Three new programs are on offer to Berkeley residents whose kids are heading off to kindergarten in the Fall. The programs are offered by the City of Berkeley’s recreation division and funded by First 5 Alameda County.

Over the course of a 10-week session, children ages 3-4.9 years old build literacy, problem-solving and social skills such as sharing and impulse control. Classes are ongoing at two locations. Bilingual-Spanish speaking teachers are available and the priority for enrollment is: 1) Low-income South & West Berkeley residents; 2) Low-income Berkeley residents; 3) All Berkeley residents.

In addition, a free pre-K drop-in program for 2-5 year-olds is held every weekday from 1:30 to 3:30pm at the Martin Luther King Community Center on Oregon Street, and a  Free Parent Education Workshop focuses on what parents need to know to get their children ready for kindergarten. Sessions will cover parenting skills, nutrition and use of community resources

Some sessions may have already begun, but there are still openings and full information is available on the city’s website.

Photo: City of Berkeley.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...