Berkeley Parents Network
Google Custom Search
Home Members Post a Msg Reviews Advice Subscribe Help/FAQ What's New

Dinha's Place (Richmond, CA)

Berkeley Parents Network > Reviews > Preschools & Daycare > Dinha's Place



April 2014

I would like to highly recommend Dinha's daycare for all parents looking for a clean, safe, dependable, and loving environment for their infant or toddler. My eighteen-month old son enrolled in Dinha's daycare and has been attending full-time for the past year.It is definitely one of the best decisions we have made for both my son and my family. Dinha provides a very stimulating environment filled with language learning, creative art projects, music classes, and dance and movement classes.I also love the physical space.Dinha's personal home is completely separate from the daycare facility, which is located at the rear of the property and includes a large indoor classroom, a spacious outdoor backyard and an exterior play/patio area.All the kids are learning songs, colors, numbers, and letters together-both in English/Spanish.I feel compelled to point out that Dinha's Place is a ''nut-free'' daycare. Dinha is extremely sensitive to these types of ''specific'' family issues and always open to discussing any concerns we might have which unfortunately was NOT my experience when looking at childcare facilities. We have been very happy and blessed to have found Dinha which is now my younger son's ''home away from home''best, Catherine A.
Catherine


March 2014

We visited many nice daycares in the area for our year-old daughter before finding Dinha's Place, and the minute we walked in the door we knew it was the place for us. Dinha runs the daycare out of her home, but it is its own big, bright room that opens to two great play areas outside, one with grass and an apple tree. It is the perfect combination of homey and stimulating, with the kids' artwork on the walls, well-organized toys, and plenty of space to move around in. Dinha, her assistant, Mila, and part-time caregivers Rita and Eliane are warm and wonderful, and the kids have their complete focus. They have circle time, songs, art projects, nutritious meals, and lots of free play outside. Amazingly, a music and movement teacher come once a week in addition, all provided in the tuition. Dinha really goes above and beyond for the kids and families, hosting potlucks, giving special gifts during the holidays, sending photos--and all the while managing to be present and easygoing. Our daughter loves ''school'' and comes home singing songs and talking about her teachers and friends. It truly is a wonderful little community, and we couldn't recommend it more highly! Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Molly


July 2013

Our son was at Dinha's Place (License: #073405444) for nearly two years. He developed a very tight bond with Dinha and Mila (another teacher) and both treated him like he was their own. I have never felt my child was so well-cared for and I never trusted another care facility so much; I wish we would have discovered Dinha's when our oldest was going through care.

As a busy parent of two young ones, I have strongly desired a loving and stimulating environment for my kids. Dinha's was more than I had hoped for. Leaving was a very sad day.

The immersive spanish environment was great for my son. It wasn't long before he was speaking equally in english and spanish and counting in both languages as well.

I cannot convey the greatness of having a nutritious snack and lunch provided by Dinha. Not only was my son well-fed, it made the shopping and the mornings so much easier.

As my son went through various challenging phases (climbing, pulling hair, ''NO!'', etc) they were responsive, understanding and firm. I could not have asked for better care.

I highly recommend Dinha's Place as the source of care for your child. She will not disappoint. I know I could not have been happier.
Vicki


April 2013

My son has developed very well by going to Dinha's Place Daycare. Dinha provides a safe and stimulating place for all the kids, including structured programs such as circle time with reading/music/crafts, snack times, outside play, and music and dance lessons. The daycare is a warm community with holiday festivities. My child comes home with a penchant for lots of books and talks in English and Spanish from exposure to both in daycare. He is well adjusted to social interaction because of the dynamic environment. When I pick him up I can tell that he is still absorbed and happy in his environment. When I drop him off, he is eager and excited to start the day. The caregivers are extremely loving and he has grown very close to them, especially to Mila (there full-time) and Maria, who both take care of the kids day-to-day and are both exceptional and attentive(we love them!). Dinha provides healthy lunches and snacks (my son learned to eat many fruits here). The facilities are clean--there are plenty of stimulating toys, a nice indoor space and a great backyard. The kids also nap well here. Please feel free to contact me for any questions! Khai


