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Haste Street Teacher Wins 2016 Habitot Bay Area Preschool Teacher Award


     Renee Davis

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!


Outdoor Funnel Stands   Birch Stands



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!