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I want to share the love I have for this place, as I feel very fortunate to have found it! Mercedes Leon is the owner - she is very open and flexible, and is a wonderful human being.
The daycare is always immaculate and well organized. I always see happy kids engaged with toys and activities (each reading a book, doing a puzzle, playing kitchen together, etc.), and guided in treating each other (and the toys!) with respect. The kids are obviously treated with a lot of LOVE and patience. It's a warm and joyous environment, and the kids are very comfortable with their routines.
The outside area is set up perfectly for young ones to play - there are slides, a tub with balls to jump in, rocking horse, etc. They get to be really active.
The kids are fed healthy, homemade breakfast, lunch and snacks every day - no juice or other sugary foods.
Anna Daycare is a Spanish speaking environment. In addition to speaking to the children in Spanish, Mercedes takes the older children to a separate room in the afternoon to teach them letters and numbers in Spanish.
What more could you ask for? I highly encourage you to contact Mercedes if you are looking for a warm and nurturing environment for your little one. Victoria
The daycare to which I send my daughter has an opening for a child 2 years or older. Anna's daycare, run by Mercedes Leon, is the place I chose after visiting a lot of daycares. It's small, home based, with two native spanish speaking caregivers, Mercedes and Carolina. They speak only spanish with the kids and each other, they provide warm, energetic, nurturing care, varied activities and mental stimulation, and the kids do learn spanish. Mercedes cooks healthy, mostly organic meals for the kids every day. There is no TV. They have an outside play area and also go for walks in the cute, tree lined neighborhood in nice weather (she has a lot of strollers). The house is always clean and is set up entirely for kids, so it's very safe for little movers. They listen to music and dance, play kitchen and cooking, read books, and Mercedes is even able to get my nap resister to sleep every day! I highly recommend her and am available if you have any questions.
We have been taking our son to Anna Daycare for 7 months and we have had a great experience! I feel completely comfortable with Mercedes taking care of our son and there are a lot of perks to this daycare...such as the price is very reasonable, the kids learn Spanish, very proper south american spanish, and food is provided- good home cooked healthy food, no sweets, sodas or junk food. Mercedes is always interacting with the kids and teaching them to count, learn the alphabet, helping w/potty training. Our son is only 2 and has been able to count to 10 in Spanish and 12 in English for a couple of months. Mercedes has a routine for the kids so they all know exactly what to expect. My son really enjoys going to see Mercedes and every day we leave he gives her a hug and a kiss and says chow! I highly recommend Anna Daycare. The caregiver is Mercedes Leon and her license # is 013420178. The phone number is 510-635-3927 or cell which is probably easiest to reach her is 415-635-3927.