Peek-a-Boo Preschool (Alameda, CA)
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Peek-a-Boo Preschool (Alameda, CA)
- Owner: Jan Howard & Melissa Neal
- Phone: (510) 522-5539
- Email: Janlhoward@gmail.com
- Neighborhood: Windsor Dr.
- Zip: 94501
- License #: 010211494 (view)
- Capacity: 12
- Website: http://www.peekaboopreschool.com/
- Ages: 2-5 years
Have you had recent experience with the Peek-A-Boo preschool in
Alameda? We are considering it as an option and would like to
hear feedback from parents of current students or alumni!
Our oldest child (now 5 and entering K soon) has been at Peek-A-Boo for 3 years
and our younger child (now 3) has been there for 1 year and will remain until K. We
think it's a great preschool. The kids are all very sweet to each other and they each
learn a lot. We especially like the very balanced approach, which incorporates a
play-based program, with individual teaching time, and group circle/singing time.
Everyday, my children bring home an art project, a sheet of ''work'' they have done,
and a story of the fun they had playing with friends. Ms Jan puts a lot of thought
into her work - in 3 years, we have never seen a repeat of an art project. If you do
choose Peek-A-Boo, your child will attend with several children who's older siblings
are Peek-A-Boo alumni - I think that says a lot.
I have been very happy with Peek-a-Boo (my daughter attended 3
years). I'll continue to post good things when the topic comes up
even though my family and I JUST moved East this week! I can only
echo what positives others say, including a recent post by a mom
whose daughters were close friends with my daughter (great art
projects, good balance of playing & ''learning'' while having fun,
excellent Director). I also really like the parent ''community.'' I
felt I could email any one of the parents at any time for any
reason and I often met parents at the park on non-school days. I
really appreciated the parents and all the other kids there.
Also, Ms. Jan really knows kids, and the kids adore her. The 2x
I've sat with her to talk about my daughter and ''how she's doing''
she's been very insightful. She is also very open to ongoing
email communication. My child was there 3 years and NEVER had a
bad day. I had my 2 y/o on the list to begin in Fall '08, but we
ended up leaving Alameda. I'm sad she won't also be attending.
This Fall's class would've included 4 little sibs attending for
the first time. It does say a lot when year after year parents
want their smaller children to follow the same path as their
older kids who've graduated from PAB. It's a fun and happy
environment and I love the way the kids treat each other and
operate like a family.
Re: Alameda preschools
Check out Peek-a-Boo preschool on Windsor Drive. Jan Howard is the
has a Master's in Child Education. Another teacher is getting a Ph.D in
child Psych &
the others may or may not be ''certified'' but they are caring and
received child-dev. training. I think it sounds like a good match for
you. It is a play-
based, developmental program. It is run out of a home, but most of the
dedicated to the school (including the garage ''art studio''). There is
a small # of kids
- 12 (?), and the ratio is 1 teacher per 6 children, but most days
there seem to be 3
teachers. You can google Peek-a-Boo for more info. My daughter has
and has fun there - I know she'll be K-ready too, when it's time.
Mom of a Peek-a-Boo preschooler
I am thinking about enrolling my almost 3 year old son at Peek-A-
Boo preschool in Alameda run by Jan Howard. Does anyone have
experience with this facility or know of anyone that can share
My daughter has attended Peek-a-Boo since age 2.5 (she's now 4.5). She
happy. We recently arranged a parent-teacher conference to discuss
readiness and I really appreciated the Director's insight and
experience. I can only
say good things about ''Miss Jan.'' She truly knows what she's doing.
loves her and loves it when we bump into Miss Jan outside of school.
She also loves
the other teachers. Every year it seems the Peek-a-Boo kids and parents
are such a
nice group. The teachers even attend the kids' birthday parties on
weekends - it's
turned out to be a nice little ''community.'' Miss Jan is very
organized and the kids
know and respect the rules. She has a fun art ''program'' - one of the
teachers is a
children's art instructor and Miss Jan has even converted her garage
into an art
studio for the kids. Being an in-home preschool, it's NOT a large
space, but most of
the house is organized in different rooms or ''sections.'' There is a
yard, but no large
climbing structure, like you'd find at a larger preschool/day care (I
wish there were).
The environment is structured, but does not seem rigid. There are about
4 or 5 boys
and the balance of the class is girls (I think she has 12 kids max, but
I suppose it
varies day-to-day). I'll send my one year old there as soon as she is
old enough -
provided she has the space! Lots of younger sibs end up going there as
well and it
fills fast. Feel free to write me back with specifics.
(Peek-a-Boo Mom) Nina
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