Childcare for Infants & Babies
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We are planning to move to Alameda in the next 6 mos. I am pregnant and due at
the end of the summer. We are looking for center-based infant care beginning
I am surprised by the limited options in Alameda--from my research it seems
there are only 3 infant centers on the main island (Small Size, Jumpstart, and
Peter Pan). I also cannot find much about these online (yet they are all full
with long wtg lists!). We would appreciate any information, feedback, or
experiences you can share regarding infant care at these centers. Many thanks!
confused in alameda
I would suggest posting your question to the Alameda Parents Yahoo Group, which
has 5,000-members. BPN doesn't tend to have so many Alamedans on the list. You
may even find out providers that have openings. My child is school-age, but I
would tell you that there are a lot of families moving into Alameda, so daycare
has become tight. Back in the day, we went with a licensed home day care - we
still keep up with our caregiver, and she is completely full these days. Anyway,
to find a space you shouldn't limit your options - there are definitely
home-based care providers who are licensed on the island. If you haven't already,
you should contact Bananas in Oakland, a non-profit subsidized by the county that
has lists of all licensed providers and also has workshops/literature on choosing
a provider. Good luck in your search!
After finding out this week that i'll have a job to go back to in january 2014, i'm now
scrambling to find a preschool that also has an infant center on-site so that i can do
just one drop-off of my 4 yr old and newly-turned 1 yr old (their ages in january). I
live in west oakland, will be working in san leandro, so looking for places in oakland
(near 880 or 580 would be awesome), alameda, or san leandro.
Back to school
Monte Tavor Spanish Immersion has openings for infants and preschoolers. Monte Tavor
is in the upper Dimond close to the exits of Coolidge/ Fruitvale on 580.
This is a Spanish Immersion program for all ages based on children's interest and
You can receive an e-packet by requesting at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (510)
Chatham Preschool - 35th Ave campus. It is a large daycare/ preschool which serves
You may want to check out Small Size Big Minds next to the Alameda/Bay Farm Island
Good luck w/ your search!
BlueSkies for Children is located half a mile off 580, between Fruitvale and Coolidge,
so it is on your commute path. We currently have an opening for a 4 year old (born
before 8/31/09)and will be able to enroll an infant later in the fall. BlueSkies is
geared to meet the needs of young children and their working parents, accredited by
NAEYC, open 7:30-6 year round. Please look at our website at blueskies4children.org
and come by for a tour!
I don't know if it fits your location requirement, but the Model School in Berkeley
has both infant care and preschool/Pre-K in the same building. We didn't take
advantage of the infant room, but I've observed that they take loving care of the
little ones. There are nice places inside and outside for the babies to play. And our
family has been very happy with the pre-K program. The teachers are great! There seem
to be a lot of families from Oakland too. Good luck with back to school and back to
I just went to check out a few preschools recently and Little Stars at 169 14th St,
Oakland, CA does have a preschool with an infant care as well. It's run by Chinese
owners and a lot of the teachers are Chinese, but there are non-Chinese ones as well.
Kids are a mix. Preschool is very affordable, however, infant care (up to age 2) will
be twice as much. I did like it and felt a relaxed vibe. They have a huge playground
for all the kids.
I am 7 months pregnant with my first child, and taking 5 months
off. I will be looking for daycare part-time (3 days a week) in
August or Sept. I would appreciate tips for finding day care and
sugegstions. I am currently looking at family day care, day care
centers, au pairs, and other options.
How many family day cares and day care centers should I wait list
for? Some day care centers are requiring a deposit (non
refundable) for the application to be on the wait-list. It's a
bananas is a great resource. their website is on line but you need to
call or go in for specific info.
my advice - i had my son in a daycare facility at 7 months for one
month. he hated it. the 1:3 or 1:4 ratio is too many infants for one
person. keep in mind what they need at this age is love and a few trips
to the park. i put my son in a nanny share after the daycare and it was
the best thing i could have done. loving nanny and a buddy to play with
and go to the park with. i am doing the same for my second.
This is probably a question that many face and the options can be
For neither of my two kids I started looking before they were actually
there, although I had to return to work much earlier (at 2 and 3 months,
resp) than you.
Mainly, do your homework now regarding your options: what would you like
and what can you afford. Bananas can help with this. My pediatrician
recommended starting them in a group as small as possible to cut down on
the infections, but we definitely were not able to afford a private
nanny, and even a nanny share turned out to be on the expensive end for
us. I liked home daycares best, and have found great options for both
kids (different situations) that were very small-scale (1-2
kids!) with openings on 2-6 weeks notice. Both kids then transferred to
a place with more kids (12 max) when they were just afer 1 year old.
Probably if you want to do a center, you will need to sign up for
waiting lists, but my daycares don't even really keep waiting lists,
they just have openings or not. Kids will suddenly leave, for whatever
reason, and there is constant turnover in those places. You will need to
do a fair amount of interviewing, and then you'll get the feeling for
which situation is right for you and your child. Good luck.
I am looking for recommendations on the best daycare centers
(and the ones to avoid), that accept infants. My baby will be 4
months old when I go back to work, part-time. I have read
numerous posts about various centers but they are a bit
outdated. Positive and negative feedback would be greatly
appreciated! I stayed home with my first child and am nervous
about placing baby in a formal daycare, but finances may require
it. Thanks in advance for your help.
BlueSkies for Children (2)
Cedar Street Childcare
Cornerstone Children's Center
Emeryville Child Development Center
I think searching for a day care is such a personal thing. I
recommend visiting a couple first, and not wait for the
recommendations. I went to one day care that takes infants that
got plenty of great reviews on the UC Berkeley Parents website,
but after visiting the place there was no way I would place my
child there. Things that may be important to you might not be
important to others, and things that bother others might not
bother you. Trust your instincts, ask a lot of questions, and
as awkward as it might feel, just hang out for a good long
while in the infant room and observe. Bananas has some
publications that you can use as guidelines for what to look
for and ask. They can also give you a list of day care centers
that take infants. There are plenty of home care providers that
take infants, but as far as day care centers, there are only
SEVEN in Berekeley and none in Albany. I don't know how many
there are in Oakland, as we decided that was too far for us. So
even if you get great recommendations now, you will probably by
suprised by the waiting lists at most centers, and part-time is
even harder to get. (This isn't the case I found with home care
providers.) So if it's a day care center you want (and not a
home care provider), then I suggest getting on the phone now
and start doing site visits. Even if there is a waiting list
there is still the chance you can get in to a center. Keep in
mind that you will have to pay an application fee to even get
on the waiting list. One place I called at the Aquatic Center
said that they wouldn't even give me a tour until I had filled
out an application and paid the fee, as their waiting list was
so long for infants (1 1/2yrs long!). Other places I had to get
on the waiting list just for a tour. But don't get discouraged -
just start making the phone calls and something will fall into
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