Preschool Programs

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Collaborative Learning The City of El Cerrito offers two preschool programs. They are designed to offer parents an opportunity to have their preschool-aged children in a safe and nurturing environment. Registration is continuous as long as space is available.

Preschool Program Goals:

The Casa Cerrito (ages 3-5 years) and Teeter Tots Programs (ages 24 months to 3.5 years) are designed to promote physical, social, emotional and intellectual development. The staff works to create an atmosphere in which each child is accepted and supported. To accomplish this, staff members assist the children with learning to function in a group, recognizing and expressing their emotions and developing techniques for effective problem solving. Children will participate in preschool or kindergarten readiness activities. In addition, guidelines and limits are established to insure a physically and emotionally non-threatening and safe environment for all.

Preschool Structure:

The preschool curriculum will include age-appropriate crafts, indoor and outdoor games and playtime, music, stories and a variety of kindergarten readiness activities. While the specific activities offered change every day, the structured daily activity routines include the following: a nutritious snack is served each day (parents sign up to provide this), toileting, crafts, circle time, clean-up responsibilities and other age appropriate activities.

Teeter Tots

For Ages 24 Months - 3.5 Years
El Cerrito Community Center
7007 Moeser Lane

Monday - Friday

New Program Hours for the Teeter Tots Program!
Hours: As of September 4th, 2018 Teeter Tots will operate with expanded program hours from 8:30am-12:30pm daily.
Days: Families will have the option of choosing a 3 day a week or 2 day per week option.
Food: Parents will need to pack a ready-to-eat lunch that is nutritious and nut-free.
Billing: Will now be through our auto-debit system.

If you have any questions about any of our new changes please contact Eden O'Brien-Brenner at (510) 559-7003 or email.

Children who participate in the Teeter Tots program are introduced to play. Developing social skills such as sharing, taking turns and using words are the focus of this program. The emphasis is on a nurturing first experience for your toddler. TOILET TRAINING IS NOT NECESSARY.

Visits are welcome by appointment only, Monday-Friday 9:00am-9:30am for our Teeter Tots Program. Please bring your child. Before registering you must visit the program you wish to enroll your child in. To arrange an appointment please contact Susan Ortega (510) 559-7006 or email.

Casa Cerrito Preschool

For Ages 3 - 5 Years
6927 Portola Drive

Monday - Friday
8:30am-1:00pm and/or 1:00pm-5:30pm or Full Day 8:30am-5:30pm

New Program Hours for Casa Cerrito Preshool!
Hours: As of September 4th, 2018 Casa Cerrito will operate with expanded program hours. The morning program will operate from 8:30am-1pm, and the afternoon program will operate from 1-5:30pm daily, making the full day program 8:30am-5:30pm.
Billing: Will now be through our auto-debit system.

If you have any questions about any of our new changes please contact Eden O'Brien-Brenner at (510) 559-7003 or email.

Enroll in just the afternoon, or enroll all day long! This program for 3 - 5 year olds provides skill building and kindergarten readiness activities in an exciting age-appropriate setting. TOILET TRAINING IS REQUIRED.

Spaces are going fast. Sign-up today! If you would like to plan a visit please contact Casa Cerrito Director, Melanie West at (510) 559-7032.

Additional Information and Forms

After you have visited our program, if you would like to register for the waiting list, please complete the registration packet and submit to the El Cerrito Community Center along with a copy of your child's immunization record and a passport or wallet size photo:

Teeter Tots Registration Packet
Casa Cerrito Registration Packet

Other Documents:
Schedule Change/Transfer/Cancellation Form

The Recreation Department is excited to present WebTrac!

WebTrac is new component to our recreation software program that enhances our customers’ online services and tools. The site provides our users with the ability to register for classes, pay existing bills, print family activity calendars, renew recreation passes, and make facility reservation requests at their convenience. Create your own account or if you have previously registered for anything in office with us at the El Cerrito Community Center email us for your account username and password and visit WebTrac to access the possibilities.