Little Owl Day School

Berkeley, CA

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Home-Based Daycare/Preschool
Sara Marina Mendez
littleowldayschool [at]
South Berkeley, between San Pablo Ave. and Sacramento Ave.
Maximum Capacity: 
Language(s) Spoken: 
English, Spanish
Ages Served: 
24 months - 60 months
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri

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Archived Reviews: 

Sept 2014

We have been at Little Owl for over 2 years and a half, and it was the best decision we made. Sara and Martin are very caring and understanding of children and families. They offer a great bilingual, English & Spanish, environment with plenty of activities, games and toys to keep children engaged throughout the day.

I am still surprised when my twins come home with something new that I know we didn't teach them at home, and it makes us feel great to know that the are learning so much at Little Owl. Sara and Martin are always buying new things that they know the children will enjoy and maintain their house very clean and organized. They are also very proactive in doing enhancements at home to make a better environment for the children.

Little Owl Day School also offers very healthy and nutritious breakfast, two snacks and a lunch. Many of their vegetable are harvested from their back yard and the children are part of the whole process. They also have little pets that the children are able to care for as well (turtles, bunnies, and fishes).

They take the children to the parks around and to visit Sara's mom day home which has a beautiful backyard. They also offer a Movie Night event where the children stay after hours for a fun night with yummy food, movies and friends while the parents can enjoy a night out.

Lastly, I will say that we wouldn't have done it without Sara and Martin and we are very lucky to have found them. If you are looking for a great place for your child this is it, look no more!!! Jennifer

Oct 2012

Little Owl Day School is a beautiful daycare in S. Berkeley where my son thrived under the loving guidance of owners Sara and Martin. They are calm, kind, positive and skillful people with boundless energy. Every day is filled with engaging activities including gardening, nature, science and art projects, water play, music, reading, etc. as well as outdoor play in a huge yard shared with Sunshine Daycare. It's small (6 children), but when they play outdoors with Sunshine the kids can interact in a larger group setting.

Other things that make Little Owl great:
- Hours: open 7:30am to 5:30pm
- Whole food breakfast, lunch and am & pm snacks are served daily, and Sara and Martin are very conscientious about food quality.Much of it is organic with many veggies grown in their garden with the kids.
- Parent communication: They were very available to talk with me about my child's progress and worked very skillfully and supportively to help my son
- Bunnies and turtles
- Beautiful photos taken monthly & sent to parents

We were super sad to say goodbye when we moved cross country. My two year old son loved this place and still talks about it months after our move. Sara told me they'll be moving to a bigger spot and accepting more children soon. Check them out at