YMCA of the Central Bay Area provides comprehensive early child care and education programs that promote school success and family involvement. Head Start and Early Head Start services are available for children birth to age 5, pregnant women and their families. We welcome all children with mild to severe disabilities.

Early Childhood Services programs provide:

  • Warm, safe and nurturing environments for young children

  • Highly qualified staff with caring and supportive attitudes

  • Opportunities for families to participate in leadership and policy-making groups, make friends and build communities

  • Services that are respectful, comprehensive and designed to meet the needs of children, families and the community

We also operate a California Department of Education child care program. Children can arrive as early as 7:30 a.m. and stay as late as 5:00 p.m. To be eligible for extended child care hours, parent(s) in the home must be working, going to school, seeking employment, incapacitated or have an active Child Protective Services case.

YMCA Early Childhood Services Head Quarters
2009 10th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 848-9092

Head Start
The YMCA Head Start program provides children 3 to 5 years old with high quality services designed to foster healthy development. Serving low-income children and their families in Berkeley and Albany, this comprehensive child development program provides health, nutrition, educational, social and emotional support.

Our staff helps identify children who may be in need of assessment and works with other agencies and home school districts to ensure that children who are qualified receive services. We work closely with children and their families to promote school-readiness and self-sufficiency.

Early Head Start
Early Head Start is designed to benefit pregnant women and children from birth to age 3 who may need assistance. The program is designed to reinforce and respond to the unique strengths and needs of each child and family.

Our staff helps identify children who may be in need of assessment and works with other agencies, the Regional Center of the East Bay and home school districts to ensure that children who are qualified receive services.

We work together with families to enhance children's physical, social, emotional and cognitive development, help parents meet their personal goals and enable parents to be better caregivers and teachers to their children.