Bright Future Early Learning Center
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Located in the Elihu Harris State Building in Oakland, this program serves children from 3 months to the start of kindergarten.
Employees of the State of California, University of California Office of the President, and the City of Oakland receive priority when enrolling their children. We serve families from the community if there are additional openings.
Bright Future provides a nurturing environment, rich with developmentally appropriate activities that challenge and encourage creativity. We support interactive, hands-on learning, knowing that children learn best when they have opportunities to use all of their senses.
Re: Infant care at Small Trans Depot in Oakland?
While I cannot comment on Small Trans Depot, my 5-year old son has gone to Bright Future Early Learning Center since he was 13 months old. It is in the base of the State of California Building at 14th and Clay in downtown Oakland. Like Small Trans Depot, they have an infant room, a toddler room and a preschool. I particularly liked that the preschool is mixed ages; there are not many children in our neighborhood. I was looking for my son to experience being the little kid, the middle and the ''big'' kid. We have had a wonderful experience and will miss it when he graduates next month.
The facility is bright and clean, has warm and loving teachers, and some flexibility on the number of days per week. The childcare center was originally started as an employee retention tool so there is a priority list based on your employer. There are also a limited number of sliding scale spots. The parents group is flexible in that if you have time, you can volunteer for a while, then ease off when your schedule is crazy.