El Cerrito, CA
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Apple Jacks Daycare has openings: infant-3yo. My daughter Amelie had such a wonderful experience there. Kathleen (Nina) & Pimma were the answer to my prayers last year when I was looking for daycare. I felt so confident and comfortable with Nina from the moment I met her. She exudes a warm and welcoming vibe. You can tell she really loves kids. From the first day I dropped off my daughter she fit right in and had a wonderful time. When I went to visit the first time, I was surprised to see a little girl was potty trained & Nina told me all the full time kids there were potty trained by 18 months! As we left that day there was a car that slowed down and a little kid was excitedly waving & smiling out of the window. It was a child she had previously watched. It was nice to see the love in the kid's smiling eyes and Ninas as well. On Amelie's last day she told me ''I had fun with Nina & Pimma.'' Amelie always comes home happy & singing or doing something new. I am so grateful to Nina & Pimma! healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks included,M-F, 8-5, 20+ yrs experience, no TV, no smoking, no pets, pediatric CPR/First Aid/Health & Safety Certified, reasonable price, easy walk to BART/casual carpool near OSH.
Our son just started pre-school, and there is room for new kids at Kathy's daycare. We are delighted with our experience there. Kathy is an exceptionally loving provider, and gets to know and care for the kids as her own. At drop-off time, she knew that my son would be sad to see me go, so she always had something new and fun to engage him with.
Her daycare is on the first floor or her cute house, and she takes them out to the back yard as often as the weather permits. She cooks organic lunches every day, and when I was still nursing, she was happy to take my pumped milk and give it to my son.
She potty-trained our son at 19 months. After going through the process with our first two (at 2 1/2 or more), I was very skeptical, but she totally, and successfully did it on her own. Amazing. Her daughters have become our go-to sitters for parents' nights out. They knew Quincy well from day care, and they are so cool and charming that my older two love them like sisters.
Kathy's rates seemed very reasonable at the time, but you should ask for an update. Feel free to give me a call too.
We've been sending our son to Kathy at Applejacks for over a year now and we are so happy with our choice that I thought I should share it here. The bottom line is that they are human. They run a business, but they are all so sincere, they really love your child like it's their own. They are also very flexible and accommodating when it comes to your crazy parent wishes, such as foods (we are vegetarian and prefer organic), schedule, cloth diapers, whatever your needs are. They also helped us potty train our now 2 year old son and he is, for the most part, potty trained for the past 6 months. Most of all, and I'm repeating myself, is the love that I feel when I leave my baby there, and the way he talks about daycare when I pick him up verifies it. Andre