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Daisy Child Development Center (Oakland, CA)

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June 2014

I'm curious to hear some current reviews of Daisy Child Development Center in Oakland. I believe they went through an ownership change at the beginning of this year after many years with the previous owner, and I'm curious how people are feeling about it at this point. Thank you for any information! curious mom


We love Daisy. My daughter has been there since she turned 2 and is now getting ready to leave for kindergarten. The teachers are wonderful and the community is very friendly. My daughter has made lots of good friends and has grown so much over her time there. The ownership change was a little rocky due to some communication issues around a teacher leaving. Some families left, but the situation seems stable now and the new owners are really working to keep everyone in the loop. We won't hesitate to send our second daughter to Daisy when the time comes...nothing but good things to say about our experience there. Daisy fan
April 2013

Re: Oakland preschools with great outdoor spaces?
I suggest you check out Daisy Child Development Center. We have a super active boy and outdoor space was important to our choice of preschool. They are a play based school with a progressive vibe. The main play structure was parent built and therefore unique. They have a garden and chickens. It is a larger school with four classes but the wonderful teachers make every child feel special. We loved everything about Daisy. http://www.daisycdc.com/ Happy Daisy Parent


March 2011

Re: Pre-School Recommendations in Oakland/Berkeley
I would like to recommend Daisy Child Development Center. My daughter went to Daisy from the age of 18 months until she went to Kindergarten and loved it the whole way through. It is a play based pre-school and in addition they do a pre-K program with the older kids before they leave for Kindergarten (my daughter was totally prepared for Kindergarten when the time came). The staff is diverse and multi-cultural, the atmosphere is very warm and family like (it is actually owned by a family who all work in the business in some capacity). Their physical space is spectacular, large building and a great deal of outdoor space that is varied and interesting. Take a tour, it's just a great place and I still feel very lucky that my daughter had such a wonderful pre-school experience, it was a great foundation for her. If you are driving from Pleasanton to Oakland it is super convenient. It is right off the 580 where it intersects Hwy 13 with easy on and off access to the freeway. Brooke


Jan 2011

Re: Nurturing preschool for very active son
We changed preschools in order to find a better fit for our high energy child. We couldn't be happier. Check out Daisy Child Development Center, in Oakland, across 580 from Mills. The teachers are great at seeing each child's gifts and recognizing that each child has challenges and that it is their job to assist the child. It is a play-based program and has lots of room for kids to be kids. Great playground, too. http://www.daisycdc.com/ mama of high energy kid


Oct 2008

Re: Full-time, playbased, preschool near Glenview
I have the perfect place for you - Daisy Child Development Center, located near the intersection of Hwy 13 and Hwy 580 in the Oakland foothills. It has everything you want. My daughter went there from 18 mos until 5+ years and we both loved it. Call the director Eva Barahona at 531-6426. Brooke


Hi Sarah, I would definitely check out Daisy Child Development Center... a wonderful play based daycare/preschool. http://www.daisycdc.com/ 5016 Daisy Street located right above 580 where it intersects Hwy 13 My daughter started in the toddler room at 18 months a year and a half ago and loves it there. The teachers are extremely loving and dedicated, and there is a great community of families there. I plan on enrolling my son as well in 9 months. Hope this helps! YJ
Jan 2008

Re: Looking for preschool openings in Oakland
Look at Daisy Child Development Center (5016 Daisy Street) located right above 580 where it intersects Hwy 13. I live in the neighborhood and my daughter has been there for 3 years. She has really thrived at Daisy and will be going to Kindergarten this fall very well prepared. It is a play based pre-school with very dedicated and loving teachers and a great community of families. The Director is Eva Barahona 531-6426. Good luck in your search. b


Jan 2008

We're considering Daisy CDC for our 2 yr old toddler, who's been at home with mom until now. We'd really appreciate any comments from parents of recent or current students at the schools. Thank you very much!


My son goes to Daisy Child Development Center and I can't say enough good things about the place. http://www.daisycdc.com/

They have a play based curriculum, but don't let the seeming looseness of the structure fool you. The kids are learning. We started our son at Daisy when he was two, so he started in the toddler room. When he got there, he went through a language explosion, which was great, because he wasn't speaking a lot before that. We love all the teachers in the toddler room and have been just as pleased with the teachers in the preschool room. There is a big emphasis on socialization in the toddler room, which is so important for that age.

