Family and Teacher Reviews

See what parents and teachers say about Pettengill Academy.

Hear from some of our biggest fans, including confident parents like you and our passionate teachers to why Pettengill Academy is Lewiston’s Leading day care.


“Within a week my daughter’s development and behavior turned completely around.”

After working at and enrolling my daughter to 3 other day cares we found Pettengill Academy. Within a week my daughter’s development and behavior turned completely around. She adores her teacher Ms Karen, and loves to say good morning everyday to Zack and Chantel. PA as far as employment has also been the most amazing facility I have ever worked at. All the staff including Zack and Chantel feel like family not just coworkers. I’ve only been working there a few months but my daughter and I don’t plan on going anywhere. We love PA!

Katelynn Davis, November 2019
Teacher, and Parent

“Zack and Chantel have made my post partum separation anxiety much easier with their open and welcoming communication while also ensuring me that my son was having a great day everyday. ”

Pettengill Academy is hands down the best facility for our family. It’s difficult to find a daycare that has hours matching the times we need childcare and PA is conveniently opened for exactly when we need them. On the days they close, staff are educated on new ideas and techniques to make the day easier for the children that are enrolled there. They practice team building activities and use these days for education and development. My son has been enrolled for over a year and has learned so much from the time he has spent there. He adores his teachers, friends, and other parents there. Zack and Chantel have made my post partum separation anxiety much easier with their open and welcoming communication while also ensuring me that my son was having a great day everyday. The teachers they employ are always cheerful and professional while making you feel like family. I am so comfortable sending my child to PA for the day because he always comes home happy and with a new piece of art work for our fridge. Our family recommends PA to anyone who wants to be part of a daycare that is so much more than a daycare. PA is an incredible childcare and learning facility and we are so lucky to be part of it!

Melanie Smithgall, October 2019
Parent

“There are so many daycares out there that claim to be safe and great but I can truly say Pettengill Academy is amazing and I would recommend them to any and every parent out there without a doubt.”

Pettengill Academy is one of the best daycares I have ever encountered. My youngest who was attached to my hip (literally never left my side) for over a year started there at about 13 months and is now 3 years old. Not only do they ensure she feels loved and comforted especially in the beginning with a very difficult transition but now still when she has rough days. She has a rare condition called EOE which they were very accommodating to in terms of strict random diet changes which I can say are not easy to work around. They ensure all food for the kids are fresh and even make their own puree baby food for the tiny ones. They have never made me feel less than even when I was a bit behind on my payments or on days I was running a bit late. The owners are always very kind and respectful and truly care about my daughter despite there being so many kids. They treat her like an individual and have ensured that each teacher she has had is kind caring and responsible. With many classrooms for each age group special attention is always showed to each child. The communication is amazing and my daughter is always making fun crafts and learning new things each day. Even from just over a year old my daughter would come home with beautiful keepsakes that I will cherish forever that included her foot and handprints in such unique ways as well as my favorite a string of measuring her exact length tied to a Christmas ornament with the cutest saying about how much she is loved and loves me. Going in at a young age it was thought she had developmental issues however within just a couple weeks her learning and development had increased by 150% I recommended a friend to them and her daughter who wasn’t very verbal began speaking full sentences within 2 weeks of being in the 3 year old classroom. The facility is extremely clean and sanitary preventing any mass sicknesses as much as you can with kids who put everything in their mouths haha. I never worry if my daughter is taken care of or if she is safe because I know the staff and owners have a genuine interest in her well being as a whole. While I realize this review is very long I cannot say enough great things about this childcare facility. As parents we all worry if our children are truly cared for when we leave them with others for 6-8 hours a day and rightfully so with all the things we hear in the media. There are so many daycares out there that claim to be safe and great but I can truly say Pettengill Academy is amazing and I would recommend them to any and every parent out there without a doubt.

