Angel Academy

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Berkeley, CA

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Home-Based Daycare/Preschool
Meghan (Halimah) Harden
(510) 666-5004
angelacademy [at]
North Berkeley
Maximum Capacity: 
Language(s) Spoken: 
English, Spanish
Ages Served: 
18 months - 60 months
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
8:30am - 5:30pm
Additional Services & Features: 
Part-time available, Year-round, Sibling discount, Lunch provided, Snacks provided, Organic options, Vegetarian options
About Our Program: 

Angel Academy is a Waldorf-inspired preschool nestled in the Berkeley Hills of California. Angel Academy provides a loving and educational environment for children aged 18 months to 5 years.

Parent Reviews

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The first thing one notices about Halimah is her joy in her work and in the individuals she's teaching and caring for. She truly loves the kids and has the fine-tuned sense of when to be tender and when to offer firm, clear guidance. Her teaching focuses on creativity and collaboration, in art and especially in wild, magical storytelling.

The parents and teachers of our son's class, which Halimah shared for two years, have noted the strength of its community spirit and its distinctive classroom personality. Halimah didn't create or impose that identify for them, she helped the kids find it and fostered their voices so that they could speak it themselves. I'd be excited to see how she builds her own classroom and school.

Both of our children have benefitted from Halimah’s loving care over the three years she taught at Hearts Leap. Halimah’s warmth, playfulness, creativity, deep love for children, and ability to positively redirect wild child energies are just some of the qualities which make her an exceptional teacher. A master at bringing out the best in children, Halimah appreciates each child for their own unique personalities, interests, and abilities. When conflicts arise between children, she gently helps them navigate their way to a solution, empowering them to become problem solvers. She teaches compassion, empathy, and group participation/cooperation through her original creative and collaborative stories using colorful scarves, objects from nature, and spontaneous hand drawings. We feel so fortunate to have had Halimah as one of our children’s earliest teachers and friends and can’t recommend her higher. The new school Halimah has created is a truly special place where any child (human or fairy) could thrive happily.

Halimah has taught both of my children over the past three years. My son loved her soccer skills, energy and enthusiasm. My daughter, who was with her for two years, just adored her and still asks for “Halimah hair.” Halimah has an understanding of my children that goes way beyond what I had expected of anyone outside the family. She is playful and curious, engaged and fascinated, full of wonder and wondrous ideas, and an amazing story-teller. Her ability to get cheerful cooperation from a room full of headstrong preschoolers is impressive. She has made many observations and suggestions to us over the years that have made life at home with our children easier, too. Her patience and grace are beautiful to behold, and we feel so fortunate to have crossed paths with her.