2023 East Bay Preschool Guide - 510 Families

2023 East Bay Preschool Guide

{510} Families is delighted to share the following preschools, daycares, and co-ops that care for our children of the East Bay. Our sponsoring early education programs are heavily focused in the Oakland and Berkeley area. We hope you’ll find the perfect fit childcare for your family’s needs.
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East Bay Preschools

All People's School: Aquatic Park School (APS) + Pixar Children's School (PCS)

Infants, Toddlers (ages 18 to 30 months), Preschoolers, Transitional Kindergarten

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Play-based, Reggio Emilia-inspired community across 2 S. Berkeley sites: Aquatic Park School & Pixar Children's School. They believe that children learn through play and in relationship. They strive to provide the highest quality Early Childhood Education in a safe, loving, respectful environment so children can freely explore their world.

Arbor Preschool


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Arbor Preschool offers a play-based, emergent curriculum in either a Spanish immersion or bilingual setting with a focus on the social and emotional development of the child. In a loving and warm environment, Arbor's experienced teachers meet their students where they are and nurture their natural curiosities.

Berkeley Forest School

Toddlers (ages 18 to 30 months), Preschoolers, Transitional Kindergarten

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Berkeley Forest School is an all-outdoors forest preschool centering kinship and connection with the land, sea, and sky. They support a whole-child (whole-family!) learning community cultivating space for curiosity and wonder, alongside Reggio-Emilia inspired curriculum, all under the open sky at parks, orchards, mirco-farms, & natural spaces.

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This cozy, play-based preschool in the hills helps prepare students for the wild world of elementary school. Experienced teachers support social/emotional development, self-advocacy skills, being a good friend and a positive member of a group. Lots of outdoor time, field trips, yoga, baking, art, Spanish and science!

Berkeley Rose Waldorf School (BRWS)

Preschoolers, Transitional Kindergarten

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Home-like, calm and rhythmic, this 3-5 day nursery program and play-based two-year kindergarten focus on developing the young child physically, socially, cognitively and spiritually. BRWS supports who your child is becoming, blossoming into their own gifts and confronting their challenges.

Broadway Children's School of Oakland (BCSO)

Toddlers (ages 18 to 30 months), Preschoolers

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Broadway Children's School of Oakland, established in 1952, is a play-based community preschool located in the Adams Point neighborhood near Lake Merritt. They offer preschool and parent/toddler programs that are designed to develop the whole child.

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CCC is a child-centered, play-based, parent-teacher cooperative with a strong anti-bias curriculum. Their award-winning teachers help young children value differences, engage socially and emotionally, and explore the natural world. Scholarships are available.

Curious Explorers Academy

Preschoolers, Transitional Kindergarten

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Curious Explorers Academy promotes an environment where children become independent, confident, lifelong learners with a strong sense of self. They proudly offer a positive, child-centered preschool experience that fosters a love of learning in a nurturing community.

East Bay German International School (EBGIS)

Toddlers (ages 18 to 30 months), Preschoolers

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The EBGIS Early Childhood Program employs a play-based and project-oriented approach widely used in Germany. The bilingual preschool and kindergarten faculty use early immersion principles to expand children’s communicative competencies in both German and English.

Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley (EB)

Toddlers (ages 18 to 30 months), Preschoolers, Transitional Kindergarten

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Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley is a preschool-8th grade bilingual immersion school where students learn in French and English. Every day, EB students learn to speak, write, and think in two languages, becoming open-minded, adaptable learners who discover their best selves while respecting the differences of others.

ECPC is a play-based parent-run cooperative preschool for children ages 3-5
They believe children learn best through self-directed play, and teachers provide a variety of experiences to suit the varied needs of growing children.

Escuela Bilingüe Internacional (EBI)

Preschoolers, Transitional Kindergarten

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EBI’s pe-kinder Spanish immersion program provides a nurturing learning environment where students explore their environment through play. Rooted in the International Baccalaureate (IB) with Reggio Emilia influences, our youngest students are engaged in learning and socio-emotional development.

Every Child Bay Preschool

Toddlers (ages 18 to 30 months), Preschoolers

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Every Child Bay was founded and is overseen by experts in child development and psychology. They are dedicated to providing a warm, creative and meaningful environment to nurture self empowerment in each child, while exploring concepts of cooperation, empathy, responsibility and respect for self, adults, classmates, and their communities.

Guidepost Montessori at Emeryville

Infants, Toddlers (ages 18 to 30 months), Preschoolers

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Guidepost Montessori classrooms are light, airy, calming, aesthetically beautiful spaces. The school is a convenient 2-minute walk to Doyle Hollis Park, the Emeryville Amtrak Station, and Artistry Emeryville Apartments. Mandarin immersion available. Now enrolling children aged 6 weeks to 6 years.

Kids Speaking Spanish (KSS) Immersion Schools

Toddlers (ages 18 to 30 months), Preschoolers

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KSS Immersion Schools' responsive learning environment supports Spanish language immersion, empowers children to conquer challenges with creative solutions, and strengthens critical thinking skills and social connections. Full time program for children 2-6 years. Campuses in Albany, Oakland, San Jose & Walnut Creek.

