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Ebenezer Daycare (Berkeley, CA)

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Berkeley Parents Network > Reviews > Preschools & Daycare > Home-based Daycares > Ebenezer Daycare (Berkeley, CA)



July 2014

Our daughter's daycare provider, Ebenezer Daycare, has a new opening for a child over two months old. Ebenezer is a small daycare of up to a half dozen children run by Maria Silva and her assistants.

Maria has been an absolute pleasure. Our daughter adores her and it's clear from their joyous interactions that the affection is reciprocated. She never cries when she's dropped off or when she's picked up.

Based on her development, Maria clearly gives her the personalized attention we were hoping for in a small daycare.

Maria only speaks Spanish to the children (though her sons are fluent in English), and our daughter (now almost eighteen months) understands Spanish better than she does English.

The kids go outside every day and the daycare is right next to a small park/playground. Maria is flexible with her hours and has accommodated our last-minute changes numerous times.

Maria cooks delicious organic food for the children every day, and even accommodates our vegetarian requests. Our daughter consistently eats more at daycare than she does at home. She's also turned out to be a delightful, inquisitive, and well-mannered kid, and we definitely have Maria to thank for much of that.

She's graduating now and thus Maria will have an open spot. We envy whoever gets to take it!


Feb 2013

Our daughter has grown out of her sweet, fun, homey small day care, where we have brought her nearly every day since she was 5 months old.

Maria Silva's Ebenezer day care, run out of her apartment in South Berkeley, has two openings--one for a 2-year-old and one for a baby.

Maria speaks Spanish to the kids, and our daughter has learned Spanish right along with English. Her rates are very reasonable and her schedule is flexible.

Maria makes the kids home-cooked lunches and lots of fruits and veggies for snacks, teaches the babies how to get along with gentleness and wisdom, visits the park every day, and has seemingly boundless energy for playtime, songs, hugs, and books.

Can you tell we will miss her? If you are looking for a place for your baby or young toddler I can't think of a better one.

Maria can be reached at 510-540-6034.
Kristie


Feb 2013

Our daughter's daycare provider, Ebenezer Daycare, has new openings for an infant and a two year old. Ebenezer is a small daycare of up to a half dozen children run by Maria Silva and her assistants.

Maria has been an absolute pleasure. Our daughter adores her and it's clear from their joyous interactions that the affection is reciprocated. She never cries when she's dropped off or when she's picked up.

Based on her development, Maria clearly gives her the personalized attention we were hoping for in a small daycare.

Maria only speaks Spanish to the children (though her sons are fluent in English), and our daughter (now almost eighteen months) understands Spanish better than she does English.

The kids go outside every day and the daycare is right next to a small park/playground. Maria is flexible with her hours and has accommodated our last-minute changes numerous times.

Maria cooks delicious organic food for the children every day, and even accommodates our vegetarian requests. Our daughter consistently eats more at daycare than she does at home. She's also turned out to be a delightful, inquisitive, and well-mannered kid, and we definitely have Maria to thank for much of that.


July 2013

I am writing this review because our 2.5 year old son has been with Maria since he was about 7 months old and will be graduating to preschool soon (sniff).

Maria runs a very sweet, warm small home based day care. She cooks the children delicious varied organic meals from scratch every day. She has a remarkable way with babies, you can see that she truly loves and enjoys them and that the children are comfortable and relaxed with her. My son races up to knock on the door every morning.

Her place is small, but directly next door to a tot park, and the children spend lots of time outside every day. She also takes them around to different parks and on walks. She sings songs and plays games with them and our son can speak and understand spanish. She also starts potty training young, which was a huge bonus for us.

I think she is looking for both a very small baby and another slightly older baby starting over the next couple of months (she likes to have a close-ish age match for the children). It has been a lovely couple of years and our son will miss her.

You can reach her at 510-540-6034 (She pretty much only speaks spanish but if you dont, her very sweet sons- who my son is pretty much in love with- will return the call and translate) -feel free to email me with questions.
Juliana


Nov 2012

I would like to recommend Maria Silva's Ebenezer Day Care, located near the Ashby BART station. My daughter has spent her days with Maria for the past 8 months, since she was 4 months old, and I wouldn't dream of taking her anywhere else. Maria makes all the kids' organic food from scratch, travels to parks in the neighborhood almost daily, and is a kind, loving, and generous caregiver for her charges. Maria and her wonderful helper Carmen speak Spanish to the kids exclusively; the kids learn songs and games, and play, play, play! Maria has many years experience working with children and frequently takes child care and development continuing education courses. Ebenezer currently has space for an infant. You can reach them by phone at 510- 540-6034.
Kristi


May 2012

I am writing to recommend the daycare my son attends. Maria Silva has been a wonderful caregiver to my now 15 month old.

