YWCA Infant Center
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- (April 2011): This facility appears to have closed. No license was found at CCLD.
Does anyone have any experience with the YWCA infant center on Alice Street in Oakland near Lake Merritt? The location can't be beat for where I work (Kaiser), and it's small - low caretaker/infant ratio. It appears to be a very friendly environment to me. It's very small, however; and I'm also trying to decide between that and St. John's on College in Berkeley. The YWCA has a better location (for me and my husband), and it's also more reasonably priced. But, St. John's obviously has more resources. I just want to know if there's something scary about the place that I'm not seeing. Thanks, Jenny
My oldest son, who is now nine, went to the Y when he was a baby (up until age two or so). We liked it a lot in the old Y building , where I gather it is again, but liked it a lot less when it was in the building further down, next to a methadone clinic. I don't imagine the staff is the same, but we found the infant staff to be excellent, and the management (Geneva, if she is still there) to be very professional and experienced. I thought it worked a little bit less well for preschool, but I don't think they are doing anything but infant care anymore, so that's kind of a moot point.