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UC Berkeley’s Early Childhood Education Program (ECEP) worked diligently to develop and adhere to strict protocols as the health and safety of children and staff continues to be our utmost priority. Our program is working under various new protocols and procedures to comply with health and safety guidelines, so our class sizes have been significantly reduced and have resulted in less availability of care spaces for families. At this time, ECEP is accepting applications from new families to our program. Please note that ECEP is currently unable to provide services for children under 12 months of age. 


Below is a timeline of gradual reopening of ECEP childcare:

April 1st, 2020: ECEP began serving children of essential workers through a waiver establishing Emergency Childcare at our Haste Street location.

July 1st, 2020: ECEP expanded services to provide care for children of non-essential workers who were previously in UC Berkeley’s ECE program.

August 13th, 2020: ECEP’s 2020-21 school year began with limited enrollment based upon the enrollment priorities established by the University.

August 22nd, 2020: ECEP was notified of a staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19. Affected families and staff were notified, and in accordance with state and local public health requirements the classroom was temporarily closed.

September 3rd, 2020: All classrooms are open for childcare.

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.