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UC Berkeley Early Childhood Education Program (ECEP)

ECEP(link is external) provides early childhood services to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers at five centers in Berkeley and Albany.  Programs are open to all: UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the local community who are unaffiliated with UC Berkeley.

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UC Berkeley Summer Camp Information 2023

UC Berkeley summer camps offer fun activities for children of all ages. Whether interested in athletics or academia, science, nature, business, aquatics, skateboarding, or leadership skills; there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

Understanding Child Care Options

Child Care Centers

A Child Care Center (or Day Care Center) is usually located in a commercial building. Centers are larger and enroll more children. Oftentimes, a Child Care Center will group children by age.

Family Child Care Homes
A family Child Care Home must be in the licensee's own home, and reflects a home-like environment. There are small and large Family Child Care Homes.

  • Small Family Child Care Homes provide care to no more than 8 children.
  • Large Family Child Care Homes provide care to no more than 14 children.

Nanny Share
A Nanny Share is typically two or more famillies who employ one nanny to watch their children. The nanny may watch all the children together, or a shared schedule tailored to specific famililes needs may result in a split schedule and seperate care of the children.

An Au-Pair is typically defined as a person who goes abroad to live with a family in order to learn a language or about a culture in exchange for childcare and a stipend. 

Community Resources

Childcare Resources & Databases

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.

Berkeley Parents Network, is an interactive parent-to-parent network for the community of parents in the Berkeley area. BPN highlights current childcare and school enrollment openings, parent education classes, and reviews on childcare facilities.

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.

Childcare Licensing Program (California Dept. of Social Services)

The Child Care Licensing Program strives to provide preventive, protective, and quality services to children in care by ensuring that licensed facilities meet established health and safety standards through monitoring facilities, providing technical assistance, and establishing partnerships with providers, parents, and the child care community. 

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. 

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 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