Emeryville Child Development Center (Emeryville, CA)
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Emeryville Child Development Center (Emeryville, CA)
My son has been in the Emeryville Child Development Center
for a few months and we are very happy about it. The teachers
are great. They love the kids and are very serious about
their jobs. I can see my son is very happy there and whenever
there is anything, the teachers called me right away. I am
very comfortable with my son be there. The staff are all very
friendly. I would highly recommend it to other parents!
We're looking into daycare options near Emeryville for our 8
month-old. The reviews of the Emeryville Child Development
Center on BPN are rather old.
If you've had a child attend ECDC in the last year or so, what
has your experience been like? Best/worst aspects? Would you
Or is there some other home- or center-based daycare near
Emeryville that you love?
Thank you for any information.
Heading to EMY
My son is in the ECDC's Pre-K 1 class. He started over 2 years ago when he was 19 months
old in the Toddler 1 class. I wish we had started him at ECDC when I went back to work
when he was 4 months old.
We have been very happy with the school. Many of his classmates started in the infant
program and now their baby brothers and sisters are in the infant classroom. Although
there has been a lot of turnover in the school's directors, the teaching staff is stable.
Besides the loving teachers, I have appreciated the hours (7:30-5:30). The school does a
good job communicating the schedule off closed dates 6 months in advance. The school is
open most of the year except for the week between Christmas and New Years, the last week
of Aug for Staff Development and major holidays.
Unlike most schools, ECDC provides breakfast, lunch and 2 snacks. They recently switched
to Chefables and the school provides the menu for each month.
ECDC also does a lot of fun events for the kids. Today was pajama day. Monday was make
silly hats day. My son has gone on class trips to the Oakland Zoo and Children's
Fairyland. My son is always coming home with art projects.
I've been especially happy with his Pre-K class. One of his teachers sends the parents
pictures of our kids at school. We also get an email with the weekly lesson plans. My son
has learned all his letters, is able to read numbers and spell his name. He is also
learning a little Spanish and Russian.
I highly recommend ECDC.
I'm writing in response to the request on the Childcare Digest for reviews of
Emeryville Child Development Center. My child attended preschool there until
recently. They have many talented and caring teachers, and it has the potential
to be a very special place, but in our time there (following the retirement of
the long term head of the school), there was too much turnover in the director
position, and insufficient support from the city agency staff who are responsible
for overseeing the center. You should check with current parents to see if
leadership has stabilized.
Former ECDC Parent
We are looking for recent information/recommendations for
Berkeley Child Education Center and/or Emeryville Child
Development Center, for 2 y/o.
My son went to Emeryville Child Development Center until he was
5 years old. He loved it and so did we. Most of the teachers have
been there for many, many years. The staff is very stable, loving
and involved. There is a higher teacher to student ratio than
average, and I've always felt that when my son needed a hug or a
lap to sit on, he got one. It's also a fantastic facility, having
been built specifically to be a daycare/preschool. The infant
room is large and has it's own outdoor area, and I remember
seeing the teachers down on the floor a lot with the babies,
holding them and playing with them. The toddler room also has
it's own play yard and is large and sunny. When a child is ready
to move on to the next level room, they move in groups and a
teacher will move with them. They get to know all the teachers,
which makes it a stable environment for them. Several times a
year there are family events, like an international potluck, so
you can get to know other families there. It is also one of the
most diverse schools I've ever seen. My son is in kindergarten
right now and his teachers have told me that his preschool
prepared him well for kindergarten.
Happy with ECDC
We are considering sending our 3 y/o son to ECDC this fall. I would love to hear more
recent feedback about folks experiences with the school.
We really like Emeryville Child Development Center. Our daughter is in the infant room
and really likes it there. They are very diverse (kids and staff), and the teachers in that
room are involved, patient, experienced, and caring. One of the things I noticed when I
did an initial tour of the center was that the kids seemed happy there, and I still think
that's true. Most of the teachers have been there a long time and there's low turnover
rate for the staff (and I think among the kids as well). Hope some of this helps.
any recent recommendations on the emerville child development
center? thanks. i am thinking of sending my son there when he is
about 20 months old.
My 4 year old daughter attends Emeryville Child Development
Center. She started in Pre K2 and is now in Pre K3. She is
thriving in that environment and we are so happy with the school.
