First Parent Meeting for Preschool August 30th, 2021


Video to help your child understand Covid Testing

Covid video.mp4

PreK Returning in Person - Parent meeting

Reading Multicultural and Diverse Books with Preschoolers

Beginning on Monday, February 1st, 2021, Berkeley Unified School District will recognize Black Lives Matter at School Week.  Our district put forward this action with the intent to highlight, uplift and affirm the rich history and contributions of the Black community.  We hope this action continues to cultivate in our Black students a sense of pride, self-worth, and self-love.  Additionally, it is our intent  to develop a widespread acknowledgement and appreciation for the contributions of Black people to our community.  Our preschool teachers have been working on developing lessons to teach, celebrate, uphold, and affirm the lives of Black people. Of course we cannot teach all there is to experience in one week, so we will be extending these lessons throughout the month (Black History Month) and beyond.  If you have further questions about these lessons please email your child’s teacher directly.  This is our first year and we hope to expand activities and lessons each and every year moving forward.

For more information, please see the Berkeley Unified School Board Resolution

Apply for Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten for 2021-2022 school year - click link below for more information!
Information about applying for TK and Kindergarten in BUSD and neighboring districts:
Oakland Unified: OUSD Admissions Information
West Contra Costa Unified: WCCUSD Admissions Information
Albany Unified: AUSD Admissions Information - Registration opens on February 3rd, 2021 and ends on March 31st, 2021
Emeryville Unified: EUSD Admissions Information

Rosa sat, so Ruby could walk, so Kamala could run.MOV

Teacher Karen celebrates our new Vice President, Kamala Harris and discusses how Rosa Parks and Ruby Bridges led the way, and then sings a beautiful song (see lyrics below).

Song ( Amy Dixon Kolar wrote the original lyrics with Rosa, Martin, and Barack, when Barack Obama won the presidency)
Rosa sat,
So, Ruby could walk,
Ruby walked,
So, Kamala could run,
Kamala ran,
She ran and she won,
So that all our children could fly.

Remembering Our ECE Teacher - Lupe 

    It is with great sadness we share news that our long-time BUSD preschool teacher Guadalupe Mora passed away on October 15, 2020.
    Teacher Lupe, as her students and families lovingly called her, began her career as an Early Childhood Education teacher in 1977. She came to BUSD in 2000, beginning in the Pre-K Bilingual Program and then moving to the Full Day General Education program soon after. She worked at Franklin, King and Hopkins and built strong working relationships with her colleagues.
    Teacher Lupe is remembered by all of BUSD staff as a kind, talented and dedicated teacher who loved her students and worked hard to make a difference in their lives. She will be missed for her warm smile, her helpfulness to others, the delicious cookies in her classroom, and the happiness and laughter she brought to so many  around her.

Live in Berkeley? GOT KIDS UNDER AGE 5?

They qualify for free books mailed monthly to age 5 Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Berkeley residents under age 5 are eligible Books are a gift to the child.

Go to http://www.thebbbp.org to learn more & register your child for Imagination Library online. 

First book in 6-10 weeks, last book sent 5th birthday month.

Resources From Our 10/13/2020 Parent Workshop on Nutrition

Re-Think Your Drink Activity Slides 10.13.20 Slides

Halloween Resources
 Please click link above to see the slideshow presented by Principal, Maria Carriedo, on September 22, 2020

Copy of Parenting Through Covid and Distance Learning September 2020

Click Below for Handouts!

If you are a resident of Berkeley (and have children under the age of 5) register them to receive free books in the mail. 

Our goal is to provide high quality, comprehensive preschool Distance Learning education for all BUSD preschool children and their families.


The Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) Early Childhood Education Department will continue to provide remote opportunities that nurture young children’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development, as well as develop kindergarten school readiness skills, empower families and respect the cultural and linguistic diversity and unique characteristics of our families.

Our curriculum and instruction are aligned with the California State Preschool Foundations.  The standards ensure that our students are prepared for Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten.  The standards focus on addressing the needs of the whole child and building on the students' individual strengths and contributions in the classroom. As we work under these circumstances we will continue to meet this goal with our Distance Learning focus on our preschoolers.

Please take the time to see activities and suggestions in each subject area which are aligned with the Preschool Foundations during this time of Distance Learning.  What we are recommending in each area represents the work you would see at our preschools on a typical day as children work individually, in small groups, and in whole groups. On a weekly basis, you will find new activities/lessons that involve a variety of learning models.  For example, students learn number sense by reciting chants, counting the stairs while going up and down the stairs at home, setting the table for a meal at home - activities that are directly connected to the child's own experiences.  

(Creative Curriculum is the curriculum we use at the preschool level in BUSD and this page was shared by Teaching Strategies) 

District website https://sites.google.com/berkeley.net/prek2homeresources/prek-2-resources-for-home-learning

Preschool Learning Foundations California State Standards for Preschool

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