Jan 2013

I would like to recommend Dinha's Place Childcare to any parent who is looking for a small home based daycare. We have now moved on to pre-school and I look back at our experience at Dinha's as being nothing but wonderful. My son had a rough start at Dinha's - in part because we had just moved cross country. Dinha (and her staff) were absolutely wonderful during that time.There were lots of hugs and kisses - for both him and me(!)and after a few weeks, my son settled right in.It was a breeze after that and we now consider Dinha to be family. She is trained in early childhood development, is a mom herself and most importantly is a wonderful person. The daycare is a warm, loving environment with a great caregiver to child ratio. All snacks, meals and diapers are provided so I never had to worry about packing anything. There is an emphasis on healthy food with fresh, home cooked meals. (we are vegetarian and this was never an issue) I could go on and on but the bottomline is that I would recommend her childcare facility in a heartbeat. Feel free to get my email from either the moderator or Dinha if you need more information. Shilpa


Oct 2012

Dinha's Place is a wonderful, warm and loving daycare. I have sent both my sons there to be cared for by Dinha, Mila, and the rest of the staff. They are very attentive to the children, and provide a nurturing and stimulating environment, filled with music class, age appropriate toys, crafts projects, and free play outside on the jungle gym and swing set. They seem to approach each child's individual needs with attention and care. There is a lovely apple tree in the backyard, and the daycare is kept very clean. I highly recommend Dinha's for children ages 6 months to 2.5 years. My second son, 19 months, is thriving there just as my older son did, and I have many fond memories and photos from their time at Dinha's. Please contact me if I can answer any further questions!
Karin


March 2012

Our son started going there soon after he turned 1 yr and is now almost 20 months. We have seen our baby thrive in a very loving, caring, and mentally stimulating environment. All of the caregivers are very caring and loving. Dinha is very open to hearing parents' concerns (if any) and accommodating any special diets (food provided is mostly organic). Since our son started going to Dinha's Place we have noticed that he is more social and more talkative. There is music class once a week which he loves (my baby even sang me happy b-day at 19 months!), circle time every morning where the children are taught new things such as colors, and art time. There have actually been many days when I went to pick him up early and had to stay there 30-40mins because he did not want to leave! Comforting sign for any parent. The place is very organized and clean. We do not regret our decision and have recommended it to other parents/friends who now have their son/daughter there. When you visit Dinha's Place you will know you have made the right decision! Make sure to visit and address any fears/concerns you might have. As first time parents, we know how stressful the childcare search can be! Les


Jan 2012

I am writing to highly recommend Dinah's Place Childcare. We were nervous about sending our toddler to daycare for the first time and visited several home daycare programs. None of the places impressed us as much as Dinah's. The daycare space is very clean, inviting & spacious (and completely separate from the owner's living quarter) with a large outdoor backyard for the kids to play in. The owner, Dinah, and her assistants are wonderful with the kids and a pleasure to work with and communicate well with the parents. They love kids and enjoy their work and it shows! All meals and diapers are included in the tuition which is very competitive with other programs in the area. Dinah makes delicious home cooked meals and uses organic food. A music teacher comes once a week to sing and play her keyboard with the children. They do a daily circle time and lots of arts & crafts. My child was very happy and thrived during the time he was there! Please feel free to contact me if you have additional questions. Best of luck with your search! Stella


August 2011

My son has thrived at Dinha's Place under her engaging, loving, and patient hand. She gives each child her utmost individual love and attention and she is very personable with all the children and their unique traits and needs. Dinha's other employees are also wonderful. It has definitely relieved my fears over the past year and a half, dropping him off in such great hands. The kids do wonderful art projects (in school, Dinha specialized in art for children) and seasonal activities, many of which I have now decorating my kitchen. Dinha has taken some great pictures of my son engaged in various activities at the daycare which really are treasures. He has met some very good friends there too! There is a lovely small backyard with a nice play structure and the daycare is incredibly neat and tidy. Dinha keeps it very well organized. I strongly recommend Dinha's place for your child.
Karin


August 2011

Hi parents, My son has been in Dihna's place since last August, and I am very happy with the place, so I decided to let you know about it. Dihna and her assistants are very good with children, and take care of each kid with so much love and dedication. The place has a lot of toys and a wonderful backyard with slides. Every day the kids have circle time, art and play outside. There is also a weekly visit from a music teacher. Now my son has to go to preschool, but I am so happy with the place, that my daughter will start this year. Thanks! Carolina and Rodrigo carolina


