YWCA Infant Center

Oakland, CA

No longer in business

To see Department of Social Services records on this facility, click on its DSS Facility License # below.

Childcare Center
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Alice St. near Lake Merritt
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Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
Editors' Notes: 
  • (April 2011): This facility appears to have closed. No license was found at CCLD.

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Archived Q&A and Reviews

August 2002

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.