Kidsland A

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Berkeley, CA

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Type: 
Home-Based Daycare/Preschool
License: 
Owner: 
Roberto Ocampo & Ana Castro
(510) 861-7972
Location: 
Berkeley
94702
West Berkeley - Addison St.
Maximum Capacity: 
14
Language(s) Spoken: 
English, Spanish
Ages Served: 
24 months - 60 months
Monthly Cost: 
$1200
Hours: 
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
7:30am - 5:30am
Affiliation: 
Montessori
Additional Services & Features: 
Afternoon option, Part-time available, Pre-K program, Year-round, Breakfast provided, Lunch provided, Snacks provided, Organic options, Vegetarian options, Cloth diapers accepted, Potty training support
Editors' Notes: 

Parent Reviews

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I have been meaning to write this review for the last couple of years--my wife and I are so grateful to Kidsland/Ana's for all the love, attentiveness, and stability they have offered our children for the past 3 years. We have our second child there now after our first spent two years here. Ana is the kind of person who immediately inspires a sense of trust-- she is clearly driven by something bigger than just doing her job. She and her staff go over and above what even the most entitled of us could reasonably hope for. Our first child became very attached to Ana, and they developed a special relationship. I often joke about how I feel like a bad parent after observing Ana, her family, and dedicated team, and I regularly feel inspired by their attention to detail and spirit of community over self. All food is provided for the day, and it all seems to be made from scratch and very healthy. There are always incredibly sweet gatherings to celebrate birthdays and holidays, and I'm regularly impressed by how Ana and her family go above and beyond to make your children feel loved.

After visiting many different daycares, my son was placed at Ana's Daycare since he was 6 months old and he is about to turn 3. I cannot say enough great things about this daycare.
I wholeheartedly agree with the previous post about the activities and facility Ana's daycare has to offer. You can't ask for a better place!
Early drop off, fresh meals, engaging activities and fun field trips makes this daycare stand out above the rest.
I also really appreciate the love and attention my son gets from Ana and her assistants. They truly love what they do and have admirable work ethics.
Ana has also created a fun filled preschool program for the older kids which made my husband and I very excited.
There are a few openings right now for toddlers and preschoolers and it's totally worth checking out!

I would like to very strongly recommend the Kidslands in Berkeley. We are very happy parents of a child at Kidslands Addison who has been there for almost 2 years. He is now 3 and loves going to school and interacting with the care providers. The quality of the care is unparalleled--nurturing, supportive, and very positive. They have recently started a new preschool program where the children older than 2 have structured activities and themes. There is a wonderful mixture of art, stories, dance, and time outside. Both the indoor and outdoor spaces are nice and we especially enjoy the lovely backyard where there is a tree house. One thing that we really appreciate about Kidsland is that there are regular outings to the library for Spanish-speaking story time and trips to local parks and natural areas (e.g. Aquatic Park, Crown Beach, Steam Trains at Tilden). Each day, the children eating nutritious yummy food (breakfast, lunch and 2 snacks). I'm not sure how Ana does it, but my son eats all of his veggies there, when it is struggle at home!

My son's Spanish is very strong and while we speak other languages at home, he says that Spanish is his favorite. We thank Ana for instilling in him an interest and appreciation for the Spanish-speaking culture.

When comparing the Kidsland program to other Spanish-immersion preschool programs, it is superior for so many reasons: generous hours (7:30 to 5:30), food (included), price (cheaper than all programs we looked at), vacation schedule (less time than all other programs we looked at but still reasonable for staff), activities (a good mixture of structured activities, play, and time outside).

For all of these reasons and the ''little things'' (my son has learned good manners like saying please, thank you, and reminding us to not talk and eat; the community of parents that is so wonderful; the parking is definitely manageable), we know that we have been extremely fortunate to have found Kidsland Addison.

There are currently one or two openings for children older than 3. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Happy Kidsland Mama
redwoodforest@gmail.com