Linda Beach Cooperative Preschool

Preschoolers, Transitional Kindergarten

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Established in 1941, Linda Beach Cooperative Preschool is a small, play-based preschool. They believe children learn best in an environment rich with age-appropriate stimuli. Success is due to the warmth and enthusiasm provided by exceptional teachers working directly with parents eager to share in the development and education of children.

Little People Academies (LPA)

Infants, Toddlers (ages 18 to 30 months), Preschoolers, Transitional Kindergarten

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Little People Academies offers play-based preschool programs in the Oakland area. Their programs cater to children aged 6 months to kindergarten, providing engaging curriculum, activities, and field trips. Join in as they ignite inspiration and foster a love for learning!

Montclair Community Play Center (MCPC)

Toddlers (ages 18 to 30 months), Preschoolers

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MCPC is Oakland's oldest co-op preschool founded in 1933, is play-based and made-up of 28-30 diverse families working together to create a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment, so its children can resolve conflict, build self-esteem, and value diversity.

My Own Montessori Preschool (M.O.M.)

Preschoolers, Transitional Kindergarten

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Located in Rockridge, Oakland, My Own Montessori serves children ages 2.8 to 6 years old. M.O.M. offers a special Pre-K/T-K program for children ages 4 or older. Committed to the Montessori philosophy, the M.O.M. teachers nurture and encourage their student’s curiosity in a loving and caring environment where everyone feels “at home at school.”

Northern Light School (NLS)

Toddlers (ages 18 to 30 months), Preschoolers, Transitional Kindergarten

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Northern Light School is a Montessori based preschool designed to help children develop a joy for learning and discovery. NLS fosters an atmosphere where every child can excel-as learners, leaders, and engaged human beings. NLS is proud of its whole-child approach to education in a nurturing, multicultural community.

Peter Pan Cooperative Nursery School

Toddlers (ages 18 to 30 months), Preschoolers, Transitional Kindergarten

Peter Pan is a non-profit, parent-run cooperative preschool, operating since 1947. Two teachers and working parents enable a low (1:4) teacher-child ratio. Through play, children ages 2-6 learn together in the beautiful Maxwell house, "upper" park outdoor space, and at the surrounding Maxwell "lower" park. Parents receive monthly parent education.

Play Pals Preschool

Toddlers (ages 18 to 30 months), Preschoolers, Transitional Kindergarten

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Play-based inclusion preschool program offering morning, afternoon and full day programs for children 18 months and up. Reggio based learning with weekly theme activities to support children's curiosity. Onsite Speech and Occupational Therapy onsite for children who need a little extra support. Tuition vouchers available through 4Cs

Prospect Sierra School

Transitional Kindergarten

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Prospect Sierra’s transitional kindergarten is designed for four- and five-year-olds who are ready to learn by doing. The program is designed to help students to develop empathy, find joy in learning, and cultivate strong pre-academic skills.

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Now accepting 3 and 4 year olds to the Pre-Kindergarten Prep and Pre-Kindergarten Programs. They are a fully licensed Pre-Kindergarten focused on the academics needed to more than prepare your child for Kindergarten.

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Sequoia Nursery School is a non-profit cooperative preschool located in the beautiful park setting of the Sequoia Lodge in Oakland. They have been serving children and families since 1947 by providing a supportive, play-based environment where kids can grow and thrive.

Shu Ren International School

Toddlers (ages 18 to 30 months), Preschoolers

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Shu Ren, an IB World School, inspires students with a love of learning through an inquiry-based Mandarin immersion program that prepares students with the heart and mind to thrive in an evolving global society. Enrollment in the early childhood program begins at age 2, and programs continue through middle school. Campuses in Berkeley and San Jose.

Temple Sinai David Pregerson Preschool

Preschoolers, Transitional Kindergarten

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A Jewish preschool with a play-based, emergent curriculum. Teachers nurture exploration and interaction, fostering children's learning. Jewish values guide teaching and learning. Accepting 2-year-olds on rolling admissions through December.

The Berkeley School (TBS)

Preschoolers, Transitional Kindergarten

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The Berkeley School's multi-age Early Childhood classrooms incorporate the essence of Montessori and Reggio Emilia pedagogies to provide child-centered learning opportunities. The beautiful campus is a certified natural habitat and provides endless possibilities for open-ended exploration and experiential learning.

The Lake School


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Offering a high-quality play-based preschool education for children ages 2-5, teachers provide a nurturing environment focused on independence and social-emotional skills. The curriculum is rich with varied materials, art, and science-related opportunities including a vibrant pet program with chickens, bunnies, geckos, lizards, bugs, and fish.

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TRIS Montessori preschool is for children age 3-to-6-years old. The program’s core curriculum includes practical life, sensorial, language, literature, art, music, mathematics, and language immersion in either French/English or Spanish/English. Students like school and enjoy learning.

Wild Child Preschool (WC)

Preschoolers, Transitional Kindergarten

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Wild Child is where a lifetime of creativity begins. They offer full-day preschool and transitional kindergarten programs which includes STEAM curriculum, music + movement, and nature exploration.

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Preschooler doing art at Twirl, Alameda
Photo: Shannon from Fig and Peach Photography

All featured preschools are sponsors of 510families.com. If you’d like to be added to our East Bay Preschool Guide, please contact [email protected]. And thanks for all you do for our children! We love ya.

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