Preschools for Children Who are Not Potty-Trained

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Preschools in Albany area that potty train students

March 2010

My granddaughter is turning three. She is not yet potty trained. Her mother would like to find a preschool which will help with this. Any ideas? Thanks!

Try Claremont Day , the one in the Colusa Circle. Your grandchild would start with the kids who are 2-3 while being potty trained but would then likely move to the 3 years old class. satisfied parent

Happy Lion School and Daycare Center ( in San Pablo offers potty training to preschool students. The students love the bathrooms at their new location. The School Director is Wednesdey Chavis and she has a Masters Degree in Education with over 24 years of experience in education. Call Wednesdey at 510-233-3330 for more information or to schedule a tour. They have flexible schedules (2 days to 5 days, part-time or full-time). The school is a 15 minute drive from Albany (Highway 80-El Portal Drive exit) and a short drive from BART. Parent

Little Village Preschool - my daughter was ''trained'' there. They are very accommodating and do not pressure the child. I am very grateful for that. Karen

I have been very happy with the preschool my older son is an alumni of and where my younger is currently a student, Keystone Montessori in El Cerrito. The teachers there are amazingly engaged and patient and were integral in supporting the potty training of my boys. They have a fantastic combination of routine and flexibility to help kids learn the good times to go potty but also allowing to them to go as needed. My boys have had fantastic overall experiences there and have grown academically, emotionally and socially. The amount of independence given to the children results in a level of confidence that shows itself in all aspects of their day and certainly is key to successful potty training. I would highly recommend contacting the school and touring it to see if they are a good fit. Their website is: and their phone number is: (510) 236-7479. Also feel free to contact me with any specific questions. Between my two boys, we have been a happy Keystone family for the past 5 years. Kelly


Seeking Oakland preschool for 3-year-old who is not potty trained

Jan 2009


Grand/Lake Merritt area of Oakland-in need of preschool for 3 year old who is not yet potty trained. Parents are young, low income, inexperienced and 3 year old needs structure, social interaction, life outside a studio apartment. Grandparents paying fees. Please advise. Thanks.

You will love Grand Lake Montessori ! GLM parent

Not sure what the status is for openings for next year, but Grand Lake Montessori takes kids who are not potty trained. It's been a wonderful environment for both of my daughters. The school can definitely provide that structure that you're looking for and has lots of nice outdoor space. They also have some financial aid available for those that qualify. GLM Mom