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Parents scrambling for preschools as Adventure Time closes Thursday

Child care provider on school district property to shut doors just short of a year of operation

Having just opened in June 2008, Adventure Time preschool located on the Pleasanton school district's headquarters grounds will close its doors for good on Thursday.

The school board tonight will discuss and possibly take action on selecting preschool operator Kindango to provide care for children 3 to 5 years old at the facility. The board meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the school district offices.

That new operator, if approved by the board, wouldn't start operations before July 1 at the earliest, leaving chldren now enrolled at Adventure Time with no preschool starting Friday.

Although apparently filled to capacity, Adventure Time reportedly has financial problems that are forcing it to shut down.

Adventure Time director Susan Sung confirmed the closure and said that parents and the school district were given two months notice. As to the reason for the closure, Sung declined to comment.

Open to the public, Adventure Time also caters to children of the school district who have found it to be a convenient, centrally-located preschool. Like other parents with children enrolled at Adventure Time, they are scrambling to find day care for the remainder of the school year.

Alma Avalos, a teacher at Valley View Elementary School, is struggling to find a place to take her children.

"They could have waited until the end of the school year," she said.

Having paid in full through the end of the month, Avalos said she was upset to see that the school's walls are bare, that it has minimal activities and very little furniture. She said there are a lot of complaints from parents who had offered to bring children their own food instead of the daycare providing a meal service, in an effort to cut back on costs.

"They were losing money on the preschool, but their enrollment is full and they had a wait list," she said, adding that her daughter was on the wait list for full-time care.

Myla Grasso, district spokeswoman, said Adventure Time had notified the district that it was experiencing "financial issues."

"They had a loan for building in another city and the loan was called in, so they weren't able to run the program here any longer," she said.

The private, nonprofit child care provider moved into the location at 4667 Bernal Ave. after it was vacated in December 2007 by the Tri-Valley YMCA program.

According to the Adventure Time website, www.adventure-time.com, it still appears to be providing daycare service through elementary schools in Castro Valley, Fremont, Oakland, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Hayward and Napa.

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Posted by Cece
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Apr 28, 2009 at 9:02 am

That site is just not right for childcare. The Y had trouble breaking even. Adventure time had trouble breaking even. If a new provide comes in and can make a profit, it's at the kids' expense! The district should turn that building into a much needed teen center. Bad decision, Dr. Casey!


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Posted by Marie
a resident of Castlewood
on Apr 28, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Maybe Mr Casey could help out the teachers and help with expenses for the preschool with his large salary and home loan that is interest free. Maybe they could make the pre schools loan interest free...


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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 28, 2009 at 6:16 pm


That's never been a good spot for a 'day care'. How'd you like your kid playing outdoors and breathing the carbon monoxide of all the idleing cars/trucks sitting at the light?

I can't believe they ever did an environmental impact report and got an ok for childcare.

That'd be a great spot for a hot dog stand or coffee wagon.


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Posted by frank
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Apr 28, 2009 at 7:59 pm

If that location on Bernal is somehow horrible because of traffic, how do some of the elementary schools around town fare? Shall we shut down Alisal? I don't imagine that Santa Rita at that location is grossly better than Bernal near First Street relative to the daily traffic. Is Fairlands far enough from I580 to meet acceptability requirements? Oh, let's not forget Gingerbread pre-school at Santa Rita and Black, across from Alisal. Cough, cough, cough.


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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 28, 2009 at 8:28 pm


Frank... Bernal/First/Sunol is an all day cut through intersection. I'd wager it has much more 'stop and wait' traffic than anything you mentioned.

Plus... the children are outdoors playing 250 feet from these 'idleing' vehicles all day long.

Sounds like you're on the pro-vehicle/anti children committee..

unclehomerr..


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Posted by Scooby Doo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2009 at 4:41 pm

To unclehomerr:
While I agree on the issue of the daycare not being in an ideal location, your suggestion that an EIR (environmental impact report) should have been done for the daycare to be in place there is not logical. EIRs are never done for the sole purpose of an allowed business use .. too costly and frankly, illegal for something already zoned as an approved use.


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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 29, 2009 at 10:11 pm


Thanks, Scoob... I didn't know that. Let's just call it lousy site selection.

unk..


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Posted by frank
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on May 5, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Checking in.

"Sounds like you're on the pro-vehicle/anti children committee.."

Sounds to me you have been insulted by my comments and felt you needed to cast a dart toward me.

Thicken your skin, uncle....


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