Kiddie Garden Pre-School

★★★★☆
  • 1305 Middlefield Rd

    Redwood City, CA 94063

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  • 650-366-3842

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I never write reviews but felt I should chime in to provide a perspective that is more balanced to help parents figure out if this is the right school for them.

I have had 2 kids at the Kiddie Garden. It has been great for one, and not a good fit for the other. Here's what I don't like: because it's big, I do think it's harder to keep an eye on every kid and sometimes things do slip. I also think that there is more chance for bullying or rough play so I hope they are on top of that. I don't like preschools that give 4 year olds homework - I think that's overkill. I don't like fundraising and parent hours are a bit of a pain, but that's how the tuition costs are under control.

Here's what I like about Kiddie Garden. The teachers are kind and love my daughter - they truly care about her and it shows. The student population is very diverse. Paula has been flexible with schedule and class placement. I actually found the school to be bright and cheerful and relatively clean, so I'm not entirely sure what the dark and dirty comments are about.

Other things are just part of the large preschool experience. Kids get sick once in a group setting regardless of how healthy they were before. Kids get hurt - but it is important for them to handle the situation appropriately. If they messed up with that head injury, then I hope they learned from it. I toured about 6 different preschools in Redwood City - none of them will heat up their lunch.

Ultimately, I am keeping my daughter there because 1) the teachers love her (and we love her teacher), 2) she has great friends there, 3) it's relatively affordable, and 4) it has been convenient and flexible with my work schedule. Because I can't even think of moving her, it gets a 4. Worth a look - you have to decide if you want a smaller, more intimate setting for your child.

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I never write reviews but felt I should chime in to provide a perspective that is more balanced to help parents figure out if this is the right school for them.

I have had 2 kids at the Kiddie Garden. It has been great for one, and not a good fit for the other. Here's what I don't like: because it's big, I do think it's harder to keep an eye on every kid and sometimes things do slip. I also think that there is more chance for bullying or rough play so I hope they are on top of that. I don't like preschools that give 4 year olds homework - I think that's overkill. I don't like fundraising and parent hours are a bit of a pain, but that's how the tuition costs are under control.

Here's what I like about Kiddie Garden. The teachers are kind and love my daughter - they truly care about her and it shows. The student population is very diverse. Paula has been flexible with schedule and class placement. I actually found the school to be bright and cheerful and relatively clean, so I'm not entirely sure what the dark and dirty comments are about.

Other things are just part of the large preschool experience. Kids get sick once in a group setting regardless of how healthy they were before. Kids get hurt - but it is important for them to handle the situation appropriately. If they messed up with that head injury, then I hope they learned from it. I toured about 6 different preschools in Redwood City - none of them will heat up their lunch.

Ultimately, I am keeping my daughter there because 1) the teachers love her (and we love her teacher), 2) she has great friends there, 3) it's relatively affordable, and 4) it has been convenient and flexible with my work schedule. Because I can't even think of moving her, it gets a 4. Worth a look - you have to decide if you want a smaller, more intimate setting for your child.

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I absolutely LOVE LOVE this school! I was referred to KC by my sister-n-law and I must say I'm not disappointed! I have 3 kids and all have attended KC. My last daughter is here in the 2-3 yr old class(which she loves). My babies were loved by the staff and we love them back. I now live in Hayward, but I refused to locate to a different job so i could keep my baby girl in this school. I have a peace of mind of knowing she's in great care. Out of all the years my babies have been in Paula and the Staff's care, I have not one complaint! The staff really care about the kids and ensure they are happy. My kids learned so much and performed very well once they started grade school. In fact, my oldest daughter just moved on to kindergarden from kc and she has performed so well they are giving her 1st grade work because she knew everything. I have no doubt in this school and I would reccomend Kiddie Garden Preschool to everyone! All in all, they care and are GREAT! Kudos Kiddie Garden...

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I absolutely LOVE LOVE this school! I was referred to KC by my sister-n-law and I must say I'm not disappointed! I have 3 kids and all have attended KC. My last daughter is here in the 2-3 yr old class(which she loves). My babies were loved by the staff and we love them back. I now live in Hayward, but I refused to locate to a different job so i could keep my baby girl in this school. I have a peace of mind of knowing she's in great care. Out of all the years my babies have been in Paula and the Staff's care, I have not one complaint! The staff really care about the kids and ensure they are happy. My kids learned so much and performed very well once they started grade school. In fact, my oldest daughter just moved on to kindergarden from kc and she has performed so well they are giving her 1st grade work because she knew everything. I have no doubt in this school and I would reccomend Kiddie Garden Preschool to everyone! All in all, they care and are GREAT! Kudos Kiddie Garden...

