Pumpkin Seed Childcare

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Oakland, CA

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Home-Based Daycare/Preschool
Damond and Jennifer Moodie
pumpkinseedchildcare [at] gmail.com
Melrose Highlands/Mills College/King Estates
Maximum Capacity: 
Language(s) Spoken: 
Ages Served: 
24 months - 60 months
Monthly Cost: 
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
7:30am - 5:30am
Additional Services & Features: 
Part-time available, Pre-K program, Year-round, Breakfast provided, Lunch provided, Snacks provided, Vegetarian options, Special diet support, Potty training support

Parent Reviews

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Pumpkin Seed is an amazing, warm, magical, and fun place! There are so many fantastic things about Pumpkin Seed

  • Homemade, delicious meals, often made with produce from their own garden; these meals helped introduce our son to a wide variety of food
  • Exploratory, long walks outside in nature everyday (rain or shine); the rainy ones were the most fun!
  • Wonderful art projects (like decorating California state t-shirts to take home or hand-dyed scarves for Mother's Day)
  • Music all the time (Damond is an excellent musician)
  • Family/community events to bring together parents and kids to get to know each other and knit the community closer. These included Kite Night, Movie Night, Holiday Party, etc. 
  • Swim lessons (one week of swim lessons with his classmates was amazing)
  • Daily report (an individualized report on your child, from how many servings of lunch he/she ate, to how well they did on a scale of 1-5 with playing, paying attention, etc, to a paragraph(s) on what he/she did during the day, what went well and what he/she had trouble with)

Damond and Jen are super amazing people who make learning fun and really desire to help their students learn how to have good relationships with one another. They work on helping your child have great character, be a good citizen. When you join Pumpkin Seed, it is like joining a family (a really awesome, loving family). They are willing to share their experiences and wisdom regarding any number of questions/difficulties you may have and we benefitted greatly from them. They were able to know our son's unique strengths and weaknesses after only a couple months of being at Pumpkin Seed and thus understood when we shared what's been hard for us in parenting. They really take the time to get to know each child's personality and are so loving and affectionate. There is a lot of laughing and general fun. 

We highly recommend Damond and Jen/Pumpkin Seed if you're looking for an excellent pre-school that will provide a safe, nurturing environment to explore the world outside and navigate interpersonal relationships. We were sad to leave such a lovely place, but left with solid friendships for our kid and us. Our son was more than prepared for TK, as Damond and Jen helped grow a love for learning, math and reading, among other things. 


Archived Reviews: 

June 2014

Our daughter is graduating from Pumpkin Seed Childcare in August, to start kindergarten. She started there when she was 2 years old. I can not recommend this preschool enough. I believe they have a few spots left for the early fall as there is a big graduating class. This is more than a preschool- it's a family based, loving and warm, fun, clean, heathly learning environment.

They welcome children from ages 2-5 for full days. No child's day there starts or ends without a hug and kiss from both teachers and a heartfelt greeting for each parent as well.

Jen and Damond are an amazing team that compliment each other beautifully. They have a play -based, yet structured program that includes art and music and play every day. My daughter has been writing since age 4 and is already reading, because of Pumpkin Seed. They potty train and serve healthy meals and have a large backyard space that the kids love. Jen and Damond take the kids either on a run or a neighborhood walk to the park every day. Each evening the parents get an individual email report of how our child did each day. On multiple occasions, they have called our home on evenings, or weekends to check in with us and our children when we needed it the most. They are truly a family oriented team.

Our son also attended Pumpkin Seed from age 2-5 and we will really miss this daily dose of positivity and fun in our lives.

Pumpkin Seed fosters a fun parent community as well. They have kite night, movie night and other events throughout the year for families to mix and enjoy each other.

Thanks for reading! dside

June 2012

I don't know where to start with how wonderful our son's experience at Pumpkin Seed has been in the 9 months he's been there. We feel like we've really found a hidden gem.

It is a family-run, home-based childcare center, managed by a former OUSD teacher and his wife. Damond and Jen are two of the most organized, kindest and energetic people I've ever met.

As parents of three young children themselves, they are very attuned to the needs of small kids and do so much to ready each child in the small program for kindergarten. Every day they serve a home-cooked, healthy lunch and breakfast (we receive a printed menu every week that makes my mouth water), the kids get interactive circle time, educational opportunities for the basics like counting and letters/words, creative art projects and lots of outside play time/local outings. We parents get tons of hands-on collaboration and feedback on how our kids are doing. In fact, we get a written report every single day about our son's behavior, things he excels at, things to work on, etc. They also maintain a password-protected website where we can see pictures and videos and a description of what activities the kids are doing every day.

