Jenkinson's Aquarium. Turtle Creek teachers lay down the foundation of learning by weaving meaningful and engaging activities into their lessons. Our 3 year-old currently attends Turtle Creek and we are so happy to see how much she has progressed both academically and socially throughout this school year. The teachers not only foster a love of learning, they have also helped all three of my children to develop a sense of self-respect and respect for others.

At Turtle Creek, all students learn what it means to be a kind friend and how to demonstrate compassion for others. We love the remarkable things our little one says like "I want to see the sunflower in your eyes." It just melts our hearts! The teachers in each class are simply the best!!!! I speak not just as a parent, but also as a professional working in schools. These teachers are gems as are the director and the founder! These compassionate ladies are always available to help and work diligently to meet each family’s needs.

Turtle Creek Learning Academy celebrates diversity among their students, not just in the classroom, but also by hosting a multicultural night; they enjoy bringing the TCLA community together to share each other's special celebrations. They are the best at hosting many family-fun events throughout the year. Our kids loved their baby animals petting farm, Barnes and Noble night, the annual holiday party, the penguin visit, their Valentine dance and the Turtle Show to name a few. They have so many exciting and engaging events throughout the year, check out their Facebook page for some great shots! I especially love TCLA's fun clubs which are offered after the school day is over. The little ones can explore cooking, art, martial arts, robotics, Legos and so much more without having to miss part of their school day or having to be shuffled to different locations. They have it all right at their center.

Our children love school and continue to enrich their knowledge while attending TCLA's enrichment classes. The lessons are so meaningful and my children make references to them not in just their school work, but also in their daily conversations around the house about fairness, justice and determination.


~ Dave and Brenna Greer -- April 3, 2017
Dear Pre-K Teachers,
We would like to take a moment to thank you for personalizing /differentiating lessons for students. My son loves learning many different things; he especially loved the lessons on germs/bacteria/protozoa. You were able to take an abstract concept and make it assessable to pre k students.

Thank you for all that you are doing to make our son’s new school experience awesome!! The foundation that you are all setting will serve him well in his future educational endeavors. All that you do is greatly appreciated! And this is coming from an educator. I know quality education when I see it. And Turtle Creek is the epitome of quality.


~ Ravi and Hiral Patel -- March 30, 2017
Selecting the right preschool and kindergarten is one of the most critical decisions parents have to make.

We made this decision five years ago and decided to enroll our children in Turtle Creek. Under the supervision of Ms. McDonald and Mrs. Weiss and all of the great educators, our children thrived in the friendly and inviting environment where each child has a curriculum tailored to their specific needs.

Looking at where our children stand academically and socially today, we could not have been happier with our decision.


~ Kavita
It's our son's 2nd year here at TCLA and our daughter's 1st.  We cannot praise this school enough. The teachers and administrators are so compassionate. They truly create such a warm and an inviting atmosphere for our little ones. Teachers understand our children's strengths and help foster their weaknesses in such fun and a loving way. We are sad the school only goes up to KG!

~ Hiral
Turtle Creek has not only been ranked as one of the best pre-schools in Marlboro, but to us the teachers and educators here have consistently proven it to us.

Our daughter has been at TCLA for 2 years now and with the help of all her teachers, she has become an independent and expressive personality. She loves being at school and looks forward to it every morning!

We are very happy that we chose Turtle Creek because of the special attention and warmth they show every child. This allows for an environment of learning through technology, creativity and structure without any inhibition or hesitation on the part of the child.

What we also love about Turtle Creek is that their curriculum evolves to match current standards in other forms of learning, so that our children will be at or above par when they are ready for the next step in their education. We would like to thank everyone at Turtle Creek for giving our children the BEST education and learning environment around.


In March 2012, the local web site, Marlboro Patch, conducted a
reader’s poll surveying parents in Marlboro as to their favorite
preschool in town. Turtle Creek topped the list. These are
some of the unsolicited comments from our parents. These
testimonials speak for themselves.

5:10 pm on Monday, March 5, 2012
The teachers are amazing here! My son has been a student here for
2 years now and he loves it! He comes home everyday so excited to
share what he did! We are so lucky we found Turtle Creek!!

