Family focused, inclusive, play based, individualized preschool & childcare for children from 3 months to 5 yrs,  at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in the Elmwood neighborhood of Berkeley.








As of  September 6, 2022 all of our classrooms are full, with no spaces expected before Summer of 2023, unless families move. We might have an infant space or a  toddler space later this Fall, but we don’t yet know specific dates.

You can still add your family to our interest list, but we are not doing tours unless we contact you to offer you a space.  We understand your desire to tour, but tours are disruptive to the children who are here, and we receive at least 20 requests to tour each month, even though we average 8-10 spaces per year – so we only offer tours for open spaces.

  Archived details about our response to  COVID 19 changes and regulations are here.

Play based, Developmentally focused


St. John’s Childcare strives to provide the highest quality childcare in a unique setting where parents and teachers are partners together.    We specialize in the care of infants, Kaia and Owen 2017toddlers, and preschoolers from the age of three months to five years.  Our educated, caring teachers provide individualized care within a group setting. We believe in providing a variety of experiences that encourage the young learner to explore and develop skills at their own pace, in a nurturing environment.  Our daily activities are developmentally appropriate and play-based and include fostering knowledge and high self-esteem, independence, and respect for others. We are an inclusive center & work with parents to ensure that all children are meeting their developmental milestones.  Twice a year we have parent-teacher conferences where we use the Ages & Stages Developmental Questionnaire to take a closer look at each child’s strengths & needs in each developmental domain. When additional supports are needed we use consultative support from a team of developmental specialists, which may include an early interventionist, a speech therapist, an occupational therapist and/or a physical therapist – and when appropriate refer families on to their Regional Center or School District for more formal assessment & support.