August 2011

When I went back to work after 2 years at home with my first born, I was looking for a place that felt warm and caring, clean and organized, and all for a reasonable price. After looking at 10 different places, I told myself that I was just going to have to settle, that I was asking for too much. And then I visited Dinha's. Located a just a few blocks off of 80 on Carlson Blvd., Dinha has a license for 12, but only ever takes 8-10 at a time. She has 3 wonderful helper teachers who my son adores. Her hours are 8:00-5:30 and her fee is one of the lowest I encountered. The fee includes all diapers, wipes, art supplies, breakfast, lunch and two snacks. Dinha has a B.A. in Human Development with a minor in Early Childhood Education and has 11 years of experience working with young children. My son comes home every evening talking about all his friends and the things they are learning about at Dinha's. If you are looking for a daycare, save your time, visit her first! Feel free to email me, Sarah


April 2011

As 1st time parents, we searched high and low for daycare options. After visiting many places, talking to many parents (and generally stressing), we are so glad we selected Dinha's Place for our now 3 yr. old boy. Dinha and her assistants are incredible with the kids, from infants to active todlers. They provide warm, intelligent care, and recognize each child's capabilities. The facility (Dinha's home) is clean and safe, and the kids are given high-quality (often organic) food. The activities are well balanced, with some structured time doing things such as art, music, circle time, reading books, and numbers, colors, animals and the like. They also have much general play and fun time, usually outside in the beautiful yard (weather permitting.) There's no TV, which we believe to be a big plus. Our son loves it there, he's made friends and he's developed physically, mentally, and socially, much of it due to the great situation at Dinha's Place. To repeat, we highly recommend Dinha's Place! Thanks, Marc


April 2011

Hi parents,
I would like to highly recommend Dinha's Place Child Care. This is a great day care with 10 kids around the ages of 1-3. My daughter has been there for the last 9 months, since she was 18 months and she loves the place, her teachers and her friends. Every morning she runs straight to her teacher's arms and I can see that she is happy there which means the world to me. The day care is very clean and colorful. The kids do art works and have 2 music classes each week. There's a big yard with several swings and slides as well as many toys and books. The day care supplies food and diapers. Overall, this is a great day care. I know that my child is in good, loving, warm and protective hands. Dinha will have spots available for children two years and older starting on summer. All the best, Ifat


March 2011

When I went back to work after 2 years at home with my first born, I was looking for a place that felt warm and caring, clean and organized, and all for a reasonable price. After looking at 10 different places, I told myself that I was just going to have to settle, that I was asking for too much. And then I visited Dinha's. Located a just a few blocks off of 80 on Carlson Blvd., Dinha has a license for 12, but only ever takes 8-10 at a time. She has 3 wonderful helper teachers who my son adores. Her hours are 8:00-5:30 and her fee is one of the lowest I encountered. The fee includes all diapers, wipes, breakfast, lunch and two snacks. My son comes home every evening talking about all his friends and the things they are learning about at Dinha's. We wish he could just stay there until Kindergarten, but one of the reasons we are so happy there is that she takes kids from 0-3 so she can provide the special care that they require. If you are looking for a daycare, save your time, visit her first! Feel free to email me, Sarah


Feb 2011

The past two years of my son's life have been blessed by the loving care that he receives at Dinha's Place. There are not enough words to thank Dinha and all of her loving assistants. The place is ultra clean and organized. Dinha and her staff make eye contact and really care about the thriving kids. The food is exactly what a kid needs, healthy and nutritious; I know they accommodate for special requests (i.e. vegetarian and other). They have several activities during the day that educate the kids in many different ways. They grow to be polite, caring and patient. Kids also taste different cultures due to diverse backgrounds; different languages are a plus. Kids are encouraged to share and respect other kids. As of today my son is now ready to begin a new adventure somewhere else. I'm confident that he has the tools to succeed in the next step: Preschool. If you're looking for the best Childcare for your kids up to 3 years, contact Dinha. Once you schedule a visit your gut will tell you what to do; mine didn't fail me. Eva


