Early Childhood Education


Maria Carriedo, Franklin and Hopkins Principal
(510) 644-4533
Isabelle McDaniel, Transitional Kindergarten Principal
(510) 644-2893

About the Berkeley Child Development Centers (CDC)

The Berkeley Child Development Centers (CDC) serve more than 400 students from Berkeley and surrounding communities. More than 20% of BUSD pre-school students qualify and participate in our Head-Start Program. In addition to students served by the state funded Child Development Funds, approximately 50 students participate in the BUSD Special Education Program in a variety of settings including full inclusion, integrated and special day classes.

Program Philosophy

The Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) Early Childhood Education Department provides preschool programs that nurture young children’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development, as well as develop kindergarten school readiness skills, empower families and respect the cultural and linguistic diversity and unique characteristics of our families.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to create a safe and nurturing environment where all children are supported in their development of academic excellence, emotional security, healthy living, and self-expression.

Goal and Objectives

  • Our goal is to provide a high quality, comprehensive preschool educational program for all eligible children and their families.
  • We are committed to providing an educational program and activities that facilitate a child’s individual learning styles in physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.
  • We strive to have centers which provide a warm, safe, and nurturing environment for young children, so that they can develop a sense of trust and belonging.
  • We work to provide an environment where teachers ensure children feel safe, and where children are encouraged to explore materials as well as relationships with peers and adults that help in developing their learning experiences in a racially integrated, linguistically diverse environment.

Early Childhood Education Plan 2017-18
Early Childhood Education Plan 2016-17
Early Childhood Education Plan 2015-16

Information about each of the preschool campuses including addresses and other information, can be found below. For an initial application, click here.

Franklin Preschool
Maura Blanco, School Admin Assistant
1460 Eighth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
Hopkins Early Childhood
Maria Elena Romo, School Admin Assistant
1810 Hopkins Street, Berkeley, CA 94702
King Child Development Center
Gabriella Arechiga, Transitional Kindergarten Admin Assistant
Sandra Spiker, Preschool Admin Assistant
1939 Ward Street, Berkeley, CA 94703