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We love this home-based Mandarin speaking daycare. Our family is on our 2nd child here! The caregivers really care about the kids, the price is reasonable, they are flexible and this is one of the few home daycares that doesn't take long vacations. Moreover our kids have always been happy here. They don't even have a television, so tha is not an issue for screen-free families. Yes, the yard is small, but the kids are happy and eating good meals/snacks too.
Thumbs Up for Happy Garden Child Care
For those of you interested in daycare, especially Chinese- immersion, I am posting a recommendation for Happy Garden Child Care. My son has been there for the past two years and has thrived. He's four now and can understand about 90% of the Mandarin that the daycare providers use. Many of the graduates attend the Mandarin-immersion charter school Yu Ming that serves K+. The director, Eveline, and her two assistants are wonderful, nuturing, and energetic daycare providers. They even potty-trained my son within a few weeks after he started attending the daycare when he just turned two. Eveline is very good about giving me details regarding out-of-the-ordinary occurences that might have taken place during the day. The daycare is located in a quiet, family- friendly neighborhood where they can take walks to the park, library, and even fire station on nice days. I highly recommend this daycare.
My 3yo son has been at an excellent Mandarin daycare in El Cerrito since he
turned two. My 5yo daughter graduated two years ago but still goes for after
school care. My kids adore the head teacher, Eveline, and all the assistants. They
are warm, loving, energetic and creative. They go for neighborhood walks to the
park, play in the safe and fun home and backyard, read books, make art projects
and sing. My kids have learned a great deal of Mandarin at daycare, and Eveline
has been teaching my older child to write and read Mandarin characters. Eveline
is credited with potty-training both my kids--even without me asking her to do
so! The rates are very reasonable and include a heathy lunch and snacks. We
found a very special place for my kids and couldn't be happier. Please contact
Eveline at 510-965-9461 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
My son just graduated from an excellent home daycare where he
has been for almost 2 years. Evelyne Peterson (Chinese name
Wen-Hsiang) runs the Happy Garden Daycare out of her home on
Everett Street in El Cerrito. She and her helpers are
enthusiastic, caring and attentive to the children. The day is
structured with storytime, craft activities, nap and lots of
playtime. Evelyne has always been flexible the few times when
we had to be late. Our son speaks fluent Mandarin now, a
language that neither my wife or I speak. He also became potty
trained there. Evelyne is bilingual. Some of her staff only
speak Chinese and our son can understand my Mandarin speaking
coworkers. He outgrew this daycare and is now in a preschool.
Evelyne's home has a small backyard which ideally would be
larger, but it is very safe with a high wooden fence around it.
Her phone #s are 510-388-1537/510-965-9461. She accepts part
My son's home-based, Chinese (Mandarin) language daycare now
has openings for 2-5 year olds as he and another student are
leaving for pre-school. My son has been there for 1.5 years
and has grown very close to the main teacher, Eveline, and
the two assistants, who are all very competent, warm,
energetic, and wonderful with the children. As the children
have grown, Eveline has done a great job adapting the daily
activities to keep them interested, including gardening,
going for walks, art projects, etc. They recently moved to a
very nice, spacious new house. The kids have all learned a
lot of Chinese, even those who don't speak it at home.
Please contact Happy Garden at 510-965-9461/message or
email@example.com, or email me if you have
My son's home-based Mandarin/English daycare now has
openings for 2-5 year olds as he and another student are
leaving for pre-school. It is located in a very nice,
spacious house in a safe neighborhood. My son has been with
HappyGarden for 1.5 years and has grown very close to the
head teacher, Eveline, and the two assistants, who are all
very competent, warm, energetic, and wonderful with the
children. As the children have grown, Eveline has done a
great job adapting the daily activities to keep them
interested, including gardening, going for walks, art
projects, etc as well as teaching them Mandarin. My son is
now 100% fluent even though we do not speak Mandarin at
home. He can even read some Chinese. Eveline speaks both
English and Mandarin and is VERY easy to communicate with.
She has been a preschool teacher for many years and has a
lot of experience. I cannot speak highly enough of her and
her daycare. She is a very special teacher and we feel so
lucky to have found her.
Please contact Eveline at Happy Garden at
510-965-9461/message or firstname.lastname@example.org, or
email me if you have questions.
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