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Little Ducklings Childcare (El Cerrito, CA)

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Editor Note: there is another daycare with the same name in Montclair, owned by Cynthia Cains. click here
June 2013

Sausan and Sahara have been taking care of my 18-month old, Zoey, since she was 3 months old. I can't imagine a better, more loving, nurturing, supportive, FUN, caregiving setup. The only reason I was able to go back to work was because I knew Zoey was in such good hands. She never cried when I left her (though she DID sometimes cry when I picked her up, and it was time to go home!) It's a group of awesome kids, awesome parents, and so much more pure love than I saw at any other place we considered. Sausan runs her daycare with love and care. She's patient and kind, and the kids listen to her, love each other, and learn to treat each other with kindness and friendship. It's a joy to watch your child learn those values! We're moving cross-country, and leaving Little Ducklings behind is the hardest part of our move. We're going to miss everything about it. But I'm excited to say that there's now an opening for a lucky family!


July 2012

Sausan is truly nurturing and loving. I have sent my son there since he was 18 months old and he is now 4. My son never made it easy when I left (thought he always settled down right after the door shut) and Sausan supported my exit by holding and comforting him the entire time. She greets every child with a smile. She even knows the different knocks on the door and can identify which child is knocking.

She provides older kids preschool activities every day. On rainy days they have lots of toys to play with and on clear days she keeps the kids out side almost all day. For older kids she has a nice size playground. She opens up sandboxes and lets them play in water on hot days. She is constantly creating new projects to keep their interest and playing music to keep them dancing. Families often stay with Sausan from babyhood through graduation. She recently had a graduation and reunion party where kids that are now teenagers returned to say hello.

I would recommend Little Ducklings to everyone seeking a nurturing, fun and happy environment for their, baby, toddler, or young child. Contact: Sausan Ali, (510) 701-8484


July 2012

I would like to recommend our wonderful home-based daycare/preschool, which has been part of our family's life for 7+ years. The school is run by a warm, caring and highly experienced owner with the help of her equally nurturing assistant. Here are a few highlights:

- Hours are 7:30AM to 5:30PM, open all year, with the exception of holidays, two provider days and two vacation weeks in August.
- Warm meals and healthy snacks are provided.
- The space is filled with toys, books and art supplies and includes a large deck with outdoor toys, as well as a spacious backyard with a play structure.
- The kids' days are filled with fun and educational activities, such as writing, drawing, gardening projects and art, as well as plenty of free play time.
- Once a week instructors from California Gymnastic Services conduct classes at the school.

The main point I would like to stress is that this place has truly become a home away from home for my kids. My oldest ''graduated'' three years ago and to this day his face lights up when he has a chance to go for a visit, which is the only evidence I need to know that this is a truly exceptional place for the little ones. Please feel free to contact the provider, Sausan, at 510-701-8484 or email me if you would like any additional feedback.
Anna


Nov 2010

Sausan Ali has become part of our family and although our boys are graduating this month, I know this will never change. There are hardly words that describe the professionalism, experience, knowledge, care understanding and joy she offers. In the last five years, she has never closed unexpectedly; she has always greeted the parents and children at the door each morning with authentic joy and enthusiasm to begin her day caring for our children. She demonstrates her support of working parents through her flexibility and accommodations within her accredited and recognized program. Having our children in a home environment has provided a nurturing structure that fosters learning, social development and play. On the occasion, that am able to pick up the boys outside of our normal schedule and peak into their day, I am in utter amazement at the exemplarily behavior of not only our children but all of the children. As a parent, you are in awe of how she is able to accomplish this order and realize she has earned this respect through consistency, love and patience.


July 2010

Our daycare provider has a rare opening: Shahin's Day Care in the El Cerrito Hills. It is an in-home, licensed day care center lovingly staffed by three wonderful mothers. Plenty of space for the kids to play: the large indoor area in Shahin's converted garage, an outdoor play area with baby and toddler-appropriate structures and riding toys, plus a large sandbox and swing set area. Shahin prepares delicious meals that the kids devour. Between our two sons, we've been going there for over 2 years and couldn't be happier or more comfortable with the set up and with everyone who works there. Shahin is on Cutting up the hill from the El Cerrito Del Norte BART station. She takes infants through about age 3 (until they are ready for preschool). She's open Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m.
Shahin


July 2010

Little Ducklings has 2 openings, ages 2-4, P/T or F/T. Mon-Fri, 7:00-5:30PM. In the El Cerrito Hills.

