TESTIMONIAL

November 2015
We miss Sakura!
Sadly, every tyke eventually grows up, and has to leave daycare, and we were so SAD!!! Sakura Daycare has been such an important and wonderful part of our family’s life for the past six years. Both of our sons were at Sakura, and we loved it so much, we maybe left them there a little longer than we should have.
Chishiro is as close to a perfect daycare provider that I could imagine. Energetic, involved, creative, loving, firm, and caring. I was impressed at her ability to love and tenderly care for the children in her care while simultaneously being firm and stead with them. She loves them, and doesn’t spoil them – that’s why the kids that come out of Sakura are happy, respectful, well-rounded children. I only wish I were as good a parent as Chishiro is!
In addition, Chishiro has a knack for creating a real sense of community at her daycare. She has events and gatherings for parents and families – some of our good friends are people we met through Sakura, and we love that many parents still like to check in with Chishiro and with the other parents and kids.
We miss going there every day – if there is a spot available at Sakura, I highly recommend you get your kid enrolled before someone else gets the spot!

October 2015
My daughter is 22 months and has been attending Sakura Daycare for 1.5 months. I am very happy with the caregivers in Sakura Daycare. Everyone is very kind, my daughter loves to go to her Daycare. She is always excited to see the teachers in the morning. She is so happy that even my older daughter wants to join. Sakura daycare has many fun activities for children to play. She would come home with artworks and cupcake that she baked from school. She is eating extremely well at school too because Chishiro makes nutritious organic meal everyday. Moreover, Chishiro would upload pictures daily to let parents see what their children are doing. I am so glad to see my kid happy and healthy knowing that she is with good hands.

October 2015
My husband and I cannot praise Chishiro and her assistants enough, they are amazing. Just to give you an idea of how much our daughter loves Sakura Daycare, she has been coming here since she was 4 months old and even to this day as a 19 month she is always excited and all smiles to see Chishiro and her assistants. I grew up speaking Japanese so naturally the language emersion is how I found SDC. However, there are many more qualities about this place that make SDC very special. First, I can probably speak for all the other parents when I say the kids eat better than we do. They get to eat delicious, well-balanced, homecooked meals every day. This is especially a perk for working parents as you don’t have to worry about food prep every night. Chishiro also sends daily feeds of update pictures with the menu of the day, which brings me to my second point. She is very communicative and leaves herself available for any questions you may have throughout the day, and will be the first to let you know if she has questions or concerns. Third, they not only teach the children Japanese, baby sign language, but also Spanish, which I am very excited about. I speak Japanese to my daughter but she is also able to understand English and Spanish. The kids also get to participate in a variety of group activities (in addition to play time), such as Judo, cooking class, story time, singing, and dancing. We cannot recommend this place enough!

April 2015
My son was 18 months old when he started attending Sakura, only 3 days out of the week. He is now 27 months and attending 4 days. We (parents ) and my son love Chishiro (the owner) and her assistants Ana, Maria, and Kaoru. They are truly an amazing team. I only speak Spanish to my son and it is being reinforced at sakura with Ana and Maria. He is even learning Japanese and English! It’s amazing how his language and social skills have grown. He is well fed organic home made meals and that’s a plus for me, he gets all his veggies and fish.
The caliber of Chishiro’s knowledge on child development has surpass the many interviews we had at other daycares before deciding on Sakura. The schedule is very organized and structured with plenty of fun. From cooking class, art, music, to judo. Plenty of time outside in the beautiful backyard or visiting the zoo, park, or habitot museum.
My son now knows his colors in Spanish, English, Japanese, and some sing language. He is all smiles
when I drop him off and if he has a bad day Chishiro is always updating me, sending me txts or pics.
I highly recommend Sakura daycare with Chishiro the owner and lovely Maria, Ana, and Kaoru they have enriched my son’s weekdays.

August 2014
My children stayed at Sakura Daycare for a little less than 6 months. I was surprised at how much Japanese phrases they learned from Chishiro (and even some spanish from her assistant). They were fed breakfast, lunch and dinner, so all we had to do was drop them off with their baby bag and they were taken care of. She does cloth diapers, so we purchased diaper liners and she took care of the rest. No diapers to pack in the baby bag, other than clean liners.
Chishiro took the kids out to the zoo and to the park, etc on a regular basis and let them out in the backyard daily (unless it was raining really hard or something). My kids learned something everyday, whether it may be a Japanese phrase, or a song. I loved the birthday parties she threw for the kids.
I would highly recommend Chishiro and her great staff to any parent.

