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Reader’s Choice Pre-School Winner is ….

Here's our second contest in our new "Readers' Choice" series. Poll votes, reviews and comments below this piece all factored into our selection, which was announced Friday. Click "Keep me posted" for an email update on future polls.

Update: March 11, 2012

After tallying the votes and comments on Benicia Patch and reader reviews we have a top choice.

Readers shared their views of the many pre-school programs available in Benicia.  Hopefully this will help parents make informed decisions about which program is best suited for their children.

The pre-school program run by the Benicia Unified School District got he highest number of votes with 16.  One reader said this about the program: I love benicia unified school district! First day of preschool, my lil one was on a field trip to the science academy in San Francisco with her class! which was so amazing for a 3year old.

March 5, 2012

Do you remember your first day at pre-school?  Chances are you don’t but your parents do.  If you are a parent you probably remember the first day you sent your children to pre-school.

If you could do it again, would you choose the same pre-school for your kids?

Benicia is a city that identifies as the town with Solano County’s best schools.  With good schools come generally lower crime rates and generally higher property values and good schooling starts with good pre-schools.

Benicia families are fortunate to have numerous choices when it comes to preschools.  The city boasts seven pre-school programs at 10 locations throughout the city.  has pre-school programs at each elementary school site, , , and

Other preschools include , , , , and .

Click on the links above and rate the business on its Patch Place listing. You can even leave a review.

If there is another local pre-school that we missed, start a write-in a campaign in the comments section below. In the event of a tie, we will break it based on the comments, so please explain your choice.

(Because our poll is not scientific, it is not the sole consideration in choosing a winner. The winner will be determined by the Patch editor, based on poll results, comments and reviews on Patch Places. Please vote only once per survey, per Patch.)

The poll closes at 9 a.m. Friday.  Come back later that afternoon for the results.

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Jenifer Stouffer March 06, 2012 at 11:47 PM
We started my daughter at Kindercare and I took her out after about 8 months. My daughter cried and every time I went to pick her it was absolutely chaotic. They switched the teachers around so often in there, it was really hard for me to keep track of who my daughter's teacher was, let alone a 2 year old. She was also starting to show lots of discipline issues. I started her at Tender Hearts and I wish I would have started her there sooner! The teachers are amazing and my daughter has been learning so much! They let kids get dirty, use their imaginations, and problem solving skills. I love that the kids have "jobs" and are expected to help. They need to use "please" and "thank you". They are AWESOME!!! I can't say enough how much I love them! :)
T. Gunter March 07, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Tender Hearts all the way!
Liz Edwards March 07, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I've had two children go through Noah's Ark preschool and I JUST signed up my 3rd today. There's a perfect balance of unstructured/structed play, lots of fun, field trips and VERY kind and loving teachers. I appreciated the academic prep in the 2nd year. I also love that they really work on basic character building ( kindness, helping etc..). And best of all, as Susana said, there is a solid Christian foundation which is evident in all that they do. We love Noah's Ark!!!!
JB Davis March 07, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Another comment from a reader: "You forgot to add Tiny Tots preschool run by Parks and Rec department for the City of Benicia. That's my choice. Love that preschool!" Thank you for pointing out Tiny Tots and my apologies to the Parks and Rec crew!
Trisha DeCosta March 09, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Stepping Stones is not on your list. This is my favorite, I keep going back. I took my son 15 years ago, went with my friend who had twins 9 years ago and now I take my niece. Sign up through BUSD.

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