UC Berkeley’s youngest students are under 6 years of age! We aspire to become a global leader in early childhood education and research, and we support Berkeley in its quest to become the nation’s most family-responsive campus.
We believe that high-quality education and care of the very young is crucial for development of the whole child and the future adult. We further believe that supporting an Early Childhood Education program that is consistent with Berkeley’s commitment to access and excellence promotes a more respectful and inclusive campus community and global society.
- We teach UC Berkeley’s youngest students in a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment that sparks curiosity and inspires a life-long love for inquiry, research, reflection, and action. We also teach families, students, and educators to see and unlock the unique potential of each child.
- We research early childhood development, offering multi-disciplinary opportunities for scholars and practitioners to better understand the social, psychological, and intellectual capabilities of the young child. We also research environmental conditions and educational processes that best encourage healthy development.
- We serve UC Berkeley’s students, faculty, and staff so they can pursue excellence in their chosen fields, confident that their children are safe and receiving high-quality early education. We also serve as a model for nurturing children, their families, and a healthier society.
"Our child is clearly loved, nurtured, and heard by his teachers, in ways that go above and beyond what we expected. We also see the children are challenged to grow and experience different things, while also having ample opportunities to develop their own personal style and interests."
- ECEP Parent
The history of the Early Childhood Education Program dates back over 75 years, and we have a long tradition of providing high-quality care to UC Berkeley’s youngest students. In our classrooms on the UC Berkeley campus, the best developmental research is put into practice.
In 1927, Berkeley founded the Institute of Child Welfare, to provide a quality nursery school for children, while providing scholars access to a young population for observation and research. As one of the first such sites in the country, some of the most famous and innovative longitudinal studies in childhood development originated here.
In 1960, the nursery school was renamed the Harold E. Jones Child Study Center. The oldest of our centers, Harold E. Jones remains the longest continuously running child study center in the United States, attracting researchers and visitors from a variety of disciplines, including Education, Sociology, Linguistics, Architecture, Psychology, and Public Health.
Seeking high-quality early childhood education and care for their children, parent demand has driven the expansion of the ECEP. Faculty even established a parent co-op in 1969, which has become part of the ECEP family of centers. Since our inception in 1928, we have expanded to five locations and currently serve more than 250 students – infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
In recognition that we serve UC Berkeley’s youngest students, the ECEP is currently overseen by the UC Berkeley Division of Student Affairs. Throughout our growth, our promise has remained the same: to develop innovative and effective teaching and learning approaches, and to apply them for the benefit of our students and families.
Learn more about our ground-breaking research.
Veronica Ufoegbune (ooo-fway-boo-nay) received her EdD from Pepperdine University, MA from Mills College, and BA from the University of Benin in Nigeria. She started her early childhood education career path as a Montessori Teacher and has been the director for both nonprofit and for-profit programs, Head Start, Early Head Start, and most recently Alameda Unified School District. She had strong fiscal management skills and is adept at both grant-writing and fundraising. She speaks multiple languages and is a strong advocate for inclusion.
Veronica is also active on several high-profile Alameda County, state, and national organizations focused on advocacy at county and state levels and advancing both quality and the need for greater access and affordability in early care and education. Her personal philosophy is that love, respect, and knowledge are critical ingredients in the raising of our children. She believes in partnering closely with families, caregivers, and teachers to ensure an inclusive and joyful community and high-quality education.
ECEP Advisory Committee
The Childcare Advisory Committee (CAC) has two major areas of responsibility: to provide strategic and tactical advice regarding the development of the Early Childhood Education Program, and to provide assistance in developing and strengthening the ECEP's relationship with the University community. The CAC advises, promotes, and actively supports Berkeley in achieving its mission of developing a long-term, sustainable strategy for ECEP by:
- Defining the academic philosophy of the program.
- Integrating academic research as a feature of the program.
- Developing a long-term, sustainable financial model for ECEP.
- Defining child care program structure, capacity and number and type of children served.
- Optimizing program facilities and delivery models.
- Creating fundraising strategies.
Parents are invited to join the advisory committee. Please contact your center director if you are interested.
