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Happy Garden Daycare (El Cerrito, CA)

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Berkeley Parents Network > Reviews > Preschools & Daycare > Happy Garden Daycare (El Cerrito, CA)



Sept 2014

I want to recommend Happy Garden Child Care. This is a Mandarin immersion day care. There are a few things I really like about this day care. The teacher and assistants are lovingly, caring and experienced. My kids like them and they even taught my child how to write number before he turns four year old. They also accommodate other small request such as applying eczema cream to a tiny spot on my child's arm so he can recover fairly soon. My kids were also potty trained there. The day care has a formal class schedule including story time, music time, and play time in the back yard or nearby park. My kids learn a lot of Chinese songs and English songs there. Many kids there are bi-lingual so they learn both Chinese and English from other kids and teachers too. The food and snack are healthy and tasty. My kindergartener still asked me if he could have more lunch there instead of at the school aftercare. The day care is also very flexible with schedule. I saw full day kids, half day kids, and a few days' kids too. If you need more info, please feel free to contact Eveline at 510-965-9461 or happygardenchildcare@gmail.com.
anon


Sept 2014

My 3yo son attended an excellent Mandarin daycare in El Cerrito for two years. My 5yo daughter graduated two years ago but still went 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 had 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 have been happier. Please contact Eveline at 510-965-9461 or happygardenchildcare@gmail.com to find out more.
DT


April 2014

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.


March 2014

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.
Helen


March 2014

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 happygardenchildcare@gmail.com to find out more.
dtom


June 2009

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 time/full time.
Josh


Sept 2008

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 happygardenchildcare@hotmail.com, or email me if you have questions.
Sophie


Oct 2008

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 happygardenchildcare@hotmail.com, or email me if you have questions.
Melissa


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