Cande's Daycare

Community Subscriber

Oakland, CA

Facility Type[?]:
Home Daycare
DSS Facility License #
013421310 [view license]
Maria De La Cruz-Moran
candes16 [at]
Berkeley/Emeryville border
Maximum Capacity:
Language(s) Spoken:

Parent Reviews

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My son started at Cande's when he was 6 months old and we have been there almost a year now. I am constantly amazed at Cande's incredible energy and passion for the kids! I also love that there is a range of ages and the older kids are so sweet with him and are great for him to learn from. Cande is so caring and attentive and includes him in all the activities in an age appropriate way. The kids are always having so much fun when I pick him up. Cande is so passionate about teaching as well, and this includes everything from life skills like how to use a spoon, to Spanish vocabulary, to treating each other with kindness and respect. I noticed this on her website, the emphasis on teaching the kids to be respectful and get along, and she really does an amazing job! I credit the kindness and positive environment I see from all the kids to great example and guidance from Cande and the staff. As a professional, she is also very responsive and easy to work with and has been a huge help to us as new parents learning the ropes. We are super happy to be a member of this little family!

Cande's daycare has been wonderful for our child. She made quick friends, learned to understand and speak Spanish in 6 months, ate well, napped well, and also became a joyful dancer. She loved the birthday celebrations, constant stimulation and attention, and art projects. We loved the structure and routine, Spanish immersion, healthy food options, and safe and loving environment. Thank you Cande, for everything!

I brag to everyone I know about how amazing Cande is! We are so happy to have found her, and Lupita, and Magda! Our daughter has been there since she was 4 months, and I couldn't feel better about it if she was with my own mom. She eats homemade, whole foods everyday, she gets lots of stimulation and attention, she will be learning Spanish (when she starts to learn to talk), and she is safe. I love that the daycare is structured, but not like an institution. She is in a home, with a backyard, friends to play, and loving caregivers.

When I drop her off, she just lights up. I also watch as other kids come in and just run to Cande to give her a hug. The kids are all so well behaved. When all the parents are together, we joke about La Linea, which is the read line in the kitchen the kids are not allowed to cross, and they never do! I don't know what else I can say, she is fantastic!

Thanks Cande!

Our son has been at Cande's Daycare since he was one and he absolutely loves it there. He is excited to go there in the morning and is oftentimes in no rush to leave at the end of the day when we pick him up. Cande provides a safe, nurturing, healthy environment for the kids. She fosters independence and teaches them about boundaries and respect, while giving them all the love and support they need to really flourish. They get plenty of outdoor time and lots of play based activities. The program is Spanish immersion and it's very neat to see how quickly our son has become bilingual. My husband and I do not speak Spanish but love that our son is being exposed to it. We have had no issues communicating with Cande about specific requests (dietary needs, etc.) and she is very accommodating and responsive. He also eats and naps well there. We know that while he is in her care he is safe, happy and is being stimulated developmentally . He has really blossomed there and we feel very, very fortunate to have found a place for our son at Cande's. Tricia and Justin

Archived Q&A and Reviews

Nov 2013

Our daughter, Cleo, is 18 months old and has been going to Cande's Daycare for almost 8 months now. She is so happy there she doesn't want to leave when we pick her up! Cande is so full of energy! When we drop her off, Cande is there with a smile and yummy smells of breakfast wafting through the house and when we pick her up they are singing and dancing and always having fun. Cande takes the kids to the park every day. She loves for them to get lots of fresh air and run around. I also like the added bonus of it being Spanish immersion so that Cleo is exposed to other languages early. We are very happy with Cande's Daycare because Cleo is so happy there.

Oct 2013

Our son has been at Cande's Day Care since he was 3 months old, and loves it there. Cande is a very nurturing and attentive care taker, and it is evident that all of the kids love her. I know our son is getting a well-rounded experience with daily trips to the park, developmental playtime, designated nap times, and healthy, home cooked meals.

Cande is the type of person that will go the extra mile for your child. She has helped our son with major milestones: sitting, crawling, standing, and soon, walking! As another reviewer said, she is also very forthright about how he is everyday, providing continuity between time at day care, and time at home.

As first time parents, we feel so lucky to have found Cande. She offers affordable, quality childcare, which is so hard to find in the Bay Area. It is such a relief knowing that our baby is happy and thriving when he is away from home. Thank you, Cande! h.

Sept 2012

Hello Fellow Parents of tiny tots!

Normally when I discover something or someone I like, I do not share. However, this is different. Because it is very difficult to trust someone with your child, I feel fortunate to have found a caregiver whom I trust very much and would like to share.

My daughter has been going to Cande's Daycare for almost four months and she is so happy. My daughter smiles and giggles when she sees Cande's face and Cande does the same. Spanish is the primary language spoken at Cande's, though Cande speaks english very well. She also prepares baby food and is very supportive of breast feeding. In the evening when I pick up my daughter Cande is very forthcoming with information about the day; how long my daughter napped, how much milk she drank, what food she ate, how well she played, developmental changes, what outings they took.

While I was initially content to have my daughter at a daycare with such a small infant to caregiver ratio, I realize that it is important to share. I believe that Cande has openings for toddlers at this time. I suggest calling her to chat and schedule a time to meet. She's pretty awesome.


Sept 2012

I am recommending Cande's Daycare, an affordable home daycare located on the border of Oakland & Emeryville and close to Berkeley as well.

Our daughter who is turning 1 year old this week has been with her since she was about 7 months old. We are very happy with the Cande's daycare. Cande's daycare provides a caring, nurturing bi-lingual program that is like a home away from home. Most times when I pick up my daughter we end up hanging out and talking about her day. Cande is very kind and is someone who is easy to talk with. My daughter loves her time there and it is evident at drop off & pick up. Cande was also able to get my daughter to drink out of a cup when we were having problems with her taking a nipple/bottle. She is fed nutritous home cooked meals and receives great and loving care. Cande has also cared for our toddler (who is turning 3 this week) from time to time, but is at preschool. He talks about going to Cande's again whenever I mention picking up his sister.

She currently has two infants (ages 5 mos - 12 mos) and has spaces for toddlers 20+ mos. and up. She is very accommodating to the families' needs and schedules. Please contact Cande for more information

Aug 2012

Re: Love your Bilingual Day Care in N. Oakland / S. Berkeley?
Hello, we currently have our almost 1 year old daughter at Cande's daycare. A licensed small Spanish home daycare located in Oakland/Emeryville border. We have only recently started with Cande and so far, we are loving it. We started when she was about 8 months old.

Our daughter is always happy and is thriving there. Cande was even able to get my daughter to finally take my pumped milk (in a cup! she had always preferred to nurse rather than take the bottle but Cande was always encouraging - to me and to my daughter). There is a dedicated room in their house for the children and there is also an outdoor play area. They go for walks to the park and probably when the kids are old enough to - she will have a play based curriculum in the Spanish language. She provides healthy home cooked meals for the children as well. Please feel free to contact Cande at: Home phone: 510-922-1124 Cellphone: 510-978-0176 E-mail address: candes16 [at]