- Steve Hinshaw, Co-chair, Professor and Chair, Psychology, UC Berkeley
- LeNorman Strong, Co-chair, Associate Vice Chancellor, Residential & Student Service Programs, UC Berkeley
- Angy Stacy, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Equity, Professor of Chemistry, UC Berkeley
- Margaret Bridges, Senior Research Scientist, Institute of Human Development, UC Berkeley (also former ECEP parent)
- Claire Bainer, Director, Blue Skies for Children
- Ken Jaffe, President, International Child Resource Center
- Pamm Shaw, Executive Director, YMCA
- Ken Kuchman, Executive Director, Witkin Foundation
- Dr. Stephen Sutton, Associate Vice Chancellor, RSSP & Childcare Services
- Mary-Ann Spencer Cogan, Chief of Staff, RSSP & Childcare Services
- Dr. Veronica Ufoegbune, Executive Director, Early Childhood Education Program (ECEP)
- Jane Esposito, ECEP Site Coordinator
- Megan Burmeister, ECEP Administrative Assistant
- Rebecca Tracy, retired ECEP Teacher
- Jen King, Gradutate Student/
- Laurent de Janvry, Staff Parent Representative
Contact the Advisory Committee
Questions or comments for the Advisory Committee may be sent to email@example.com.
Committee Notes and Updates
The CAC meeting notes and reports are available on the Resources page.
News & Events
Haste Street Teacher Wins 2016 Habitot Bay Area Preschool Teacher Award
Congratulations to Renee Davis from the Haste Street Child Development Center for winning a 2016 Habitot Children’s Museum Bay Area Preschool Teacher Award! In its eighth year, the “Preschool Teachers Make a Difference” awards celebrate outstanding accomplishments of preschool teachers as leaders in the development of young children. The judges this year included Joan Suflita, Quality Improvement Coach at BANANAS Inc., Deborah Matthews, Educator & Berkeley Civic Leader, Asiya Jabbar, MA. Ed, Reaching Beyond Care Early and 2015 Bay Area Preschool Teacher Award winner. It’s an honor to have teachers like Renee on our staff, and a pleasure to see them recognized by the community for their excellent work.
Thank you to the class of 2015!
Thank you to the parents at Clark Kerr Preschool for donating 2 outdoor funnel stands and birch stands. These will certainly be a great addition to the center! Thank you for your support!
New Major Will Support our Youngest Learners
April 12-18, 2015 is “Week of the Young Child: Celebrating our Youngest Learners.” The Early Childhood Education Program (ECEP) is delighted to share that the new interdisciplinary undergraduate major in Early Development and Learning is set to launch in fall 2016. The proposed degree would include two tracks: one for early childhood educators, and one for early childhood specialists, such as family support and child-life staff. The interdisciplinary major will include core course work, and additional major requirements will draw on faculty and courses from Education, Psychology, Public Health, Public Policy, and Social Welfare. ECEP will provide practicum.
The vision is to start with a cohort of 25 upper division students (including transfers), and to provide academic, financial, and social support for students. Their studies will link to the Berkeley ECEP, Jumpstart, University research projects, and engage with other relevant organizations. Students in the Early Educator Track will be eligible to obtain their Child Development Permit, and work is being done to explore how to extend the program for leaders in Early Development and Learning.
The ECEP team is excited to celebrate our youngest learners on a daily basis, while looking to increase support and opportunities for them and their teachers in the future. In the meantime, do something special this week with the young learners in your life because exploration and play help develop cognitive and social skills. This Saturday, April 18, check out the events for kids and families at Cal Day, or for activites in the Bay Area, see the Visit Berkeley website.
Happy Week of the Young Child!
Children of members of the UC Berkeley and the general community are eligible for ECEP.
Yes. Community members are eligible for ECEP. UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff do receive priority. All parents who are interested in our program are encouraged to apply.
Children must be a minimum of 3 months old, and not yet eligible for kindergarten in the August of the year they plan to enroll.
No. There is not an application deadline. Applications are accepted year-round. However, early applications are advisable. The acceptance process begins in January for summer and fall spaces.
Yes. If there is space available, your child will be able to join ECEP after the beginning of the fall semester. However, fewer spaces are available later in the year because most students do begin in the summer or fall. Available spaces are first filled from the Wait List and Eligibility List, then from new applications.
Faculty, staff, and community parents may use either a paper or online application.
UC Berkeley students should fill out a paper application.
There are two versions of the paper application:
Students must submit a paper copy of the application.
