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Bernice and Joe's Playschool (Oakland, CA)
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I am writing to say that my son's Pre-school (pronounced Play-school) is an awesome place. Set
in a home-like setting the school has been teaching their magic for over 30 years. My almost
four year old son is thriving there. They call it a Play school because play is the work of
the child, but our boy has learned more than I could imagine. Letter and Number recognition,
how to write his name and read his friend's names, social skills, and all the words to a ton of
kids' songs I've never heard.
The setting is small and the teachers are dedicated to the community of kids as a whole. The
kids are offered enrichment classes such as Spanish, music and movement.
For us work-class parents the price is right and the program is flexible. I know that there
are a few spots open for the fall, if you are looking.
Bernice & Joe's Playschool (510) 638-3529
Re: Any Oakland area preschools that serve lunch?
Hi busy mom! There are two preschools in my neighborhood that serve lunch... Bernice and Joes Playschool on Sunkist serve a vegetarian lunch. Took my son serveral months to get accustomed to it but he's really happy there now. Pumpkin Seed on Greenly is a great preschool too, they serve a seasonal meal with meat. Both are really great schools! If you are close to the Eastmont Hills check them out. Hope that helps and I hope you find what you are looking for .
I am looking at Bernice & Joe Playschool as a possible program for my 4-year-old son next year and would like to hear about some recent experiences with the program. Are the staff stable or is there high turnover? How have you experienced the approach to discipline? Is there a balance of play and structure (too much chaos or rigidity)? What kinds of kids would recommend this program for? Thanks for offering your feedback! Neighborhood Mom
You asked: Are the staff stable or is there high turnover?
Staff is stable. The just let a new teacher's aide go, but only after 3-4 months of things not working out. She seemed nice. In my experience, staff have only left for maternity leave. The current staff is terrific -- we love Anna, teacher-Bernice, and the assistant Rebecca. And of course Joe and Bernice have been around for 31 years, which is real stability.
How have you experienced the approach to discipline?
If a kid does something wrong, they gently sit down and engage them in a dialogue. In the few cases where my daughter has done something wrong, they've talked to me about it. When another kid does something that involves my child, they tell me about it. What ever they do, it must be working because the kids all seem happy and like they all get along.
Is there a balance of play and structure (too much chaos or rigidity)?
I think so. Every morning, they have a different array of toys set out for the kids in the kitchen, often on a theme. They do projects, but not too many. My daughter is really into drawing so she brings home reams of paper, but other kids do what they want to (dress up, etc.). There are two circle times which are structured, but lots of time for play. And of course the outdoor space is peerless!
What kinds of kids would recommend this program for?
I think this is a good school for all sorts of kids. I've seen very shy kids and very outgoing kids do well. It really is a play based program, but my daughter is writing the names of most of her classmates and seems on the verge of reading, so it's definitely not limiting her learning.
In short, we are very happy. Joe and Bernice has fostered a community of happy parents and children. My daughter says she likes all of her friends, playing ''castle,'' painting, drawing and ''going green'' (which she explains to me is keeping our Earth healthy). Merrilee
I am looking for a diverse preschool in East Oakland for my gender-variant child and our queer family. If necessary we could go farther from home, but I'd like to stay nearby if possible. I am only interested in play-based programs and programs where child/adult interactions are informed by the principles of positive discipline (generally). I really hope for a school where my child will learn a lot of Spanish. It's important to me that my child has lots of time to play with and explore the natural world and I can't imagine that a school with a TV would be right for us. I am interested in everything from co-ops to five-day programs, mostly I'm just looking for someplace that feels right where my little one can grow. Looking for the Moon and Stars
I am looking for more recent reviews of Bernice and Joe's Playschool. I really like the outdoor space. Are the teachers nurturing, well trained etc? I used to teach preschool myself and is hard to find a preschool that meets all my requirements. Any suggestions of other schools from teachers like myself would be greatly appreciated as well. want the best
Re: Good preschools in Oakland
Check out Bernice and Joe Playschool (www.berniceandjoe- playschool.com). I think it has everything you are looking for. Our twins thrived there from age 2 to 5. Debbie
Re: Preschool near Oakland Zoo/Mills/San Leandro While I do not personally have a child enrolled in this pre-school, I am a neighbor of Bernice & Joe, of Bernice & Joe's Playschool. I know their space. I can attest to their having the most amazing outdoor play space I have ever seen! They seem very loving & caring and the families who drop off seem very content. You may want to check them out online: http://www.berniceandjoe-playschool.com/index.html They are located on Sunkist Drive, off 580 at Edwards Avenue. Good luck!
Hi- I checked out Bernice & Joe Playschool in Oakland (off of
580's Edwards Ave) and I think it looks good for my son but
would love any additional info on the school itself, teachers,
program- whatever, good or bad, please!
The name of the place is Bernice and Joe's Playschool. They take toddlers (~2) to preschoolers. The place is just off 580, at the Edwards exit. The most striking thing about it is the beautiful grounds -- two big treed lots -- you would never know you were near a fairly busy street in Oakland. There's a big homemade rocketship, and a real boat, and a vegetable garden, etc. etc. Bernice and Joe are excellent with the kids. I won't go on here. Please give me a call or send me email if you'd like to know more. Or of course you can contact them directly, 638-3529. Tahani
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