Seeking a Preschool in Alameda

Questions & Responses:
Any more recent reviews for Luna's montessori?(2 responses)
Reggio or RIE preschool south of Oakland Zoo(1 response)
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Alameda preschools: NON Montessori

Oct 2005

My family and I are planning a move to Alameda next summer. Our children will be 3-1/2 and 2 next fall. My eldest is currently enrolled in a Reggio Emilia inspired school and we love it. However we will be moving too far away to continue school there in the fall. As a matter of personal preference and principle, I really want to avoid Montessori schools. It seems that there are more Montessori schools in Alameda than other choices. Can anyone recommend a quality preschool that is not Montessori based? We will look outside Alameda as well, within a short drive. Thanks Anon


Other advice:
Hello, While I have no experience with Alameda pre school, I would like to respond to your question about why some people don't think ''montessori'' schools are right for their kids. (My kids have been in both M and play based) Personally, I think there are a lot of misconceptions out there about M schools. M schools can actually be VERY different from each other, and I often find that a parent has a bad experience with one M school, and automatically attributes the problem to the M philosophy, but what they really have a problem with is some snafu that is specific to the school, like an insensitive teacher, or some other school specific dynamic. Then they go on to believe that all M schools are bad. The M philosphy is actually a very small part of what makes a school good. In addition, many ! schools that call themselves ''montessori'' may not be following the teaching methods very much at all. Often the teachers are not really trained in the method. So you can't automatically assume is good based on their advertisement of the montessori philosophy either. I guess I am trying to say that the term montessori doesn't really describe very much about the school and you have to look at all the other factors to decide if its right for your kid. anon

Alameda Montessori Schools?

Sept 2005

I am beginning to do research on Montessori schools in Alameda...and there are quite a few. I would love to hear **any** feedback from parents who have had experience with Alameda Montessori schools. Thanks! Jennifer


Other advice: Alameda Montessori Schools advice

Looking for an Alameda preschool

Jan 2005

I have checked the archives but there isn't much about Alameda preschools. Does anyone have any feedback (good or bad is helpful as I am beginning my search with a long list) on any preschools in Alameda including the tiny tots program run by Alameda Park and Rec? Places to visit or avoid? Any advice or input is appreciated.


Preschool in Alameda or Downtown Oakland

Sept 2004

I am looking for recommendations for Preschools (full time with good aftercare program) in Alameda (including Bay Farm)and around Downtown Oakland & Lake Merritt area. Montessori is OK too. We are interested in a school with diverse student group. Our daughter is very spirited and we don\\222t want a rigid system that would take the fun out of her. We live in Alameda and work in Oakland. Recommendations currently available for Alameda Preschools in this site are very limited and also outdated. The Children\\222s Cottage that had good reviews appears to have had large staff turnover, and therefore not so good anymore. Any help would be appreciated very much -Sasu


Part-time preschool for 18-month-old

March 2004

I am looking for recommendations for daycare or pre-schools in Alameda. My son is 18 months and I need part time care. There were a few pre-schools in the archives but nothing too current. In particular, does anyone have any experience with ABC preschool, Little seeds or Gardner? I also am intested in home daycares since most pre-schools won't take kids before age 2. thanks. alameda mom


Preschool that takes 2-year-olds

March 2002

Can anyone recommend a wonderful preschool in Alameda? My daughter will turn two in October, so I'm looking for one that takes them that early. Thank you for any feedback. karen

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Preschool for 3.5 year old

June 2003

I am looking for feedback and recommendations for preschools in Alameda. My son is 3.5 and is not yet potty trained. I hope that he will be in the fall, but I can't count on it so I may need some flexibility there. I have seen the other posting on the site, but there wasn't much to go on. I am looking for a fun and loving environment, w/ a good ratio and some academics. I am especially interested in Montessori. I work M-Th so would need to have full days, preferably an option for TWTh 8-3:30 or 4. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Laurie

Recommendations received:

My son's daycare has openings for children like yours (about 3 years old , 4 or 5 days/week). It's Peter Pan at Mariner Square. Full-time care is $720/month with a hot lunch and morning and afternoon snacks. The teachers are loving and attentive. There is a ''2 to young 3s'' class and a ''3 to young 4s'' class, and they often get combined and play together. Potty training is not a problem. They have a large playground with updated equipment. Talk to Julie DeMauri at 521-2750. They go 7AM-6PM. Jennie

I have friends who go to the following preschools and have heard good things about them: ''Home Sweet Home'' (operated by the Home Base project at Alameda Point) Children's Cottage (sister school to Rising Star, but operated by different people) Little Seeds Peter Pan (there may be several locations, and they may vary in quality. I've heard good things about the one at Mariner Square.)

You say you need full days, as did we. Some preschools with limited hours have ''before and after care'' that allows the child to stay there for the full day. I would caution you to evaluate this supplemental care as carefully as the preschool itself. The preschool may be 4 or 5 hours, but the child might be in after care for 3-4 hours, which is a significant amount of time. So don't forget (as we did) to evaluate the qualifications of the caregivers, activities, and ratios for this portion of the day too. Good luck! Frances