Readers' Choice Of Pre-Schools

What's your favorite setting for early childhood education? Vote in a Patch poll and explain in the comments.


Children are learning machines. They absorb experiences the way sponges absorb water. So to some extent their learning process continues non-stop.

But some parents enroll their children in pre-schools to formalize this early learning process.

Here are six San Leandro pre-schools. Please vote for your favorite in a Patch Poll.

In addition to these six choices the poll reflects two other options.

One is for parents who choose home day care. If you vote this option, specify which provider.

The other choice is for parents who keep their children at home or who rely exclusively on family when care outside the home is necessary or desirable.

Please use the comments to explain your choice or your philosophy of early childhood education.

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Dale Gregory March 05, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Well of course I'm bias -- I'm one of the Directors! With that being said, Broadmoor has a long history (74 years to be exact) of creating a village to support generations of families as they raise their children. I love watching families come in not knowing each other and graduate having made life-long friends that will be their support system through high school and beyond. We're not just a special place for children, we're a special place for their families.
Carol Taylor March 05, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Beth Shalom is wonderful! Three of my grandchildren have gone there from ages 2 - 5 (one is ten now, one is six and the other is 4 - and still there). We are not Jewish, but the school is close to home and the kids who go there are very diverse. The staff is great and very caring! The children have a great educational foundation and all the things they learned about other cultures is a bonus! We have all been beyond happy with the school as a whole!
Janet Piper March 05, 2012 at 04:53 PM
My Granddaughter attends Broadmoor Co-op. Having been in early childhood education myself for many years, I was interested in seeing "how it is now done". I was delighted to see the "freedom" to learn, the daily "opportunities" for growth and the very high parental commitment it takes to attend this school. It is not a "drop off and pick up" place of learning. PARENTS are the teaching backbone, under the guidance of two Master teachers. This program educates the PARENTS as well as the child. In this very busy world we live in, it is encouraging to see there is still a place for involved parents to "stay attached", yet confidently let-go when they release their child into the Kindergarten World. If you have the TIME, the COMMITMENT and the DESIRE to be PART OF your child's pre-school learning, I highly suggest Broadmoor Co-op!
Tom Abate (Editor) March 05, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Thanks for the comments. One of the ways to use the Patch Places directory is to rate and comment on businesses. So you can paste these endorsements there. See Patch Places at the top of the page; the category is schools, then subcategory pre-schools.
CC March 05, 2012 at 05:53 PM
As a parent of two children who went through the Pre-Kindergarten program at St. Leander school, I have to say I was very impressed with the teacher and her assistants, who gave each child such individual attention that you'll be comforted in knowing your child is fully taken care of and cared for. The full-day program is an excellent mix of both academics and play-based curriculum, plus they get to be part of every aspect of the school from participating in faith families to being part of the music program and computer lab. Plus, their tuition is below any childcare and many preschools out there, so you get high quality program for a very reasonable cost.
pat March 05, 2012 at 06:24 PM
My son attended St Leander Pre-school / Pre-K. The school adminstrators and teachers are wonderful.
Lisa March 05, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I am very impressed with Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy. My nephew has attended for over a year. He has developed so much intellectually, socially and psychologically, all the while having fun.  At BPDA, the Director Bonnie Saar really does help children Learn and Play in Perfect Balance.  My nephew tells me about outdoor activities on the play structure, in the sandbox, or at the water table.  I hear his excitement as he tells me all about building blocks, dressing up, painting, or Circle Time.   I see his pride as he shows off his daily art projects.  When I come to pick him up, the children happily greet me, proudly announcing what they are doing as they continue on with their play.  Socially, I can see that the kids have developed bonds of friendship, as they all say goodbye to my nephew.  Bonnie's Code of Kindness has clearly been instilled in the children. Moreover, my nephew is already writing basic words, and he has developed a love of reading. I am regularly amazed by how his speaking and reasoning skills have grown at Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy.  In every respect, he has become ready for Kindergarten under Bonnie Saar's guidance. I give Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy a five star rating, and recommend it highly. 
Kellie March 05, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Broadmoor! Play-based learning at its best. A wonderful beginning for my children. The parent components (parent ed, classroom participation) were invaluable to us. The directors are two of the most perceptive people on this planet!
Bill Austin March 05, 2012 at 07:27 PM
BROADMOOR---- the directors are AWESOME!! I learned so much there...And my kids fared pretty well too:)
Tom Abate (Editor) March 05, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Bonnie's has gotten a lot of votes. Any testimonials?
Bonnie Saar March 05, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Yes, Tom! Check out this San Leandro Patch Link: http://sanleandro.patch.com/listings/bonnies-premier-daycare-academy#reviews Best, Bonnie Saar of BPDA!
Steven March 05, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy did wonders for my child. Everyday he learned something new and I really feel he is now ready for kindergarten. What is crazy is all the new things he likes to teach me! I would recommend Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy to anybody and their mother.