I looked at a lot of places to find the right spot for my son and it wasn't until I met Sausan and talked to the other parents that I felt I found the right match. Sausan and her assistant, Zahara, are exceptionally warm, patient and nurturing caregivers who truly enjoy working with little ones. When we started, DS was terribly shy of strangers and hated leaving my side. Now he's almost 3 and is brimming with confidence, easily strikes up a conversation with strangers and is 90% toilet trained.

LD provides:
- a warm, clean and cozy indoor space with lots of toys
- a beautiful outdoor play space
- a daily preschool learning activity
- breakfast, lunch and snacks
- optnl Fri Toddler gymnastics class
All at a very reasonable price. Perhaps the best testament to LD is the fact that many of the kids there are the younger siblings of kids who used to go there. Contact Sausan, cell 510-701-8484, alisusan@yahoo.com to schedule a visit and see for yourself. Or email me if I can answer questions. Phi
July 2010

My kids' wonderful home daycare/preschool has several openings. Our family's relationship with the daycare dates back to 2005 and it has been and continues to be a great experience for us and the kids. My oldest graduated a year ago and whenever we schedule occasional visits, his excitement has no boundaries, which to me is the best indicator of the school's quality.

This is a mixed-age daycare (infants to pre-K) run very professionally by an experienced owner with the help of an assistant, both of whom are extremely caring and diligent. The premises are clean and safe, which is a given. Kids receive nutritious meals, work on projects, spend time at a play structure in the yard, play on a large deck, etc. Once a week there is a gymnastics session conducted by visiting California Gymnastics Services staff. If you are looking for a cozy, family-like environment for your little one, I highly recommend you contact the owner, Sausan Ali at 510-525-0193. Please feel free to contact me as well if you have any specific questions or would like a more detailed feedback.
Anna


June 2009

I would like to recommend our wonderful daycare provider in El Cerrito that we have been with for 8 years, Sausan Ali. She currently has openings in her in-home daycare off of Stockton in the El Cerrito hills for kids between the ages of 2 and 4 years old. The daycare is located in the in-law unit of her home and consists of two rooms, a kitchen area, and a bathroom. She also has a large deck where the children play, as well as a playground, all overlooking the beautiful views of the bay. She usually has about 8-12 kids ranging from babies to pre-K and she takes care of them with the help of her very caring and friendly assistant, Zhara. Sausan is one of the most loving and patient people I have ever met and clearly adores all kids that come into her daycare. If you are looking for your child to feel like they are at home with a big loving family everyday while you are at work, this is the place to go. If you would like anymore information from me or other parents attending Sausanb melegrrl@yahoo.coms, please e-mail me and we would be glad to share more of our experiences. Sausan's phone number is 510-525-0193.
Sarah T.


April 2009

Our wonderful home daycare/preschool located in El Cerrito will have four openings for ages of 2 and up at the end of this summer. Both of my boys (4.5 and 2) have been attending it since they were 4 months old and all of us couldn't be happier. The owner, who has many years of childcare experience, is very nurturing, attentive and knowledgeable, as is her assistant. The vacation schedule has been the same for the last four years and there are no unscheduled days off. The daycare provides food and preschool supplies, so parents just need to bring diapers. There is no teacher turnover (we've had the same assistant for approximately 3 years) and most of the kids stay there for a long time, so they have a chance to form long lasting friendships. The owner's name is Sausan and you can reach her at 510-525-0193 or alisusan@sbcglobal.net. I would also be happy to share my thoughts or provide additional information.
Anna


March 2009

I would like to recommend our wonderful daycare provider in El Cerrito that we have been with for 8 years, Sausan Ali. She currently has openings in her in-home daycare off of Stockton in the El Cerrito hills, and she accepts children from 6 weeks to 4 years old. The daycare is located in the in-law unit of her home and consists of two rooms, a kitchen area, and a bathroom. She also has a large deck where the children play, as well as a playground, all overlooking the beautiful views of the bay. She usually has about 8-12 kids ranging from babies to pre-K and she takes care of them with the help of her very caring and friendly assistant, Zhara. Sausan is one of the most loving and patient people I have ever met and clearly adores all kids that come into her daycare. If you are looking for your child to feel like they are at home with a big loving family everyday while you are at work, this is the place to go. If you would like anymore information from me or other parents attending Sausanís, please e-mail me and we would be glad to share more of our experiences.
Sarah T.


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