Casa Cerrito Preschool

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El Cerrito, CA

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Type: 
Preschool
DSS Facility License #: 
Owner: 
City of El Cerrito
(510) 215-4396
Location: 
El Cerrito
94530
Portola Av.
Maximum Capacity: 
21
Language(s) Spoken: 
English
Ages Served: 
42 months - 60 months
Hours: 
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
9:00am - 5:00pm
Affiliation: 
City-run

Parent Q&A

  • Change preschool based on potential but as-yet nonexistent new job?

    (2 replies)

    Hi Folks!

    I'm graduating from my MSW (master of social welfare) program in May, and will be looking for jobs starting sometime soon thereafter.  I LOVE the preschool my younger son (age 4 as of January 2017) is in now (Casa Cerrito in El Cerrito) - however, their hours are 9am - 5pm, with no extended care options.  

    I'm guessing most MSW jobs will want me to be on-site from 9am-5pm, but seeing as I don't yet have a job, and don't know where it'll be in relation to where we live, it seems silly to move him out of a school he and I love, and they love him.  However, I'm also remembering that most preschools do registration in February, and often have wait lists, sooo......I'm not sure what to do.

    Casa Cerrito is also cheaper by about $400-600/month than the longer, local preschools I've looked up.

    So I guess I have two questions:

    1 - Should I bite the bullet and just sign up for a longer day preschool that will give me the option to work longer hours?

    2 - Are there real jobs out there that offer some hours flexibility and that might be open to me working 7-hour days to facilitate dropoff and pickup?

    Thanks!

    I wouldn't move him from a preschool that he likes until you absolutely have to - why commit to raising your preschool expenses until it's necessary? My daughter went to Casa so I am familiar with the dealio there. If you like it and want to stay, talk to other families about providing care for your boy before or after school - like you drop him off at another Casa family's house at 8, and pick him up from someone's house at 6? You'd pay them of course, but it still might work out better for everyone than the stress of finding a new preschool. A lot of grandparents do the Casa dropoff/pickups, so they might be interested in some extra cash.

    Another thought on your #2 is to look for jobs with school districts, which I believe may have 6.5-7 hour days for some positions.  Good luck!

    I recommend keeping him where he is, and then filling in with a babysitter/nanny for extended care if you need it. Remember that during the summer El Cerrito Recreation camps do have extended care (7am-6pm), so that buys you more time.

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April 2011

I couldn't find any reviews regarding Casa Cerrito Preschool operated by City of El Cerrito. I'm interested to check it out for my almost 4 years old daughter. I'm looking for an affordable non-co-op preschool with flexible schedule, that can give a kindergarten readiness activities for her (not pure play-based). Does anybody has experiences with them? Thanks. Albany mom


Our son is now in Casa and was with Teetor tots (also from the city of El Cerrito). We started in Teetor tots when we first moved from out of state for the very reasons you are checking it out. My son graduated to Casa last year and I have never been more happy with any other place like I am with these two. The teachers at both places are awesome and I have never once worried about the care my son receives in my absence. I like the mix of academic, art, cooking, sports, gardening and play based projects the kids get to do. The teachers and the city staff (Sarah) are very understanding of family circumstances when you need more care or less care in terms of time for any given day. I am not sure all schools do that. If I am sick or when I have lots to errands run and if my son is not enrolled for that day I can do drop ins. All I need to is call them and let them know. I always felt they go over and beyond considering what we pay. I am amazed at how a city run project has such nice staff! Casa and Teetor do not have the bells and whistles in terms of a fancy building, but they do state of art preschool activities and more importantly the staff there are some of the nicest and kindest people I met in El Cerrito. A very happy Casa and Teetor mom.