Inch by Inch School (Oakland, CA)
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Inch by Inch School
- Owner: Lisa Fitch
- Phone: (510) 406-2624
- Email: email@example.com
- Neighborhood: Temescal on 49th St.
- Zip: 94609
- License #: 013418677
- Capacity: 14
- Website: http://inchbyinchschool.com/
- Ages: 15 mos - 3 yrs (with parents) and 2.5 - 5 years (preschool)
I wanted to recommend Inch by Inch my son's preschool which has a few
openings for the Fall. This is a wonderful place for children to play, learn and
grow. Lisa and Fathima are caring teachers and my son has learn new songs,
about gardens and making friends. There is plenty of space in the backyard to
run and ride bikes, but there is also areas for dramatic play and dress up too.
Feel free to contact me.
Re: Preschool with music/dance focus?
Inch by Inch in Temescal is a beautiful, small school with lots
of music and dance. Lisa and Fathima, the teachers, are
compassionate and attentive. Lisa leads a singing circle every
day (parents can stay one day a week and sing too) and does
plays every season which incorporate dance and storytelling. In
the summers, the school is transformed into a circus camp or an
art camp. Dance & music are definitely part of every day life at
Inch by Inch! Both of my daughters loved the school.
Re: Preschool for 2 1/2 year old, parent participating
Check out Inch by Inch. It has a parent-child program
that's wonderful. I'm sure you can find the address and
phone number here at Berkeley Parents Network.
Re: Preschool for twins 2 mornings a week?
Our son attended Inch By Inch Preschool in Temescal. It's
small, offers a part time schedule, and accepts children who
are not potty trained. We had a wonderful experience there.
Any current families from Inch by Inch preschool (not the
toddler program) willing to share their experiences -- both
positive and negative? I'd love to hear your thoughts about
the curriculum, the teachers, and just the overall feel of the
place. How well do you feel that the teachers know and
understand your child? Do the kids generally seem happy and
engaged? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Both of my boys were at Inch by Inch throughout their preschool
experiences (I now have one 5 and one 7). We had a stint early
on (after the toddler program) where we tried to go to a well
regarded selective Montessori thing (to get more coverage--there
is a MWF and TTh schedule, nowadays she does aftercare so it's a
little more time), and we much preferred Inch by Inch in the end
and came back as soon as we could. Lisa and Fathima know and
love each child. The dramatic productions are wonderful and fun
and magical. My kids, who are very sensitive,feel like Inch by
Inch is their home. I could not recommend the school more
highly. The parents are also generally terrific. If only the
whole world were like IBI--no pretension, wooden toys, healthy
food, love, and a little magic.
inch by inch devotee
My son started IBI in the toddler program and has now been in the
preschool program for two years. We love it and more importantly,
so does he. Lisa, the director, has an incredible way with
children and really does understand each and everyone one, Fatima
is so incredibly nurturing and was incredibly supportive when we
were potting training. My son is now an expert on the solar
system because Cata makes science classes fun and Kelly has
taught him how to sign the alphabet. Every year IBI picks an
enrichment activity for the kids and they put on incredible
school performances that the kids have so much fun doing. You
really couldn't ask for a more creative, positive environment for
your child. I'd be happy to tell you more, it's an incredible
Hi -- I moved my 4 year old from another preschool to Inch by
Inch in the middle of last year and I was immediately so relieved
and happy. It is a small program and she was welcomed and
understood. After some struggles at the previous school (which
was fine), she absolutely flourished at Inch by Inch and was very
happy to be there. The teachers, Lisa and Fathima, are both so
kind and calm. Lisa's program is brilliant, the kids got Spanish
(this year I think it's sign language), capoeira (sp?), and all
sorts of other special programs, and just the basic art and other
activities that Lisa provides, and especially the daily singing,
are wonderful. If you want a small school that really provides a
tender, home-like atmosphere for all involved, Inch by Inch is
the place to be! My younger daughter is now in the toddler
program and I am happily planning to enroll her in the preschool
when she is old enough. I am very attachment oriented and had a
hard time with sending the kids to school at all, but I feel like
Inch by Inch provides perfect creative energy and extra
nourishment for both mom and kids.
happy at IBI
my children were at inch by inch for two years in the preschool program
the parent toddler program). we loved it. Loved it. i am so happy now that
children are in a public kindergarten that they had the fantastic preschool
experience they had at inch by inch.
best things: lisa and fatima are loving caregivers. they compliment each
well. the class size is small and the children's interests guide the way.
the space is
comfortable and inviting. the kids' night out parties are fantastic for the
kids. lots of
extra activities - spanish, capoiera, music. even when my children got
loved the place. lisa really knows how to watch out for the younger ones and
older ones take ''leadership'' roles.
the only negative thing to say is that lisa is an artisty-free-spirited-type
administrative stuff is not her forte. she has a person who helps now with
etc. which is good.
your children will be very fortunate to have inch by inch as their preschool
experience. my children are older now and always ask to go back. they say it
their favorite school!
