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Pediatric Language Therapy

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Play Pals Preschool is a fun & inclusive environment for young children to learn and grow!

Play Pals is a preschool aged camp affiliated with Pediatric Language Therapy – Children’s Development Center. We welcome all children!

We are currently operating as a small scale winter camp until our permitting is finalized and we can expand our programming at our unique San Leandro location.


A Learning Through Play Program

7:30AM - 6:00PM • 4 or 5 Full-Day Schedules

As a Reggio-inspired program, PlayPals creates co-learning environments where teachers have a lateral relationship with children rather than a hierarchical one.

In addition to a teaching curriculum that views all children as competent and capable learners and individuals, we are firm believers that it is a child’s right to be a part of an inclusive setting.

For neurotypical children, studies indicate increased empathy and compassion for those around them, while outcomes for children with developmental delays include increased language development and social skills.

We find it incredibly important to reinforce the different milestones within social and emotional development and kindness with others.

Onsite speech and occupational therapy services will be offered to students who require additional support!

Research has shown that in the field of early education, inclusion settings benefit children with and without special needs.

Serving children aged 18 months - Pre-Kindergarten (5 years).

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Our Story

Play Pals was started in February 2020 to bring social groups to families of young children who were lacking peer interaction during the COVID pandemic. Play Pals has grown into an inclusive program that supports play, learning, curiosity and friendships. Our warm, fun and experienced staff are excited to welcome your child.

Our Team

Our Founder

A Speech Language Pathologist and owner of Pediatric Language Therapy Associates.

Claire has been practicing as a pediatric speech language pathologist in the East Bay for 12 years. Prior to opening her practice, Claire worked for Oakland Unified School District and Kaiser Permanente. As a result, she has extensive experience assessing and supporting children’s communication from a functional, educational, and health-based perspective. 

She enjoys working with families of all backgrounds and specialize in bilingual and multicultural therapy, and family advocacy.

Director of Preschool Programming

Jennelle has a Bachelors Degree in Human Development with a concentration in Early Childhood Development from California State University East Bay. She is passionate about Reggio inspired curriculum and early childhood development as a whole. She brings a decade of experience in early education, a few of those years managing the operations of preschool programs of various sizes.

She is a true believer in meeting children where they are developmentally and the understanding that you can only play along in the world of children if you view them all as competent and capable. Jennelle looks forward to serving the next generation and the village that raises each and every one of them in her role at Play Pals.

Camp Counselor

Fatima is currently a senior at California State University East Bay. She is a Human Development Major with a concentration in Early Childhood Development. When she graduates, she aspires to teach our future generation of children.

She also enjoys arts and crafts with children and the creative process. She loves working for Play Pals and being in an environment with such positive, hard working individuals. Fatima enjoys the constant adventure and excitement that comes with working with children in early childhood and believes that being a part of the earliest stages of development are in part connected with making a positive impact in the lives of each individual child she serves.

Camp Counselor

Evelia loves the energy and love that comes from her daily work with children. She truly enjoys creating enriching activities for the children she works with and loves to be a part of their fun.

Evelia has three years of experience working with young children in multiple settings and has two daughters of her own.

Evelia has several early childhood development units under her belt and looks forward to serving our Play Pals community in a field where she has the constant opportunity to make a difference.

Camp Counselor

Elena enjoys working with children because it is important to her to make an impact on a child’s life. She also enjoys setting up tasks and activities that are fun and engaging because she finds it crucial for children to enjoy curriculum in order to feel inspired to learn.

Elena is majoring in speech pathology and audiology at California State University East Bay and is looking forward to supporting our future generation within her experience at Play Pals. She is excited to continue studying in a field she feels strongly about excelling and expanding her skillset in.

Camp Counselor

Alberto has experience working with children of all ages, including but not limited to preschool age groups, 2-4, within group care settings. Alberto enjoys opportunities to engage with children in a creative art activity or simply playing and getting to know the children he is serving.

He looks forward to everyday opportunities to inspire our next generation and truly appreciates learning from each and every child he has the privilege of getting to know at Play Pals Fall Camp.


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Our Frequently Asked Questions

We are awaiting approval by childcare licensing before we can start enrolling families. In the meantime place your child(ren) on the wait list to be kept up to date when enrollment will begin.
We do not require children to be potty trained. We will have regular bathroom breaks and reminders. Each child will need to bring a full change of clothes for the week. Those who are not potty trained will need to bring diapers or pull ups.
We try our best to be an inclusive environment and welcome everyone. If your child has specific needs, let’s talk about it and see how we can accommodate them.
We offer a nut-free morning and afternoon snack. Each child will need to bring a lunch and reusable water bottle.
Families are responsible for providing a nap roll to go over their child’s designated mat at the beginning of the program week. The nap roll will be sent home for laundering at the end of the program week. Families are also responsible for bringing a reusable water bottle. The water bottle will be sent home daily with your child’s lunch items.
Yes! We offer a 5% discount for the sibling with the lesser of the two tuition amounts.

Play Pals Tuition

Full Day from 8:00am-4:00pm
Extended Care Option from 7:30AM-6:00PM
At 30 months, space permitting, there may be the option to transition to the preschool program, the appropriate preschool program tuition option will apply. It shall be permissible for a child whose developmental needs require continuation in the toddler program to remain in that program up to a maximum age of three years. Toddler program tuition would apply.

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14207 East 14th St. San Leandro, CA 94578

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