ECEP Two Week Closure
After careful consideration of both our ECEP families and our staff safety concerns during this challenging Coronavirus pandemic, we have decided to close ECEP starting Monday, March 16 for two weeks. We have been carefully following health care experts’ advice to maintain safe learning environments and the closure of local school districts to support social distancing was the tipping point. A significant number of our staff now have childcare needs of their own and/or are high risk which impacts their ability to come to work and our ability to meet licensing ratios.
We will be monitoring public health and other expert recommendations in order to reopen as soon as possible.
Below is a list of back-up childcare resources offered through UC Berkeley:
If you have questions on what is being offered, staff and non-ladder rank faculty should reach out to Be Well at Work Program Manager, Karen Patchell (510-642-8659; firstname.lastname@example.org). The student program is managed through the Grad Division Director, Student Life, Larissa Charnsangavej (510-642-4071; email@example.com). Faculty should reach out to the Office for Faculty, Equity & Welfare (510-642-1935; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Back-up Childcare Resources:
- SitterCity(link is external) (for faculty and staff) – https://www.sittercity.com/universityofcalifornia
- Back Up Care Advantage Program for faculty(link is external) – http://vpf.berkeley.edu/policies-and-programs/back-care-advantage-program
- Back-Up Child Care for UC Berkeley Student Parents(link is external) – http://backupchildcare.berkeley.edu/
- Students will need to verify their enrollment status first via this link :https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe1UE7Ys3A6Eq-EbxZZQEFjsZIi7fWM2aDmCXQQTGEDG-kOZA/viewform
Thank you for your understanding and please stay safe.
Mary-Ann Spencer Cogan
Residential Student Service Programs
Division of Student Affairs, UC Berkeley
The Early Childhood Education Program (ECEP)
The Early Childhood Education Program (ECEP) provides early childhood services to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers at five centers in Berkeley and Albany. ECEP teaches UC Berkeley’s youngest students in a safe, nurturing, stimulating environment that sparks curiosity. We teach families and educators to see and unlock the potential of each child. Our staff of highly trained childhood educators give parents peace of mind – and support our student, staff, faculty, and community parents to balance family, school, and work.