As parents of an only child, we used to worry that our son lacked structure or opportunities for socialization, but Pumpkin Seed has completely eliminated those concerns.

We don't know where we'd be without Pumpkin Seed! If your child is 2 or older and you are looking for childcare, definitely check them out. Added bonuses: it's affordable and they will help you with potty training. In fact, they got our son trained in one week! http://pumpkinseedchildcare.com/Home.html jane

May 2009

Pumpkin Seed!

What an incredible place this has been for our daughter. She has grown tremendously over the years. As her last year comes to an end, we can only hope that the next step will be as rewarding as Pumpkin Seed has been.

Their preschool is well organized, caring, energetic, intelligent and supportive. After experiencing the ''franchise'' type environment where kids are often left to participate as they want or disconnect if convenient, we found the structure and individual focus a refreshing surprise. The recommendation from another parent was the beginning of a great journey for our daughter and our family. - Thanks Pumpkin Seed - Team Surano

Contact info: Damond and Jennifer Moodie, 510-633-2423

Dec 2008

Our daughter attended Pumpkin Seed for 2 and 1/2 years. We could not have found a better place for her to grow and thrive. Damond and Jennifer are without a doubt two of the most loving, caring, dedicated, thoughtful, caregivers and we feel truly blessed we found them. Damond's background as a Oakland public school teacher and Jennifer's background as an artist make an unbeatable team. Their philosphy and approach to child care is careful and well thought out intended to introduce and help the young minds they care for explore the many facets of our world. But more importantly, they focus on character and emotional development. We could not recommend them more highly and welcome further conversation with anyone interested in knowing more. Bradley and Madeleine.

March 2007

I'd love to recommend a true gem to anyone looking for an exceptionally warm, nurturing, engaging, healthy, happy and FUN environment for their toddler - the Pumpkin Seed Childcare in Oakland (off Keller Avenue). My daughter has absolutely blossomed there and I attribute her growth to the tireless support of Jennifer and Damond Moodie, the talented, kind, smart and extraordinarily energetic husband and wife team who own and operate the Pumpkin Seed. Damond and Jennifer engage the kids in an appealing variety of creative art projects, music, plenty of outdoor time, dress-up and imaginative play, counting and alphabet games, and story time, while maintaining a comfortable, reassuring routine. Their home is bright, cheerful, clean, and welcoming. I'm so grateful for the recommendation that I received for this wonderful little home-based center, that it's my pleasure to spread the word to other parents. Contact: Damond and Jennifer Moodie, 510-633-2423

September 2006

Great Daycare (Oakland, Oakland Hills)
I want to highly recommend my daughter's daycare, Pumpkin Seed -- a small center run by Jennifer and Damond Moody, two of the most enthusiastic people I've ever met. Damond is a musician and Jennifer is an artist, and their program incorporates art and music every day, as well as inventive educational games and lots of outdoor time. My daughter, just over 2, loves it (wakes up on weekends asking to go there). She has grown tremendously while there, learning not just abc's and counting, but also important life skills (she was potty trained two weeks after starting). Whenever I pick her up, the mood is absolutely infectious fun. If I were a kid, I'd want to go to Pumpkin Seed. They've recently moved to a house near Keller and Edwards. Feel free to email me, or contact Jennifer and Damond directly at 633-2423

Oct 2004

Pumpkin Seed Childcare, an art and music pre-school minutes from Dimond Park has a couple open spots still available for 2-5 year olds. My dear friends, Jen and Damond, have developed a wonderful art and music program, balanced with opportunities for learning through free play. They provide healthful meals and snacks and highly engaging activities for children. They are open M-F, 7:30-5:30pm. Their program is ideal for children who are drawn to creative expression, children who may have been in a nanny share and are looking for opportunities to socialize and engage in group play, but aren't ready for a large pre-school. They offer a 3:1 ratio and are highly qualified teachers and caregivers. Jen worked as a nanny and cared for my own daughter. My daughter absolutely loves her- her energy and creativity are infectious. Damond taught in the Oakland public schools for 6 years and is a talented musician. Brightstar
Contact: Jen and Damond Moodie, 336-7079