They have a good mix of group and individual play. We also like
the diversity of the student body. Good luck!
I'm looking for updated information, praise, complaints about
the Emeryville Child Development Center and the Model School.
Everything in the archives seems quite old. We are looking at
these two places for our eighteen-month-old son.
Our son was at Emeryville Child Development Center (ECDC) from 4
months old until almost 3. We only took him out because we
moved. It has pros and cons. From a standpoint of care it is
very good. The teachers have experience, the facilities are
great, the teachers care about the kids. There is a diverse
group of cultures at the school. Cost was pretty comparable. The
cons would be more about the center's administration and
communication. They have to deal with some City politics.
Contact me is you want more info as I know it always helps to
speak to other parents. FYI they are changing and will only take
kids from 18 months soon.
my son graduated from ECDC two years ago and my
daughter is graduating this june. all i can say it's a great
school. we have a spanish program, multicultural dance
program and is very diverse. this was the main reason i
chose this school. i've done extensive research and have
even pulled both my kids out of this school to try another
closer to home and it didn't come close to what ECDC
provides. all of the children graduating from ECDC that go
to kindergarten are so prepared. i travel from castro valley to
emeryville to take my daughter to this school. this is how
much we love it. it's a sacrafice but so worth it!!!!!!!! i
suggest take a tour, meet some of the parents and ask
them questions. of course, my model school won't be
someone else's. one thing i want to mention is the staff has
low turnaround. most of them have been there from the day
it open to five years. the teachers hold the children
responsible for alot of things, of course we love this. good
Re: Affordable Pre-school for Toddler
I just visited one of the best and most affordable preschools in
the East Bay...the Emeryville Early Childhood Development
Center! It offers services to children 4 months through 5 years
old. Operated through Emeryville City Services for the past 25
years, it is a great facility and program enrolling 90
children. The children are a wonderful rainbow of smiles - some
the offspring of Chiron, Pixar, etc. employees, others from the
surrounding neighborhood, others on subsidy - making it an
ideal, real world (yet safe!) environment for your child's
earliest school/social ventures. The Staff are wonderfully
professional and yet many feel like someone's loving grandma.
The (enclosed) playground, and child-sized and oriented
environment (When did they start making toilets that small?)are
both a parent's and toddlers dream.
The school is located at 1220 53rd Street (...wonderful freeway
and cross street access to ease your commute). Call its
Director, Eleanor Letchaw at 510.596.4347 for more info (and
tell her Wanda sent you.)
I'll be putting my 5 month old in daycare and am looking in the
Emeryville area. Does anyone have an opinion (good or bad)on
the Emeryville Child Development Center? There's already one
recommendation listed on the parents network site but it's from
1997. Also, any recommendations on childcare facilities in
Emeryville (either home-based or other) are welcome. I'm
starting this search from scratch and am using Bananas listings
as well, but am hoping to narrow the search by hearing from some
of you who have been through this before. Thanks in advance!
I have had my 18 month old son in the Emeryville Child
Development Center since he was four months old. In general,
my experience has been very positive. My son has become
attached to his teachers and they genuinely seem to like the
children. Since they are city employees, there is very little
turnover in the staff though a few of the teachers did switch
assignments in September. In the infant room, they focus
mainly on keeping the children fed and happy. In the toddler
room, they have all the kids on a schedule of music, play, nap,
outdoor time and the like. This seems much more exciting and
stimulating than the infant room, but I think this is just the
nature of the ages. My only negative comments are mainly
things that all daycares would experience- ie my child had a
lot of colds and illnesses when he first started and has had a
couple of bites since moving into the toddler room. (The bites
were handled appropriately with the offenders getting time outs
and the parents being notified.) The center also closes on
every bank holiday which is inconvenient as I am not a banker.
All in all, it's worked well for me and my son.
I am replying to the concern regarding infant childcare. I took my son at 4
months old and my daughter at 6 months to the Emeryville Child Development
Center. It is marvelous! My son turns 5 next week and he has gone to
"school" at ECDC the entire time. ECDC offers care from 4 months until
kindergarten. It is an easy commute from my home in Montclair and is only
10 minutes from UC. I highly recommend looking at it for infant (and
beyond) care. I have met many other parents there but I have not met any
who work at UC so I guess I should get the word out!
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