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Re: Recently moved and no space in preschool!
You could check out Tootalou family daycare. They are on the El Cerrito border/richmond annex... on Fresno (i think?). We sent our daughter there for a little over 2 years. Lori and Linda are AWESOME! They do specialize in small children, but they do have several preschool age kids as well. Lori does a preschool program with the little little ones albeit ReALLy pared down, yet for the older kids she does it and teaches them quite a bit of stuff. For the tight spot that you are finding yourself in, she is definitely worth talking to about your needs and situation. I think she and Linda are truly wonderful with kids and really ''get'' them. There is no shortage of education here despite them being a daycare. Plus, they are fairly close to you and very affordable. Both my husband and I highly recommend them. Feel free to email me if you have more questions Otherwise, Lori Harnden 510.375.4164 Tanja
If you are looking for a wonderful childcare call Lorie at TOOT~A~LOU. We love her and so do the kids. She has a full time helper and she takes in 4-8 kids depending on the ages. she has this amazing back yard for the kids and a worm cozy house. The kids do amazing art work with lots of different stuff, story time, songs,dance and all the stuff that we don't do. i just can't say enough about this wonderful daycare. A Very Happy Mom
Toot a Lou Family daycare is a wonderful place for kids to grow and have fun. Lorie and Linda are so loving to the kids, every morning the kids are greeted with a god morning, hugs and kisses and the kids love them. They have the most amazing outside play area and tortoises, guinea pigs and frogs that all the kids love. I can't say enough about them they are a GEM. She has an amazing tuition policy and it is a big saving for the families. When you start your tuition is the same the duration you are with her (if you add days or hours it will change of cores) . It is something she has always done, being a mother with children in child care she understands how costly childcare can be.We Love Her Toot a lou @ 528-9858 Vary Happy Family
Our daughter has been going to Lorie at Tootalou Family Daycare since she was 4months old. It's been 11 months now.
We feel INCREDIBLY LUCKY to have our daughter at Tootalou because we know she is not just well cared for, but happy and loved there. When we enrolled her at 4mo, she was the only baby her age until she hit 6mo. At Tootalou, we found stable, personable care-providers that would develop a strong bond with her and help her grow into a well-socialized child. They are not swamped with tons of children so they can actually bond with each child, develop a relationship, and provide quality care to every child in their care.
Our daughter (now 15 months) *loves* going to Tootalou. She is happy when we drop her off and doesn't want to leave when it's time to come home. She loves Lorie and Linda and we know they love her too. While our daughter only goes part time, we feel that she has developmentally benefited in ways that she wouldn't have at home.
Re: Exploring Day Care Options in El Cerrito There is a great child Care in the Annex one block from the El Cerrito Natural Grocery Store. Toot-a-Lou Family Daycare it is a gem and Lorie and her staff are wonderful, anyone would be lucky to land a spot in such a wonderful place. Linda
I want to share my heartfelt thanks and very warm recommendation for Toot a Loo daycare. Run by Lori Harden, I found it to be a truly wonderful place. Simply put, Lorie and her mother 'know' babies and children!
My daughter started there when she was 7 months old. Within a short time of meeting Lori and seeing the charming environment they've created and continuously nurture, I knew I had found a great place. I was even willing to drive everyday from Oakland to their home in the Richmond Annex.
Lori and Linda are fun, calm, conscientious and very caring. They have a gift for connecting with each of the individual children. They provide wholesome snacks and are the only green certified daycare in the Bay Area. Though not as large as many other places, their home is always clean and organized and they have a great creative play area crafted by her husband with all recycled materials.
If they were located in Berkeley, they would surely have parents on waiting lists. Given their location, they don't seem to be very well-known and Toot a Lou is a secret well worth sharing! - Thankful for Toot a Loo
I just wanted to Express my Appreciation to Lori Harden of Toot-a-Loo Daycare in Elcerrito, CA. She has been taking care of my 2 year old twins for a year now. She has taught them colors, animals, arts and crafts and the alphabet Song, and numerous other things. To any parents out there looking for excellent Childcare. I recomend her to all. My children used you to cry when i dropped them off at my previous babysitter. I would worry all day about them at the previous babysitter. When i started taking them to Lori they would tell me good bye when i dropped them off, with a smile on there face instead of tears coming out of there eyes. Thats how you know a child has been takin care of properly and treated with love and attention. From day 1 they allways love to go to Lori Hardens ''Toot-a-Loo Daycare''. Thank you so much for reading this and if you are interested in a Wonderful Daycare this is one of them. I plan on staying with Lori for many years. Thank you Lori
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