July 2014
My son has been attending the Sakura Daycare for the last 2 years. Two main reasons that I chose the daycare – 1) Japanese language immersion and 2) home cooked- healthy meals. After spending sometime, I realized there are other positive aspects.
Food: It’s great quality food. It’s great for working parents to have 3 meals plus snacks provided. Chishiro (owner) makes sure that all kids have a good balanced diet. She is flexible enough to accommodate kids who need to eat more, less or some other diet restrictions. She provides Japanese and some more American food. Parents will have an opportunity, at least, once a year for taste what she provides to kids.
Communication: Some of negative comments below address lack of communication. She prepares a sheet for every kid informing parents number of bowel movement, pee, amount of nap, and amount of food they ate. Even if you don’t get to talk to a care provider that day, you will get an idea of basic things. In addition, you receive photos every day. The daycare closes at 5:30pm. I, personally, think that parents should arrive early, at least by 5:20pm, if they have any questions about their kids. I personally feel that I should ask questions, wrap up my son’s play and leave the day care by 5:30 pm, not arrive by 5:30pm. If I e-mail or text Chishiro for a question, she was also available.
Activities – She has a basic schedule. Again you will see what kids do each day because you can see photos. Sometime kids come back home with art project or some backed items. She also take kids to occasional field trips if parents provide consent. Sometimes kids walk to a nearby parks. As the weather has been nice, they have been spending a lot of time outside. My son loves playing outside. She has a good amount of outdoor and indoor toys as well as books in Japanese and English. Chishiro balances out activities with some academic instructions (numbers, Japanese and English alphabets), art, songs, reading, cooking, and exploring senses outside.
Cloth diaper/Potty training: She provides cloth diapers with no extra charges. It’s a bonus for me. Also, she and her staff are patiently assisting potty training for my son. My son is making a progress, but it has been taking a while as he does not care about being wet…
Flexibility: Above all, she is flexible enough to accommodate some individual needs. Every child is different, and she tries her best to accommodate those needs as long as those are reasonable or does not take too much time away from caring other kids.
Language: I sent him to this daycare because it’s Japanese immersion. He is turning 3 and is multilingual (Japanese, Spanish and English). His strongest language is Japanese. One of the daycare staff is teaching him Spanish. We (parents) don’t teach him English, but he is learning English somehow with his daycare buddies and by listening to others. Raising a multilingual kid is not easy. My son understands what he hears in Japanese, English and Spanish, but his ability to construct a sentence is below average. I know it will come in time, and he will catch up. Parents should know that multilingual children demonstrate a different patterns of language development compared to monolingual children, but learning language at early age provide grate benefits.
One more response to a negative comment regarding late fees – These days late fees are expensive at many places. Chishiro spells out late fees in annual contract, so it should not be a surprise to parents. For the current year, it is $2 per minute. It’s more than when we started 2 years ago. If you arrange an extended care 24 hour in advance, you will pay an hourly fee not late charge by minute.

Sept 2013
Chishiro Newman has been caring for my child for a number of years now, and she and her team have done a fabulous job. The kids have lots of engaging activities during the day, like art, music, dance, judo, and Japanese language lessons.  She serves organic meals and snacks that my child loves. We have really enjoyed getting to know the other kids and parents, and I’ve been impressed at how well-behaved all of the children are.  Chishiro is very dedicated and has provided us with helpful childcare advice. I highly recommend Sakura Daycare. B L.

Sept 2012
My wife and I enrolled our then-two year old daughter with Sakura Daycare in January of ’11 and have been delighted with the superb level of childcare that we’ve enjoyed from Chishiro Newman. Chishiro is outstanding, she provides a lively and engaged level of childcare that we are very happy our daughter is able to experience. Not only are there language introductions (Japanese, of course, but also Mandarin and English) but she also provides cooking classes for the children, judo, dancing, and we’ve got quite a few paintings and crafts adorning the walls of our house from Sakura Daycare. We are so happy with Chishiro’s level of structure and involvement that we would be delighted to speak with anyone that is curious. She also posts daily pictures and videos for parent viewing and has special occasions like potlucks, zoo trips, and the very popular Parents Night events when she hosts an overnight so that parents can have an evening off and then makes a big breakfast for all to enjoy the next morning at pick up. Enrollment availability is sometimes rare, please email me with any questions you may have, thank you!  John H.

