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Re: Three years of preschool for fall birthday baby?
I don't know what type of school you are looking for (Montessori, play-based, co-op, etc...), but if you are interested in a more ''academically'' focused preschool/preK I would HIGHLY recommend Starlite Child Development Center/East Bay Academy. My daughter has been there for about 18 months now, she will be starting K in the fall (they actually offer K classes at Starlite as well), but I know other kids who have been there 3 years before K. It is located on 14th Street in Oakland on the periphery of Oakland's Chinatown. Most of the students and faculty are of Chinese descent (as is my husband), but they are very welcoming and there are other kids of different races/ethnicity as well. I like that the school is more academically focused (my daughter is already starting to read and is learning chinese as well), but has a very welcoming and ''family like'' atmosphere. Don't get me wrong...it's still a preschool so there is plenty of play time, art, music, etc...but they do really focus the preK kids on being prepared for kindergarten. In fact, when the people at my daughter's new school (K this fall) saw Starlite on her school application they commented on how kids from that school are usually ahead of their counterparts.
There is usually a waiting list because the program is so in demand (and affordable - $620 for full-time school / M-F 730-6), so if it at all interests you I suggest you take a tour ASAP. I am definitely going to have my son (now just 7 months old) attend as soon as he is eligible too. A VERY satisfied Starlite parent
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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