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Our daughter has been at the wonderful Orange House the past year and we love it! She is alway eager to go to school in the mornings and always has colorful stories of all the things she does there--art, games, songs, circle times... Shortly after we started there (she just turned two at the time), she began singing new songs, little rhymes (of days of the week for example), and stories we had never read to her before. Since then, we continue to be impressed with the richness and variety of activities she gets to do there. And she seems to be getting better at her ''toddler skills'' too--sharing, washing hands before eating, eating at the table, napping, etc. Even at this age, the kids are learning while playing! We also love the space--it's a beautiful big house just a few blocks north of the UC campus (very convenient for parents working at UC) and the rooms are bright, clean, and well stocked with large range of toddler activities. There's a also a lovely outdoor play space with sandbox and lots of toys. Helen (and her equally effective assistant teachers) is very warm and loving and somehow seems to remember details of each child's little quirks and habits. Even with so many kids in the program (around 12, just enough to be interesting and fun for this age group we believe), we feel like our daughter always gets enough individual attention and care. We came to Orange House from another Berkeley daycare that was more expensive but offered far inferior care compared to OH. In our search for schools, we looked at many many programs in the area. OH is a truly special place and we feel fortunate to have secured a spot when we did. We couldn't be happier and highly highly recommend it! Happy OH parent
For the past year, my son has been attending The Orange House, a lovely home-based toddler program in North Berkeley, and both he and my family couldn't be happier! He bounds up the steps each morning, and has flourished under the care of Helen and her very nurturing crew of assistants. The Orange House is beautiful, clean, and safe, and Helen knows my son well, is very positive, and always has warm words and stories to share at pick-up time. You would be fortunate to land a spot in this truly wonderful, absolute gem of a program! Signed, A Very Satisfied OH Parent Inquire about available spaces soon!
The Orange School House - fantastic!
My daughter has been going to The Orange House for the past year and it has been a wonderful and comforting experience.
We had her in other day/care - pre-schools with mixed experiences, it wasn't until sending her to the Orange School, that I knew what it was like to send my child to a place where I could fully trust that she was being cared for appropriately. In addition to the affection and support she gets from Helen and others who work there, they communicate clearly and warmly with me as a parent as well.
The beautiful sun-lit space and yard nourish all the kids at their various developmental stages and they manage to set limits with out being harsh or punitive.
You are welcome to contact me if you have any questions. Daniella
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