Welcome to Safari Kid!
At Safari Kid, we believe childhood should be celebrated! Our proprietary preschool curriculum takes inspiration from a mix of both traditional methods (Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf) and reflects current brain research on early childhood development. This has resulted in a focus on the whole child, in which we offer the perfect balance of learning and play. Our daycare and preschool programs are carefully developed to ignite curiosity and encourage lifelong learning, but it doesn’t end there! We also offer a well-rounded after-school program for children in kindergarten through 8th grade, which provides a combination of valuable academic support and engaging extra-curricular enrichment.
Allow us to help turn your child’s Potential into Possibilities at Safari Kid Hayward.
At Safari Kid, we focus on whole-child development through a combination of programs that develop and enhance social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. We welcome our toddlers, our “Safari Cubs,” with a range of engaging activities, developmentally appropriate educational materials and books, and toddler-sized furniture and toys made of natural materials. Research shows toddlers need to feel safe and comfortable but also engaged and challenged. Our Cubs enjoy activities such as yoga and mindfulness, parachute story time, STREAM mini-exploration projects, art lab, music & movement, and so much more. Our modern and safe environment will feel as welcoming as our warm, nurturing staff. Your toddler will receive encouragement and positive reinforcement every step of the way.
At Safari Kid, our kindergarten students are encouraged to become partners in their own learning with our use of the Socratic Method of teaching. Meeting the Common Core standards is just a part of what our students will accomplish. Through a tailored method of careful questioning based on learning objectives to be met, a rich yet natural discussion that promotes critical thinking and problem-solving will ensue daily among the teacher and classmates.
A loving and nurturing environment in which all members of the team respect one another is created, so that trust is built, and students feel comfortable sharing freely. During these powerful discussions, engagement is high, and learning becomes an active sport, in which reasoning, and logic are continuously utilized and encouraged.
Through this Socratic process, the children begin to feel ownership of their learning. However, the real trophy in this sport of learning is their gains in confidence knowing their voice and their ideas are important. They are on their way to being leaders, entrepreneurs, and trailblazers of the future. Our students form a positive relationship with the idea of education. They realize the attainment of knowledge is a social sport that can be enjoyable when the right set of coaches are there to guide them through it and cheer them on!
After a tough day at work, Safari Kid parents feel comforted knowing their child has not only successfully completed their homework but also enjoyed learning something new! Safari Kid offers a comprehensive After School Program. We offer structured learning and tutoring coupled with a diverse choice of extracurricular activities. Our Safari Kid After School Program offers daily help with schoolwork but also provides supplemental mathematics and English Language Arts lessons that align directly with Common Core Standards. While academic learning is our primary goal, we also ignite interest beyond the core subjects through exciting enrichment activities that promote a love for new learning. Depending on demand, centers offer such enrichment classes as creative writing, public speaking, chess, robotics, visual arts, and performing arts. Students participating in Safari Kid’s After School Program consistently test above grade level, and many earn awards for academic achievement. We’re so proud of our Safari Kids and excited to be a part of their amazing growth!
Meet the Staff
Toddler Assistant Teacher
Toddler Assistant Teacher
Ms. Seema Rathi
Owner & Director
My name is Ms. Rathi. I’m a mom of three kids, 2 in high school and 1 in middle school who keep me on my toes! I grew up in a town called Ambala in India, and I completed my B. Ed and M. Ed from Kurukshetra University. I taught high school students in India for 10 years before coming to the US and most recently taught elementary school students in the San Mateo Foster City school district. Teaching has been my life’s passion and I particularly enjoy preschool/KG children. My sense of accomplishment and fulfillment comes from helping children achieve their potential and make positive contributions to society. Hobbies I enjoy outside of early education involve crafting and interior decoration. I also love to travel!
Ms. Krystle Jackson
I grew up in Concord and I have been working with kids for 15 years. I currently serve as a preschool & after-school assistant at Safari Kid Hayward. I am passionate about what I do because I love kids and helping them learn. This truly makes me feel accomplished. In my free time, I love hiking and reading books.
Ms. Jyothi Vemireddy
My name is Jyothi. I grew up in India, where I began my career as an educator. I have been an educator for more than a year. I am currently a teacher’s assistant for the toddler program. Children are a joy to be around! I not only love teaching, but I believe we as adults can also learn a lot from children, and I learn from them daily. When I see a child I work with is inspired by my lessons and the environment around them, I know I am fulfilling a purpose in life.
Ms. Puja Gupta
TK & First Grade Teacher
I am from Jabalpur, India. I have a master’s degree in chemistry. I have been working for the PTA and school for the last 5 years. I currently teach kindergarten and first-grade students. I am passionate about facing the challenge of teaching students who have not been successful in the past and seeing them become successful in the present by simplifying concepts in a way they understand better. My interpersonal and organizational skills are what I consider to be my biggest accomplishments. Last year I organized a science competition event in which over 280 students participated. This event ended successfully with lots of appreciation from parents. During my time away from work, I love to play board games, watch Indian movies, and go hiking.
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Safari Kid is a Global Chain of Preschools and After School Programs, founded by Ms. Shy Mudakavi in the heart of Silicon Valley in Newark, California. Over fifteen years, 35,000 children going through the program have shown consistent excellence in elementary and middle schools.