A Step Ahead Preschool

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Oakland, CA

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Home-Based Daycare/Preschool
Julia Rose Wolfe
julia [at] astepaheadoakland.com
Maxwell Park
Maximum Capacity: 
Language(s) Spoken: 
English, Spanish
Ages Served: 
24 months - 60 months
Monthly Cost: 
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
7:45am - 6:00pm
Additional Services & Features: 
Afternoon option, Drop-in available, Part-time available, Year-round, Sibling discount, Snacks provided, Cloth diapers accepted, Potty training support
Editors' Notes: 

Prior to 2016, licensed for 8 children #013421790

About Our Program: 

A Step Ahead is a Montessori-inspired Spanish bilingual preschool, based out of a loving home in the Maxwell Park neighborhood of Oakland, CA. We have a low student/teacher ratio with convenient hours of 7:45a-6p, and serve children ages 2-5 years old.

We strive to nurture the social-emotional, physical, & cognitive development of children in order to develop the “whole child”. These experiences all take place within a loving, safe, and respectful environment to encourage curiosity and discovery.

We have a few select openings for the 2017-2018 school year.

Parent Reviews

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Our daughter has been very happy at A Step Ahead with Ms. Julia. The children are on a regular schedule, with a mix of indoor and outdoor activities that are creative and stimulating. Our daughter's engagements with Julia and the other kids have improved her ability to express herself and her emotions, learning how to communicate beyond tantrums. You can tell that Julia puts a lot of thought into the children's activities, and is very organized with every detail of the program in a way that makes our lives run smoothly! If you're looking for a small and attentive preschool that allows your child to be creative, exposes them to Spanish, offers potty training, and provides a safe and encouraging environment for all of toddlers' fluctuating emotions, A Step Ahead would be a great place for your child!

We chose A Step Ahead because it was Montessori-based, (Spanish) bilingual, close to our older kid's bilingual school (Melrose Leadership Academy), and relatively affordable. We've stayed for over a year because Ms. Julia has provided such a warm and wonderful environment for our daughter (now 3.5). The kids get to direct their learning, play outside, and do all kinds of fun activities. And she potty-trained our daughter!

I have felt almost guilty about what a great deal we have, hearing the challenges many friends have faced looking for good childcare -- but she now has part-time and full-time openings!

I fully endorse Julia and A Step Ahead Preschool.

My son has been attending there for a year. He’s a slow-to-warm, hesitant in new situations type, and Ms. Julia has created a strong bond with him. She’s very warm and loving, and does a great job of creating a safe, educational and fun environment for the kids.

Archived Reviews: 

March 2014

I really just want to take the time to expose this gem of a preschool that I found in Oakland for my 3.5 yeaer old daughter. My struggle to find a high quality, yet affordable montessori instructed preschool was a tough one to say the least. Julia must be an angel...that 's the only explanation I have for how amazing she has been to both my daughter and myself. I am extremely selective with who I choose to leave my daughter with, as most mama's are, and from the moment I spoke with Julia on the phone, her genuine spirit and knowledge of Montessori based curriculum and child development led me to schedule a visit with her. My daughter loved her immediately and she is a choosy one too!

I was very hesitant to place my daughter in a home-based preschool because I always envisioned someone sitting her in front of a TV and ''babysitting'' her until It was time to pick her up. I knew after my first conversation with Julia that this would not be the case. She informed from the beginning that television is not a part of her daily curriculum at all and that she actually hides her TV during the day. Such a relief for me. She knows that these early years are so important and that education is and should be a part of their everyday lives. I feel great knowing that my daughter is learning something new every day that she is in Julia's care.

In addition to the Montessori based curriculum, she is also bilingual and actively teaches the children Spanish as a part of their daily instruction. Julia's home is clean and set up in a way that is conducive to a positive learning environment. My daughter doesn't look back at all when I drop her off, which puts me at ease. What could feel better as a parent than knowing your child is being loved and cared for by a childcare provider that they love and trust as well.

I could go on an on but you might not read it all. If you are looking for a Bilingual, Montessori education based preschool program for your little one, this is definitely the place hands down. Jasmine - mama to a princess