Welcome to Duck's Nest

With locations in Berkeley and Oakland, our schools provide inviting and engaging environments with bright classrooms, play areas, and an oasis of beautiful gardens, flowers, and sandboxes. Our unique preschool environments are intentionally designed to support and encourage your child’s natural creativity, curiosity, and enthusiasm for learning.

A part of the community since 1984

An Inclusive, Diverse Program

We believe that compassion and tolerance are among our highest virtues. At Duck’s Nest children are encouraged to appreciate and respect human differences and connect to our natural environment. Our schools employ a culturally responsive anti-bias approach to teaching by using an affirmative model for gender, race, culture, socio-economic status, and differing abilities in an effort to promote equity. We also honor all family structures and members of the LGBTQ+ community at Duck’s Nest. We are committed to building a program that reflects the diversity of the Bay Area and our values.

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What Our Community Says

We LOVE Duck's Nest! The teachers are amazing. They make the classroom warm, welcoming and safe. And they have such creative ideas.

Duck's Nest teachers are so patient, caring, professional, personal and taking time to "teach" me so I can learn.

We walked into Duck's Nest and were immediately taken in by the beautiful grounds -- redwood trees, large play area with varied, inviting structures, a sand box our son loves too much.

I love, love, love Duck's Nest.  It's hard to find words that can come close to describing how much love, appreciation, and deep gratitude I have for this school.

I was truly stunned by the level of affection and attention afforded my little girl when she came in at age three. When our second baby was born, she was welcomed and cuddled by the other children and staff. I felt so happy to have the support and kindness of this entire cadre of instructors who dedicate their lives to the enrichment of the littlest citizens.

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