Cathy's Village

Community Subscriber

Oakland, CA

To see Department of Social Services records on this facility, click on its DSS Facility License # below.

Home-Based Daycare/Preschool
DSS Facility License #: 
Catherine Alderman
510 676 1648 Texting/email preferred
LoveBabyKittens [at]
off 580/Keller near Oakland zoo
Maximum Capacity: 
Language(s) Spoken: 
Ages Served: 
0 months - 72 months
Monthly Cost: 
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
7:00am - 7:00pm
Additional Services & Features: 
Part-time available, Pre-K program, Year-round, Breakfast provided, Lunch provided, Snacks provided, Potty training support, Special needs support
About Our Program: 


Cathy’s Village runs a large in home school/daycare.  We teach the preferred way through intrinsic play.  We offer nutritious homemade meals, a monthly parents’ night out, a quarterly get together of families, a monthly newsletter and a yearly picture DVD.  We do too many things to ever list them all here.  Ages 0 to 6.  7:00am to 7:00pm. 

Catherine Alderman

Parent Reviews

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My daughter went to Cathy's Village for several years. Cathy and her husband Tim became family to us.

I had my daughter in several daycares prior to Cathy's Village and they were all great but I felt there was a greater connection here than anywhere else. This wasn't a place where I just dropped my kid off and picked her up. I felt my daughter created her own little group here. She made friends and really bonded with both Cathy and Tim. They treated her as one of their own children. My daughter learned new social skills and really came out of her shell here. She really enjoyed the extra outings and monthly brunches Cathy's village would host. I can't emphasis enough that this wasn't just a place where I could get affordable babysitting or childcare - it really was a learning environment where my daughter could grow up and I always knew she was safe and cared for.

Cathy's village is fantastic at communicating, being flexible and working to service both the children and parents. There was always open communication. They are at the top of my list when I recommend daycare to other parents and I plan to put my future children here.

We enjoyed 2 1/2 wonderful years with Cathy’s Village until we moved out of the area. Cathy and her husband Tim create a warm, loving environment for the children in their care. My daughter experienced a secure and calm, yet stimulating environment in which she was able to grow and thrive. The balance of peer interaction with individual adult attention, and free explorative play was a perfect combination for toddlers/young children. Cathy is flexible and willing to work with families to meet their needs. Her Parent’s Nights Out each month was a major perk, and we also really appreciated the sense of community that Cathy and Tim created through quarterly family events. All in all, a wonderful daycare!

Our daughter was was at Cathy's Village for almost a year and we were delighted with the care she received. Cathy and Tim truly love the children and they've created a warm, homey environment, including a beautiful outdoor play area and tons of handmade toys. Everything is kept super clean and orderly, and they take care of "extras" like laundry, if the kids need a change during the day. They also provide all meals, which is a convenience any parent can appreciate. The program is play-based, with some structured activities built in, and we were always confident that our daughter was busy and happy throughout the day.  She really thrived during her time with Ms. Cathy. As others have mentioned, the monthly parents-night-out and other community activities are a very special feature of this daycare-- we've never seen any other daycares that offer regular opportunities to a) have a date night; or b) get the families together. 

We recently needed to move our daughter to a preschool closer to our home (the same one our four year old already attended), but leaving Cathy's Village was a very difficult decision because it truly is a gem of a daycare. We miss it already, and are very grateful to Cathy and Tim for all that they did to support our family during our time there.

Our son absolutely adores Miss Cathy.  

Unfortunately, it is no longer a possibility for us to have her care for our sons (3 and <1) any longer because we've moved. Miss Cathy loves to care for children and you can tell immediately.  Our three-year-old was always excited to express to us things he learned, places he went, things he ate... every day we picked him up.  Miss Cathy made life easier for us parents, too. The monthly parent's-night-out were much needed (and appreciated), and the occasional weekend outings encouraged friendship and interaction amongst families.  She is friendly, experienced, committed, flexible, as well as a good value. And as another review says, a true hidden gem...  

Our son (and us parents, too) miss her dearly. :(     

Miss Cathy truly loves children and building a community. You will not find a more passionate and dedicated childcare provider in this neighborhood. Along with being a great nurturer and teacher, Cathy has raised many children in her life.  Leaving my daughter in her care was like leaving her with grandma. There are home cooked meals, outings (to local parks, the zoo, etc), family outings on weekends and even off-hours care. Miss Cathy offers a “Parent’s night out” once a month so that parents can go out without the kiddos. (I loved those!) She organizes picnics and events for all the family’s and children in her care. This really helps build a community of local parents and kids. And does she do this to get rich? Of course not! She does this because she loves kids and communities of families. 

We had to remove our daughter from her care due to moving out of the neighborhood (into the tri-delta area of the SF Bay). Her daycare is one the places I miss most in my old neighborhood. I doubt I’ll ever find such a quality care provider anywhere I go. Her daycare is a true hidden gem in the Oakland hills.