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So let me start off by saying that I HAVE been staff at Kiddie Garden, but am now just a parent of a child who attends the school. While working at Kiddie Garden, both of my children were in the care of KG staff, in separate rooms. I was a floater substitute, so I saw what went on in every room with every teacher and worked one on one with Paula. Sanitation is a HUGE concern for ANY preschool, but I have seen and performed, first hand, the sanitation processes that go on at KG. They are well up to standard.

As far as safety concerns, children are well watched after. Yes, KG has had some citations and some incidents, but I encourage you to find a school that doesn't! Bright Horizons, which is an amazing preschool company, has way more citations than KG could even imagine!

Children hide when classes leave, children fall and bump their heads, kids sometimes hit or bite each other, a kid may slip a bad word here or there... those things happen EVERYWHERE. It is part of LIFE with development of ANY child (have you ever taken a child development course? because i can guarantee you that every teacher at KG has!!!)

For the parent complaining about her child being MOVED when he fell and bumped his head... maybe protocol would call for a teacher to not move the child because of a head injury. But I bet it'd be hard for you to not run and pick up and console a child that is hurt and crying!

Kiddie Garden has been AMAZING for both of my children, and I left them in the care of Kiddie Garden even after my substituting job was over. I saw how the children were cared for and how things went at the school when parents weren't there, and that made me feel safe leaving my children there. I've worked in other child care facilities that I wouldn't even put my children in when I worked there, let alone when I wasn't there!!!

Paula has been AMAZING with working with me on my kids schedule if I am running late, has been amazing with working out payment plans with me when I'm given less hours at my current job, and is ALWAYS willing to lend an ear when I've got questions or concerns about my child (concerns that every mother has, no concerns involving his care at Kiddie Garden!)

Every teacher there is an amazing person. The 2-3 room teacher has been there for YEARS, some of the Aids come and go, but that's not to be alarming. That is Paula and the rest of the staff making sure that every teacher and aid in there is AMAZING and RIGHT for the school and the students!! Every teacher not only has their child development credits, but they also have their fingerprinting done and filed before being allowed to work with the children!

Anyway, Kiddie Garden has been GREAT for my children. They helped with potty training, my boys learned their alphabet completely, how to write their names, and were MORE than prepared for Kindergarten when the time came! I PRAY that parents go and look at Kiddie Garden themselves rather than listening to one parent who obviously wants nothing more than to bash a school.

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★★★★★

So let me start off by saying that I HAVE been staff at Kiddie Garden, but am now just a parent of a child who attends the school. While working at Kiddie Garden, both of my children were in the care of KG staff, in separate rooms. I was a floater substitute, so I saw what went on in every room with every teacher and worked one on one with Paula. Sanitation is a HUGE concern for ANY preschool, but I have seen and performed, first hand, the sanitation processes that go on at KG. They are well up to standard.

As far as safety concerns, children are well watched after. Yes, KG has had some citations and some incidents, but I encourage you to find a school that doesn't! Bright Horizons, which is an amazing preschool company, has way more citations than KG could even imagine!

Children hide when classes leave, children fall and bump their heads, kids sometimes hit or bite each other, a kid may slip a bad word here or there... those things happen EVERYWHERE. It is part of LIFE with development of ANY child (have you ever taken a child development course? because i can guarantee you that every teacher at KG has!!!)

For the parent complaining about her child being MOVED when he fell and bumped his head... maybe protocol would call for a teacher to not move the child because of a head injury. But I bet it'd be hard for you to not run and pick up and console a child that is hurt and crying!

Kiddie Garden has been AMAZING for both of my children, and I left them in the care of Kiddie Garden even after my substituting job was over. I saw how the children were cared for and how things went at the school when parents weren't there, and that made me feel safe leaving my children there. I've worked in other child care facilities that I wouldn't even put my children in when I worked there, let alone when I wasn't there!!!

Paula has been AMAZING with working with me on my kids schedule if I am running late, has been amazing with working out payment plans with me when I'm given less hours at my current job, and is ALWAYS willing to lend an ear when I've got questions or concerns about my child (concerns that every mother has, no concerns involving his care at Kiddie Garden!)

