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UC Berkeley operates five centers on or near the UC Berkeley campus which serve University families.

Students are eligible for subsidized tuition at our Early Childhood Education Program. Lactation rooms around campus are available to help facilitate the breastfeeding efforts of faculty, staff, and students. Parents can also access useful advice, reviews and recommendations from the campus sponsored Berkeley Parents Network, an interactive parent-to-parent email network for the community of parents in the Berkeley area.

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

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.

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.

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
E-mail: information@jfcs-eastbay.org

Kaiser Permanente Alcohol/Drug Abuse Programs for Teens

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

Kids' Turn

Kids’ Turn is a non-profit program helping families through parental separation.

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.

Cornerstone Children's Center

2407 Dana Street 
Berkeley, CA 94704 
Phone: (510) 848-6242 
Fax: (510) 848-3118
Email: info@fpcberkeley.org

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.

Wooley Mammoth

1484 University Avenue


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

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

Model School

2330 Prince Street 
Berkeley, California 94705info@themodelschool.org

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

Afterschool Day Care Sites

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

Online Resources


Boys Town
Boys Town offers a vast library of parenting information and articles developed over many decades by our child behavior experts.

Positive Parenting
A site dedicated to providing resources and information to make parenting rewarding, effective and fun! 

Parenting Babies & Toddlers

Parenting: Babies and Toddlers
Articles and links on all aspects of raising babies and toddlers.

Parenting Adolescents

A non-profit, self-help organization that provides ongoing education and active support to families, empowering parents and young people to accept responsibility for their actions. Their support network strives to make communities safe places to live.

Parenting of Adolescents
A comprehensive guide focusing on the various issues involved when raising teenagers.

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

Stork Net 
One stop web station for information on pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting. www.storknet.com

Baby Center
One stop web station for information on a variety of topics such as: preconception, pregnancy, baby/toddler development, child care finder, health issues, nutrition, and safety. There is also an on-line baby center store and community bulletin board. 

Health Issues

The Children's Health Council
This web site is for children who face specific behavioral and developmental difficulties as well as children and families facing common everyday challenges. The CHC team approach combines the expertise of specialists in child psychiatry, psychology, speech and language pathology, occupational therapy, social work, special education and child development under one roof.

Child & Youth Health 
This web site provides the latest news on parenting and child and youth health.

National Organizations

Parents Action for Children
This is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping parents and caregivers ensure our youngest children get the healthiest, happiest, start to life and enter school ready to learn.

Children's Defense Fund
This is a private, nonprofit organization that educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventative investment before they get sick or into trouble, drop out of school, or suffer family breakdowns. Founded in 1973, they pay particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities.

Child Care Locators

Cultural Care Au Pair
Cultural Care Au Pair's childcare and cultural exchange program offers families affordable childcare customized to their needs with a unique international perspective. Au pairs live with you as a member of your family while providing up to 45 hours of childcare each week. For more information, please see

Child Care Aware
Child Care Aware is a non-profit initiative committed to helping parents find the best information on locating quality child care and child care resources in their community. They do this by raising visibility for local child care resource and referral agencies nationwide, and by connecting parents with the local agencies best equipped to serve their needs.

Child Care Online
This website provides the support necessary to enable parents to become effective consumers of child care through empowering information on the components of quality child care.