Child Care Community Resources

Child Abuse Reporting Agencies

Child Welfare Services

In Alameda County:

CWS Agency
P.O. Box 12941
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: (510) 259-1800
Fax: (510) 780-8620

In Contra Costa:

CWS Agency
40 Douglas Drive
Martinez, CA 94553-4068
Phone: (925)646-1680 central
Phone: (510) 374-3324 west
Phone: (925)427-8811 east
Fax: (925) 646-1698

In San Francisco:

CWS Agency
P. O. Box 7988
San Francisco, CA 94120
Phone: (415) 558-2650
Phone: (800) 856-5553
Fax: (415) 558-2211

In Marin:

CWS Agency
20 North San Pedro Rd, Suite
San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone: (415) 499-7153
Phone: (415) 479-1601 TDD
Fax: (415) 499-3279

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Childcare Resource & Referral

BANANAS is a non-profit child care referral and support agency serving the diverse families in Northern Alameda County, California. This agency provides free parenting information, workshops and referrals to family child care, child care centers, preschools, babysitters, in-home caregivers, nannies and playgroups. We provide subsidized child care for parents in need. We also offer training, workshops, classes and technical support to caregivers and child care programs to assure parents a wide selection of quality care.

Child Care Council
The Contra Costa Child Care Council is a private, nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Its mission is to provide leadership to promote and advance quality care and early education. Free or low cost programs and services are provided which are designed to support and empower parents and child care providers so that children, families and communities benefit. Through community-based offices in Richmond, Concord, Antioch and Brentwood, and the main office in Concord, the Child Care Council provides services, such as:

  • Free child care referrals
  • Parent education and resources to help families make the best child care choices
  • Financial assistance to low-income working families to make quality child care services more accessible
  • Child health, nutrition and safety education
  • Child care provider training and development to help them build sustainable businesses and to provide quality, healthy, and age-appropriate care
  • Public education and advocacy

For additional information, call the main office at (925) 676-5442, or the community-based office nearest you.

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Community Programs

Youth and Family

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Counseling Services

Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland

770 53rd Street
Oakland, CA 94609Phone: (510) 428-3571
Phone: (510) 428-3571
Fax: (510) 601-3973
Referral Information: (510)428-8428

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.
On-call and on-site emergency room consultations are available 24 hours a day.

Compassionate professionals in the Division of Psychiatry at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland offer a full range of outpatient psychiatric and psychological services for children up to age 18 and their families, as well as consultation/liaison and supporting clinical services to inpatients and staff. Children's multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers treat children from many backgrounds and with a wide variety of conditions, including adjustment disorders, affective disorders, developmental delays, depression and learning disabilities.

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Jewish Family & Children's Services of the East Bay

Main Office
2484 Shattuck Ave., Suite 210
Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: (510) 704-7475
Fax: (510) 704-7494

JFCS/East Bay provides support and assistance to a wide range of families, whether first-time parents; grandparents raising a grandchild; or a gay, lesbian, or interfaith family. Through the early childhood mental health programs, staff members consult with and guide both parents and educators on child development issues, work with middle-school kids on classroom issues, and guide teens and their parents in effective communication techniques. This work has several facets: individual parent-child therapy sessions; consultations in schools; trauma therapy; consultations at women's shelters; and play groups.

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Kaiser Permanente Alcohol/Drug Abuse Programs for Teens

Chemical Dependency Recovery Program
969 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: (510) 251-0121

This 8- to 16-week program includes teen discussion groups, parent support groups, involvement with a 12-Step program, drug testing, and educational forums.

Recovery Programs
The recovery programs take from 6 to 12 months. They include teen groups, multi-family
groups, parent support groups, drug testing, educational forums, family and individual therapy, involvement with 12-Step programs, and relapse prevention support.

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Kids' Turn

55 New Montgomery, Suite 500
San Francisco, California 94105
Phone: (415)777-9977
Fax: (415)777-1577

Kids' Turn is the only program in the San Francisco Bay Area helping children when their parents separate or divorce. Our programs are known through-out the United States and include families where the parents never marry or never live together.

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Infant/Toddler Programs

Child Education Center (CEC)

2100 Browning Street
Berkeley, CA 94702
Phone: (510) 548-1414

The Child Education Center (CEC) is a full-service, full-time day care center and preschool, licensed by the State of California to provide care for children from three months of age to five or six years (first grade entry). CEC is located one block south of University Avenue, and three blocks west of Sacramento. The North Berkeley BART station is six blocks away, and several AC Transit lines are one block away on University Avenue. CEC offers a range of scheduling options to suit your family's needs including full-time, part-time, and limited flex-option spaces, and offers a discount for families enrolling more than one child.

