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Find Child Care

Alameda County has three Childcare Resource and Referral Agencies for families.  The agencies offer free child care information and referral services.  If you need help paying for childcare, ask staff about subsidized child care programs.

Bananas, Inc.

For families who live in Northern Alameda County: Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont.

4 C’s of Alameda County

For families who live in Southern Alameda County: Ashland, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Newark, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Union City.

Child Care Links

For families who live in Eastern Alameda County: Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and Sunol.

Head Start Programs

Head Start promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through educational, health, nutritional, and social services.  For more information, contact an Early Head Start or Head Start in your area. 

Early Head Start: Children ages 0 – 3 years

Albany, Berkeley and Emeryville: 510-848-9092
Hayward: 510-796-9512 ext.2
Oakland: 510-553-9926
Brighter Beginnings: 510-437-8950
(Home-based Program: Oakland)
Through the Looking Glass : 510-848-1112 x8207
(Center-based Program: Oakland; Home-based Program: Albany, Berkeley, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Union City, Fremont, Newark and Castro Valley)

Head Start: Children ages 3 – 5 years

Alameda: 510-629-6350
Berkeley: 510-848-9092
Oakland: 510-238-3165
East County: 925-443-9380 (Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and Sunol)
South County: 510-796-9512 (Ashland, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Newark, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Union City.)

Other Resources

Early Oakland is a resource to help families locate free or low cost early childhood care and education services in Oakland. Visit