The Learning Forest

Community Subscriber

Oakland, CA

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Home-Based Daycare/Preschool
DSS Facility License #: 
Artemis (Ahma) Minor
Thelearningforestoakland [at]
Maximum Capacity: 
Language(s) Spoken: 
Ages Served: 
12 months - 60 months
Monthly Cost: 
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
7:00am - 6:00am
Additional Services & Features: 
Afternoon option, Part-time available, Pre-K program, Year-round, Sibling discount, Subsidized program, Breakfast provided, Lunch provided, Snacks provided, Organic options, Vegetarian options, Special diet support, Potty training support
About Our Program: 

The Learning Forest is a Family Childcare Home that uses a holistic educational style and aims to create an intrinsic reverence for life and a passionate love of learning in each child. Utilizing art, music, gardening, literacy activities, math and geography as key focuses throughout the week. The entire home is a dedicated school. 2 homemade meals, snacks, potty training support and more is all included with tuition. Both teachers have our teachers credential, years of experience in childcare and elementary education. We are CPR certified and I (Ahma) taught theatre in the Berkeley & Oakland districts in the past & have 2 children of my own. Your children are in excellent, loving hands at The Learning Forest. We are your “home away from home” childcare. 

Parent Reviews

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We just adore this school! Our little girl has been attending The Learning Forest since May 2020 and transitioning our daughter into a new daycare/preschool during Covid was not an easy decision to make. Owner and director, Ahma, put us at ease. We knew from the very start that not only was our daughter going to be well cared for, but we as a family would be well taken care of.

Finding a place where your your child is seen, heard, and loved fully is so very important. Ahma and the dedicated staff are so attentive and responsive, to everything we've ever needed. We get regular picture updates on what's going on every day. They serve all the students home cooked meals and snack - our daughter eats things there that she won't at home! They do darling art projects every week, learn about science and nature, and have an extensive arrays of culturally responsive books. Something that they believe in at TLF is that children deserve to be taught the truth, and that's exactly in line with our values as parents. We're coming to a time where we need to start working on potty training (something that terrifies me!) and Ahma has not only helped hold our hand in starting the process, she's also shared helpful resources knowing we were looking for help.

Since our daughter started at The Learning Forest, she has made so much growth! She's 2 now and knows how to count to 20, knows her ABCs, all of her months (and in order!). The teachers at The Learning Forest make it so much fun and my daughter just loves going to school. We've actually had a few times where she didn't want to be picked up, ha! Our daughter will be transitioning out at the end of the summer (only because she will be old enough to attend the school I work at), but we know this is going to be difficult for us as she's received the best care at The Learning Forest. 

A great way to check them out and get an idea of what they do on a daily basis is by taking a peek at their Instagram and Facebook pages. They also have a lot of good info on their website. Also, feel free to message me - I'm happy to chat further regarding my experience as a parent and answer any questions for prospective families. 

After several bad experiences, we sent our one-year-old daughter to The Learning Forest and could not be happier. She is well-cared for, stimulated, and nurtured. We get photographs of what she's up to sent to us throughout the day. As she transitions from two naps to one nap, her needs have been totally accommodated. It is run by an accredited former TK teacher who has created a rich and fun environment for all the children there. Recently she had a local children's book author come and read to the children. I know what it's like to drop my child off and feel not totally at ease while I'm at work. Since starting at The Learning Forest I have not felt that once. Every time we put my daughter's shoes on (even if it's the weekend) she runs for the door in the hopes she is going to The Learning Forest. Drops off are painless because she loves it so much.