East Bay Preschool Guide - 510 Families

East Bay Preschool Guide

{510} Families is delighted to share the following preschools, playschools, daycares, and co-ops that care for our children of the East Bay. While our sponsoring early education programs are heavily focused in Oakland and Berkeley, they span from El Sobrante to San Ramon and San Leandro. We hope you'll find the perfect fit for your family's needs.
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East Bay Preschools

Always Learning and Growing Forest School

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

Outdoor forest school for children age 3-6 is held in both San Francisco's Golden Gate Park and Berkeley area parks two mornings per week. Unlock the power of nature in children’s lives with 100% outdoor curriculum. Young students explore, learn, and grow with wonder. Classes and nature camps held year round.

A small, play-based, Reggio-inspired program for children 2 years, 9 months through 5 years, BHNS focuses on getting to know each child as an individual, fostering empathy, social/emotional and cognitive development, and Kindergarten readiness. Part-time options available for younger children.

Berkeley Rose Waldorf School

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

Berkeley Rose programs serve infants through Kindergarteners in a home-like, nurturing environment bringing rhythm and calm to your family. Embracing natural world and seasonal changes, BRWS educates through songs, verse, puppet plays, games, painting, house chores, and outdoor time.

Bright Horizons

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

Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool is a full-day, full-year child care program for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. Many East Bay locations: Alameda, Berkeley, San Ramon, and more.

Broadway Children's School of Oakland (BCSO)

Toddlers (ages 18 to 30 months), Preschoolers

BCSO is a family-first school combining child-centered learning through creative play with parent enrichment that extends developmentally appropriate learning deep into the home. BCSO cultivates a committed community that offers families a bedrock of support, knowledge-sharing and friendship.

Challenger School - Ardenwood

Preschoolers, Transitional Kindergarten

Since 1963, Challenger has been teaching children foundational academic and thinking skills—including reading with a superb phonics program—in a fun and exciting way that keeps students focused and achieving. Children love it! Visit the campus to see for yourself.

Child's Play

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

Child's Play is an all-inclusive play-based program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. They believe that children grow, learn, and thrive by exploring the world around them. They strive to provide an environment that engages children with developmentally-appropriate activities. Children feel empowered to follow their interests in a safe space.

CCC is a play-based cooperative preschool. Based on the principles that children grow and learn best through play, a major goal of the developmental program is to focus on appropriate social interactions. CCC is committed to the ideals of anti-bias and non-exclusionary play.

Curious Explorers Academy promotes an environment where children become independent, confident, lifelong learners with a strong sense of self. This is 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, Transitional Kindergarten

EBGIS is a dual-language immersion school offering preschool through 8th grade. The early childhood programs employ a play-based and project-oriented approach widely used in Germany. Preschool and Kindergarten programs are open to all. No prior knowledge of German is needed.

Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley (EB)

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

Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley offers children a bilingual education starting at 24-months old, with native French and fully credentialed teachers. Students acquire languages in immersion (80% French - 20% English) in a supportive and caring environment, preparing them to be tomorrow's global citizens.

Escuela Bilingüe Internacional (EBI)

Preschoolers, Transitional Kindergarten

Teaching and learning in pre-kinder is based on the Primary Years Programme (PYP) developed by the International Baccalaureate (IB). Children learn to listen during group lessons, stories, and playtime. They learn how to communicate in Spanish through conversation with peers and adults. [510 Spotlight]

Genius Kids

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

Award-winning accelerated learning centers offering care to ages 0-6 in Fremont and 30 other Bay Area locations. The Genius Kids mission is to inspire every child to Think, Lead & Communicate, resulting in greater self-esteem, confidence and performance to learn, achieve and care.

Guidepost Montessori in Emeryville

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

Located in Emeryville, Guidepost Montessori's East Bay campus offers a handcrafted Montessori education for infants through kindergarten-aged children, with Chinese Mandarin immersion options available.

