Kiddie Kampus Co-op Preschool (Alameda, CA)
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Kiddie Kampus Co-op Preschool (Alameda, CA)
- Owner: non-profit parent cooperative
- Director: Michelle Carnahan
- Phone: 510-521-1218
- Neighborhood: 1711 2nd st.
- Zip: 94501
- License #: 010200356
- Capacity: 24
- Website: http://www.kiddiekampusalameda.org/
- Ages: 2.9 - 5 years
I recently did a tour of Kiddie Kampus Cooperative preschool in Alameda. I
was drawn to it because it is the only cooperative on the Island (a co-op
really appeals to me). However, I notice that feedback for the school seems
really dated and was wondering whether anyone can give me more current
feedback about the school? I really liked the teachers and program from
what I saw, but does anyone have any insight? Any feedback would be much
Both of my boys have attended Kiddie Kampus and had great experiences.
The facility itself is fantastic with a light filled classroom that
offers ample space and well organized supplies ranging from magnifying
glasses, games, blocks, animals, trains, all manner of art supplies,
dramatic play area, puzzles, small manipulatives, and plenty of fun
cooking/science/creative projects that rotate daily. Outside the yard
offers gardening, plenty of play structures, sand, gravel/construction
zone, composting/worms, grassy area, covered outside art patio with clay
and giant painting wall, not to mention bikes, scooters, and a tire
The teacher and director are very engaged with the children and really
promote independance, cooperation, and problem solving all through play.
They are both very open to children's ideas and encourage them to explore
things that interest them as well as help them to find new interests, but
without pushing them. The children really respond and absorb so much when
they are pursuing their interests.
I loved being a part of the school community and contributing to my
children's education in such a direct way. Being in the class once a
week as well as being part of the running of the school gave me tools to
use as a parent as well as allowed me to get a new perspective on my
children's developments. Also, it was great to know the other children
and parents and day to day happenings since my preschoolers weren't
exactly huge on details so it gave me the ability to really talk to them
knowledgably about their day.
Re: Alameda preschools: NON Montessori
Try treating yourself and your children to a playbased, coop:
Kiddie Kampus. Call for a visit and see how your child blends
in almost right away. The director is amazing! With her 35
years of teaching experience at the pre/school level, her
musical talents as a cellist (she has gigs al! most every
weekend) and her ability to keep YOUR child's interests as her
point of departure for working with him or her, she is truly an
amazing individual. THere is an ''academic'' component, but it
is a very practical one that I would refer to as one that
espouses a Joyful learning approach. Learning is ALWAYS done
in the context of play and socializing with others is of utmost
importance. I had my son there for 7 months, then, because of
changes in our jobs, my wife and I took him out and placed him
in a Montessori based school--three weeks later we had to take
him out because he just couldn't handle he fact that his
freedom to be a social learner was not given the importance
that Kiddie Kampus gave him... MOreover, the coop atmosphere is
incomparable and with the help of our director, all of us
parents learn to be each other's support and our children's
loving teaching assistant. Oh.. I almo! st forgot, the site
itself will set you dreaming. Look us up and stop by Kiddie
Kampus, in your own hometown of ALAMEDA.
I'm looking for information/recommendations for Kiddie Kampus
in Alameda - anybody have any information?
My son has attended Kiddie Kampus for two and half years, and we will miss it very
much. It is a wonderful play based program, and the current director has
exceptional talents in channeling kids ideas via emergent curriciulum. She really
encourages the kids to think and imagine, and has a plethora of art and science
ideas to enhace the children's experiences. Play-based programs are becoming
scarce, and so this is a real treasure. I have chosen to be participating, and work
one day a week, which drastically cuts the tuition price. It has been great fun
learning right along with my child, although parental politics can be a challenge.
There aren't too many schools where you all work together, so patience and a
positive attitude are musts. Simply call the school and arrange a visit. Ask for the
Membership Coordinator (521-1218).
My son loves Kiddie Kampus.
Recently, I was a visiting artist at Kiddie Kampus.
I had never been there before.......
It's completely lovely! It has a charming energy---a little flower vase of nasturtiums
at the door........organized and engaging play areas ......the science area with
shells......the ''softy lofty'' ......the costumes! Each child had their own handmade
placemat during snack time...... The volunteer parents of the day were marveling at
the new sprouts in the garden......the Director had a great sense of humor and
musicality. It seems to be a very special place with a lot of caring.
My 4 year old son has attended Kiddie Kampus for about a year
now and we have been really happy there!! The teacher has
created a curriculum that is play-based, with lots of open-ended
arts, music and movement, nature/science exploration, cooking
and gardening, multicultural themes, storytelling/reading and
dressing-up, and lots of outdoor play. I really like that the
education is dynamic and flexible so that the days/weeks
activities can follow whatever the kids are ''into'' at that
moment. And the same goes for the parents so for example, if
someone knows how to teach yoga, we have yoga! We have a great
snack program (developed by one of the parents-a nutritionist)
that is healthy, mostly organic and the kids love. I was amazed
when my son brought home a bunch of kale from the garden and
proceeded to eat it all! The yard is nice with old but pretty
cool play structures, sandbox, outdoor art area, water play etc.
It\222s a great group of parents and a wonderful, supportive
community that is helping me raise my kid! I feel this is one of
the few chances I will get to really be a part of my
child's ''school education'' and at Kiddie Kampus my input makes a
Mon- Friday 9am-12pm. Parents participate one day a week and go
to one monthly meeting. $$ is pretty reasonable.
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