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Cornerstone Children's Center

2407 Dana Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: (510) 848-6242
Fax: (510) 848-3118

Cornerstone Children's Center is a state-licensed Christian child care and preschool for children birth through pre-kindergarten. Open weekdays from 7:30 AM-5:30 PM, with year-round flexible scheduling offered.

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Early Childhood Education Program (UC Berkeley)

Clark Kerr Infant/Toddler Program
Near Northwest Parking lot of the Clark Kerr Campus
For children ages 3 months to 31 months

Infant Toddler Center
2340 Durant Avenue
For children ages 3 months to 20 months

Anna Head Annex
2537 Haste Street
For children ages 18 months to 30 months

Haste Street Child Development
2339 Haste Street
For children ages 3 months to 56 months

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Emeryville Child Development Center

Phone: (510) 596-4343

Ages: Infants, toddlers & preschool-aged children. Hours of operation:7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday- Friday

Emeryville Child Development Center is owned and operated by the City of Emeryville. The Center operates year-round and provides child care services for 90 children whose parents are working, in training, or in school.

The facility consists of 6 child care classrooms and a Multi-Purpose Room with kitchen facilities. Adjunct to the multi-purpose room is a courtyard that provides both circulation and serves as an outdoor area. The facility may be for rented for large gatherings and special events.

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Kinder Care Daycare Centers

2155 North Loop Road
Alameda, CA 94502

Ages: 6 weeks to 6 year olds
Hours of operation: 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM
Monday- Friday

KinderCare Learning centers is owned and operated by Portland, Oregon-based Knowledge Learning Corporation, the nation's leading private provider of early childhood education and care. KinderCare Learning centers comprises approximately 1,700 community-based centers in 38 states and the District of Columbia serving more than 300,000 children and employing approximately 41,000 people.

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Model School

2330 Prince Street
Berkeley, California 94705

Phone: (510) 549-2719
Fax: (510) 549-0230

The school provides child care and development services for children between the ages of three months and six years. There are five classrooms and a computer/transition room. Infants and toddlers from the age of three months to three years. There are two multi-age group Pre-Kindergarten classes for children ages 3 through 5.

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St. John's Childcare

2727 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705
Phone: (510) 549-9342

Has capacity for 12 Infants (3-24 months), 15 Wobblers (18-36 months), and 24 Busy Bees (30 months to 5 years).

There is an "open door" policy: parents are always welcome and encouraged to be a part of our program. Parents of St. John's are required to participate monthly (2 hours/ month/ enrolled child) in center activities.

Full-time 4-day 3-day 2-day
Babies $1530 $1450 $1150 $845
One Year $1370 $1300 $1030 $755
Two Years $1265 $1200 $950 $695
Three Years+ $1175 $1115 $880 $645

Tuition is set each fiscal year (July-June) and is billed monthly. There is also a one-time, initial Enrollment fee of $150/child. Some Scholarships and City of Berkeley subsidies are available for families who are income eligible.

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Woolly Mammoth Childcare and Preschool

2300 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: (510) 548-4779

Has capacity for 2 infants and 8 toddlers. Full time rate ($1240)- part-time (2 days $900, 3 days, $1030) Has capacity for 10 preschoolers, ages 2 ½- 6 years. Full time rate ($1120)- part-time (2 days $900, 3 days, $1000)
To sign up for the wait list, there is a $40 nonrefundable fee. Wait list is usually a year, siblings get priority and a scholarship.

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Preschool Programs

Anna Head 1

2537 Haste Street
For children ages 24 months to 36 months

Anna Head 2

2537 Haste Street
For children ages 35 months to 56 months

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Clark Kerr Campus Preschool

2900 Dwight Way
For children ages 30 months to 56 months

Haste Street Child Development

2339 Haste Street
For children ages 3 months to 56 months

The Harold E. Jones Child Study Center

2425 Atherton Street
For children ages 32 months to 56 months

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Model School

2330 Prince Street
Berkeley, California 94705

There are two multi-age group Pre-Kindergarten classes for children ages 3 through 5.


St. John's Childcare

2727 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705
Phone: (510) 549-9342
Has capacity for 24 preschoolers, ages 30 months - 5 years


Woolly Mammoth Childcare and Preschool

2300 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: (510) 548-4779
Has capacity for 10 preschoolers, ages 2 ½- 6 years.

Full time rate: $1120
Part-time: 2 days, $900; 3 days, $1000

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Afterschool Day Care Sites

2601 Warring Street, Building 15
for children ages 58 months to 84 months (Kindergarten - 2nd grade)

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