JCC East Bay

Preschoolers, Transitional Kindergarten

JCC offers a play-based, nurturing environment where children learn to take care of themselves, each other, and the world. JCC is culturally Jewish celebrating values, traditions, and holidays; families from all backgrounds welcome. JCC hosts afternoon TK during the school year, for BUSD children.

KSS is the oldest Spanish immersion program in the Bay Area using the best elements of play-based and academic-themed curriculum that prepares kids to succeed socially, emotionally and academically. Additional locations in Oakland, Walnut Creek, and San Jose.

Les Petits Francophones is a French Immersion preschool (2 to 5 years old), located in the Glenview neighborhood of Oakland, that provides a safe, joyful environment that recognizes each child's uniqueness and fosters growth, exploration, movement, and connection to the each other and the world.

Montclair Community Play Center (MCPC)

Toddlers (ages 18 to 30 months), Preschoolers

MCPC is a play-based school offering programs for kids ages 18 months through 5 years. We have a Toddler Playtime program for kids 18-36 months, a five day a week morning co-op preschool and summer camps.

Montessori Family School (MFS)

Preschoolers, Transitional Kindergarten

More than learning simply what to think, children at Montessori Family School learn how to think and adapt in the fast-paced and constantly changing world around them. A driving goal is nurturing students who are self-reflective, self-organizing, and always forward thinking.

Netivot Shalom Preschool

Toddlers (ages 18 to 30 months), Preschoolers

Netivot Shalom Preschool is a warm and nurturing environment focused on children's development and social emotional growth through an emergent play-based curriculum, grounded in Jewish values and traditions. Programs for ages 2-5, 8 am - 5:30 Mon-Thu & Fridays until 3:30.

Prospect Sierra School

Transitional Kindergarten

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.

Rockridge Little School

Preschoolers, Transitional Kindergarten

Rockridge Little School has three Oakland neighborhood schools for children ages 2-5. Their goal is to bring forth the passions and curiosity already within each child by introducing ideas and concepts that inspire. Bright classrooms filled with materials to engage and support. Also 5918 Taft Ave.

Sequoia Nursery School is a parent co-operative preschool for children ages 3 to 5 years old. Established in 1947, it offers a nurturing, community-minded, play-based program with self-directed play and hands-on experiences for a diverse group of Oakland's youngest learners.

Shu Ren International School

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

Shu Ren International School is an inquiry-based, 100% Mandarin immersion program from early childhood (2 years old) to Grade 6 focusing on three critical components: inquiry-based learning; multilingual and multicultural education; and development of the whole child.

Step One School

Toddlers (ages 18 to 30 months), Preschoolers

Step One School has a 35 year history of dynamic, thoughtful, and innovative early education that speaks to the whole child. This vibrant community gives children the healthy foundation they need to reach their full potential as learners and human beings.

The Berkeley School (TBS)

Preschoolers, Transitional Kindergarten

The Berkeley School early childhood faculty follow Montessori pedagogy incorporating Reggio Emilia and other educational approaches that encourage joy, independent learning, and social emotional stamina.

The Model School

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

The Model School is a Montessori-based preschool for children ranging from 3 months to 5.5 years, enrolling year-round. In addition to the regular curriculum, they offer music and movement once/week, and a librarian from the BPL comes twice/month for story time.

The Principled Academy

Preschoolers, Transitional Kindergarten

The Principled Academy offers a preschool through 8th grade curriculum dedicated to Character Education, Diversity, and Academic Excellence. The Preschool has a strong educational component to prepare students for Kindergarten. Tours everyday given by appointment.

The Renaissance International School (TRIS)

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

TRIS offers a caring, responsive, multicultural, multidisciplinary environment and a high-quality education designed to help children become compassionate, capable, confident, and creative individuals. The Montessori program includes art, music, and French and Spanish language immersion.

The Seven Hills School

Preschoolers, Transitional Kindergarten

The Seven Hills Preschool & pre-K classes offer students opportunities to maximize their growth and learning in an emotionally supportive and nurturing atmosphere. Seven Hills is proud to focus on relationships that children have with each other, their family, teachers and the community.

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

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