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The Child Education Center (CEC) is a full-service, full-time day care center and preschool, licensed by the State of California to provide care for children from three months of age to five or six years (first grade entry). We are located one block south of University Avenue, and three blocks west of Sacramento. The North Berkeley BART station is six blocks away, and several AC Transit lines are one block away on University Avenue. The center's ample grounds and surrounding neighborhoods offer abundant space for exploring outside and in our large, airy, well-lit classrooms. CEC offers a range of scheduling options to suit your family's needs including full-time, part-time, and limited flex-option spaces, and we offer a discount for families enrolling more than one child.
The Center is a non-profit corporation with a 501(c)3 tax exemption status. Programs are developed and managed by the Director who works with a parent-elected Board of Directors to formulate CEC policy. Additionally, the school enlists the support and involvement of our families (see Family Involvement) who contribute their time and energy to making CEC the best it can be.
We currently serve 65 to 80 children with a staff of 18. Our ethnically diverse teaching team is highly trained, experienced, friendly and loving. Teachers are selected, screened and retained on the basis of their commitment to quality education and compassion for infants and young children—who we recognize as our future.
CEC's high staff-to-child ratios are the best in the Berkeley area which makes it possible for our staff to provide highly personalized care:
Infants (6 weeks to 13 months): One teacher to 3 children
Toddlers (13 months to 2 years): One teacher to 4 children
Twos (2 years to 3 years): One teacher to 5 children
Preschool (3 years to 4 years): One teacher to 7 children
Pre-K (4 years to Kindergarten or 1st grade entry): One teacher to 8 children