KidsLand on Dwight (Berkeley, CA)
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KidsLand on Dwight (Berkeley, CA)
Editor Note (Oct 2012) There is another "KidsLand" in South Berkeley
operated by the same family.
See Kidsland on Russell.
There may also be a
third KidsLand on Orgeon and MLK, but BPN has not received any info
about the owner and license for that one.
- Owners: Ester (Tey) Ocampo & Laura Fierro-Ocampo
- Phone: 510 861-7973/ 510 599-3234
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Neighborhood: West Berkeley/ Dwight Way
- Zip: 94702
- License #: 013421248
- Capacity: 14
- Website: http://careatkidsland.com/
- Bilingual: Spanish
Re: Home-based Spanish immersion preschools
Check out any of the various Kidsland locations in S. Berkeley. There are at
least 3, run by different members of the same extended family. They each have
their own style, all are native speakers, all seem to be dedicated providers.
former Kidsland parent
Re: Spanish Home-Based Preschools (S. Berk or Oakland)
Try one of the various branches of Kidsland. There are various members of the
O'Campo family running various Spanish immersion daycare / home-based
preschools in S. Berkeley. You can get all of their various #s from Bananas.
Kidsland is just this-a home-based all Spanish daycare for babies to kinder.
I kept my son there through kinder. it is loving, stimulating, and wonderful.
I considered it a play-based preschool since they go above and beyond what a
daycare is-music and art and educational activities all with a loving,
enriching environment. There is one part of Kidsland which is for babies to
young toddlers which is on Oregon and M.L.K. in Berkeley and there is another
Kidsland where the older kids go on Russell and MLK. Kidsland is a hidden gem
because they do not advertise or have a website and it is not well known but
it is truly a special place. You have to be persistent and call them multiple
times because they tend not to focus on administrative tasks like following up
to messages from interested parents focusing more on their daily activities
with the kids, but I have another son there and know that there are openings.
Please feel free to email me and I can give you the cell phones of the
Kidsland caregivers/teachers and answer any more questions. If you Google
Kidsland Berkeley, a phone number (landline with voicemail for Kidsland) will
come up. We chose Kidsland over Centro Vida preferring the homier environment
and smaller group of kids. People overlook daycare assuming it is not as
stimulating as a formal preschool but Kidsland is not a typical daycare. In
addition, the children of English-speaking families at Kidsland are bilingual
by the time they leave since it is an all-Spanish environment! -DC
at Kidsland in Berkeley)
I am looking at childcare for my child who is under 1 year. I am looking
into Kidsland, can anyone tell me if you have had any experiences with
Thank you so much!
Mom of infant
I'm happy to have to opportunity to endorse Kidsland. My daughter
started there at 12 months and I soon fell in love with Tey and Mara,
and all of the children there. It was everything and more of what I
was looking for... fresh healthy food (they even soak their own
grains to make homemade cereal!), love and affection for the kids,
creative activities, music, a very peaceful nap room, lots of
positive reinforcement... I could go on and on. Kidsland is a yet
undiscovered gem. When they moved from Castro Valley to Berkeley, we
considered staying with them, but the commute was just too far. We
miss them dearly! As they say, the proof is in the pudding... The
Kidsland kids are all so smart and happy, with glowing smiles and
good manners. This place is very special. Feel free to contact me
with any questions.
There are several home-based daycares and preschools going by
the name ''Kidsland,'' and they are all connected. Carmen and
David run one in Berkeley, Marianna runs another esp for
preschool aged kids, and Mara and Te just moved to Berkeley from
Castro Valley. This is an extended family with many collective
years of experience with daycare and preschool. There is yet
another branch in San Leandro, and more relatives running
daycares in Berkeley under different names.
I started with Mara and Te in Castro Valley, and moved with them
to Berkeley. My son is 3.5, and I've been lobbying for more
''older'' kids to join, so that they can form a preschool group.
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