When you get to the preschool room, in addition to the regular pre school stuff, they have a Kindergarten boost class that the 4 year olds go to three days a week. They have a music teacher and a movement teacher come in once a week. They also have the librarian from the Dimond Park library come and read once a month. Most of the teachers have been there a long time and the director is wonderful.

My kid loves going, and continues to progress emotionally, socially, and intellectually. So give em a look! Jen


Nov 2007

Re: Preschools with Male Teachers
Daisy Child Development Center at 5016 Daisy Street in Oakland 510.531.6426 www.daisycdc.com has two incredible male teachers, Ron Dickinson and Mark Stewart. Our son currently attends Daisy. A large part of our decision to send him there is the presence of these men, in addition to the wide-ranging experience of the teachers, the warm and caring attitudes all employees and the incredible diversity and strength of the parent community. Note that the website is a bit outdated - it's in the process of being updated, but will still provide some great basic information. Happy Daisy parent


May 2007

If you live in the Laurel/Redwood Heights/Mills area and your girls are over 18 months, I would encourage to you check out Daisy Child Development Center. I have been INCREDIBLY PLEASED with this preschool. They have a lovely staff and the Director is wonderful! Website - daisycdc.com Nina


Feb 2007

We are considering Daisy Child Development Center in Oakland for preschool for our daughter, who will be 3 in the fall. (She's now in a family day care with 3 other little ones.) We really like what we saw when we visited there and love the philosophy on their website. We'd be grateful to hear from families there now or recently. One qustion is whats the difference between the upstairs and downstairs preK rooms, and do parents have any input as to which room their child is in? And how much individual attention do children get? Coming from such a small daycare the class of 20 seems big to us. Do parents get reports on how they napped, toileted, who/what they played with? We'd also love to hear overall reviews of the school. Thank you.


In response to your questions about Daisy CDC: We chose Daisy for a few reasons; one of them is that we are raising our son bilingually and there are many Spanish-speaking teachers there. The other and probably more important, was that it reminded us of the places where we went to school at that age - they were focused on a lot of arts and crafts, music, story-telling, etc. To be frank, it's kind of one of the last of the hippy schools and is true to most of the negative and positive associations accompanying that label. They are not as organized as I wish they were, and the communication with parents leaves something to be desired. If you want to know about napping and food and activities, you need to ask. The flip side is that the teachers are highly unique and encourage thoughtful and original play. Yes, there is some choice between the classrooms, but a lot of it has to do with where there is a space. Good luck! j
Feb 2005

We're considering Daisy in Oakland for our 3 year old boy. I'd like to hear the experiences, positive and negative, of families who've attended. Thank you. Mara


I would highly reccomend Daisy Child Development Center. I have 2 boys, 2 1/2 and 4 1/2 and they have both been at Daisy since October 2004. Having moved them from a very ''institutional'' center in SF, we were a bit concerned with the facility at first. It has a much more ''shabby'' look than we were used too. I have to say, the teachers have more than made up for our concerns. Both of our children love it there and are doing great. Our older son, who was allowed to just play with the trains all day at his other school, has now learned to write the alphabet and is starting to read. He is also turning into a very creative artist. The staff there is very attuned to each child and they work with them to expand on their interests and skills. Also, we have found a great sense of community among the families that attend the center. This is fostered with regular center work days, parties, and potlucks. I am constantly impressed with the teachers who show up on weekends to have a holiday party with the kids. It really shows me how much they care about the children.
March 2004

Re: Preschool for Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder
I know one family has enrolled a child with Asperger's at the preschool my son goes to, Daisy Child Dev. Center in Oakland. Most of the kids are Neuro-typical, but they seem sensitive to meeting a wide range of needs. They actually say in their materials that they welcome special needs children, which is a nice change. They seem committed to it, and by and large we are very happy with the program. It's worth chatting with them about in any case. Here is their contact info: 531-6426 anon


Nov 2003

Re: Seeking smaller preschool for shy 3 1/2 year old
I think Daisy, where my child attended, would be a good fit for a shy child. Though it is actually fairly large, it "feels" smaller. They have done a really good job nurturing a few children with special needs in their classes and recongnizing and valuing each child. The Galaxy room has two VERY experienced teachers, and I think they would be very straight ahead whether they thought it was a good fit.


Sept. 2003

Re: Preschool Openings for Jan 2004
I know that Daisy Child Dev in Oakland (Redwood Heights/Mills area) has openings. I have a child who started there this August and we have largely been very pleased with the program, and she is very happy to be there every day. It's got good place space outdoors, very experienced staff, and a very homey feel. Lots of kisses, hugs and a diverse student and teacher population.

