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The Institute of Human Development (IHD)


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The Harold E. Jones Child Study Center is maintained by the University of California as a research facility for students of child development as well as a childcare center for university families. It houses two working preschool classrooms and is home to a variety of research projects which are administered by the Institute of Human Development (IHD). Children (and their families) enrolled in the preschool program are expected to participate in research and teaching programs conducted at the Child Study Center. 

The Child Study Center preschool is administered by the UC Early Childhood Education Program. It offers full-day, developmental childcare for preschool-aged children of UCB faculty, staff, and students. The program operates year-round. The center is open from 7:45 AM to 5:30 PM Monday through Friday. The schedule observes all UCB holidays. The center is also closed the first week of August and for two weeks during the winter holiday break.

The school year starts in August. Children between the ages of 2 years 9 months and 4 years 8 months (in August) are eligible for admission. Priority for admission is given to UC Berkeley student, staff, and faculty, and post-doctoral families. Additional selection criteria are age and gender, with consideration given to diversity. Children of visiting scholars, LBNL, UCOP, and other UC campus staff/faculty families are also accepted. Community families may apply with the understanding that admission is offered first to UCB employees and students. Traditionally, applications have far outnumbered opening, making early application advisable.

Contact the Early Childhood Education Program or the Child Study Center to learn more about curriculum, staff, and parent involvement at the Child Study Center preschool, or to receive a copy of the application for enrolling your child in the program.