She cooks fresh organic meals for the children each day and gives them plenty of love. She is warm, attentive, and nurturing. The apartment is clean and comfortable. She also will potty train young, which is a huge bonus for me.

My little guy started at a difficult age for his separation anxiety (8months) and was quickly straining out of my arms to knock at her door in the morning.

She runs the daycare out of her small apartment near Ashby Bart, which is located directly next door to a tot park. She speaks to the children in Spanish and when necessary her (incredibly sweet) sons are excellent translators.

There are openings because two of the children are leaving for pre-school and she can do full or part time. Her rates are extremely reasonable.

Feel free to contact me for a reference. Or call her directly at 510-540-6034 (If you do not speak Spanish, one of her boy's will return the call.) Contact: Juliana


March 2010

Maria Silva, of Ebenezer Daycare in South Berkeley (close to Malcolm X School) has an opening for a 3-4 month-old infant. Maria has been caring for our son since he was 4 months old and we cannot recommend her highly enough. Maria is a licensed childcare provider who offers delicious, nutritious, home-cooked snacks and meals that are nearly all organic. Our son loves her cooking and Maria often gets him to eat things that he won't eat at home. Maria is loving and nurturing and our son has blossomed in her care. She is a Spanish speaker and her teenage sons are excellent translators, whenever needed. We have appreciated the opportunity for our son to be exposed to two languages at such an early age. Maria's rates are very reasonable ($7/hour, meals and snacks included). Her hours are usually 8-5:00, though she is flexible, as needed. Maria's daycare is located in her first-floor apartment, adjacent to a small park. The children spend time outdoors everyday, at various local parks. Maria cares for a small group of children at a time. Contact: Maria Silva, 510-540-6034


Dec 2009

Maria Silva, of Ebenezer Daycare in South Berkeley (close to Malcolm X School) has an opening for a 3-4 month-old infant. Maria has been caring for our son since he was 4 months old and we cannot recommend her highly enough. Maria is a licensed childcare provider who offers delicious, nutritious, home-cooked snacks and meals that are nearly all organic. Our son loves her cooking and Maria often gets him to eat things that he won't eat at home. Maria is loving and nurturing and our son has blossomed in her care. She is a Spanish speaker and her teenage sons are excellent translators, whenever needed. We have appreciated the opportunity for our son to be exposed to two languages at such an early age. Maria's rates are very reasonable ($7/hour, meals and snacks included). Her hours are usually 8-5:00, though she is flexible, as needed. Maria's daycare is located in her first-floor apartment, adjacent to a small park. The children spend time outdoors everyday, at various local parks. Maria cares for a small group of children at a time. Right now there are two toddlers in her care. Contact: Maria Silva, 510-540-6034


August 2008

We've had our children with Maria Silva of Ebenezer Day Care for the last 4 years, and our youngest just graduated to preschool. Maria provides a stable and supportive environment for infants to pre-school age kids, usually four or fewer children at a time. She speaks only Spanish but seems to do okay with parents who only speak English, makes healthy meals and snacks for the children and is especially good with babies. Also, her prices are lower than average, about $6-7 per hour. Her phone number is (510) 540-6034 and you can also email me with questions. Her hours are 8:00-5:30, but she is able to make other arrangments at times.

Julia


August 2008

I'm excited to share the best childcare I've had thus far for my 2 year old son. It is run by Maria Silva who provides daily activities, organic lunches and snacks, and a huge helping of warmth and care. She speaks Spanish with the children, exposing them daily to the language. She is extremely skilled with infants and toddlers and is a licensed child care provider. Her group size ranges from 6-8. I can be reached anytime to talk more about her child care expertise and style, as well as share her contact information.
Ellen


March 2008

Maria Silva provides a daycare in her 1st floor apartment located next door to a playground/lawn/and picnic area. She cares for 2-4 children a day varying with some children's part-time schedules. She cooks organic, healthy breakfast and lunches and provides fruit for snacks. She takes the children on field trips with parent permissions to local parks. She provides the best care for our 17 months daughter and is always pleasant to talk with. She has had her daycare license for over 14 years and is experienced with two teenage sons of her own. Maria speaks mostly Spanish with some English. Her sons translate for us and we have no problem communicating with her. Two children are leaving her daycare so she has 2 full-time openings for toddlers 2 years or older. Please contact me for more information and contact detail for Maria Silva at Ebinezar Daycare.
jaebird


