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Re: Affordable pre-K program in Oakland
Our son thrived at the East Bay Academy, a bilingual Chinese preschool that is off the radar maybe because of its location, in an unpretty section of Eastlake. We paid under $600 a month for full time care including meals. It was an academic rather than play centered preschool but our bright boy really enjoyed it and learned a lot. Lisa from Oakland
Re: Affordable pre-school that's not a co-op?
Our son loved going to East Bay Academy when we lived in Oakland. It's in a not-so-great area of East Lake but it's very clean and well organized, plus they serve the kids lunch. We paid under $600 for fulltime preschool (9am-4pm). El Cerrito Mama
Re: Full-time preschools for less than $1000/month?
We are very happy at the bilingual (English-Chinese) East Bay Academy in Oakland. A few caveats -- it's in a not-beautiful section of the Eastlake area, and the teachers speak in heavily accented English. But the good far outweighs the bad. Our son (almost 4) is very bright and verbal, and he's been absolutely thriving there. Meals are provided, which means you don't have to spend time fussing over his lunch every morning; and the teachers are very warm and supportive. About 75% of the families who go there are Chinese (we're not Chinese, by the way). Since he's over age 3, we pay $560 per month. Younger kids are slightly more expensive. This is fulltime, 5 days a week. Feel free to email me if you want more info. Lisa
Has anyone had experience with the Chinese/English Starlite School near downtown Oakland and its affiliated East Bay Academy? We are considering sending our 2-year-old there. Lisa in Oakland
+ Safe, clean and bright facilities Large enclosed play areas Warm & caring teacher Jenny at East Bay Entertaining Christmas and Graduation performances Attention to academic preparation Reasonable, affordable tuition Chinese language instruction Library days 2X/mo Field trips in summer at Starlite Breakfast, lunch and snack provided Open more days than other preschools - Lack of communication between parents & teachers and parents & parents, no formal conferences/feedback sessions Rarely any parent involvement Lack of playdate opportunities outside of school hours Art supplies, manipulatives, toys, learning centers are greatly lacking If you're not Chinese/Chinese speaking, you may feel isolated Pickup/dropoff can be tricky with amount of cars and limited parking esp. @Starlite Lunches do not vary-same 5 dishes from M-F/nutritious choices??? Would have liked to see more music, movement & art (beyond cutting & pasting)Good luck in your decision making! - Judy
Does anyone have any experience with Starlite Child Development Center in downtown Oakland or its sister preschool, East Bay Academy? There was nothing in the archives except and unanswered question about Starlite. Carrie
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