“The teachers have been wonderful -- absolutely wonderful.”

– ECEP Parent

The ECEP hires highly qualified, nurturing staff. Many of our teachers have been with ECEP for numerous years.


Teacher Role

“It’s important to me how ECEP welcomes diverse family/staff members.”

- Hanne K., Teacher

Our teachers are integral to implementing our philosophy and play-based curriculum. The teachers focus on each child’s unique needs, as well as group dynamics. The teachers design spaces and projects that stimulate learning, encourage cooperation, and provide a sense of empowerment. Our teachers are also adept at integrating findings from our leading-edge childhood development research

In addition, teachers encourage two-way communication with parents. The teachers keep parents informed about the children’s progress in school, and also offer guidance and advice to parents as requested.

Student Assistants

The excellent caretaker-child ratio is supplemented further by ECEP student assistants. As part of our commitment to developing well-trained teaching professionals and leaders, our program incorporates UC Berkeley students as student assistants. Under the direction of our professional teaching staff, these student assistants support teachers by planning, organizing, setting up, participating in, and cleaning up curricular activities. Our student assistants also bring an additional youthful energy and enthusiasm to the program. 

Child-Teacher Ratios

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.

Student assistants provide additional care. Student assistants are enrolled at UC Berkeley and have prior experience working with children. They receive on-the-job training throughout the year.

Educational Qualifications

Our teachers are highly trained in applying knowledge and skills in the classroom. Our teachers have a Child Development Teacher permit or higher, and an associate's degree or higher. Many of the teachers also have a bacherlor's or master's degree. Teacher assistants support the lead teachers in each classroom. They have at least 12 ECE units and have or are working toward a permit.

Teacher Training

In addition to our teachers’ educational qualifications, we provide further training to our teachers in our philosophy, as well as the best practices in early childhood education. In addition to hiring highly qualified teachers, the ECEP also supports teacher training for early childhood educators. We develop excellent teaching professionals and leaders, both well trained and committed to nurturing and supporting children’s learning. 


"My two kids had teachers who genuinely cared about their well-being, health, and development. I especially appreciated the details the teachers would share with me about my child and how they spent their day."

Joan S., parent

Haste Street Teachers Named to Habitot's 2014 "Making a Difference" List

Three teachers from the Haste Street Child Development Center were named to Habitot's 2014 "Preschool Teachers Making a Difference" list. Congratulations to Sally Wright, Sarah Post and Carmen Madriz!