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Bloomers Preschool (Oakland, CA)

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Berkeley Parents Network > Reviews > Preschools & Daycare > Bloomers Preschool (Oakland, CA)

last updated: May 2013
May 2013

Re: Looking for a small, play-based or alt preschool
I recommend Bloomers, owned by Carolyn Carpenter. My daughter (who is now in kindergarten) went there for 2 years and loved it. We have kept in touch with Carolyn and a few of the alumni. Definitely play based. It has a nice outdoor space and Carolyn is incredibly kind. You should call her and arrange to go by to meet her if the location (a few blocks from MacArthur and Park Blvd) seems feasible. anon

Oct 2012

Re: Looking for mellow preschool near Glenview
Please take a look at Bloomers Preschool in Glenview run my Carolyn Carpenter. Our daughter (now 4) has attended since she was 17 months old. It's a home-based day care, and now enrolls children 2-5, and uses more preschool activities. I'm not sure what you mean by ''mellow'' but they are very flexible (our daughter goes part-time, with drop-in days). She loves it there, and asks ''am I going to Carolyn's today?'' on weekends. It's a small, family-like environment which offers a combination of structure and play-based learning. The teachers (Carolyn, Beth) demonstrate and foster the children's natural kindness to one another. They organize field trips, family potlucks and even a campout this summer. There is a visiting yoga teacher who teaches yoga for young children once a week. Feel free to email me if you have specific questions. Thea

Jan 2012

Re: Small Oakland Preschool for shy boy
Bloomers in Glenview, run by Carolyn Carpenter. You can find her listed in the BPN website. A small preschool, home-based, super nice and kind, intelligent owner. Nice outdoor area. We went there for about 2 years, about 2 years ago. Only full days, but you can go for 3 days a week. Joanne

Oct 2011

Re: Need a pre-school
I am very happy with my daughter's preschool-like daycare, Bloomers, operated by Carolyn Carpenter. In is located in the Glenview neighborhood of Oakland. They take children from 2-5. The teachers offer a nice balance of some kindergarten-readiness activities with a lot of free play, outdoor time, art, yoga, and occasional field trips. Carolyn and her co-teacher, Beth, have decades of experience as teachers and my daughter loves and trusts them. Carolyn offers full day care (8AM-6PM) for anywhere from 1 to 5 days per week. She has openings now. You can contact her at (510) 530-9413. Laura

Sept 2010

Bloomers Daycare is a warm, nurturing home-based daycare. It a green- certified business located in Glenview. The owner, Carolyn Carpenter, is very attentive to each child's needs--she may cuddle one child, or read stories to another, and intervenes to facilitate social interactions when needed. There is circle time, lots of toys, a nice outdoor play area. Bloomers is transitioning to include more preschool activities, and has space for a child who is 2 or 3 years old. My daughter has been there 2 years and learned to play well with others, and to be assertive as well. Contact Carolyn Carpenter 510-530-9413

May 2010

My daughter has attended Bloomers daycare for 1.5+ years, from age 20 mos. to 3 years, 3 mos. The owner, Carolyn Carpenter, is a very kind, energetic, intelligent woman. She gives individual and empathetic care, and will read a book to one or more children, rock a child on her lap when needed, does circle time. Her daycare has a large outdoor area with willow tree and climbing structure, riding toys, etc. They grow plants such as sweet peas, tomatoes, and chard in the yard.

This is my younger child, and the most noteworthy thing I have seen is that all the kids are included , and they are all developing self-confidence and social skills! The kids are nice to each other, and have fun together.

Bloomers is a certified green business. They have a few spaces for kids who will turn 2-3 years in the fall. They are transitioning to include a preschool component to the curriculum. ---Joanne
Contact: Carolyn Carpenter, 510-530-9413

Feb 2009

I am writing to recommend Bloomers, a home-based daycare in Glenview. Carolyn Carpenter is the child care provider. She is an experienced and kind former preschool teacher and parent. The daycare has an outdoor area with grass, trees, and concrete for tricyles, and an indoor area with puzzles, books, toys, legos, playdough etc. Most of the kids are 2-3 years old. My child loves it. There will be an opening sometime in March. -- Joanne
Contact: Carolyn Carpenter, 510-530-9413

July 2008

My girls attend this small home-based daycare. Due to kids starting preschool there are spots for a couple of new kids age 2 or 3. Carolyn Carpenter is a former preschool teacher, who is patient and warm with the kids, reads to them every day, has taught them how to share, and lots of songs! She has 4 kids of her own and has worked in childcare for many years. Fully licensed with recent inspections (#013417902). Our girls have been thriving at ''Carolyn's house''. Rates are reasonable, part time schedules available, friendly for all kinds of families, supportive of breastfeeding, cloth diapering. You provide child's lunch. M - F 8 am to 6 pm. ~ Isa

Contact: Carolyn Carpenter, 510-530-9413

Nov 2006

Our daycare provider Carolyn Carpenter runs Bloomers, a small family daycare licensed for 6 children in her Glenview home. My twin daughters attend part time and we were immediately struck by Carolyn's warm, caring nature. She has a professional background as a preschool teacher, is attentive and flexible to families' needs. Other things we like: no TV watching, lots of books and stories, predictable yet flexible routine to the day, age appropriate toys and activities, reasonable rates. She has openings for a couple of kids, depending on their age and days needed. Write or call Bloomers directly for more information, see contact info below. License #013417902 Contact: Carolyn Carpenter, zuzu_s_petals[at] or (510) 530-9413

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