Michele March 05, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I love Bonnie and Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy. It made my transition back to work seamless and gave me the peace of mind that my daughter was in a safe and nurturing environment. I loved the student to teacher ratio since children don't feel the need to act out for attention. The home-based environment is comfortable, beyond clean and maintains the highest of standards. My daughter entered kindergarten with a foundation of skills I know she received at Bonnie's. I HIGHLY recommend families visit BPDA if they are in the market for quality childcare.
Tom Abate (Editor) March 05, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Bonnie: yes, those are great reviews in the listings. Thanks for pointing out the link: http://sanleandro.patch.com/listings/bonnies-premier-daycare-academy#reviews
Lisa Bunn March 05, 2012 at 10:57 PM
My son attended Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy and thrived there. Bonnie is a gifted educator and gives each child such special attention. It is such a nurturing atmosphere where the children are always happy, productive and learning. Bonnie is always in tune with where the children are developmentally and guiding them to the next step. My son was more than prepared for his private-school Kindergarten. BPDA's motto is "learn and play in perfect balance" and it is true! I can't recommend it enough. Lisa B.
Kristina March 05, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Here are some great testimonials for Bonnie's! http://www.bonniespremierdaycareacademy.com/testimonials.html Thanks, Tom! Kristina
Tom Abate (Editor) March 05, 2012 at 11:47 PM
I came across a note from Montessori for an event coming up this week, apropos of this discussion. Not sure what it is about but it seems relevant: http://montessorica.com/node/89
Lynne Kennedy Mullen March 06, 2012 at 12:21 AM
As Principal of St. Leander Catholic School (PreK-Grade 8), I salute all my colleagues in all these wonderful programs which nurture and support our youngest learners. At St. Leander Catholic Pre-Kindergarten, we are committed to our partnership with our parents in this holy work of raising faith-filled, confident students who live the Gospel message and serve and enrich their communities. I love our safe and loving environment and I especially love seeing and hearing lots of giggles and grins along the way to the ABC's, colors, numbers, and learning all about this wonderful world.
Sheryl March 06, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy (BPDA) is truly a warm and nurturing environment and Bonnie Saar clearly has an innate as well as earned early childhood expertise that both the children and the parents sense and benefit from. Happy, nurtured and busy children at BPDA makes for a great combination and program!
Jamie March 06, 2012 at 03:26 AM
As a pre-school teacher myself I would like to thank you Tom and all of the Patch-ers out there for giving early childhood education and ECE educators props!
Adrienne Woldegiorgis March 06, 2012 at 08:21 AM
Our family loves Broadmoor Preschool. We are currently going through the program for a second time. Thank you to the wonderful Directors!!!
Renee Souza March 06, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Broadmoor is the best. Great place for kids to be just that kids! All the while learning in a play-based way. The directors are so knowledgable and caring. I have put three kids through the program and consider Broadmoor to be like family.
Tony Ferris March 06, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy! Get your kids off to a great start. As a high school teacher and coach, I vote for and highly recommend this program. And the director, Bonnie Saar, she works really hard and really cares about the kids and how they are progressing. We just love her! Tony A.
Tom Abate (Editor) March 06, 2012 at 06:13 PM
If anyone wants to mention a home day care, please do. Not everyone can afford or believes in preschool.
Terry A. March 06, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Loved Broadmoor!! You don't fully comprehend the impact of Broadmoor until you are in grade school and have a chance to compare and contrast with other children. Broadmoor does a marvelous job and teaching the children how to socialize with other kids. As any kindergarten teacher will attest to, one of the biggest challenges in kindergarten is the kids interations with each other, and getting them to focus in on classroom activities. Broadmoor does a great job on both counts, making kindergarten a really positive experience for the kids.
Suzanne March 07, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Our family has been so impacted and impressed with Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy. If you are looking for a preschool which leaves your child bursting with a smile while sharing stories of the day, check out BPDA. Bonnie Saar and her staff have been simply the best! And, with Kindergarten Screening now taking place, we feel especially confident of the pre-kindergarten readiness her program provides.
Cynthia Faircloth March 07, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I knew Bonnie's Premiere Daycare Academy was a wonderful place for my child to learn the moment I met Bonnie. She has loads of energy, experience and education, and offers a very well-rounded learning experience for kids. It is a beautiful thing to watch a child go from shy and reticent to interactive and confident. Bonnie gives kids the room to be who they are, and she has a way of pulling from each child the talents and strengths that make them individual, while nurturing other developmental aspects that may be lagging behind a bit. I am thrilled to know my child will be gently challenged into discovering new things about herself, her environment, and her world on a daily basis. Bonnie's Code of Kindness is something that my daughter brought home from Bonnie's, and we practice it with her siblings as well. It has made for a much happier home-life, too. :-) Thank you, Bonnie, for creating such a loving, supportive environment for my child. I simply can not say enough wonderful things about you and your school, and the peace of mind that comes with knowing my child's educational and developmental future are in the best possible hands. Cynthia Faircloth


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