March 2012
The kid has been coming here for years and loves it.  Organic meals, lots of activities, including… The kid has been coming here for years and loves it. Organic meals, lots of activities, including cooking, singing, judo, and dance. A very caring and educational environment. The kid loves all of the staff and talks about all of his daycare friends all of the time. Highly recommend.  B L.

Feb 2012
First class, stellar caregiver. My daughter has been with Chishiro for a year and my wife and I are very happy with her. Anyone that says otherwise is not a client of Sakura Daycare and telling stories. Chishiro and her staff are very dedicated and involved caregivers and we are fortunate to have our girl there. I will be glad to give an outstanding review to all that ask. My wife and I cannot be happier with the care our child receives with Chishiro. Thank you!  John

Feb 2012
Absolutely excellent daycare  – my child can’t wait to go every day, and sometimes asks to go on the weekends.  Chishiro Newman has created a wonderful community of kids and parents.  The kids have an active and educational day, play outside as often as possible, and enjoy homemade organic food.  Chishiro also sometimes does “parent nights” so that the kids will be watched while parents can go out for a date.  Activities include music, dance, Japanese lessons, judo lessons, the alphabet, and math.  My child is thriving here and all of the kids are happy and healthy.  She usually has a long waiting list, so be sure to contact her months before you need a spot!   S F.

Feb 2012
Sakura has an opening and we fully recommend this daycare for your little one. Chishiro keeps a full schedule of art, dance, music, judo and cooking. She also teaches them Japanese and reads to the kids daily. She is a black belt in Judo and is fully certified in CPR. The daycare is a great setting with a beautiful backyard full of trikes, cars and toys. Bonus: she sends pictures online so you can see what your child is doing during the day. Contact: Sakura Daycare, 510-336-0299  Laura E.

Feb 2012
Our child has been at Sakura for over 2 years and recently we started sending our younger child there.  Chishiro keeps the children busy with a regular but diverse routine of activities – including formal teaching in Japanese – that makes Sakura more like a preschool than a daycare.  The kids eat healthy organic food every day, and we get daily pictures and videos of our children interactive with the other kids – a very nice perk for working parents.  We have never worried about the safety of our children or the quality of their experience there.  We feel lucky that Chishiro is a part of our children’s lives.  Furthermore, as we get to know the other parents that send their kids to Sakura, we hear similar experiences over and over again.
The Sakura community is tight and most of us know when a new child joins, ‘graduates’ or moves on for some other reason.  If you’re interested in sending your child to Sakura, consider talking to one of the parents who sends their children there. E H.

Aug 2011
We are extremely happy with Sakura Daycare.  Chishiro Newman is a warm, caring person, has a great team working with her, and the kids there are very happy and well behaved.  She’s a registered nurse and serves very tasty organic food, so we’re confident that the kids are safe and well taken care of.  The kid eats more at daycare than at home, and has been picking up Japanese really quickly.   Chishiro invited us over right away to evaluate the daycare, and kept us informed about when a spot was available.  B L.

July 2011
My son absolutely loves this daycare, and we love it too. Chishiro Newman and her staff do a fantastic job, and you can tell from how happy the kids are. They get organic, homemade snacks, learn fun games and songs, and have a great time in both Japanese and English. Chishiro was very helpful when we were evaluating the daycare and invited us over immediately. She also kept us informed of the waiting list and which dates were available. Chishiro is a registered nurse, so we know our son is safe and well cared for, and she’s given us some great parenting tips. I highly recommend her care.

Sept 2010
Our son stayed at Sakura Daycare for a year and I really appreciated how Chishiro took care of my son. It came with 3 home-cooked meals, and they use cloth diaper, so we saved diaper cost. She has great program every day such as art, Japanese music, dance, cooking, and Judo. We have so many art projects that we can display. She also takes pictures and sends the link to only parents so that we can see how our son interacts with other kids and spends the day, and now my son moved on to pre-school, I really appreciated that. She reads Japanese books and shows Japanese flash cards. My son started to identify some Chinese characters. I truly recommend her. Ayumi