Every teacher there is an amazing person. The 2-3 room teacher has been there for YEARS, some of the Aids come and go, but that's not to be alarming. That is Paula and the rest of the staff making sure that every teacher and aid in there is AMAZING and RIGHT for the school and the students!! Every teacher not only has their child development credits, but they also have their fingerprinting done and filed before being allowed to work with the children!

Anyway, Kiddie Garden has been GREAT for my children. They helped with potty training, my boys learned their alphabet completely, how to write their names, and were MORE than prepared for Kindergarten when the time came! I PRAY that parents go and look at Kiddie Garden themselves rather than listening to one parent who obviously wants nothing more than to bash a school.

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I totally agree the first upset parent below as I had same bad experience about this school. This school is terrible and should be close down. "Paula, director is very rude, arrogant and lies a lot." This is the right word to describe her. The school treats the parent like an ATM machine. If you enroll this school, you will become an Kiddie Garden debtor instantly. They will find anyway to get the money from your pocket.

We sent our 2 year old daughter to this preschool on September 2011 as I found a job in Redwood City. We thought our daughter will receive better care in this preschool as this is a preschool run by a church. It was a bad experience to send our daughter to Kiddie Garden as we encountered many problems with the preschool. First of all, our daughter only attended 18 days of preschool out of 7 weeks of tenure due to illness. My daughter was a healthy girl. She only got sick once before she went to Kiddie Garden preschool ever since she was born. My daughter was getting sick almost every week during her stay in Kiddie Garden. We felt that our daughter had weekly infections and fever from attending the school due to poor sanitation of the facility. As a result of the illness, we have to hire a nanny to care for our daughter at home. Overall, we paid over $2000 to Kiddie Garden for less than three weeks of preschool.

Kiddie Garden has unfair practices in charging. We were charged $300 when we enrolled our daughter to the preschool for $75 registration fees and $225 materials. Kiddie Garden cannot show us the breakdown of the $225 material charge(we never see any materials). We were also told that there is no advanced notice of withdrawal requirement. However, the Director of Kiddie Garden insisted that we have to pay an extra two weeks of tuition when we withdrawn our daughter from the preschool after I was laid off from work in November. we were notified to pay extra despite we had more than 1 week of overpayment in our account. We also felt that our overpayment was underestimated by the preschool. When we confronted the Director of the preschool in writing, we were also not given an explanation and a breakdown of how they prorate the overpayment and credit.

We felt strongly that there are areas of improvement for Kiddie Garden. The preschool is part of a church that is an old building that should be thoroughly updated. We saw the school has sanitation challenges that would allow the children to transfer germs to each other. The playroom for my daughter??s 2-3 year old group is in a dark room without windows(like a prison). As a result, the school encouraged the children to stay and play in an outdoor playground whenever the weather allowed. During rainy and cold days, the children must stay in the crowded dark room. Kiddie Garden also used the room for afternoon nap after lunch and the children were asked to sleep on the floor. We discovered that there was an accident with the 2-3 year old group as one of the 2 year old kids hurt himself playing outside that required the 911 emergency services of the police and ambulance. Furthermore, we also experience low quality of caring and teaching from the preschool as Kiddie Garden uses uneducated teachers. I was unpleasantly surprised that my daughter was left alone in the classroom crying when the entire class had moved to church hall (another room) for a singing activity. We also found our daughter was not checked on her runny nose despite we requested the teachers to check and care for her. The mucus was dried on her face so obviously. However, nobody even considered to wipe it off. Lastly, we uncovered that the school would not warm the food for lunch for our daughter despite that we had made numerous requests. My daughter was so hungry every time when I picked up her. The lunch box wasn't even touched. The teachers in there didn't care that young kids(2-2.5) kids eat or not.
When I complaint with Director Paula. She was very arrogant and lies a lot. She totally denied that the preschool had low sanitation problems and insist that I own her money. She told me her preschool is a business and she just want to get money no matter what reasons. Overall, we had a bad experience with Kiddie Garden and could not recommend this school to anyone.

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I totally agree the first upset parent below as I had same bad experience about this school. This school is terrible and should be close down. "Paula, director is very rude, arrogant and lies a lot." This is the right word to describe her. The school treats the parent like an ATM machine. If you enroll this school, you will become an Kiddie Garden debtor instantly. They will find anyway to get the money from your pocket.

