Seeking a Daycare or Preschool in San Leandro

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  • Hi all,

    I'm a first time parent looking to start my daughter in daycare in August or September, when she will be 11-12 months old. I would really appreciate any recommendations for daycare (especially interested in in-home daycares) that might have availability anywhere near San Leandro, Castro Valley, Oakland or possibly Alameda. We would love to find a safe and loving environment with a high adult to infant ratio (approx 1:4). Outdoor space and healthy meals would be a plus as well as English/Spanish. I so appreciate any advice or recommendations. Thank you in advance for your time! 

    I'd check out the new La Plazita location next to San Leandro BART.  They accept babies, have a low ratio, a beautiful brand new building and it is Spanish immersion. We toured it a few months ago and the site director was lovely.

  • Pre-School Recommendations San Leandro area

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    Hi all, my son will turn 2 in June so I am starting to look for a pre-school. I would love your recommendations for pre-schools in the San Leandro area, Oakland recommendations are welcome too. Thanks so much! Lily

    There are lots of great schools. My suggestion would be to instead decide what you want and then look at the schools near you to see which offer those qualities. Don’t make work for yourself driving 20+ minutes twice a day for a « fancy » school! For example, do you want your son in a part-time program or a a full time program? What hours do you need? Does language matter? What is your budget?  Then find all the schools that offer those qualities within a x minute drive and apply. 

    Have you tried 4C's?  They are a Resource and Referral agency that might help you find child care. 

  • We'd love your suggestions for group childcare for our son, who will be 2.5y old next august. We are struggling to find full-day preschools in our area to get on any waitlists. We found KidsKonnect, but they advised us to join other waitlists as well given the demand. Broadmoor preschool is very close by but we need care from at least 8a to 5p daily which they do not offer. Our top priorities are an engaging and safe play-based environment that stimulates his development, but in an ideal world the childcare center or preschool would also provide hot lunch and a great outdoor space. If the staff speak Spanish that's a plus too but not required. Blue Skies in Oakland looks amazing but we need something that costs less than $2000/m. Thank you!

    Hi! Our 3-year-old son is attending St. James preschool in San Leandro (on Estudillo) and we love it! The teachers are very loving and engaging, there's an outdoor space that the kids play in several times a day, and their hours are 7am-6pm. They don't currently provide lunch, only morning and afternoon snacks. Feel free to reach out if you have specific questions!

    Our daughters both loved Bernice & Joe's Playschool. It's in East Oakland - close to the San Leandro border. HUGE yard. Play-based. Lovely teachers! Feel free to message me if you'd like more details.


    Beth Sholom. 

    Juls Schoolhouse is a great space in San Leandro! It's in Julie's home, but it's well worth it. The families are lovely and she creates a good preschool readiness space. Check her out-

    You could look into Daisy Child Development Center.  I don't have any first hand experience, but we liked it when we toured it many years ago.  It's not too far from San Leandro, in the neighborhood just above 580 near Mills College.

  • We’re looking for day care and preschool recommendations in San Leandro. We hope to enroll our daughter next June or soon thereafter; she’ll be a couple months shy of 2.5. We’re having the most trouble sifting through the many licensed in-home day cares, but we would also appreciate recommendations for larger day cares and preschools. Thank you!

    Hi! We had our daughter in Linda's Family Day Care (In-Home Daycare) from 18 mos-2 years old before she started preschool in Oakland: Linda's Family Day Care:

    Also check out:

    Take a look at St. James Christian Schools, located behind the Rite Aid on MacArthur. Our child was in the school-age aftercare program (until we moved) and really loved it there. They also have an well-established preschool. The teaching staff is stable/long-term, well-qualified, and they sincerely care about the children as individuals. They do an excellent job with social development, I thought. The facilities are nice, and often improved through parent community involvement--it's a very active community. There are lop-eared bunnies and they've recently put in a chicken coop and garden--the school-age program has chinchillas and reptiles. It is part of a church, and therefore nonprofit, but also Christian. The religious aspect was a drawback for us (being Jewish); the school-age program is genuinely non-religious, but the preschoolers do attend chapel. It's certainly not a conservative community, however. Overall, we'd highly recommend it. 

    Have also heard good things about the preschool at Beth Sholom Synagogue, but never sent the kids there, so can't offer a testimonial.

    Kids Konnect in San Lorenzo is fabulous!! I can't recommend Erika more highly. My son went there from ages 1-3 when we moved further away. 

    [moderator note: did not find a licensed preschool or daycare with this name in San Lorenzo at​]

    I know of a great place in Oakland, but it's close to San Leandro (off the 580 freeway, Edwards exit; near Keller). It's called Bernice & Joe's playschool. The teachers there are wonderful and the yard is AMAZING! Please tell Anna that Mailisha sent you. 

