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Hugs and Kisses Bilingual Daycare (Oakland, CA)

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Berkeley Parents Network > Reviews > Preschools & Daycare > Hugs and Kisses Bilingual Daycare (Oakland, CA)



July 2014

Hugs & Kisses daycare is the best thing you can do for your child. When our first son was about 16 months old we began our quest for the right place for him. We visited a lot of places and thought we would have to compromise on a place, but when we toured Hugs & Kisses it was like walking into our dream place.

Eliza keeps her home clean, friendly, warm. The kids are happy, well loved & well fed. They are treated warmly and with respect. Eliza educates them in Spanish and English from the basics of shapes, colors, animals, to fine motor skills, ABCs and math. Their days are structured, but with plenty of play time too. They go on occasional field trips and she brings in a music teacher for in-house dance parties every week.

Play time outside in Eliza's beautifully kept yard is a favorite time of the day for the kids. Parents often stay to chat and get to know each other while the kids continue to play until it was time to leave. Eliza provides a community for the parents and the children - with festive Halloween and Winter Holiday parties where all are invited, including alumni of the daycare.

We wholeheartedly recommend Hugs & Kisses. Go visit...you'll fall in love with this place too!
Tali


July 2014

I am writing to strongly recommend Hugs and Kisses, run by the incredible Eliza Salazar. My son started at Hugs and Kisses when he was 18 months, and from the very first moment we knew this was a special place. Eliza is exceptionally well organized and experienced, maintains an adorable and spotless space, provides fantastic and age appropriate activities (including music and creative art projects), and most important, provides a calm, safe and loving place for the children she cares for. My son was with Eliza until he turned 4, at which point we "swapped" him out so our daughter could have her turn. My daughter recently turned 4 and is headed to preschool – her last day was bittersweet for all of us (my son, now a much older and wiser 6 ½, still runs to Eliza for hugs when he sees her). Eliza is part of our family, and I can’t imagine NOT having her (and her delightful family) in our lives. I felt like we were (and still ARE) part of a wonderful community at Hugs and Kisses, with Eliza and the rest of the families. I truly cannot express in words how awesome Eliza is, and how much she genuinely loves those kids, and will not hesitate to recommend her! Eliza's biggest fan


Jan 2012

I cannot give enough rave reviews about Eliza Salazar and her amazing daycare, Hugs and Kisses Bilingual Daycare! My daughter has been at Hugs and Kisses for over two years (since she was 8 months old), and at each stage of development Eliza has given her and all of the other infants and toddlers in the daycare incredible love, attention, support, and appropriate motor and cognitive challenges. Eliza is, hands down, one of the most loving, warm, caring people I have ever met, and she goes out of her way to make sure her daycare is a true learning environment. Many parents at our daycare comment on how much our children are learning, and how safe and secure they feel. Eliza is able to maintain a positive environment among the children, and both minimizes and resolves conflicts highly effectively among the children, to the point that there have been no recurring issues between kids in the entire two years I have been there. I am 150% confident in Eliza's ability to do just about anything, and would trust my child with her in any and all circumstances. She is truly amazing, and kids at her daycare thrive in all dimensions - emotionally, cognitively, interpersonally, etc. If she has an opening, don't hesitate, she is fantastic!
Tamara


Oct 2010

Hugs & Kisses has been an amazing experience for my son who is transitioning to preschool. Eliza Salazar has over 10 years experience working in special education with the Oakland School District and has a gentle, caring, very clean and nurturing home-based daycare. Breakfast, lunch and snack are included. There is a lovely backyard with a lawn and tons of toy cars to ride, play structure etc. A music teacher comes in once a week. Part-time opening, for M, W, F 8am-6pm. Call her quick!


Sept 2009

Hello my name is Vanessa and I would like to recommend Hugs and Kisses Bilingual Daycare. My son started going there when he was 18 months old; it was the first time we were separated since he was born, and eventhough he had a hard time at the begining. Soon after he got very attached to Elisa and her family. Elisa's daughter, Alejandra loves playing with the kids and kids love playing with her. Elisa is very attentive to each child's needs and she providies the care my son needs. Elisa is very dedicated to her daycare and my son loves her very much. Her home


August 2009

I highly recomemnd the bilingual daycare Hugs and Kisses. Eliza is great with the kids. I don't know how she does it, but my son obeys her at averything. I love the care, love, dedication and responsability she gives to the children. She makes home cook meals that my son loves. She pays close attention to each child's needs and provides a loving family environment for them. Her home is always clean and has a nice backyard for the kids to play. I feel 100% worry free after I drop my son off. I know that he will have fun, learn and be well taking care of. She even makes breakfast burritos for the parents every Friday and also gives us ''parents nightout'' once a month. Contact: Eliza Salazar, 510-533-0320


August 2009

Hugs and Kisses, a small, bilingual (Spanish) home-based daycare has an opening. My daughter has been there full time for two years and is now moving on to a bilingual elementary school. My husband and I have been thrilled with the care our daughter receives and particularly impressed with the one on one attention she gets in learning numbers, writing and other skills. The program is run by Eliza Salzar and I can't say enough great things about her. Do contact me if you would like to hear more. Hugs and Kisses Daycare (510) 533-0320 Lic #013419241
Kate


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