Hannah Thacter, October 2019
Parent

“We made the decision to switch to Pettengill and we have been amazed with the care he has received”

My son has gone to Pettengill for almost 4 years. He was previously at a local daycare which was not meeting his needs or mine. We made the decision to switch to Pettengill and we have been amazed with the care he has received. Zack and Chantel do an amazing job not just caring for the kids but getting to know the child AND family. I believe this is what sets their center apart from most. They have also enlisted this value in their staff which is inviting.

Tami Jordan, October 2019
Parent

“She has grown and blossomed so much since starting.”

We are so happy we enrolled “S” at Pettengill. She has grown and blossomed so much since starting and we couldn’t be happier. She enjoys her time at daycare and has made some great connections. 

Sarah Smith, September 2019
Parent

“As a grandmother I can ask for nothing more than that, A happy, loved child because your facility has given him that.”

Good Afternoon to everyone that has a part in my grandson’s care. I had the privilege of picking him up with my daughter. I arrived before my daughter and had a chance ti watch him interacting with the staff and other children in the outside area. I will be the first to admit that I hated him being in daycare and had wanted so desperately to have been about to relocate so I could take care of him. That is not in the cards at this time. When we left he said good bye to many of the staff and had hugs and received hugs from many. He seems so happy there and so loved. As a grandmother I can ask for nothing more than that, A happy loved child because your facility has given him that. You have given me a gift. Thank you.

Lonna Marinaro, August 2019
Grandmother

“It was a great relief to know that we didn’t have to search for day care again as they found room for her even when she arrived early.”

“We started with Pettengill Academy when were searching for a new day care for our then 2 year old son. They were recommended by a friend who knew we were looking for a place with a more individualized and caring approach. Chantel’s background and experience in education along with her family members providing care, was exactly what our son needed. He grew as they expanded to their new site to add rooms by age and staff. He attended preschool there as it was an option to have a full day pre-K setting taught by well experienced, understanding staff. When he presented with sensory issues, they were willing to work with us in order to help provide ways for him to be successful.

When we thought we had “graduated” from daycare as our son was moving onto to Kindergarten, we discovered we were expecting another child, our daughter. It was a great relief to know that we didn’t have to search for daycare again as they found room for her even when she arrived early! Being a preemie and slightly behind on milestones, it is comforting for us to have staff accept her as she is and encourage her in her progress.

Our son, age 7, still comes for school vacation breaks and is happy to be back with his friends that he has made at Pettengill Academy.  Our daughter, now 15 months old, is making her own friends as well. 


We highly recommend Pettengill Academy to any family who is searching for daycare. We even have encouraged fellow early childhood educators to apply there as we knew they would be a welcome addition to the staff. It is reassuring to have such dedicated staff as many send their own children for care there.”

Colleen and Marc Lepage, June 2019
Parent

“From the friendly staff to the enriching environment everything about Pettengill makes us feel like a part of the family.”

“We’ve enjoyed sending Max and Makenzie to Pettengill Academy everyday for the last three years. Zach and Chantel have worked hard to create a setting where education, social-emotional wellness and community involvement are important for every child. From the friendly staff to the enriching environment everything about Pettengill makes us feel like a part of the family!”

Jared and Kerissa Hanson, June 2019
Parent

“As an associate at PA, I couldn’t be any more grateful to be able to teach students and work with students at Zack and Chantel’s Early Learning Child Care Center!”

In a little less than a year, Pettengill Academy has become more than just a job for me. From the moment you walk in for the first time, you are instantly greeted with so much love and care and happiness. It’s just like walking in to your family! Zack and Chantel have been so supportive and encouraging, and have taken everyone in as their own family. You couldn’t ask for better bosses.

From the perspective of someone who does not have children, I come into work and pour my heart and soul into my students. I care for them as I would want someone to care for my own children, day in and day out. Pettengill Academy, as a whole, exceeds many expectations that I would look for if I were enrolling my own children! As an associate at PA, I couldn’t be any more grateful to be able to teach students and work with students at Zack and Chantel’s Early Learning Child Care Center! It’s a joy every day!

