Casa de Mateo

Community Subscriber

Oakland, CA

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Home-Based Daycare/Preschool
DSS Facility License #: 
Zuleyka Alvarado
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Maximum Capacity: 
Language(s) Spoken: 
English, Spanish
Ages Served: 
18 months - 60 months
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
8:00am - 5:00pm
Additional Services & Features: 
Part-time available, Year-round, Snacks provided, Potty training support
About Our Program: 

Casa de Mateo Childcare & Preschool is a Spanish Immersion Program where children learn by playing. We believe in helping children be successful through education.

Parent Reviews

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Our kiddos have been here for almost two years (4 year old, 2 year old) and I haven't once doubted the love, care, friendships, enrichment and education our kiddos get everyday. Zuleyka runs her school with deep understanding of both child development and language development, she is kind, patient, and incredibly professional. My kiddos are both fluent in Spanish, but most importantly they come home with so much joy and love for school and their friends there. The school runs like a montessori/play based model. Kids spend some time in circle getting direct support with Spanish, but most of the day they get to choose what they do - with Zuleyka and her team rotating out fun toys and stations everyday. Everyday they do art - painting, cutting, pasting. And each month there is a different theme. The kiddos are also outside playing in her phenomenal back yard, that is like a kids wonderland - where she rotates out whole play structures and does lots of outside activities and dancing (I'm jealous most days I don't get to spend time there). To top it all off, every couple months Zuleyka hosts either weekend field trips for the school or backyard bbq's with music and fun ways to get the families connected. As a result - I know all the parents, and love their kids. It's an incredible small family oriented atmosphere and a tight community. We feel so blessed that our kids are part of this community.

Also, Zuleyka really knows our kids - like deeply who they are as humans. Our oldest has had a tough year - with some losses in our family - and she has been right along side him and making sure he has space to work through and develop into who he's going to be. She is responsive to them and that deep knowledge mean she sees them and honors who they are as little people. It's pretty rare - and feels like an incredible priveledge to have someone who knows my kids so well. 

Our son has been at Casa De Mateo for about 9 months and we feel it’s time to share the incredible experience we have had so far.  The school rooms and outside areas are impeccable.  We receive monthly emails with the lessons, songs and Spanish and English vocabulary they are focusing on each month as well as daily photos of activities, crafts and mealtimes.  My son is always smiling and fully engaged.  At his two year appointment his pediatrician was in disbelief at his speaking in full sentences in English and Spanish!  Most importantly, Zuleyka is a caring teacher with and ever-calm and loving presence.   We travel gladly a little out of the way, to a school we may have dismissed because of the less fancy neighborhood it is in.  We are thankful everyday that we found this gem of a school.

Casa de Mateo is a wonderful Spanish immersion in-home childcare/preschool - the provider speaks English if parents don't speak Spanish, but program is in Spanish.

Zuleyka Alvarado is a kind, fun, very experienced, and wonderful teacher. She has a very clean/neat and stimulating space for the kids - my daughter loves her backyard. With new regulations in place, she takes the kids' temperatures every day and we keep a dedicated set of shoes at her house. I feel completely safe sending my daughter there.

She also offers affordable prices compared to most daycares/preschools.

Feel free to contact me with any additional questions.