Bright Future Early Learning Center, an early care and education center, is located in Downtown Oakland, CA, in the Elihu Harris State Building. We are located within easy walking distance of BART and AC Transit bus service.
Parents of enrolled children get badges to gain entry into our locked center that is located in the building. California Highway Patrol are onsite, as well as professional security officers.
Our program offers a nurturing, safe and stimulating environment where young children learn. We know that young children are beginning a lifelong process of learning. Our goal is to nurture their desire to learn through developmentally appropriate play-based activities. We provide opportunities for children to create meaningful experiences by exploring and manipulating materials in the classroom environment. We encourage active participation in an environment, which is designed to provide challenge and success at each level of development. Our program welcomes the enrollment of typically developing children, as well as those with different abilities and special needs.
Educational Program & Curriculum
Bright Future’s program serves children from 3 months until they start kindergarten. During those years, a lot of developmental changes occur. At every age, children are learning and building skills. As a play-based program, we offer a variety of options to support the philosophy that children’s play is their work.
We encourage children to make choices from a wide array of developmentally appropriate materials and activities. Children are also encouraged to participate in singing, movement, reading, yoga and other teacher-developed activities. We endeavor to document observations through the collection of a child’s work in order to guide activities that prepare our graduates for entry into the elementary school system.
Staff Qualifications and Ratios
Bright Future hires Teachers who are eligible for, or hold, a Child Development Permit at the Associate Teacher level or higher from the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. In addition, classrooms may be staffed with Teacher Assistants.
We serve delicious and well-balanced meals, including breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. Meal preparation is based on the state nutritional guidelines for infants and young children, focusing on incorporating fresh fruits & vegetables, as well as whole grain foods. We try to accommodate children with diet restrictions and allergies.
In our infant / toddler room, children are treated to a music teacher, who comes twice a month with her instruments and sings with them.
In our preschool room, children love their yoga experience, twice monthly. We also bring in a creative movement teacher, who shares her costumes and love of dance. In addition, children who are 3 years and older, are exposed to wonderful art activities at the Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA), once a month.
All enrichment is included in tuition. The aforementioned took place during pre-COVID times with a goal to return in 2022.