Taylor Washburn, June 2019
Lead Teacher

“We are truly thankful for the positive impact you have made on him.”

Thank you for everything you have done to make Cullen’s experience here so exceptional! He has really bonded with so many of you and it will be hard to see him leave. We are truly thankful for the positive impact you have made on him over the last 9 months.

Casey and Joe Bedard, May 2019
Parents

“Can’t thank this school enough!”

Pettengill Academy has been one of the best experiences my grandson has experienced. He has learned, he has grown, and he has walked away better for it. Can’t thank this school enough!

Diana Gosselin, May 2019
Grandparent

“We are proud member of the PA family; they are the ones who we trust to help our son grow, learn, be safe, but ultimately just be a kid.”

My son has attended Pettengill Academy since he was 5 months old and is now 4 yo. PA has been a location where since day one I felt the love and care they showed to my child. Being a first time parent, like many of you, I was a nervous wreck thinking I was dropping my infant child off in the hands of someone I had only met once. Chantel eased that transition over the first few days sending me images of my happy baby playing and snuggling.

Since that time, Chantel and Zack have expanded their daycare into a center and hired many staff to provide the best support and care for all children enrolled. We have been lucky enough to be a part of this expansion and growing family as all staff become family. All staff within that building know every student’s name and support in different rooms when the needs arise. It’s so nice to hear all the teachers saying goodbye to Carter as he walks down the hall past their classrooms at the end of the day. Every day upon entry and leaving we are greeted with pleasantries and a warm smile. We are provided with communication with Carter’s needs and health throughout each day if any concerns arise.

I’ve also had the privilege to volunteer within PA and see the true inner workings of the day. There is constantly staffing maintaining safety for our children, playing with them on the floor, engaging them and encouraging learning through play. We are proud member of the PA family; they are the ones who we trust to help our son grow, learn, be safe, but ultimately just be a kid.

We highly recommend Pettengill Academy for your childcare needs.

Jen and Joe Cormier, April 2019
Parents

“They truly care about the kids and their employees.”

Pettengill Academy has been great for my daughter. She started there almost 2 years ago at age 3 and really loves it. She loves it so much she doesn’t want to go to leave for Kindergarten in the fall. Chantel & Zack work very hard to accommodate parent schedules. They are always there when I drop my daughter off and they are always there when I pick her up after 9 ½ hours. Often times they spend weekends doing improvements to the facility.

They truly care about the kids and their employees. When schools and most daycares are closed due to weather, they make every effort to be open as much as possible while also being mindful of their employees traveling in dangerous conditions. Most daycares take 2-3 weeks off and every holiday. PA only takes 1 full week off per year. They are even open the day after Christmas! They also offer healthy & nutritious lunches. Chicken nuggets are made from real chicken and breaded, not processed. I also appreciate that they don’t push children into doing things they aren’t ready for. PA has been a great place for preparing toddlers for school with their pre-k program. I’m amazed at the things my daughter already knows and learned while at PA.

Communication is very important and the sticker charts are such a great way to learn how my daughter’s day went. It’s like a daily report card and I’m really pleased this was implemented. Overall, my daughter loves going to Pettengill Academy “aka school”.

Wendy Mcgraw, March 2019
Parent

“Everyone is more like family then coworkers and bosses.”

I have worked at Pettengill Academy for almost 2 years now, both my children also attend school there. Chantel and Zack are two of the easiest people to work for. Most understanding, generous people I’ve ever met. With my son being born early and in and out of the hospital they were more concerned about my son then me coming into work, not like other bosses I’ve had in the past. They care deeply about their employees and their students who attend school there. Me and my children love them, and are so thankful for them! My daughter looks forward to daycare every day to see her teachers and friends. And everyone is always happy to see both kids. Everyone is more like family then coworkers and bosses.

Emmy Beaulieu, March 2018
Lead Teacher and Parent