Cultivating Kids (Oakland, CA)
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Cultivating Kids (Oakland, CA)
- Owner: Vicki Braxton
- Phone: (510) 891.1438
- Email: CultivatingKids@yahoo.com
- Neighborhood: 5621 Thornhill Drive
- Zip: 94611
- Daycare: License #: 013421407
- Infant Center: License #: 013420541
- Website: http://www.cultivatingkids.org/
Info and opinions please....I am seeking parents' opinions of cultivating kids
infant program. I am starting my son who is 3 months old there and would love
to hear any info parents might have, bad or good. Thank you!
I had my son there last year for about 4 months (6 mos - 10 mos). The
staff and the owner (Vickie) are all very sweet. One of Vickie's
daughters runs the infant room, and has a gift for taking care of little
ones. However, we pulled my son out for the following reasons: 1) he
was constantly sick (there are so many little ones and he caught
everything, and my husband and I got almost everything my son caught, so
we were all sick), 2) the ratio was usually 4:1 when we were there;
there were some mornings when I dropped him off that the staff would ask
me to watch all the infants already there for a few minutes while they
finished something else - something I wasn't comfortable with, and I
needed to leave to get to work), 3) there wasn't enough outside time
for us (I wanted my son to explore a lot and get dirty), 4) the Sprouts
kids (ages 12-18 mos) share the infant room in the early morning and
late afternoon, making it very crowded, and they tended to bring in dirt
on their shoes, 5) the nap room has the potty training toilet connected
to it, so napping infants are disturbed when older children need to use
the potty, so, because my child is a sensitive sleeper, it meant that he
slept very little there.
Re: Looking for daycare near Montclair for 6 month old
Here's a recommendation for daycare in Montclair. Our little guy started at Cultivating
Kids when he was 6 months old. The owner/director Vicki and her staff are very warm and
gave our son lots of loving attention and great care, he really thrived with them. Sadly
we have to change childcare for reasons unrelated to CK. Our son was there for 6 months,
and we will really miss his teachers! Located right off 13 at Thornhill.
I am currently researching child care for our baby on the way (due June
2013!) and am considering Cultivating Kids, a childcare center on
Thornhill Drive in Montclair. I have not seen any reviews on BPN and
would appreciate any feedback from current or previous parents who have
placed their kids there. Thanks in advance!
We had our son in Cultivating Kids from about 6 months to 27 months. I highly
recommend it. It was a wonderful, warm and loving environment. Staff paid close
attention to his needs and were very flexible in accommodating us with things like
cloth diapers. The kids get lots of playtime outdoors and lots of activities and circle
time from a very young age. Please contact me if you would like more information.
Hello, I was looking for childcare options and found CK through Bananas listings. While
I wasn't leaning towards a center, the family daycares in our area were full. When I
visited CK, I was immediately struck by how happy the children were and how the staff
seemed to be enjoying the kids. As I had not visited any other daycare options, my
husband also visited and felt the same way. I talked to three parents who have multiple
kids there, all spoke highly of the care there. Our baby started at Cultivating Kids a
few weeks ago, and he's adjusted very well. He smiles at the teachers when we drop him
off. If I stop by to nurse during the day, I'm always welcomed and the babies all look
well cared for. The director/owner, Vicki, is very warm and genuine, as are her staff.
The fees are higher than family daycares, but we feel it's worth it. Contact Vicki for
a tour and see if it feels right. For me, the decision that I trusted CK with my sweet
baby was made at a gut level. Best wishes to find the right place for your child!
My 2 year old son (and older daughter!) both have been cared for by the absolutely
wonderful Vicki Braxton and her team of dedicated, caring, and PROFESSIONAL caregivers
since he was 4 mos old. Cultivating Kids has been a second home for us and the love
and respect they provide (to the children and parents) is worth the drive. My daughter
goes to a preschool in the opposite direction, so while it is an extra 20 minutes in
the car for me each day (CK has easy fwy access) it is 100% worth it to know that my
son is learning important social skills in a nurturing and warm environment and is safe
and truly loved.
When my little one was an infant I used to pop in unexpectedly to nurse on occassion
and was always pleased to find everything as it should be as well as a welcoming staff.
The ''Blossoms'' program allows toddlers to explore at their level with a special art
room, ''exercise'' time, circle and story time, and lots of outdoor play in a beautiful
and safe yard. There has been extremely little turnover in the staff in the past two
years. Ms. Vicki is a true professional who has high expectations of her staff. She
is an expert in child development and always makes the time to talk to me when I have
questions or concerns about my kids. More importantly, she takes the time to check in
on every child and communicates clearly and directly with parents.
I can't say enough positive things about Cultivating Kids!
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