Bahareh nowee

founder and director

Bahareh Nowee has been an independent business owner in Oakland since 2005, and a mother since 2012. Bahareh noticed that when her daughter started speaking in daycare, her language reflected her English speaking peers. Bahareh was inspired to start a Persian toddler group and then to organize weekly gatherings which also created a supportive community among Persian parents. She was supported and inspired by Golestan Kids in Berkeley and Pardis for Children in New York, and this was the beginning of the Aftab Kids program. She dreamed of a cozy, nourishing environment where children could have fun while being immersed in Persian culture through art, playtime, storytime in Farsi language.

Mahvash Zehtaban

story time TEACHER

Mahvash's calm and joyful demeanor allows children to notice and appreciate the simple wonders in life. She is always happy around children and in nature.  She brings her years of experience as a mother of three and now, as a grandmother, to this most important work. She has recently moved to the Bay Area, has strong ties to Iran and Persian culture, and enjoys speaking Farsi and teaching it to people around her. She is especially wonderful at connecting with very young children and infants. Mahvash has a college degree in chemistry, but she has recently found her calling in the study of acupressure and Ayurvedic Medicine, and holistic therapy.

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Atefeh was born and raised in Iran and moved to the US with her husband six years ago. She loves working with children. She was special Education Teacher in Iran for 3 years. She was also volunteer at Down syndrome place in Georgia name Gigi Playhouse. She also was working as a  volunteer at Golestan Education for several months. In her spare time, Atefeh loves to hike and spend time with friends.