Jan 2008

If you are looking for a daycare, may I recommend mine. Ebenezer Daycare in Berkeley has 2 openings right now for either part time or full time kids. Maria Silva runs this very small daycare from her living room, 2 blocks from the Ashby Bart. Maria and her helper take the kids to the park almost every day, weather permitting, never watch television, and speak only Spanish to the kids (my daughter's first word was ''agua''). Maria prepares two homecooked meals for the kids every day, using organic produce as much as possible and making sure they get a good variety of fruits and vegetables. Maria really loves her work and is especially good with younger kids (all the current kids are 3 or younger) and was very helpful to me as a new mom. Her rates are very reasonable for the amount of attention the kids get! Please feel free to call my husband or me if you want more information (540-9793), or you can contact her directly. Contact: Maria Silva, 510-540-6034


Sept 2007

I’m writing to share my joy about finding Maria Silva. She runs Ebinezer Daycare, a home-based daycare she runs from her apartment in Berkeley. Maria is licensed, and she keeps her education in child development current. My daughter was a 1 1/2 pound premature baby, and had lung issues. Maria took care of my friend’s son, & my friend raved about Maria. Years later, I remembered my friend’s ravings & was lucky to find a spot for my daughter in Maria’s home. Maria cooks organic meals for the children every day. She knows about nutrition & she dealt beautifully with my daughter’s finicky eating habits. Maria speaks Spanish and English to her kids, teaches them about letters, numbers, colors, dance, & how to relate to each other even in tough situations. Maria is conscientious, kind & patient. She keeps a balance between maintaining a predictable daily routine and exposing kids to new experiences. She gets them outside, & remembers to bring the H20 & sunscreen. Contact: Maria Silva, (510) 540-6034


Nov 2006

My sons' daycare has an opening for a 2-4 year old. Maria runs this daycare out of her home. Her place is small, but it's located directly next door to a nice little park with grass, swings, and a play structure. The kids go outside to play every day, either at the park next door or on a field trip to other parks. She cooks great food, all organic and my kids love her cooking. She speaks Spanish to the kids. it's been neat to see my 2 year old picking up the language... he now asks me for agua, counts in Spanish and says ''de nada, mommy''. Maria rarely has the TV on, there isn't one in the main play room. She helped potty train my son. she is very careful (washing hands, using sunscreen, etc) and attentive. she's also the most affordable daycare around and she's very flexible with scheduling. Maria's number is: 510-540-6034, leave a message and she'll call you back (her son may call because his English is better).
Tracy


Sept 2006

Maria Silva runs a small (4-5 kids) daycare out of her apartment in west Berkeley. She is looking for 2-year-olds and 4-year-olds to fill some empty spaces. Maria is a FABULOUS care provider. She cooks organic meals from scratch for the kids EVERY day. She is kind, loving, consistant and conscientious. She gets the kids outside a lot during the warm months. She teaches the kids in English and Spanish. She is licensed and she continues her education constantly. I can't say enough good things about Maria. Please contact her directly at the phone number above, or if you have questions, feel free to email me at: angie
Contact: Maria Silva, (510) 540-6034


April 2006

Maria Silva runs Ebinezer Daycare from here apartment on Prince street in Southwest Berkeley. She is the best day care provider I've seen in my 16 1/2 years of parenting. She cooks organic meals for the kids daily, teaches them the alphabet, and music/dance, etc. in both Spanish and English. She constantly takes courses to improve her caregiving abilities. Her daycare is state licensed. On top of everything, she charges very little-- 4-5 dollars an hour depending on the age of the child and other factors. My daughter has been going there for two years. I found Maria through a friend who RAVED about her. Maria is looking for some two-year-olds to round out her current group. She ususally takes 4-5 children at a time. Give her a call, and go by to see for yourself. Contact: Maria Silva, 510-540-6034

Angie D


March 2006

ebinezer daycare is a small, home-based daycare run by maria silva. maria is the best caregiveri've seen in the 16 1/2 years i've been parenting. my four- year-old has been going there for two years, now. maria cooks organic meals from scratch for the kids daily! she is state licensed and she constantly goes to school to learn more about child development. you have to see this to believe it. she also teaches the kids. my child knows the alphabet in spanish and english, and can count to twenty in both languages. ok. enough raving. give her a call!
Contact: maria silva, 540-6034


March 2006

My daughter has attended Ebinezer daycare, a state licensed home-based daycare for almost two years. Maria keeps 3-4 kids in her home, gives them lots of loving attention, cooks organic foods from scratch for them every day, and teaches them Spanish, too. SHe keeps up on her early childhood development classes. This lady is the best I've seen in my 16 years of parenting. She charges only $5.hr, and less for older kids. Questions? Feel free to email me, or call Maria directly at the number listed above. Contact: Maria, 540-6034

Angie


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