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aKIDemia Childcare and Preschool (Berkeley, CA)
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I very highly recommend aKIDemia childcare and preschool, in North Berkeley near Gilman Street. Our 2-1/2 year old daughter has been there for nearly a year. Thea and her staff are all warm, personal, well-educated, and provide the kind of safe, stimulating, joyful, consistent environment that we want for our daughter. The kids play, do projects, and have ''calendar time'' inside the sunlit house and in Thea's spacious backyard. The house is full of books and stimulating toys; there are no electronic toys, TV's or ''screen time.'' Thea provides nutritious lunches, is flexible with schedules, and her prices are quite reasonable. Our daughter learns a tremendous amount there and we know that Thea and her staff really know her and care about her development and well-being. Beth G
We highly recommend Thea Raymond's wonderful aKIDemia. Our
newly adopted daughter was behind academically and there
wasn't a lot of time before kindergarten. Over some months
Thea got her on track with great letter and sound pre-reading
and writing work, while keeping the day fun and playful for
our daughter and all the kids.
The program is varied, has plenty of arts and stimulating and
fun stuff. Our daughter loved the school, and is so much
better prepared for kindergarten than she would have been.
Thea was a great find, reasonably priced, and has openings for
fall! We highly recommend her.
Akidemia has been a wonderful childcare and preschool experience for our family. We are so grateful that we found Thea and her program. The school has a creative, engaging learning program balanced by art activities, outside play, and even cooking. The environment is nurturing and supportive while also emphasizing manners and etiquette. We have 3 children now ages 5, 3, and 16 months. Our oldest son has learned to read after a few months in Thea's program, and we are confident he is extremely well prepared for kindergarten this fall. Thea's program and curriculum are thoughtful and diverse, as well as phonetics and basic literacy skills the kids have learned about geography, music, art, and science in a comfortable environment that also encourages play and friendship. Thea has been a great resource to our family in terms of basic childcare issues. Highly recommended! Kristina Y.
aKIDemia is a wonderful daycare! I feel confident
recommending aKIDemia and Thea Raymond to any family with
young children. Thea is genuinely interested in the
cognitive development, emotional growth and overall well
being of each child. She is patient, kind, understanding
and supportive. Her program has the perfect balance of
structure and freedom. The children thrive in the daily
routine, art projects, seasonal activities and general
playful spirit that Thea exudes.
It is such a relief to know that my children are cared for
while I'm away. I can be assured that they are well fed,
had good naps and experienced something new each day. When
I pick them up, the first thing my 2 1/2 year says
is ''Mom, I had fun today!'' What more could a parent ask
- Kristen (mother of 2 1/2 and 4 year old boys)
I highly recommend aKIDemia because Thea is fantastic! She
is what you want out of someone who is taking care of your
most precious thing; your child.
Thea is loving, patient, firm and has an enthusiasm about
I went to work at ease knowing Jer was in great hands. He
attended Thea's place from Nov2010 to May2011, stopping
only because of relocation. Otherwise, Jer would still be
there. Jer learned manners, sharing and to be creative.
Her rates are reasonable & she keeps the kids busy with
adventure, play, outings, art projects, etc.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
aKIDemia is a gem of a pre-school/childcare program. My son has been enrolled for over four months, and he continues to thrive each week. We delight in seeing his weekly art project, look forward to participating in his lesson plans, and cherish the detailed daily reports we receive about his activities, behavior, and progress.
Thea Raymond is an amazing educator and childcare provider- -kind, sensitive, creative, well-educated, patient, and caring.
Whether she is planning the weekly trip to a neighborhood park, creating delicious, home-cooked meals for lunch, or guiding him through his first lessons in the alphabet, Thea provides a safe, nurturing environment for my son. As a working mom, it's such a relief to know he is so well taken care of when I'm working!
Please take a look at the website: akidemiachildcare.com
or call Thea 510-234-1192 for more information. Thea's
rates are amazingly affordable, and she has a few openings
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