June 2010

As 1st time parents, we searched high and low for daycare options. After visiting many places, talking to many parents (and generally stressing), we are so glad we selected Dinha's Place for our now 2 yr. old boy. Dinha and her assistants are incredible with the kids, from infants to active small children. They provide warm, intelligent care, and recognize each child's capabilities. The facility (Dinha's home)is clean and safe, and the kids are given high-quality (often organic) food. The activities are well balanced, with some structured time doing things such as art, music, circle time, ''reading'' books, and numbers, colors, animals and the like. They also have much general play and fun time, usually outside in the beautiful yard (weather permitting.) There's no TV, which we believe to be a big plus. Our son loves it there, he's made friends and he's developed physically, mentally, and socially, much of it due to the great situation at Dinha's Place. (He's also learned bits of other languages, due to the diversity of kids.) To repeat, we highly recommend Dinha's Place! Please contact me with any questions. Contact: Dinha Baldiserella, 510-525-7792


June 2010

I would like to highly recommend Dinha's Place Daycare for children ages 6 months to 3 years. Dinha and her teachers are so loving, kind and wonderful with the children. There are many activities each day, including circle time, art projects and a large outdoor play area. There are also weekly activities including music and dance. Dinha is studying her degree in child development and uses her knowledge and skills to create a very supportive, happy and stimulating environment for the children. I have had two children enrolled with Dinah since they were 6 months old and both were very happy to go each day and developed lasting and loving relationships with Dinha and her teachers, as well as great social skills. Please contact Dinha if you are interested in visiting the Daycare.


June 2010

Dinha's Place Childcare in Richmond is a wonderful, caring, nurturing, and well- structured environment. My second daughter is now there--she is currently 14 months--and she is always thrilled and excited when we're still driving the last few blocks! My older daughter, who is now 4, went to Dinha's prior to preschool and she was well-prepared for the transition and still loves going to Dinha's for a visit. Dinha offers a structured day with circle time, free play time, lots of outside activity, art, music, and mini- lessons that teach colors, days of the week, etc. I cannot recommend Dinha's place more! I could go on and on about the wonders of Dinha and her staff (especially Mila, who my youngest is lovingly attached to).
Joanne


June 2010

We are very happy to recommend a great daycare. Our 3.5 year old daughter goes there for the last 18 month. Dinha runs her own place in her home, with two nice warm helpers. Dinha loves the children, and treats them with respect.

The place is extremely nice, most inviting and very clean. Our daughter loves staying there everyday till closing time, so she doesn't miss the fun. Dinha puts a lot of effort in building a comprehensive educational program. The kids learn about a different topic every week (family, fruits, pets, the sea, etc.). Dinha provides diapers and more important the children eat healthy home-made food.

Dinha cares very much for the children. She will go a long way when a child needs special attention and provide the parents with all the information and tools (books, advices, a shoulder to lean on, etc.) to deal with the problem.

If we did not leave the bay area, We would definitely send our baby son there! It is an amazing place for kids! Dinha's Place (510) 525 7792
Nilly


Jan 2010

Hello BPN members! Are you looking for daycare for your little one(s)? I want to share my wonderful experience with Dinha's Place Childcare in El Cerrito in hopes you'll have to look no further for excellent childcare. Dinha owns and operates the daycare from her home in El Cerrito. She along with her assistant, Mila, offer a loving, secure and inviting atmosphere for the kids. My son and daughter both started with Dinha at about 4 months old and absolutely loved it. As a first time parent finding infant care was scary and overwhelming. What a relief to find someone who is genuine and caring and not just doing a job. Dinha and Mila love the kids as their own. The kids thrive with the structure that they provide such as circle time, arts and crafts, playtime and even music and dance. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Or contact Dinha to set up a visit and hopefully end your search! Her phone number is 510-525-7792.
Carmen


