Preschools for 18-24 month olds
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I am looking for a preschool for my son when he is 18 months old.
He's currently 7 months old, but loves to play with kids. I was
going to wait until his 2nd birthday to enroll him, but I am
considering doing so earlier. We are on the waitlist for two
excellent preschools, but both start at 2 years of age. Do you know
of any preschools that are worth looking into and start at 18
months? I'm open to part-time or full-time possibilities.
Mom of active baby
Our daughter (19 months) is at St. Johns Daycare on College Ave at
Garber. We LOVE it there! They start with teeny tinies, then move to
the ''Wobbly'' room at around 18 months. And then there is a bigger
room for the 3-5 year olds. There are tons of activities (from art, to
books, to outdoor play, to songs and music, etc.) and the whole
atmosphere is very relaxed, loving and fun. She has also been learning
things that I never would have thought to teach her at home. Their
website is: http://sites.google.com/site/stjohnit/home
Both of my children (now 3 and 5) started attending Grand Lake
Montessori shortly after they turned 2. However, they take 18
month olds and I would've gladly put them in there had the timing
been right (and space had been available). I love the school --
it's an incredibly nurturning environment and my children have
both thrived there. They've learned to be such independent and
compassionate children, with such great manners and habits. My
daughter was very tentative in starting preschool, but quickly
felt at home in the toddler class. The teachers are
extraordinary at GLM: I've had great respect for all of the ones
my children have had and still have, and most of them have been
at the school for many years. The parent community is also
wonderful and very welcoming. I feel very lucky that my children
have had this experience and although paying for preschool is no
fun, GLM has been worth every single penny when I think about how
well-spent my childrens' time has been there.
Huge Fan of GLM.
Our daughter will be 18 months old in January and we'd love to find a
preschool in Berkeley she can attend a couple of days a week. Any
suggestions? Most preschools don't start taking kids until they are 2 or 3
- and she's definitely going to be ready by Jan. Thanks for any advice.
Our daughter was ready for more social interaction at 18 months as
well. We started at Skytown, www.skytown.org, May 2010. Skytown is
a play based preschool co-op in Kensington that has a toddler
program. They teach the Reggio Emilia approach. We have also taken
advantage of their extended day program, until 3 pm, when naps got
later & later.
We are about to transition to the preschool room and are looking
forward to a relatively smooth move because our daughter knows the
room, students, parents and teachers so well. I believe they do
monthly tours for prospective families. Lots of options for buyout
if co-op hours are not best for your family.
Please help me find a toddler program (with transition to
preschool) for my 18 month old daughter in the Oakland/San
Leandro/Hayward/Castro valley area. I have been trying
unsuccessfully for 4 months now, and I'm becoming
increasingly distraught. What I am looking for is:
1. Center based- not in-home.
2. Not Montessori.
3. Not religious.
4. Play based with structure.
5. Clean, clean, clean.
6. Low staff turn over.
7. Modern facility with spacious indoor and outdoor areas.
8. Minimum of 3 full days of care per week (7:30-5:30)
Blue skies is full... Mills College Children's School is
full... is that all there is? I would also be willing to
travel farther if necessary.
Thank you so much for your suggestions and advice. I really
need some help soon- I'm losing all hope.
For an Oakland play-based pre-school that is structured
and caring, I'd recommenend Chatham School. The Redwood
Road campus is spacious (opening more space in the fall
too) with library room, music room, role-playing area,
a ''circle-time'' area and a lunch area. Ourdoors is either
concrete or big sand-box area, but they have toys, balls,
bikes, and plenty of space.
Lunch is provided, and is varied. Cost is reasonable, and
I believe there are 3, 4, and 5 day options.
The staff is great, the director maybe a bit scattered,
but they care about the kids. They accommodate infants,
toddlers, and pre-school kids, and my son has made some
great friends. Note that Chatham also has a lower campus
next to Redwood Heights Elementary, but I am not familar
with that facility.
Sorry missed the original post so not sure where you're
looking geographically, but the Mustard Seed Preschool in
Berkeley (near Monterey Market) takes kids starting at 18
months old, and my son has thrived there for the last year.
It's a program with both structure and play, teachers are
wonderfully caring and very involved, and facilities are great.
It's not a small school (about 50 kids total) but the youngest
class has no more than 10 kids (usually 8) and 2 teachers
which is a good ratio. We have been very happy with our
Mustard Seed fan
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