Jody D
5:26 pm on Monday, March 5, 2012
My son is a student at Turtle Creek and he loves it!!! The teachers
are so warm and caring!! I highly recommend Turtle Creek to any
family looking for a high-quality, friendly, traditional preschool. We
LOVE Turtle Creek!

6:14 pm on Monday, March 5, 2012
Turtle Creek goes above and beyond any other school! My daughter
was in a pre school before coming to Turtle Creek and nothing
comes close to Turtle Creek. The staff is so warm, caring, and VERY
talented. My daughter literally skips into school everyday!

The Turtle Show
6:16 pm on Monday, March 5, 2012
I have visited and performed "The Turtle Show" at Turtle Creek
Academy several times through the years and the teachers
really connect well with the students and do an amazing job of
intergrading technology, art, and fun into the classroom! 

Phyllis King
7:16 pm on Monday, March 5, 2012
Turtle Creek Learning Academy is everything I want in a quality
educational setting. I love the hands-on, child -centered approach to
learning. Children are taught by skilled and experienced teachers

Jennifer Ackerman
7:20 pm on Monday, March 5, 2012
My daughter attended Turtle Creek for both pre-kindergarten and
kindergarten. I can't believe all of the things that she has learned!
She loves school and I could not be happier with the teachers and
the overall organization that really know early childhood learning
theory and embrace the whole child.

9:57 pm on Monday, March 5, 2012
Turtle Creek is an amazing school. The teachers are wonderful
and have provided my daughter the best education!!!! I couldn't be

9:58 pm on Monday, March 5, 2012
My daughter recently started at Turtle Creek and she loves it! She is
always talking about how much fun she has there. The parents and
teachers have all been so welcoming. It's a wonderful school!

10:32 pm on Monday, March 5, 2012
We LOVE Turtle Creek Learning Academy. My son has been there
for 2 years and he absolutely looks forward to going to school every
day. The teachers and the staff are so warm, friendly, and caring. We
are so glad our neighbors told us about Turtle Creek.

7:26 am on Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Turtle Creek is a gem. My son loves his school and teachers.
His teachers make learning fun and easy. It's a safe and caring
environment all around.

Denise Zucaro
12:15 pm on Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Denise (Pilar) 
Turtle Creek: From the moment I walked in to Turtle
Creek I had an overwhelming feeling of warmth and comfort when
I was greeted at the front desk, to my pleasant surprise from there
on in the warmth never stopped from everyone I came across that
worked there. Although my son only attended Kindergarten there, it
was the best experience I've ever had with all 3 of my children. I wish
I would have known of it sooner. My sons kindergarten teachers
were by far, very experienced, knew exactly what to teach and how
to teach it, above and beyond that, they were nurturing, caring,
loving and friendly, what more could you ask for when sending your
5 year old to school!!! Not only did I cry because my little boy was
graduating Kindergarten but I cried because I was going to miss his
teachers. When you walk in that classroom, they treated you like
family!! Needless to say, I highly recommend Turtle Creek to anyone
looking for a warm, close knit, friendly atmosphere for their child.

12:35 pm on Tuesday, March 6, 2012
I highly recommend Turtle Creek. I have sent both of my children
there after trying other pre-schools. I have recommended it to
friends, who now send their children to Turtle Creek. I think it's a
great school that offers full day and mini-day options as well as
enrichment classes after school.

Richie Matisoff
1:12 pm on Tuesday, March 6, 2012
We moved to Freehold in 2009 and my son just happened to make
the cut-off for Kindergarten. Being he was on the young and less
mature side, we decided to enroll him in Kindergarten at Turtle
Creek. From the first day he started, we felt like family there. This
place is well run, secure and best of all CLEAN. We have been
members of two other school and our kids were always getting sick.
Since my son started here in September, not a sniffle or a cold. The
curriculum there is way more advanced then the other two school as
well as the public schools. My daughter is in 1st grade and my son
learns way more stuff than what they are teaching her. Also, he is
learning Science, Math, History...etc. I have the opportunity to stop
by the other younger classes and they are also learning the same
things. Thank you Virginia, Mame, Mrs. K, Mrs. G. and the rest of the
Turtle Creek staff. We will miss you when he graduates in June.

