Treehouse Preschool (Oakland, CA)
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Treehouse Preschool (Oakland, CA)
- Owner: preschool affiliated with the First Covenant Church
- Phone: (510) 531-0320
- Neighborhood: Redwood Rd.
- Zip: 94619
- License #: 010201132
- Capacity: 107
- Website: http://www.treehousepreschool.org/
Re: Great pre-K programs in/near San Leandro?
Check out Treehouse in Oakland - it's only about 5-10 minutes from
San Leandro. My bright kids have both done really well there. They
offer a nice mix of challenging work and lots of creative fun. They
also have a K-prep class that is a little more intense if you're
looking for even more academics. It is definitely on the more
structured side of preschools but we have found that to be a great
thing for our kids.
Hi, my husband and I are considering Treehouse (Redwood
Hts) and The Old Firehouse (Lafayette) for our two-year
old daughter. Any recent experience (pros & cons) would
be greatly appreciated--especially if your child(ren)
stayed throughout the years (2 yo to kindergarten). We
wanted a preschool where the teachers are loving, warm,
and with seasoned experience in early child development;
the environment to encourage curiosity, creativity,
imagination, and exploration; the social interactions
among teachers/students/peers to promote development of
healthy social and communication skills (and that these
interactions take place on a daily basis through either
conscientious facilitation by the teachers or children
play together naturally); an approach to teaching that
respects and fosters the child's interest and motivation
to learn; and a well-rounded curriculum (whether it's
somewhat structured or emergent) that will instill in my
child a love for learning and teach her the tools to learn
effectively that will prepare her for formal education.
As parents, we expect ourselves to do our part as engaged
partners with the school and do not expect the school to
do the entire heavy lifting--so a bonus would be any
school that provides on-going support for parents (e.g.,
newsletter, seminars, etc). Is this expecting too much of
the preschool? How do these two preschools measure up,
according to your experience? Thanks so
much for your thoughts!
We loved Treehouse. Our twins attended Treehouse for two
years, as did our niece. It does have a very specific
curriculum and religious approach. It has a strong
Christian bent, which we desired. There isn't
any ''pressure'' on families religiously but the content is
largely dictated by this. It is also a very structured
school - especially in pre-k and k - which we also liked.
There is a lot of flexibility in terms of being able to
drop children off earlier or pick children up later. I
can truly say that it is a very loving community - from
the director and teachers to the parents. I honestly felt
like they cared about my family and children. My children
are at elementary school now and ask every week if they
can go back and visit their teachers.
I was hoping someone could give an updated review of Treehouse
Preschool in Redwood Heignts. ANY info is much appreciated!
My son just finished his first year at Treehouse Preschool and
we've been very happy. They seem to have a thoughtful mix of
play and learning and he has really thrived. The teachers are
really loving and they do lots of fun things. The only
downside for me was that the program ended up being larger than
we originally thought. They let in a bunch of new kids in
January - but it turned out fine as his best new bud was in
that mix of new kids.
Happy Treehouse Parent
Let me begin by saying the Treehouse, or the First Covenant
Treeehouse Preschool and Kindergarten, seemed like the perfect
fit for us. We enrolled our son for Fall of '08. We wanted a
pre-K program as we are waiting to enroll him into kindergarten
for one more year. We are not a religious family (my husband
is Jewish [non-practicing] and I am not religious). I had
brought up in our tour that I was concerned about religious
instruction and was assured that it was not ''an
indoctrination''. However, upon attending a summer school
session, we felt that it was just too much religion for us
(most of the songs they sing are religious-based ''Jesus Loves
Me'' and the like, prayer before snack and lunch, and other
references during instruction--during the calendar discussion
the teacher asked about the number of months we have then ''How
many eggs in a dozen? How many friends does Jesus have?'').
When we discussed this concern with the director, she did not
see a distinction between teaching Christian values and
Christian beliefs. Having said that, the teachers seem warm
and very involved with the students. My son seemed to enjoy
his two days there (and this is not a child who likes change).
The environment is lovely and they have a very nice outdoor
play area. I think it is worth checking out with the caveat
that you need to be comfortable with religious instruction (and
we prefer to do that at home). As we did not end up staying
there, we do not have any knowledge of what a regular (or non-
summer session) day would be like. Hope this helps.
Does anyone have recent experience at Treehouse Preschool? We
would be starting in the 2 yr old class. Any other
recommendations for preschools close to Montclair or Diamond
We LOVE Treehouse. The Little Angels class is wonderful- the
teachers are very sweet. The school is clean, great supplies.
Dr. Jan is a wonderful, caring director. Treehouse is part of
the First Covenant Church. We are not members of any church,
but like that our children are exposed to make their own choice
someday. Good luck! Hope you are lucky enough to become a
Does anyone have any thoughts, good or bad, about Treehouse
Preschool on Redwood Road?
We have had our twin daughters at Treehouse for 2 years now and
have been very happy. It is a fairly structured environment and
though there is lots of time for play, they do concentrate on
academics (my girls have been writing their names, letters, and
numbers for months now). The teachers are caring and the
seasonal projects are well thought out and fun. The only thing
I would change is the class size (24-32 w/ 4 teachers depending
on the day). It sometimes seems a bit crowded and I wonder how
much individual attention my daughters get. That said, they
have learned a great deal there and are very well prepared to
start kindergarten this fall.
Please feel free to email me if you have any additional
We had a child at Treehouse for a little while. It is a bit too
structured for my taste, and I saw a lot of worksheet like activity.
Parents who are aiming for Corpus Christi or Bentley often like it a
lot because it sets kids up to be successful in those schools interview
There is a fairly strong evangelical Christian content to the materials,
mostly focusing on God as a loving father, which I rather liked, but may
be uncomfortable for others.
My son went to Treehouse Preschool for over a year and I liked
the school and the teachers. Everyone seemed loving and caring
and it was not too big where you feel your child will be
overwhelmed. This was a couple of years ago but I loved the
fact that sometimes I would pick my son up and one of the
teachers would sometimes have him on their lap or would give him
a hug. It is good to feel comfortable with that because in the
times we live in sometimes we just do not feel safe with
physical contact by an adult, but I never felt anything
inappropriate about the school.
They had circle time and a good mix of educational instruction
and free play time and also outdoor play time as well when the
The only negative was my son is a special needs child (which
became more apparent as he became older) physically and
mentally. I do not feel the school was equipped to handle his
developmental delay although they did extremely well with his
I believe it is a Christian-based school although it is separate
from the Church on that property. Even though I am a Christian
and rather liked that aspect of it, I do not think they overly
push religion to the point that a parent or child with another
belief system would feel uncomfortable. My son went there about
three years ago, so you may want to visit to get a current feel
Re: "Traditional" school 2-3 mornings a week
I believe Treehouse Preschool in Oakland has the sort of part-
time program you requested. It is located near Holy Names
College off of Highway 13 on Redwood Road. It is affiliated
with a church (and actually located behind the church) there but
I'm not sure if it is considered a Christian preschool or not.
My son went there 2 years ago and loved it--the staff was very
nice and friendly and they do have a teaching component to the
preschool. There is also a Kindergarten onsite and I believe an
option to have advanced preschoolers sit in with the afternoon
Kindergarten session. At least this was an option when we were
there. I know they also had many at-home moms who took their
children there for the sort of part-time program you're looking
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