Nov 2009

Our son was at Dinha's from 7 months until he ''graduated'' to preschool. It is a wonderful, loving place in a clean home-like environment with tons of indoor toys and a large outdoor area. My husband and I really valued the daily feedback from Dinha about our son's day, his development, and his interactions with other children and regular excellent caregivers at Dinha's. My son loved the outdoor play and especially the music programming He (and we!) still miss ''Dinha's''. The cost is extremely modest, especially considering that Dinha supplies all the diapers, wipes, meals (even formula if you specify it), and snacks. Meals and snacks are home cooked and organic; she had my son eating healthy foods he still won't eat at home. Dinha has a BA in Human Development with a minor in Early Childhood, is a preschool teacher, and has over 10 years of experience working with young children. The age range of children in her care is 6 months to 3.5 years old. We have older children and have seen other places; we could not recommend anyone more highly than Dinha's. Contact: Emilde Baldissarella (Dinha), 510-525-7792 baldissarella@sbcglobal.net


June 2009

Our 3.5 year old daughter has been at Dinha's full-time for 15 months. Dinha has room opening up after July 6th and has places for either full-time or part-time. The ideal age is between 1 and 3 years old. This is a fully licensed home-based daycare with a large backyard and the children are given breakfast, snacks and lunch. Every morning the children have circle time, and arts & crafts but also have an opportunity to run around and play outside. There is also a weekly visit from a music teacher and optional weekly yoga. I couldn't have been happier with the experience and my daughter loved her time there. We're putting her in a preschool this summer and I'm comfortable with that because I believe she learned at Dinha's a solid foundation of verbal, physical and artistic skills. Contact: Dinha Baldissarella, baldissarella@sbcglobal.net
LGJ


March 2009

Our daughter has been with Dinha since she was four months old. Dinha has been a pivotal person in our daughter's life as she has grown and, if we could, we would never leave! She adores our daughter and all of the other children she cares for. Her day care is located in the Richmond Annex right on Carlson. Her rates are competitive. She provides all meals and snacks. They are organic and cooked in her kitchen. Diapers are provided. Dinha is in the process of earning her credentials in early childhood education. Our daughter comes home singing her circle time songs and counting in English and Spanish. Now that she is old enough, I have a window in to what happens at day care as she plays with her babies and dolls. She imitates the way she is cared for. I hear the love and patience that must be extended to her throughout her day. Yoga, art, and music classes are offered. Most importantly, you walk in to Dinha's place and feel the love and preparation that she infuses in to the environment. I wouldn't have been able to go off to work with a clear conscience if it hadn't been for her.... Contact: Dinha Baldiserella, (510) 525-7792


Feb 2009

We are parents of a two-year-old boy and we are writing this recommendation to support Dinha’s Place. We are extremely pleased with the work done by Dinha and Mila. We have seen how loving and caring they are with all the children. We truly believe that that Dinha’s place allows children to develop all their capabilities. Dinha’s place has impressed us with the extracurricular activities they organize (for Halloween, Christmas and Eastern) and with the enthusiasm showed by the participating families.

Somos los padres de un nino de casi dos anios y escribimos para recomendar el Childcare Dinha’s Place, ya que estamos muy contentos y satisfechos con el trabajo que Dinha y Mila realizan.Hemos visto lo carinosas y preocupadas que son con nuestro hijo y lo feliz que el es en ese lugar. Creemos que es un espacio donde el ha podido desarrollar sus capacidades; sociales, cognitivas y motrices. Nos ha impresionado tambien, la dedicacion en la organizacion de las fiestas que anualmente alli se celebran; Halloween, Christmas y Eastern, ya que es una oportunidad para que las familias se conozcan. Contact: Maria and Alejandro mjlara@uc.cl


March 2008

For anyone with toddlers looking for an amazing home daycare, I highly recommend Dinha's Place in the Richmond Annex on Carlson. Our 1 year old daughter is there now and her older sister was there from age 1-3 a few years ago. Dinha (pronounced ''Jeenya'') is an amazing woman from Brazil - she is warm, caring, loving, intelligent and the kids thrive under her care. Next door is Nini's Place and the two home daycares spend time together. She has space for 2+ year olds right now and usually has a wait list. Fabulous outdoor space, lots of music and wonderful playing. Contact Dinha directly or feel free to contact me as a reference - Tammy.
Contact: Dinha, 510-525-7792


Home   |   Post a Message  |   Subscribe  |   Help   |   Search  |   Contact Us    

this page was last updated: Jul 17, 2014


The opinions and statements expressed on this website are those of parents who subscribe to the Berkeley Parents Network.
Please see Disclaimer & Usage for information about using content on this website.    Copyright © 1996-2014 Berkeley Parents Network