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Second preschool OK'd for Vintage Hills Shopping Center

GK joining Little Flowers Montessori with weekday, weekend programs

The Pleasanton Planning Commission has approved a bid by Genius Kids to open a second preschool and daycare facility in the Vintage Hills Shopping Center, which will be the school's second location in the city.

Genius Kids, or GK as it is called, opened its first center last year at 5698 Stoneridge Drive.

GK will also be the second preschool in the shopping center. Little Flowers Montessori, which has a number of toddler, preschool, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten centers in the East Bay, offers full-day and half-day programs for 2-6 year olds, has been operating here for the past two years.

GK plans to operate an accelerated learning preschool and daycare facility at the Vintage Hills Center, focusing on an academic curriculum comprising music and movement, yoga, phonics, reading and comprehension, mathematics and critical thinking.

The school expects to have a total enrollment of 120 children at any one time, ranging from 2 to 12 years old. The students will be served by a staff of 11 instructors and administrators.

The daycare/preschool center will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with after-school programs held from 1 to 6:30 p.m. weekdays. The school also will hold weekend student enrichment programs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

GK will operate up to three vans to pick up its after-school students from local schools. Parents will be dropping off students between 7 and 10:30 a.m. and picking them up between 2 and 7 p.m.

School representatives told planners that since the school is located at the far south end of the shopping center (on the Palomino Drive side), traffic during drop-off and pick-up times should not interfere with shoppers at the center's other businesses, which include New Leaf Community Markets, a restaurant and other retailers.

GK plans to construct an outdoor, fenced-in play area behind its school, replacing part of existing play areas with artificial turf, rubber padding and play structures. Little Flowers Montessori has a similar play area near its school.

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Posted by Pleasantonian
a resident of Mission Park
on Nov 4, 2015 at 8:30 am

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Did the preschool at the corner of Bernal and First Street close? I haven't noticed any children there or cars either.


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Posted by Passing through
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Yes...it was closed.


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Posted by FrequentWalkerMiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 4, 2015 at 3:05 pm

7PM is a very busy time at new leaf, Wayne's Sushi and the yogurt place. How did they reach the conclusion that the school traffic will not interfere with other businesses?


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Posted by Observer
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Nov 5, 2015 at 8:45 am

Preschools are usually closed by 6:00 PM


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Posted by FrequentWalkerMiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 5, 2015 at 1:37 pm

per the article

"The daycare/preschool center will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with after-school programs held from 1 to 6:30 p.m. weekdays. "


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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 5, 2015 at 2:24 pm

Really not liking pre schools/day cares in a shopping center, what a cluster!!! The Pleasanton planning commission continues to amaze me!!


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Posted by Let voice be heard
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Nov 5, 2015 at 8:35 pm

Map and others, if you have concerns please let the Planning commission know. Not one resident wrote in with any concerns or attended the commission meeting to share concerns even though residents received notification of the meeting.

The Planning Commission can only assume that neighbors are OK with proposal if no one takes time to write in or attend meeting. Your voice, if you have concerns, often drives change. Blog postings, after the fact, do not drive change.


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Posted by Frankie
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Nov 9, 2015 at 7:22 am

on the basis of the name alone, Genius Kids", I'm happy it is gone.

If you have a problem with a day care on a shopping center, check out the pre school next to a liquor store on Stoneridge.


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Posted by Local
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 9, 2015 at 10:37 am

7PM ??? really? Seems perfect to me.


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Posted by Local
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 9, 2015 at 10:44 am

Do we (you) know how many will attend??...and will all ages be picked up at the same time...I doubt it. It's a huge lot. Competent drivers should not have a problem.


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