Aug 2010
I highly recommend Sakura Daycare, run by Chishiro Newman. She is a dependable and responsible caregiver. My son 2 yo and my daghter 4yo go there since last year. Each day, Chishiro prepares variety of organic meals for the kids, and my kids eat better at daycare than home! She also uses cloth diaper and my son’s diaper rash dramatically improved. Each day she has special activities for the kids and she even purchases toddler outfit for Judo and cooking and it is so cute to look at the pictures that she takes daily and shares with us online. My husband waits for those pics everyday and look at them at work. She also teaches sigh language and it is so cute, when my kids do the baby sign at home. My kids picked up Japanese pretty quickly and they can now talk to my parents in Japan on the phone in Japanese. She really loves children and is a very caring person. You can be at work peacefully, knowing that your kids are in great hands.

Aug 2010
As first-time parents, we were terrified about the transition to full-time daycare but have found that our son loves and thrives at Sakura. We are very grateful to Chishiro Newman, her staff and the wonderful children and family at Sakura. The children at Sakura get to participate in a wide-range of activities: music, dancing, cooking, art, gardening, judo, and Japanese. Thankfully, Chishiro posts pictures/videos of the children and their activities EVERY SINGLE DAY! When you first send your child to Sakura you hold your breath for those pictures to arrive, just to see that they are happy. After a short time, it becomes a daily reminder that your child is in good care with Chishiro and enjoying their time at Sakura. We are constantly amazed at how much Japanese our son speaks (and sings). He adores his friends at daycare, is so excited to go in the mornings, and is in a great mood when we pick him up. We love that Chishiro home cooks organic, Japanese food and uses cloth diapers. We couldn’t ask for more!

Aug 2010
I highly recommend Sakura Daycare.  My son was not yet 2 years old when he started attending Sakura Daycare.  He attached to Chichiro right away, and I felt very comfortable leaving him under her care.  I was very impressed with the program she runs at her day care.  She teaches Japanese, alphabet, sign language, cooking, story time and much more.  I witnessed a 2 year old recognize the alphabet.  She takes pictures and sends download links to the parents.  One of my favorite pictures was of the children cooking with their colorful chef outfits on.  I asked her later that day what they made.  She said they made fresh fruit smoothie.  The nutritious meals she provides are also something I was very impressed with.  Her home made miso soup with lots of vegetables and meat looked so delicious.   She goes the extra mile to make sure the children get good quality and nutritious food.  All of the children looked very happy there at Sakura Day care.  Makiko A.

July 2010
It is a nice day care and environment.  The day care has a nice program.  The programs are Judo, Art, Music, cooking, Japanese classes in verbal expressions and singing.  The back yard is really nice with toy for the children.  The program uses cloth diapers.   The cooking is organic and done daily. Lily E.

June 2010
I just visited the Day Care of Sakura.  The day care was just fabulous.  The organization of the day care is complete unbelieveable.  The children were all happy and smiling.  All the furniture and bedding were clean and well placed in her home based day care.  The owner is welcoming and kind.  The food is all organic and daily prepared for each meal.  The school teached Japanese, and English.  The toys are well kept and brand new.  The teaching of the Japanese language  is presented in a warm and welcoming nature for the child to learn and understand completely.  I would recommend this day care to anyone whom is looking for the best in a day care. Kathlyn J.

May 2010
Our son, who’s been under Chishiro Newman’s care at Sakura Daycare for a year and a half now, is graduating to preschool in June, which makes a spot available starting in July 2010. Chishiro has provided great care for our child, feeding him home-cooked, healthy, and hearty organic meals, teaching him Japanese, and providing him with many opportunities to learn, play, and discover in her home in Oakland through daily music, art, cooking, gymnastics, and Japanese language activities. Our son speaks in complete sentences in Japanese already, comes home well-fed and rested, and has made friends that I hope he’ll keep for many years to come–I know the connections we’ve made with other parents and families will last. Contact Chishiro to learn more about this special place.

Dec 2009
Sakura has an opening and we fully recommend this daycare for your little one. Chishiro keeps a full schedule of art, dance, music, judo and cooking. She also teaches them Japanese and reads to the kids daily. She is a black belt in Judo and is fully certified in CPR. The daycare is a great setting with a beautiful backyard full of trikes, cars and toys. Bonus: she sends pictures online so you can see what your child is doing during the day.

