Early Childhood Education operates 13 child development centers located in Bakersfield, Lamont, McFarland, Shafter, Tehachapi, and Wasco; serving more than 1,000 preschool children from low-income families.

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Why Is Quality So Important?

Research shows that a quality preschool experience is the best preparation for later school and life success. Quality programs support the family in its child-rearing role and have high standards of safety and instruction for young learners.

Setting The Stage For Success

Children enrolled in the preschool programs attend morning or afternoon, Monday through Friday. Many sites also have full day child care programs for parents working or going to school. Children will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational, creative, fun activities each day. An active partnership among parents, teachers and children will help us strive toward these desired results:

  • Children are personally & socially competent
  • Children are effective learners
  • Children show physical & motor competencies
  • Children are safe and healthy

Families Growing Together

Early Childhood Education supports the family in its childrearing role by encouraging parent participation in the classroom, at parent meetings, parent advisory committees and parent-teacher conferences. There is an opportunity for every parent to participate and learn with the children and staff.

Qualified, Nurturing Teaching Staff

Staff are carefully selected based upon education, credentials, experience and dedication to the principles of early childhood education. The teaching staff strive to meet the unique needs of the children and families in their classrooms. Staff routinely attend training to increase their skills and knowledge in early childhood development and provide young children a safe, enriching learning environment.


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Introducing 2-1-1 Kern County

2-1-1 is a single telephone number that cuts through the red tape and connects you to a trained information and referral specialist who suggests community and government organizations who can help 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Whether you are looking for help or looking to volunteer, 2-1-1 helps you navigate the health and human service system in times of crisis or in times of everyday needs and challenges.

In Kern County, 2-1-1 service will be provided by the Community Action Partnership of Kern (the Partnership). The Partnership currently provides Information and Referral services through its HelpLine program. On October 1, 2007, the Partnership will be launching the 2-1-1 system. HelpLine/2-1-1's multilingual phone staff undergoes professional training that prepares them to assess callers' needs and assist them with navigating a maze of human services agencies and programs. Learn more...

Early Childhood Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry national origin, religion, color, or mental or physical disability, in determining which children are served.

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