Nia House Learning Center - Berkeley CA DAY CARE CENTER

2234 - 9TH STREET, BERKELEY CA 94710
(510) 845-6099
7 Reviews

About the Provider

Description: Using the Montessori philosophy and curriculum, Nia House’s environment is designed to give children freedom within limits. The activities include practical life experiences, sensorial training, math, reading, writing, art, music, biology, and geography. Nia House provides a safe place for children to learn about the tasks of living. These include developing skills in concentration, independence and social responsibility. By giving respect and direction to children, we empower them to bring forth their innate goodness and cooperation.

Program and Licensing Details

  • License Number: 10205758
  • Capacity: 84
  • Age Range: 18 months to 6 years
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: No
  • Type of Care: Full-TimeDAY CARE CENTER;
  • District Office Phone: (510) 622-2602 (Note: This is not the facility phone number.)

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Inspection/Report History

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Type Inspection Dates Reports/Citations
Summary 07/03/2019, 07/02/2018, 06/14/2017, 06/08/2016, 06/15/2015 No Citation

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Parent of a toddler May 17, 2018
I have used this provider for more than 6 months

Nia House is truly wonderful. Our daughter started when she turned 2, and she is thriving there -- I have watched her independence and confidence grow by the day, and she has learned incredibly valuable communication skills about setting boundaries and peacefully resolving conflict with other children. The teachers and directors are loving, supportive, and so respectful of the children. I'm amazed by how smoothly everything runs, and how engaged the children are with their work. They are given the space and independence to explore and learn and grow. The directors and teachers are also a wonderful resource and support for parents as well, and I've felt so fortunate to be able to consult them when difficult parenting challenges arise. We couldn't be happier and highly recommend Nia House!

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Morgan Walton Apr 13, 2018
I have used this provider for more than 6 months

Knowledgeable, friendly, dedicated staff, a welcoming parent community, a positive experience for you child...this school has it all! My daughter has been here since entering the toddler room and has thrived in this environment. Not only is she a self-dressing, fully potty trained 2 year old (thanks to her amazing toddler teachers) but she has really developed her verbal skills and social skills during her time at Nia House. It's a good sign when your kid gets upset on the weekends because school is closed! Nia House has low teacher turnover, and is truly dedicated to the Montessori principles of independence, following the child, and developing an autonomous love of learning. I can not reccommend this school enough, but definelty put your child on the waitlist early because it is a lengthy waitlist. Also, if you are not in need of full time care, this may not be a good fit for your family as the school only offers full time care.

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Jenny Apr 05, 2017
I have used this provider for more than 6 months

We cannot say enough positive about Nia House. Since our daughter started almost a year ago in the toddler room at 20 months of age, we have been immersed in the NH family with care and support. This center provides the highest standard of early childhood education through the Montessori principles of care for self, care for others, and care for the environment. Our daughter has formed trusting relationships with multiple adults, clearly communicates her needs and wants at a early age through verbal communication, and has learned to self-advocate and problem solve independently at an advanced level. Our family is daily grateful for the care and education we all receive from the loving and dedicated educators at Nia House Learning Center.

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Parent Apr 29, 2016
I have used this provider for more than 6 months

Nia House is an amazing place !! The teachers and staff are really well-trained, incredibly thoughtful, smart and loving. Because of their scholarship program, it is socio-economically diverse/mixed in a way that is rarer than it should be. But most importantly, our son has grown in so many ways in his time there (in his ability to express himself, in what he can do, in how he relates to other children and adults) and seems genuinely happy to be at Nia. We joined Nia in part because literally every parent who had contact with the place raved about it, and many months later we absolutely agree !!

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Nicole H May 30, 2015
I have used this provider for more than 6 months

Nia House is an excellent preschool. The more I have sent my daughter to Nia House the more I am blown away by how incredible it is. Even small things that I wouldn't have even have thought to want in a preschool - they have. My daughter has been attending Nia House for a year. She is a social and curious little one. The school environment has met her needs and met my needs as a parent. It is so well-run, highly communicative and the staff truly cares about the children and are so mindful about the details concerning them. I send her to school knowing she is in a safe place. The staff are also mindful about healthy foods and creating an environment that will foster independence - but not in some weird way but in an empowering way and other values that are important to me. My daughter is now one of the oldest children in the toddler class and I am seeing how the school is really fostering leadership skills and kindness. I also saw that when my daughter went through a period of time that she was biting the school placed no blame on her but looked at what could be the circumstances that were creating biting. The staff has excellent communication skills and honors children's too! I highly highly recommend. Get on the waiting list as soon as you can!

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Pilar Fisher May 13, 2015

Nia House has been a home away from home, for not just my girls but our entire family, for about 3 1/2 yrs now. You will not find a more compassionate group of teachers and the education is extraordinary! The community is so welcoming! Last year all the children in my eldest daughters class moved on from Nia House to began Kindergarden in other institutes and we decided to let her complete her Kinder studies (final year) here. She was extremely sad at the thought of loosing her group mates, however, in this year she has learned the value of lesson and challenge. She is so proud to be a leader in her community, she comes home teaching me things I never knew. By far the greatest decision we could have ever made to pave her educational path. Nia House is early childhood Montessori at it's best!Not only do they take the time to educate our children, once a month Eve, Lead Teacher Nicole and the rest of the staff, host parent meetings where they provide classic Montessori training. They also make it very easily affordable for families by providing amazing scholarships for those whom qualify. This school cultivates brilliance and the proof is in every child that attends. I would highly recommend scheduling a visit to come see for yourself.

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TMosley May 12, 2015

Nia House has been an awesome place! Aside from the beautiful setting, Nia House has really helped my son cultivate and reap the benefit of learning who he is while academically fortifying him with many tools. I am a pre school teacher myself and am constantly awed by the respect and empowerment given to the Nia House children by ALL of their teachers. The director and lead teacher create a customized experience for every student, making you feel that your family's needs and wants are of the utmost importance. Even when I have voiced concern or dismay about things I have been respected and shown love and appreciation for my insight. During these times I was also given action plans that empowered both the school and my family to work together to replace our concerns with trust and comfort. My son is a second generation Nia House child (me being the first ;) I have seen Nia House change for the better over the years and in my opinion it is at a peak. Nia House is the epitome of Montessori in it's truest form. Maria Montessori's philosophy is upheld by teachers through continued staff development and implementation of academia via play through work. Children learn to be intentional with their learning prioritizing their interests while also learning to co-exist safely and happily with one another and their environment. We truly love Nia House and feel that same love in return, our son is thriving! He is celebrated, loved, respected, and being taught outstanding values and lessons!

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