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I just had to write a rave review for Little Red Wagon because my daughter has moved up to pre-school now and we miss them!
My daughter went there for almost a year and would come home talking about her 'teacher Natalie' everyday. She somehow managed to learn the days of the week and how to count to ten in Spanish despite having no Spanish speakers at home. They do lovely art projects, have a great outdoor space, feed the kids amazing lunches and are really attuned with each individual child. My child even got a head massage from Fran to help her get to sleep!
The owner Atcha is so supportive, she makes you feel like family - my husband and I went through a rough time at one stage and Atcha did not hesitate to provide more last minute care for our daughter and offered when we didn't ask.
You really can't beat Little Red Wagon for quality of care and wonderful staff.
I found the Little Red Wagon when I started searching for a part-time daycare for my daughter when she was about a year old. Not only did I send my daughter there until she moved on to preschool, but now I send my baby boy. I've been able to get part-time, full-time, and drop-in hours depending on what I needed, often with very little notice.
It is a great place. The kids are in such good hands with Atcha, who is just amazing. She seems completely tireless, but is so warm and sweet to everyone (including tired parents!). The school is very cozy and inviting, and the kids get homemade food every day. I could go on about the great playspace in the backyard, all the wonderful teachers, and how well the children play and learn together, but basically, I can't recommend Little Red Wagon highly enough... it is a wonderful place for kids.
My daughter has just moved on to preschool, and there are a few openings in her awesome home-based daycare, The Little Red Wagon. Atcha the owner is one of those amazing human beings who is so warm, calm and generous, loves her work, loves her kids, loves to cook, and cooks sumptuous organic and healthy lunches for them. She puts her heart and soul into her work at the daycare, and it shows. All the kids there love her. The other care providers are also extremely nice warm people, and my daughter loved all of them, and vice versa. All the other parents I have met there say they love this daycare too! They also have drop-in hours, so I was able to drop my daughter off when I had appointments even though it wasn't her day to be at daycare - a lifesaver! www.thelittleredwagon.net
M-F 8a - 6p. Flex hours. 1-3yrs.
I feel so fortunate to have found The Little Red Wagon! I began looking at
daycares for my now 3 1/2 year old daughter when she was around three or
four months old. I had gone to visit several other local daycares, and would
walk away from them still unable to fathom leaving her with any of them until
I met Atcha at LRW. Atcha has the most gentle, loving way about her, and
she showered my daughter with genuine love. Both Fran and Atcha have
been wonderful role-models for my daughter and they have helped her
become the self-confident, sweet, good-natured child she is today. The
house is clean and cheery with a lovely layout for safe play and exploration.
There is a nice enclosed backyard with play structures and toys, and the kids
get plenty of time outdoors when the sun is out. I am sending my 11 month
old daughter to LRW too, and she is just as happy as her sister was. Everyday,
I get a detailed report on how she is doing. They have always been wonderful
about working with me to maintain a consistent sleep/feeding schedule for
my children. If you are looking for a home-based daycare with flexible
hours, where you can feel assured that you child is safe, loved, and well
attended to, The Little Red Wagon is the place! www.thelittleredwagon.net
Little Red Wagon is a wonderful home-based daycare in El Cerrito. My 19 month old son has been attending part time since he was 9 months old and I am so happy with the care. He loves Atcha and Fran (two of the care givers) and he learns a lot even in the two days he is there each week (including good manners like saying ''please'' and ''thank you'')! My son also loves the food they provide. They are very loving with him and he really seems to enjoy it there.
They are very flexible and accommodating with part-time
schedules and drop in hours as well as moving a child to
full time. I feel like we are part of a family there,
which, as a single mom means a lot to me. They can take up
to twelve children, which I like because it's more kids for
my child to interact with, but still not huge. I highly
recommend them to others parents looking for flexible home care!
The Little Red Wagon in El Cerrito is a pure gem! I've done an extensive research before enrolling my then 16 month old baby who had never been with a babysitter or in a daycare setting. After touring about 10-12 places, I chose LRW based on the following reasons, and am very happy that I have done so.
1) LRW was by far the cleanest facility I could find - they even have ''no shoes indoor'' policy which I really liked; 2) they do not require specific time commitment, although many other daycares/preschools I toured required minimum 1 year commitment; 3) highly flexible (they charge per hour) and are excellent at accommodating our family's needs (from part-time to full-time, and of course, something in the middle too!); 4) their toys are fairly new, the interior is attractive, and the property is always well maintained; 5) according to my research, they were the one and only daycare that understands the importance of protective sun care; 6) and the best of all, the teachers are wonderful! They have so much love for children, and are attentive to individual child's needs.
Re: Affordable preschool in Albany or El Cerrito?
I believe Little Red Wagon in El Cerrito has part time availability. (www.thelittleredwagon.net) I can highly recommend the new teacher who will be starting the new preschool room at Little Red Wagon daycare in El Cerrito. I haven't been to the school site itself, so I can only speak to Tew (pronounced Tay-u) - she is magic! Both my son and daughter have loved her. She is an exceptional preschool teacher who engages the kids in all sorts of wonderful explorations of the world around them. I only wish Little Red Wagon was not so far away or we would follow her there, but what good luck for anyone living in El Cerrito or Albany. If you want to know any more about Tew as a care provider feel free to email me, I would be happy to share all the lovely things about this very special teacher. Natalie
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