Bloomers Logo Sunflower

Play-based preschool program in cozy home environment,
located in the Glenview neighborhood,
near Park Blvd.

For Children two years old until Kindergarten

Bloomers is a community of families and teachers who seek to embrace and cultivate all the joys of childhood. Children need opportunities to actively explore art, music, math, science, storytelling and literacy as part of the world they live in. We recognize that play is beneficial to the learning process, but equally important, play provides pure enjoyment in the moment.


Carolyn Hi, I'm Carolyn Carpenter, owner, director, and teacher at Bloomers Preschool. I have been an early childhood educator since 1989. I have a B.A. in Early Childhood Administration. I have been influenced by Bev Bos, Vivian Gussin Paley, Joseph Cornell, and my own memories of childhood and first 'school' experiences. I am a proud member of the SEIU Child Care Providers union 521, a member of the Organizing Committee and an advocate for children, families and early childhood providers. I am a mother of four, and have taught and nurtured hundreds of kids.

Carrie Carpenter Hi, I'm Carrie Carpenter. I was born and raised in a family child care, and named "Bloomers" in 2005, after suffragist and abolitionist Amelia Jenks Bloomers, whom I portrayed at a Living History Day. I attended Beloit College in Wisconsin where I graduated with a BA in Sociology and a BA in Critical Identity Studies. I come from a family of educators, and will began working full time in the summer of 2018. I have years of experience as a substitute teacher at Bloomers. In my free time I enjoy reading comics, playing board games, writing, and spending time with my cats and little brother.


Dear Parent:

Welcome to Bloomers Family Child Care!

I am happy to welcome you and your family into my home and include you in our extended family: Bloomers!

Family child care can be an ideal child care and preschool option. The small group setting allows for more individual attention. This allows me to truly know each child, and plan activities specifically geared towards that child's needs and interests.

The home environment is safe, secure, and familiar to your child. There is an inherent "cozy and safe factor."

Your child has a consistent primary care giver. I invest my time, talents, energy, enthusiasm and love in every child.

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Your child is accepted 'as is.' She/He is free to develop at her/his own pace. Activities are developmentally appropriate for each child. Children acquire new skills at different times; and thus even children of the same age have very different abilities. Your child will acquire new skills as is developmentally appropriate for her or him.

Your child has the opportunity to learn from children both older and younger. Mixed age groups are beneficial: they foster helpfulness and compassion, reinforce responsibility for oneself and others, and allow children to experience "sibling" roles outside of their own family structure.

Your child is always learning from a "hidden curriculum" of real life events. Children are active learners. They learn best by using their senses and being active participants in a natural learning process. I strive to recognize teachable moments and expand upon them. Our daily shedule is flexible to allow for meaningful diversions.

There is time to PLAY! The foundation of all formal learning begins with the play skills now developing.

We strive to promote: self help skills and conflict resolution skills and a sense of environmentalism, gender equality, multi-cultural awareness and appreciation, and of course, friendships.

Eco-House Child Care

Welcoming all families, incuding GLBT.

Carolyn Carpenter
(510) 967-2560

License #013417902

What our parents say about us.

"My twin daughters attend part time and we were immediately struck by Carolyn's warm, caring nature. She has a professional background as a preschool teacher, is attentive and flexible to families' needs. Other things we like: no TV watching, lots of books and stories, predictable yet flexible routine to the day, age appropriate toys and activities, reasonable rates."

"I am very happy with my daughter's preschool-like daycare, Bloomers, …. The teachers offer a nice balance of some kindergarten-readiness activities with a lot of free play, outdoor time, art, yoga, and occasional field trips. Carolyn and her co-teacher, Beth, have decades of experience as teachers and my daughter loves and trusts them."

See more parents' reviews at the Berkeley Parents Network.