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Mary is the bomb.com as my son Aydin might say! She is truly extraordinary, she has a really great program and is very structured. She has taught my son a lot despite his sometimes wandering attention span. Mary is very patient and has a really great group of kids. Aydin always comes home with some fun project that's he did that day. One of the thugs I love about Mary is she cooks the kids healthy food, most times organic if possible and many times right from her garden which the kids get to watch grow. Aydin has become fond of the few chickens that she has and always has a smile on his face when talking about his day. I will be sad to have Aydin start school an leave her.
Looking for a wonderful home-based daycare & preschool in Alameda? Mary Sotelo's Children's Garden (License #010213827) is amazing. She will have openings coming up in early and late summer. Mary runs her home based daycare/preschool in her gorgeous victorian home. Her days are M-Th 7:30-4:30 and 1/2 day Fridays (7:30-12:30) may be arranged as well. She has 6 children at a time, ages 1-5. Mary is a true professional and has been one of the leading daycare providers in the area for many years. She is extremely organized, dedicated and loving with her kids (and parents). She prepares her own home cooked meals for breakfast and lunch. Snacks are also provided. She provides preschool curriculum when appropriate (with free play time for the little ones), sharing daily for the kids, potty training, naps, and outdoor time in her amazing backyard garden. Mary emphasizes independence, respect, and kindness in the kids. She is big on consistency and daily scheduling so they can feel confident in her and themselves. She is loving and firm. My daughter has been with her since she was 18 months old and will be 'graduating' and fully prepared for kindergarten in the fall. Mary got her off her binky in 2 days, potty trained and has been incredibly supportive and helpful with my daughter's speech therapy as well. We love her! I can't say enough wonderful things about Mary Sotelo. If you are interested in someone to help raise and teach your child to become a confident, independent, respectful kid as well as have tons of fun, Mary is your lady. Please contact her at 510-523-6614 for more information. Britt
I would like to recommend Mary Sotelo and her Children's Garden daycare in Alameda. Bottom line: Mary is outstanding--as a person, as a provider of daycare, everything. She is that very rare person you actually feel comfortable entrusting your child to. My wife and I looked at a bunch of other daycares (I won't name them) and came away saying, ''There is no way we are doing daycare.'' The last one we saw was Mary's, and we came away saying, ''I really hope she'll take us.''
Here is some of what I like about Children's Garden. Bilingual education. Educational lessons each day; it's not just mindless babysitting. Homemade, healthy food. A beautiful home, which she keeps meticulously clean, and a great backyard. Most important, my son LOVES being there.
Mary is friendly, honest, practical, efficient, and organized. She is never preachy or dogmatic. She acts from genuine care and concern for each one of the kids she looks after.
She is great with kids, and completely trustworthy. When
you leave your child with someone else, you're always
wondering. Not with Mary. That alone is worth everything.
My daughter has been going to Mary Sotelo's daycare for almost 2 years. It has been a wonderful experience and we are very sad to leave (we are moving). The daycare is in Mary's home and is super clean and kid friendly. I am amazed at how much she has learned (eating manners, washing hands, covering mouth with cough, saying ''excuse me'', etc). Her Spanish has also improved a great deal since Mary speaks in both Spanish and English. Mary provides great nutritious meals for the kids and daily art projects and outdoor activities. You can feel rest assured that your child will be safe and taken care of well with Mary.
We could not ask for a better daycare/pre-school than Mary
Sotelo's Children's Garden Preschool. Our daughter took to Mary and
the school immediately when she first arrived at 2 years
old. She is now almost 4, and in this mixed-age school
environment, she has been sufficiently challenged by the
preschool curriculum and Mary's instruction and encouraged
by the older kids, as well. Our daughter has also learned,
by example, to respect and encourage the younger children.
The children at the school are all well- behaved, lovely,
lively, and happy. The Children's Garden is taught in
Mary's beautiful home, is bilingual (Spanish/English), has
a wonderful vegetable and flower garden surrounding the
outdoor playground, and Mary takes the children on outings
to the local park, as well. Contact the Children's Garden
at (510) 523-6614.
My 3.5 year old daughter loves Mary's bilingual preschool in Alameda. Mary has a gorgeous garden and several beautiful, clean play areas for the children. She teaches a preschool curriculum that includes instruction in Spanish, serves homemade meals, and encourages the children to help her care for the garden, which my daughter thoroughly enjoys. Mary also takes them to the park and the nearby nursery to look for flowers to plant.
One of the reasons that we chose to send our daughter to Mary's was the fact that her preschool is small and intimate and Mary treats the children like family. In many ways, Mary's is like an extension of our home. Mary never has more than 6 children and many of the children (and their siblings) have been there for years.
Mary is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
You can contact Mary at (510) 523-6614. Also, feel free to e-mail me with questions. mah254
My son's daycare/preschool provider, Mary Sotelo at the Children's Garden in Alameda has an opening for a child 2 years or up. Mary is kind, warm and organized. Both of my boys love her. She teaches in English and Spanish and feeds the kids delicious home cooked meals. The daycare/preschool is in her beautiful and immaculate home and there is a very nice backyard where the kids go every day. Mary is open Mon - Thur from 7:45-4:45. Anne
I would like to recommend Mary Sotelo's daycare located in Central Alameda. Mary is a very experienced, reliable and organized provider who works with the family as your child reaches all those important milestones. Her bilingual program (Spanish/English) includes a pre-school curriculum for children two years old and up. Mary prepares delicious home cooked and nutritious meals for the children. My child has been there since she was two years old and is well prepared to enter kindergarden in the fall. Please contact Mary about possible openings. Contact: Mary Sotelo, 510-523-6614
My son starts Kindergarten this fall and will be leaving a wonderful preschool in Alameda. We were fortunate enough to find Mary Sotelo's daycare & preschool, The Children's Garden, when our son was less than a year old. He's been there ever since, thriving, growing, and learning. Mary is such a caring person and teaches a bilingual (Spanish/English) program. Our son had the ABCs song down pat before 2 years old, he is 4 now and can write his name and the entire alphabet. He can converse in Spanish and speaks excellent English. Mary is a wonderful teacher. While our 4 year old will miss her dearly, his little brother is starting preschool with her now (he's already been there for daycare) and we look forward to several more years with her. the.johnstons
I can't say enough about Mary's bilingual (Spanish/English) home preschool/daycare program for children from 1 to 5. Mary's loving care includes bilingual preschool curriculum, art, reading, delicious meals and play time in her gorgeous garden. Mary is an experience professional and a natural care giver.
My sons daycare provider has an opening for another toddler (2
yrs). Our kids absolutely adore Mary! They both break out in smiles
every morning when they see her and can't wait to get inside and
play. There is a large backyard set up for the kids. She reads to
them and they do art almost everyday. Mary has also recently
started a pre-school curriculum. She has been a childcare provider
for 14 years and has a lot of knowledge of early childhood
development. She also speaks fluent Spanish. She is closed on
Fridays and will consider someone for 3 or 4 days per week.
Please feel free to call me if you have questions or contact Mary
Sotelo directly at 510-523-6614.
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