Child Care



ICRI operates and/or oversees three child care and early childhood development centers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Each center incorporates unique curricula and learning environments, and employs talented and dedicated staff. Our goal is to develop a range of outstanding early childhood centers that are models in their communities, and provide study and learning exchange opportunities for educators from around the world.

Hearts Leap School – ICRI was asked in 2001 to take over the operation of this Berkeley child care center, which has since been recognized both locally and internationally as a model early childhood program. Located in the historic Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, Hearts Leap utilizes a discovery-based emergent curriculum. To learn more about the program, please call Ellie Mashhour at (510) 549-1422.

Hearts Leap North – Due to the high demand for slots in the Hearts Leap program, ICRI opened an additional center in North Berkeley in 2008. Heart’s Leap North also utilizes an emergent curriculum, and has quickly become a highly-regarded and sought-after child care option for Bay Area families. To learn more, please call Gretchen Stites at (510) 665-4200.

El Nuevo Mundo – ICRI administers California State Department of Education subsidies and provides training and oversight for this bilingual Spanish/English preschool program in Richmond, California. To learn more, please call Bruno Mosca at (510) 233-2329.