Nov 2009
We have to recommend Sakura Daycare for your little ones. Chishiro has been watching our little one for over a year and we all have been so happy. Our daughter adapted to her new school within a week and has grown so much in Chishiro’s care. The programs are great: Japanese, Judo (Chishiro is a judo master), Cooking, Art, Music, Dance and Gymnastics. It’s adorable to see the toddlers having such a great time in all these activities and they are in costume which really adds to the excitement. Bonus: the staff take pictures during the activities then email you so you can see what your child has been doing. Have you ever seen a 3 year old in a full judo outfit? Cute!! Sakura also prides itself on serving only organic foods and does provide three full meals plus snacks. Her hours: 7:30 – 5:30 Monday – Friday.p.s. the facilities are great: swings inside and out, a beautiful and safe yard with many trikes and playhouses. It’s definately worth a visit.
fordkat

June 2009
Our daughter, now 19 months old, has been cared for by Chishiro Newman, the owner of Sakura Daycare a few days a week since she was 9 months old. She’s learned to love the Japanese food Chishiro has introduced her to – like seaweed and miso – and even gobbles it up for breakfast! We started making homemade miso with tofu and beets at home because she’s grown so fond of Chishiro’s cooking. In addition to the organic food (like homemade applesauce from backyard apples), Chishiro teaches the children Japanese. Neither my husband nor I speak Japanese, but our toddler has learned to say a few words and clearly demonstrates an understanding of commands and requests she gets in Japanese from Chishiro. This capacity has been amazing to see develop! Chishiro runs the daycare efficiently and much like a little school, with structured time for play and for learning. She teaches the children to be independent and provides regular lessons in sign, music, and Judo, in addition to craft projects and daycare activities for all the families. It’s a fun place to be part of and cloth diapers, too!
Amanda

April 2009
My son has attended Sakura Daycare since Deccember ’08 as a 7-month-old. We are lucky to have found Chishiro–she’s so wonderful that my husband abandoned his plans to be a stay-at-home dad after just one meeting! From our very first visit, we have felt at home and know that Chishiro’s is a safe, loving, educational, and fun home daycare. She is trained as a nurse so I trust her with our son’s health and safety. The kids adore her and her creative activities: music, reading, American sign language and ABC lessons, gymnastics, cooking, art, and plenty of outdoor play time. I have to force myself to leave for work every morning because I’d rather stay with Chishiro and the kids all day! She send pictures via daily e-mails so we can see how our son is thriving–learning Japanese, growing and making friends, eating organic meals and sleeping more soundly than he ever would at home! It has been a joy to be a part of the Sakura Daycare family– we’re lucky to have found this gem. I highly recommend Chishiro and encourage you to contact her to learn more about spots opening up soon. Tracy

Feb 2009
My 2 year old son is currently at Sakura Daycare and we could not recommend a more wonderful place! Sakura is home-based and run by Chishiro Newman. She runs a wonderful program with lots of different activities (music, cooking, art, crafts), plenty of playtime outside in her yard, all organic snacks and meals are included (including dinner!) and a loving environment. My mother-in-law owned a daycare center in San Francisco and is very impressed. Chishiro only speaks Japanese to the children so my son now speaks and understands Japanese (my husband and I do not). If we have any more children, we definitely want Chishiro to care for them!

Jan 2009
My two year old son has been nurtured in every way possible by this incredible daycare. Sakura Daycare is run by a care giver who ends her day spent with crying babies and rumbunctious toddlers with a sweet sigh saying ”I really love my job”. We found Sakura through recommendations from other parents, initially because we were looking for a Japanese care giver for our son’s language exposure. Little did I know that she has a nursing license( always adding skills by going to work shops) and a complete organic nutritious meal program (her husband is a gourmet chef) which really helped with my sons allergies and eczema conditions. A lot of the children under her care has/had severe allergy issues and parents could just trust that we are leaving our children in very good hands. Everyday at lunch, she emails parents pictures of all the children doing that day’s activities; cooking in chef’s oufits, art and crafts, gymnastics in martial art outfits, music, bubbles, just having a lot of fun. This is the next best, or as good a place as home for our precious little bundle of joy.
Yoshiko

Dec 2008
My daughter attended Sakura Daycare when she was 1.5 years old until she turned 3. Chishiro provided excellent care. She made organic foods daily and my daughter loved her cooking. Chishiro even sent dinner home with me sometimes! I have another baby now and hope that she will also be fortunate enough to attend Sakura when she is older.
Emily