Ya Ya Chinese Child Care

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Albany, CA

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Home-Based Daycare/Preschool
He Yazhi (Laoshi)
510-290-3827 or 510-559-3687
yayacche [at] gmail.com
Near EC Plaza
Maximum Capacity: 
Language(s) Spoken: 
Chinese, English
Ages Served: 
30 months - 72 months
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
Additional Services & Features: 
K-5 afterschool available

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We are a chinese family. We enrolled my 5 year old daughter to Ya Ya for 6 months since Jan 2015. She has been thrived since then. He laoshi, the owner of Ya Ya preschool, is a very experienced, diligent, and wonderful teacher. She has been running daycare for five years, which is not a very long time compared to a few other homebased daycare centers I visited. However, she is the one who truly loves children, and who always has those wonderful ideas to create an environment for the kids to learn happily. I'm always inspired by her enthusiasm. For example, she teaches a lot of poems and songs. She wrote every song on a display paper, where kids can turn pages by themselves at any time. Kids learn how to sing, how to recognize chinese characters. One song I remember is about rainy day, which describes busy people in the streets. Kids sometimes perform the stories. She makes them cupcakes, teaches them kongfu, prepare performances for chinese spring festival. For example, they would practise for a month for a chinese dance performance for a bounch of 3-4 year olds. And this was only one of the many performances. The show was amazing! I can't imaging how they did this.

My daughter used to be in a child development center run by my previous University in Kansas for four years, since she was 13 month old. So we are familiar with the American style daycare (BTW, we love that daycare center). Comparing with our previous center, YaYa does not have very strict rules, which could be the downsides for some parents. For example, the pickup time is flexible, and price dependent. You don't get bills every month. Everybody calculates their own expenses based on the hours. Although not encouraged, kids can still bring toy to school. My daughter more than once asked me: why xxx can bring his toy car to school but I cannot? It is stated in the contract that parents will get fines for late pickup, but not in reality even for ten minutes late. I guess teacher He is just too nice and does not want to take agressive actions to parents even if they are not obeying the rules. She takes pictures for the kids from time to time. All the pictures are shared among families. We are ok with all these. We think having a loving, responsible and enthusiastic teacher is way more important than following some strict rules (of course any rules regarding safety issue has to be on top, which I think Ya Ya does pretty well). Teacher He loves communicating with parents, sharing the stories, education experieces with me from time to time. I am very grateful of having her as my daughter's teacher. I would highly recommend Ya Ya to my friend.

Archived Reviews: 


July 2011

Re: Mandarin Immerson Summer camp
You may try Ya Ya Chinese School (https://sites.google.com/site/yayachineseschool/). My 6-yr old daughter, with some language experience and have been there for almost 2 weeks and she really enjoy the loving, relaxing enviroment in Ya Ya. Ms. He the lead teacher is experienced and kept kids at all age well entertained and enthusiastic to learn the language through songs, games, and some gong-fu. And declicious lunch is provided as well. Check out more info on their website and their summer camp is still open for enrollment. Hongli

May 2011

Re: Mandarin afterschool programs in the East Bay
My daughter attends Ya Ya Chinese Childcare in Albany and we LOVE LOVE LOVE this program. Teacher He is so good with the kids and in addition to Mandarin language, she teaches them calligraphy, math with abacus, Kung Fu/Tai Chi, she does arts and crafts, cooking, gardening. It is such a warm and loving atmosphere, like a home away from home. She just created a new website, definitely check it out: https://sites.google.com/site/yayachineseschool/ VERY highly recommend! Happy Parent

May 2011

We love Ya Ya! He Laoshi is a very talented teacher and has great patience. She teaches Chinese language/culture through music, art, and fun activities. My daughter attends Ya Ya full day program, and my son attends Ya Ya's afterschool program. I can see how much they enjoy their time there! My son has developed a great interest in Chinese and is eager to start the second series of Chinese language books. He has also built strong bonds with He laoshi and his afterschool friends. My daughter often surprises me with new words, new poems or new drawings.... Both of my kids have grown with good social manners and excellent learning habits, for which we can not say thank you enough to He Laoshi! If you are searching for a rich academic and loving environment, check out Ya Ya. You can find a lot of information on her website (https://sites.google.com/site/yayachineseschool) including specifics about an open house she is planning on hosting in early June. Michelle

June 2010

I want to recommend a newly opened Day Care in Albany to parents who are seeking Mandarin speaking environment for their kids during summer time, regular school time or after school.

It was opened on June 14. Ms. He, the owner has many years experience teaching kids Mandarin for different age group. Before she runs her own day care, she was my son's teacher in his regular preschool. My son has attended the summer camp at her day care for a week now, and I can see he's learning a lot, and also enjoying that place greatly.

Seeing is believing, I encourage you to contact Ms He, and arrange visit to observe her teaching style yourself.

''Learning Chinese Culture through Language, Tai Chi, Children's KungFu, GuZheng, Music, Painting, Calligraphy, Arts and Crafts. A loving, safe and warm environment, bilingual in English and Mandarin with a teacher who enjoys reading to children and provides healthy meals to complete the nourishment of the student. I will help their Maths and reckoning by the abacus.''