Contact information:
Daisy Child Development Center
5016 Daisy Street
Oakland, CA  94619 
510-531-6426

August 2003

Re: Urgent Need for Preschool
I just enrolled my 3 year old son 2 weeks ago at Daisy Child Development Center. I believe they have openings beginning in September(I was told they have kids leaving for Kindergarten)

My son is loving it. It is a developmental preschool (learning through play) as opposed to academic. Culturally diverse, one teacher teaches Spanish to the children, and one plays music on her cello at playtime in the afternoon. They have chickens and 2 pet snakes, and an organic garden. They take kids in at all stages of potty training. They have 2 teachers per class, one is the Galaxy Room, one is the Rainbow room, and they have a younger program that is separate. The number is 510-531-6426. It is located at the V of Hwy 13 and 580.

Maybe this will help you or some of the other families. I will answer anything I can, but we are new to the school..so I am still going on early impressions. I searched several schools in person before choosing this one, so I know how hard it is. They do tours in the mornings at 8:30 and 9am with the center director Eva. Hope this helps!


May 2003

Does anyone have recent experience with Daisy Child developement Center or the Geranium Cottage at Mills. I saw some older posts, but am interested in more recent experiences. We went and visited Daisy and got a good vibe from it, but I am interested in other opinions. Thanks. Mom


Friends of ours send their two kids to Daisy and rave about it. Sorry I don't have more info, just wanted to confirm your positive vibe! Christina
1999

My daughter attended Daisy Child Development Center on Daisy Street located in the V where 580 and 13 meet. She was there from age 2 1/4 to 5 1/4 and liked it very much. They have arrangements for parttime, including half-days. Since it's been over a year since she attended and change can happen fast, I'd recommend visiting and observing to see if it suits your needs. It's rather large with lots of activity, which suited my daughter, but that may not be for everyone Cathy


A few weeks ago I posted that my daughter's preschool, Sunflower House, would be closing, and that we were searching for a new place. It's been a hard search which has confirmed what I had felt before: Sunflower House was a really special place! But I have found a place that I think will be good for my daughter--Daisy Child Development Center. I thought I'd share a brief accounting of some of what I found in my search, including updates to several of the recommendations that I got from the UCB Parents website and other parents (thanks for writing!). If you are interested in more information (I have some pretty detailed check-sheets that I made up), e-mail me directly, and I can fax you copies of my notes. dawn

Daisy Child Development Center 5016 Daisy, Oakland (near the intersection of 13 and 580) 531-6426 Eva and Joanna, co-directors

I am in love with the people here! I met both directors, and the two teachers for the Galaxy Room (the downstairs classroom where my daughter will attend). They are very loving and obviously cherish the kids. Opportunities and creativity abound. They apparently "have it all"--music, art, books, dramatic play, multicultural activities, large play area, with slides, swings, grass, sandbox, an organic garden (the kids help!), bunnies, chickens etc etc. They have field trips monthly, and strongly encourage parent participation (2 hours/month, or you can buy out of this for $20/mo). The ONLY concern that I have is the high child:teacher ratio, which is 9:1 for preschool (each preschool class has 18 children and 2 teachers). But I think their usually high experience level will make up for this. Toni (a woman) and Ron (a man)--the two teachers in the Galaxy room--have worked together at Daisy for 7 years. 80% of the staff have been there for 8 years. The cost is reasonable (I think), though the price structure is a little opaque (there is a separate "materials fee" and the parent involvement time, in addition to the regular tuition). Prices are higher for toddlers and preschoolers who are not yet potty-trained. There are two preschool classes, a 12-child toddler class, and a separate infant-care facility. As I write this, there are still 1 or 2 openings in the Galaxy room.

One measure of how comfortable we were there: The day after our visit at Daisy, we drove to Sunflower House for a regular day of daycare. When we pulled up, my daughter looked outside the car, and said "Not here--Daisy!" and she began to cry, because we weren't going to Daisy immediately! Dawn


From: Mary

Re: Laurel/Redwood Heights preschool
Check out Daisy Child Care on Daisy Street, you can get the number from Bananas. We just recently put our baby there. We got LOTS of good references from other parents, and feel the place is a good start for our daughter. The staff is friendly and well-trained, the environment is good.


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