Archived Q&A and Reviews



Looking for fulltime daycare or preschool

March 2004

We are moving to San Leandro in a couple of months and will be living near Washington school, around the corner from Zocalo cafe and the shops on Bancroft. I have a son who will be 2 in September and I am interested in hearing about any nurturing, stimulating home daycares in the area, as well as any other highly recommended preschool/daycare programs. I have visited the preschool at Beth Shalom and was quite impressed, but am wondering if there are other options out there for somebody who needs a full day childcare situation. Daniela

I can highly recommend both a daycare and a preschool. Silva and Sheree Daycare is an absolutely wonderful place. Both my son and his younger sister went there 3 days a week (full days) while I worked part-time. We recently moved to Moraga and my husband and I both agreed that the thing we missed most about our old neighborhood is Silva and Sheree. It's a family daycare (mother and daughter). They have created a homey, loving, and fun environment for the children they care for. It's on Portofino Court, just 2 freeway exits from your area. You can contact them at 510 351 2781. As for a preschool, my son went to St. James on Estudillo 895 9590 and he loved it. So did we. The staff is very warm, caring and well trained and they had a lot of fun, interactive, educational activities for the children throughout the day. Bobbie

There is a great organization called ''The San Leandro Parents Network'' the website is This is a great way to network with other parents of young children in San Leandro and share information. We have a potluck the third Sunday of every month at Zocalos that is a great way for families to meet and discuss topics that are of interest to them. We will be adding online discussion groups soons as well. Another great online resource is the San Leandro Collaborative for Children, Youth and Families ( They have a section on their website that lists most of the preschools in San Leandro. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Diana


Flexible preschool for a 2-year-old?


Can anyone recommend a preschool or daycare in San Leandro for a two year old which offers some flexibility in terms of hours and days (i.e. a part time plan)? I'm also particularly interested in any recent experience with Beth Shalom Preschool. Thank you! Tamarah

My son is 2.5 and has been at Temple Beth Sholom Preschool since the day he turned two. (see Beth Sholom Preschool for the rest of this review.)

i highly recommend little lambs preschool. however, it has a christian influence which may not be what you are looking for. ryan's mom

We live not far from you. My kids have attended both Broadmoor Cooperative and Beth Shalom Preschool in San Leandro. I know that my post(s) on Broadmoor are somewhere on the website, so look again. There are also a few other options I know about. It depends on how part-time you want and if you need the preschool to also serve as a daycare, and whether you want something parent-participatory or not. So here's what I know: Tot Time- There are two, one morning a week classes that are run through the San Leandro Adult Ed program. The Wednesday one is for younger kids and the Monday one is for older ones (15mos - 33mos??). They are three hours long and a parent stays with the kid the whole time. It's a pre-preschool program and very flexible, plus the teacher leads an optional talk on parenting issues. Broadmoor Cooperative- Also run through the San Leandro Adult Ed school. It's four days a week of which a parent works one day. Starts at 2yrs 9mos and the kid needs to be potty-trained. 2 1/2 hours per day. Creative, play-based curriculum. See the ucb website for more info
Castro Valley has a Cooperative preschool whose name I can't remember. One of the teachers is the grandmother of my son's Kindergarten classmate so I can put you in touch with the family.
Sheffield Village- has part-time preschool. I don't know the age it starts, maybe 2 days a week for the younger set? Run by the city of Oakland so check with them. People who did it with their older kids this summer really liked it.
Kiddie College- run by San Leandro Parks and Rec . Parents also put some time in but not as intensive as Broadmoor.
Beth Shalom Preschool- Through the Synagogue. Kids can go 2-5 days per week and can go either just mornings or the whole day. They have a shabbat program with the Rabbi on Friday mornings. More structured than Broadmoor but more flexible than the Montessori schools.
St. James Preschool- Run by the church. They also do afterschool care so it's structured as a daycare center. I've heard very good things about it and know someone whose son goes there afternoons. She said they do "bible stories" in class.
Montessori on Foothill- I've heard only bad things about this school. My neighbors, who checked out all the preschools and wound up sending their son to the other Montessori referred to this one as "too rigid" and "militaristic". We knew another parent who moved their child from this one to Beth Shalom because of the same issue. Montessori on Washington(?)- Hope I have the street right. My neighbor sent her son here after two years in Broadmoor. He was ready for something more academic and tructured but not quite ready for Kindergarten (late-birthday kid). They really liked it but you'll have to check out if it's appropriate for the younger set. There are a few more preschools that advertise in the San Leandro Times but I don't know anything about them. Another option is to find an in-home daycare that's run akin to a preschool. I know one woman in my neighborhood who does this. I have friends who used Bernice and Joe's and liked it. ---Sophie