Luceitas Daycare

Berkeley, CA

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Home-Based Daycare/Preschool
DSS Facility License #: 
Maria Gonzalez
South Berkeley - Mathews St.
Maximum Capacity: 
Language(s) Spoken: 
English, Spanish

Parent Q&A

  • Seeking homecare/daycare in Berkeley

    (2 replies)

    Hi parents and caregivers,

    We are currently looking for a homecare/daycare in the Berkeley area, ideally with a full-time opening for our 2.5 yr old daughter. She is currently in a homecare full time with 8 other children, run by a teacher who is Montessori trained from 8 am to 5:30 pm. We'll be moving from Oakland to South Berkeley soon, so we looking for a new homecare/daycare that will be local to us.  We'd love to find a new daycare that offers play-based learning, a range of activities and has meals provided. Our daughter sees her current homecare as an extension of her family, so we'd love to find her a place as equally warm and welcoming.

    I would love to hear any recommendations! Thanks

    My two children (3, 6)  just started at Berkeley Rose School this year. It is a Waldorf inspired school we are very happy with! They offer aftercare until 5.30pm daily and I think they have spaces still available. It has nurturing, warm, trained teachers, home cooking, nutritious food and feels very much like a home environment, financial aid available.

    Hi! My two year old attends Lucecitas Family Daycare, also known as "Maria's" and run by Maria Gonzalez. She and the three other women there are warm, loving, kind, and such amazing caregivers and teachers. They speak Spanish with the kids but also speak perfect English to communicate with parents who don't speak Spanish. They feed the kids breakfast and lunch, and two snacks. They cook homemade food,  fresh hot food for breakfast and lots of soups for lunch. My daughter has been there since she was six months old, and my older daughter also went there until she went to preschool.

    You said you're moving to South Berkeley--the daycare is near San Pablo Park, -!; they walk there to play every morning  

    I think they might have space for your daughter's age--they did a few months ago. The number is (510) 356-4474 and you'll probably reach Veronica. 

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Jan 2014

Maria runs Luceitas Daycare and is a kind, gentle person who cares so much about her work. My daughter is 2.5 and is leaving Maria's for preschool. There are other openings because several other kids (3.5 year olds) are also leaving for preschool.

I dropped my daughter off every morning for almost two years knowing that she would be safe, cared for, fed healthy food (soup, fruits and vegetables, yogurt, etc), and would get exercise and get to play with wonderful friends. They walk to a nearby park every day, and the caregivers really engage with the kids both at the park and in the house. They do a lot of songs, music, and games.

Maria and her helpers speak Spanish exclusively with the kids, and my daughter has learned a lot of Spanish words and songs there, even though we don't speak it with her at home.

Being a working parent can be hard, but I truly felt good about leaving my daughter in such a nurturing environment that felt like a second home to her. We will miss Maria so much and I hope that a new family can take our place and get a lot out of the daycare, too.