Enrollment

“My daughter LOVES her teachers, and they clearly know and love her.  She feels safe there, she is safe there, she is excited and happy to go to school at ECEP.”

– ECEP Parent

The ECEP serves children of UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff, as well as community members, in five centers in Berkeley and Albany. ECEP has recently opened new classrooms and all parents who are interested are encouraged to apply.

 

Highlights

  • Applications are accepted year-round, and early applications are advisable.
  • The acceptance process begins in January for summer and fall spaces.
  • Children will begin school at the start of the fall semester in August, when most spaces are available. Some spaces may also become available throughout the year.
  • A limited number of subsidies are available for UC Berkeley student parents and staff. 

 

Application

ECEP currently has limited spaces available for the 2016-17 school year. Contact us at 510-642-1827 to find out if spaces are available for your child’s age group. You may use the below application for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school year. 

 

Full fee Online Application

Full Fee Online Application

Full fee Application

Full-Fee Application (PDF)

Subsidized Application

Subsidized Application (PDF)

 

New Vaccine Requirements

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.

Age Eligibility

“The children experience nurturing and freedom. The teachers seem to have endless patience. The diversity of children is also a plus.” 

– ECEP Parent

ECEP provides care for infants, toddlers, and preschool children.

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. 

 

Priority

Children of members of the UC Berkeley and general community are eligible for ECEP.

We recently opened a new center, and are able to accommodate more children than in the past. All parents who are interested in our program are encouraged to apply.

Prioritization is based on the following criteria:

  • First priority: Children of UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff
  • Second priority: Children of visiting scholars, LBNL, UCOP, and other UC campus staff/faculty families
  • Third priority: Children of community families

Children with siblings currently enrolled in the program are given priority over new families.

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Program Cost

“The teachers help us raise our children, and I can't imagine how we could have done it without the consistency of staff and care we've received for our whole family.”

– ECEP Parent

The program cost is based on the age of the child, and takes into account the higher teacher-child ratios for younger children.

 

Program Cost, 2017-2018

  • Infants: $2,200 per month
  • Toddlers: $2,000 per month
  • Preschool: $1,675 per month

 

Subsidies

As one of the great public universities, UC Berkeley values access to education as part of its mission. UC Berkeley student parents and staff may be eligible for fee subsidies. Learn more about subsidies.

Student Parents

It is ECEP’s goal to help student parents balance school, work, and family. We reserve a number of spaces for the children of student parents, and also provide subsidies to qualified parents.

To qualify for a reserved space or subsidy, one parent must be a registered UC Berkeley student.

Student parents should fill out the paper application rather than the online application.

 

Subsidies

As one of the great public universities, UC Berkeley values access to education as part of its mission. For UC Berkeley student parents and staff, a limited number of subsidized spaces are available. Most subsidy recipients are student parents; some staff may be eligible as well. Parents must meet California Department of Education need eligibility requirements.

With the subsidy, fees are assessed on a sliding scale based on age of the child and gross income (adjusted for family size according to State Department of Education rankings).  

See the Subsidized Application for details.

Questions about subsidies? Please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Marina Moreida, by calling (510) 643-1482.

 

Full-Fee Placements

A number of full-fee placements are also reserved for student families. Early applications are advisable.

Student parents applying for full-fee placement should fill out the Full-Fee Application.

 

Application Process

 

"The teachers are very knowledgeable and thoughtful. The parents are great. Our family feels like we belong. "

- Emilio A., parent

Step 1: Apply

Student parents and staff applying for a subsidy should fill out the Subsidized Application.

Faculty, staff, community parents, and student parents applying for full-fee placement should fill out the Full-Fee Application.

The application fee is waived for UC Berkeley students, and costs $50 for all other applicants.

 

Infant Applications

Applications for infants can be initiated during pregnancy. After birth, you will need to contact our office to verify name, gender, and birth date for the application to remain valid.

 

Step 2: Take a Tour

Once we receive your application, you can contact the main office to request a tour.

If you have applied for subsidized care, you will first be contacted for an intake interview to establish eligibility, then contacted to schedule a tour.

 

Center Placement

Placements are made at one of five centers, depending on the child’s age and available spaces at each center. Classroom and/or center assignments will change as the child ages. When you apply, you may request a preference for a specific center.

 

Step 3: Sign Your Contract

Applicants will be notified of acceptance to the program, and given a contract.

In addition to the contract, you will need to submit a medical form (to be completed by a physician) and your child's immunization record. For parents receiving subsidized care, you will also need to submit income verification, proof of UC Berkeley registration or staff status, training verification form, and your child's birth certificate. 

Once your child is accepted, a $700 nonrefundable advance payment is required, and is applied to the last month's fees.

 

Wait List/Eligibility List

There is a great demand for our services, particularly for infants and young toddlers, and unfortunately we are not able to serve all families who apply. The FAQ provides detailed information about our Wait List and Eligibility List.

FAQ

 

 

Who is eligible for early childhood education services at ECEP?

Children of members of the UC Berkeley and the general community are eligible for ECEP.

If I am a community member, will my child be able to enroll at 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.

What is the age eligibility for ECEP?

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. 

Is there an application deadline?

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.

Will my child be able to join ECEP after the beginning of the fall semester?

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.

I see there are different applications. Which application should I use?

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:

  • If you are UC Berkeley student or staff and are applying for a subsidy, you should fill out the Subsidized Application.
  • If you are a UC Berkeley student parent, staff, faculty, or community member applying for full-fee placement, you should fill out the Full-Fee Application.

I am a UC Berkeley student parent. Which application should I use?

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.

Who is eligible for a subsidy?

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.

What happens to my subsidy if I am no longer a student at UC Berkeley?

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.

Is there a wait list for ECEP?

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.

What is the difference between the Wait List and 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.

Is there an application fee?

The application fee is currently $50 for non-students and waived for UC Berkeley students.

How can I obtain an application?

There are four ways to obtain an application.

  1. You may download a paper application from the website. Be sure to download the correct application – the Full-Fee Application or the Subsidized Application.
  2. You may obtain a paper application via email, by contacting ecep@berkeley.edu
  3. You may obtain a paper application by calling the main office at (510) 642-1827.
  4. 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.

Am I able to choose which center my child will attend?

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.

Will my child be required to participate in research?

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.

What is the teacher-child ratio?

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.

As a parent or family member, will I be able to participate in the classroom?

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. 

Are there vaccine requirements?

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.

Summer Program

 

UVA is open for summer 2017

University Village Child Development Center in Albany (UVA) will be open for a summer enrichment session for children ages 2 – 5 years old.  Our six-week session will take place May 15 – July 21, 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Weekly themes and mixed preschool/toddler groups provide a different experience for summer.  Themes include cooking, music, crafts, and water play.

If you have questions, please contact ecep@berkeley.edu.