We sent our 2 year old daughter to this preschool on September 2011 as I found a job in Redwood City. We thought our daughter will receive better care in this preschool as this is a preschool run by a church. It was a bad experience to send our daughter to Kiddie Garden as we encountered many problems with the preschool. First of all, our daughter only attended 18 days of preschool out of 7 weeks of tenure due to illness. My daughter was a healthy girl. She only got sick once before she went to Kiddie Garden preschool ever since she was born. My daughter was getting sick almost every week during her stay in Kiddie Garden. We felt that our daughter had weekly infections and fever from attending the school due to poor sanitation of the facility. As a result of the illness, we have to hire a nanny to care for our daughter at home. Overall, we paid over $2000 to Kiddie Garden for less than three weeks of preschool.

Kiddie Garden has unfair practices in charging. We were charged $300 when we enrolled our daughter to the preschool for $75 registration fees and $225 materials. Kiddie Garden cannot show us the breakdown of the $225 material charge(we never see any materials). We were also told that there is no advanced notice of withdrawal requirement. However, the Director of Kiddie Garden insisted that we have to pay an extra two weeks of tuition when we withdrawn our daughter from the preschool after I was laid off from work in November. we were notified to pay extra despite we had more than 1 week of overpayment in our account. We also felt that our overpayment was underestimated by the preschool. When we confronted the Director of the preschool in writing, we were also not given an explanation and a breakdown of how they prorate the overpayment and credit.

We felt strongly that there are areas of improvement for Kiddie Garden. The preschool is part of a church that is an old building that should be thoroughly updated. We saw the school has sanitation challenges that would allow the children to transfer germs to each other. The playroom for my daughter??s 2-3 year old group is in a dark room without windows(like a prison). As a result, the school encouraged the children to stay and play in an outdoor playground whenever the weather allowed. During rainy and cold days, the children must stay in the crowded dark room. Kiddie Garden also used the room for afternoon nap after lunch and the children were asked to sleep on the floor. We discovered that there was an accident with the 2-3 year old group as one of the 2 year old kids hurt himself playing outside that required the 911 emergency services of the police and ambulance. Furthermore, we also experience low quality of caring and teaching from the preschool as Kiddie Garden uses uneducated teachers. I was unpleasantly surprised that my daughter was left alone in the classroom crying when the entire class had moved to church hall (another room) for a singing activity. We also found our daughter was not checked on her runny nose despite we requested the teachers to check and care for her. The mucus was dried on her face so obviously. However, nobody even considered to wipe it off. Lastly, we uncovered that the school would not warm the food for lunch for our daughter despite that we had made numerous requests. My daughter was so hungry every time when I picked up her. The lunch box wasn't even touched. The teachers in there didn't care that young kids(2-2.5) kids eat or not.
When I complaint with Director Paula. She was very arrogant and lies a lot. She totally denied that the preschool had low sanitation problems and insist that I own her money. She told me her preschool is a business and she just want to get money no matter what reasons. Overall, we had a bad experience with Kiddie Garden and could not recommend this school to anyone.

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Kiddie Garden Pre-School is centrally located in downtown Redwood City. They have childcare before school at 7:00 AM and close at 6:00 PM to accommodate working parents. The newly remodeled facility is bright and cheery.

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Kiddie Garden Pre-School is centrally located in downtown Redwood City. They have childcare before school at 7:00 AM and close at 6:00 PM to accommodate working parents. The newly remodeled facility is bright and cheery.

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My daughters both went through kiddie garden preschool. They loved it there and I trusted the teachers to care for my children and they did.

My daughters learned to be kind, to love one another and to respect others. But they didn??t learn their numbers or alphabets. Both my girls were behind when they reached kindergarten.

Great place to have your children watched but didn??t teach them things I assumed they were learning. Good value for the cost of tuition, very comparable. Recently upgraded with new everything since my children attended.

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My daughters both went through kiddie garden preschool. They loved it there and I trusted the teachers to care for my children and they did.

My daughters learned to be kind, to love one another and to respect others. But they didn??t learn their numbers or alphabets. Both my girls were behind when they reached kindergarten.

Great place to have your children watched but didn??t teach them things I assumed they were learning. Good value for the cost of tuition, very comparable. Recently upgraded with new everything since my children attended.

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