Hi. I am looking for programs that are similar to what is
described in past postings that describe the (now defunct)
programs 'Toddler family' and 'Inch by Inch'.
Basically, I am looking for programs that are a lot like
preschool, but that I can attend with my daughter once or twice a
week (not a co-op).
I know about 'Montclair Community Center', but that is a bit too
far from us. Anything else out there?
I am happy to tell you that Lisa Fitch's excellent parent
participation program, Inch By Inch, is still thriving in its new
location in the Temescal District. It's a play based program rich
in music and movement activites, messy art and lots of fun. It
draws a diverse and friendly group of parents, many of whom have
their children continue with Lisa into her preschool program,
where our son goes three days a week. He loves the enrichment
activites, which include Spanish, drumming and Capoera. Lisa,
Fathima, Dave and Cata are gifted teachers and have become very
special to us. We will be sorry to leave! You can contact Lisa
Fitch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Inch By Inch Parent
This is for the person looking for a daycare/pre-school in
Rockridge. My son goes to Inch by Inch at 49th and Broadway,
and I couldn't be happier. There's a part time preschool
program and a mommy and me play group twice a week if your
daughter isn't ready for preschool. They have music,
cooking, and a great outdoor area. I love it there. Call
Lisa Fitch at 510-406-2624.
I heard that Lisa Fitch, who was the former director of
Toddler Family in Oakland, has started her own program,
which is called ''Inch by Inch'' and is a parent participation
program for toddlers and a parent, rich with music and arts
and crafts. I'm having trouble locating a phone number for
this program, and am wondering if anyone has participated
in it, and how they like it.
I don't know about the program -- I had the impression it's
brand new -- but the phone number is posted at the gate of
Avenue Park on Jordan Road in Redwood Heights, with a little
Lisa can be reached at 406-2624. I haven't been to Inch by
Inch, but my son went to Toddler Family with her and has Lisa as
a music teacher at his preschool and loves her!!!
I would like to respond to the question about Lisa Fitch's
new toddler program called ''Inch by Inch''. Several years
ago I participated in Lisa's program when she was the
director and teacher of Toddler Family program,
then located in Berkeley. My daugher fell in love with Lisa,
loved her program, and we kept in touch with her over the
years. When it was time to enroll my second child, I was
hesitant to go to Toddler Family program again as they had
moved near Lake Merritt, which would mean quite a drive,
however, when I weighed the benefit we had received years
previously from participating in the program, I decided to
follow Lisa to Oakland. When Lisa left Toddler Family and
started her own school, we again went with her. My second
child too, benefits immensely from this program, filled with
Lisa's guitar led circle time, messy arts that are different
each time, and friends we have made. Lisa is truly a gifted
teacher, knows what each child needs, and finds a way to
connect to the heart of each one. I am happy to hear that
Lisa is expanding her current program and will have a
pre-school in the afternoons, so that children who have
already made a connection with her throughout their toddler
years can continue growing independently into this drop-off
program, or new children can benefit from the magic that
Lisa brings to each child. Lisa can be reached by e-mail at
lisapizzaf AT msn.com or by phone (510) 406-2624. I'm
happy to talk to any interested parents, or answer questions.
Inch by Inch is a wonderful program for toddlers and their
caretakeres run by a wonderful woman, Lisa Fitch. It is a
program designed for toddlers too young to attend pre-school
but ready for organized activity. Toddlers attend with a
parent or other caretaker (nanny, grandparent, etc.) twice a
week for two hours at each gathering. The day's schedule is
very similar to one at a typical pre-school, starting with free-
play, then circle time (singing and movement), then snack time
(Lisa reads stories at this time), and finally outside free-
play at a park down the street if weather permits.
Lisa Fitch is a wonderful person and terrific with toddlers and
their parents. She has a warm and inviting personality that
instantly makese everyone, especially the children, feel at
ease and welcome. The children all just adore her and she
them. She is a wonderful singer and guitar player as well and
the music at circle time is one of my favorite parts of the
day. Lisa has a wonderful way of engaging the children in
different activities and encouraging their curiosity and
Inch by Inch provides a wonderful transition from home-care to
preschool by allowing toddlers to experience many of the same
things they will experience at pre-school with their caretaker
there to help them along the way. My son has developed
socially and cognitively, learning to interact more with other
children, teacher figures, and other adults. It also provides
an opportunity for toddlers to play with new toys, read new
books, take part in ever-changing art projects, games, dramatic-
play scenarios, etc.
It is also a wonderful opportunity for caretakers to interact
with other caretakers to exchange ideas, concerns, complaints,
etc. The parents I've met their are wonderful and we have
formed quite a strong bond this year.
My son and I look forward to school every week and have
thoroughly enjoyed our experience there. I encourage anyone
out there with a toddler looking for an activity to fill their
schedule to look into Inch by Inch.
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