Student parents applying for a subsidy should fill out the Subsidized Application.
Student parents applying for Full-Fee placement should fill out the Full-Fee Application.
UC Berkeley student parents and staff are eligible for a subsidy. Community members are not eligible for a subsidy. Parents must meet California Department of Education need eligibility requirements. See the Subsidized Application for details.
Only UC Berkeley students and staff are eligible for subsidized care. If you are no longer a Berkeley student or staff, you will no longer be eligible for a subsidy. However, your child can continue with ECEP as a full-fee student.
Yes. If your child is not accepted into a full-fee placement, your application remains active until your child is age-eligible for Kindergarten — unless you withdraw from the list, or if you do not respond to three contact attempts.
If you are offered a space and decline, you may ask to remain on the list for a space that may become available at a later date. When a space becomes available, it will be for a child of a particular age, and the applications for that age range will be reviewed. The date an application is received is very important. Our admissions coordinator will usually be able to give you a general idea regarding your child’s status on the wait list.
If you applied for subsidized services, see the FAQ about the Eligibility List.
Applicants for full-fee placement who are not accommodated will be placed on the Wait List.
If you are eligible for subsidized services, but are not accepted into the program due to space limitations, low priority number or late application, you will be placed on an Eligibility List. Status on the Eligibility List is based on income and, unlike a Wait List, status does not automatically improve over time. All applications are reviewed according to State Eligibility Guidelines as they are submitted and the Eligibility List is updated accordingly.
You will need to inform the Early Childhood Education Programs Office if there is a change in your income, family size, activity of either parent, or if you want your application withdrawn from the list.
The application fee is currently $50 for non-students and waived for UC Berkeley students.
There are four ways to obtain an application.
- You may download a paper application from the website. Be sure to download the correct application – the Full-Fee Application or the Subsidized Application.
- You may obtain a paper application via email, by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
- You may obtain a paper application by calling the main office at (510) 642-1827.
- If you are a faculty, staff, or community applicant, you may apply online through the online application. If you are a UC Berkeley student, please use a paper application.
You are able to request a preference for a specific center. However, your application is for the Early Childhood Education Program as a whole and there is no guarantee that there will be space at any one center. ECEP will offer you a space at a particular center based on a combination of your preference, your child’s age, and available spaces.
No. You will be notified ahead of time when there will be a research study or survey in your child’s classroom, and you will have the opportunity to choose whether to participate.
Read more about ECEP students and research.
ECEP has an excellent adult-child ratio. We staff classrooms not just according to Title V licensing requirements, but to best-practice standards. Adult-child ratios at the centers range from 1:3 in infant rooms, to 1:4 in toddler rooms, and 1:8 in preschool rooms.
Read more about our teaching staff qualifications.
Yes. Parents are welcome to volunteer in the classroom. For parents who want to be involved but cannot volunteer during the workday, there are other opportunities. Contact your center director for specific information.
According to a new California law, parents or guardians of students in any school or child-care facility, whether public or private, will no longer be allowed to submit a personal beliefs exemption to a currently-required vaccine. Read more about the new vaccine requirements.
The Early Childhood Education Program has employment opportunities for both qualified teachers and UC Berkeley students.
Positions for Qualified Teachers
Career and Limited/Part-time positions for Child Development Teachers and Teacher Assistants are often available. Apply for these current positions online at http://jobs.berkeley.edu.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity Employer, offering a diverse working environment, competitive salaries, and comprehensive benefits.
Come to our Career Fair!
To learn more about our open positions, visit 2339 Haste Street on March 25, 2017 between 9am and 12pm. We will be reviewing resumes and offering interviews for qualified candidates.
For questions regarding employment, please contact email@example.com.
Jobs for UCB Students
ECEP hires UC Students to assist teachers in our classrooms at eight childcare centers on or near campus. Work study students are a priority. Starting pay is $12.53 per hour. Please bring a completed application to the ECEP office, 2339 Haste Street.
For questions regarding students jobs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early Childhood Education Program Office
Veronica Ufoegbune, Executive Director
Kimmie Szeto, Associate Director
Marina Moreida, Admission Coordinator
Megan Burmeister, Administrative Assistant
Clark Kerr Child Development Center Pre-K Program
Dwight Way Child Development Center