Jane Abutel
12:58 pm on Tuesday, March 6, 2012
I've been at Turtle Creek for 6 years now. My three children
have attended and I am just as happy today as I was 6 years ago.
It's a great school with a wonderful staff!

Ashlee Armstrong
1:32 pm on Tuesday, March 6, 2012
We moved to Freehold at the end of November from VT and
entered our son in at Turtle Creek Learning Academy. It has been a
wonderful place; the teachers are excellent and have been amazing
in helping my son get adjusted to the new surroundings. I highly
recommend TCLA!

Tony M
2:48 pm on Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Turtle Creek all day every day!

5:59 pm on Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Turtle Creek is a wonderful, warm, welcoming place to send your
children. The staff and teachers are exceptional and the curriculum
is by far the best around. I looked long and hard at numerous pre-
schools when my oldest daughter was starting out and am so
happy I found TCLA. When all is said and done, we will have spent 8
consecutive years at Turtle Creek! They are truly like family!

7:02 pm on Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Are you kidding me? Turtle Creek is the BEST hands down. The only
way to tell is through your kids. When they come home smarter and
happy and wanting to go back to Turtle Creek for more, well you
know you made the right decision sending them there. It is family!
I believe in their system and the love and care they have for every
student and parent that walks through the doors. It is clear that what
they do is important to each and every teacher. I thank them for that.

7:46 pm on Tuesday, March 6, 2012
My daughter has been at Turtle creek since she is 2 years old. She
loves going and I know that I made the right choice when I picked
Turtle Creek because of how happy she is when she comes home.
It has been such a positive experience for my daughter and great
introduction to school. The teachers are fantastic and the curriculum

7:46 pm on Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Turtle Creek!

9:48 pm on Tuesday, March 6, 2012
My son enjoys going to Turtle Creek. The faculty and environment is
warm and friendly. He loves learning and having fun!

6:50 pm on Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Turtle Creek is the best choice in Marlboro. Several of the teachers
in my son's public elementary school have said they can always
recognize a Turtle Creek child because of how comfortable they are
participating and expressing themselves creatively and how much
interest and knowledge they have in science and nature.

5:44 pm on Thursday, March 8, 2012
Turtle Creek Learning Academy is by far the best pre-school in
Marlboro and probably the best in Monmouth County. The staff and
the teachers there are warm, caring and gifted. They treat every
child as if they were their own. My son is in the pre-K program and
he LOVES it. He has grown and learned so much in the 6 months
since he started. He now reads, writes and counts well over 100. The
curriculum is outstanding, far better than any other school around. I
can't say enough about Turtle Creek!

8:46 pm on Thursday, March 8, 2012
Since 2007, when my first child was 3 years old, I have been a
member of the Turtle Creek community. I chose TCLA because of
the warmth and compassion they show the children every single
day. I have stayed at TCLA because I couldn't imagine my children
being anywhere else from the time they start preschool through their
Kindergarten years. Every teacher my children have had has been
wonderful and loving and my children have come out of each year
so happy and so well prepared for the next year. Next year my third
child will be starting TCLA and there's no other preschool I would
rather be sharing my children's first few years of school than Turtle

Lisa M
9:11 pm on Thursday, March 8, 2012
My kids love turtle creek! They are learning through technology,
creativity, structure and a warm environment! My oldest does K
enrichment and youngest goes 3x/ week. They love their projects,
teachers, lesson plans and my youngest (4) came home yesterday
explaining important dental hygiene lessons because a dentist came
to show proper habits. It's those small things that make it so special.
My youngest is already signed up for five full days next year!! Turtle
Creek #1!!

Christine Messina
7:56 am on Friday, March 9, 2012
I can't say enough positive things about Turtle Creek. We have
been part of the Turtle Creek family for 7 years now. Both the staff
and curriculum are phenomenal! This is truly a loving and nurturing
school and every child leaves it well rounded. I love this school
beyond and I will be sad to say goodbye when this year ends!
Christine Messina







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