Early Childhood Programs

ICRI operates and/or oversees 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 Schools

Hearts Leap Schools provide internationally-recognized model programs for children in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our highly sought-after preschool and infant/toddler Emergent Curriculum programs are based on child-directed, Reggio-inspired, and developmentally appropriate practices. Hearts Leap has 4 locations around Berkeley and Oakland: 

Hearts Leap School 

To learn more about the program, please call Ellie Mashhour at (510) 549-1422.

Hearts Leap North  

To learn more, please call Gretchen Stizel at (510) 665-4200.

Lakeview Preschool

To learn more about this program, please call Natalie Wollner at (510) 444-1725. 

Hearts Leap Beginnings

To learn more about this program, please call Ellie Mashhour at (510) 549-1422.

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 Silvana Mosca at (510) 233-2329.


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ICRI now operates three children's centers at Stanford University, serving approximately 400 children, from infants to preschoolers. We will be bringing our Emergent Curriculum model program approach to the Stanford community at the following centers: 


Stanford Arboretum Children's Center 

To learn more about this program please call Center Director Allison Monroe at 650-725-6322

Stanford Madera Grove Children's Center

To learn more about this program please call Assistant Director Kristina Garland at 650-721-6632

Stock Farm Road Children's Center 

To learn more about this program please call Co-Center Directors Macys de Jesus and Jennifer Farjardo at 650-736-8465


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Miracle City Church, Baltimore, Maryland

ICRI has partnered with Miracle City Church and community leadership to bring violence prevention programs and preschool through senior care to south and southwest Baltimore. 


Copper River Native Association, Copper Center, Alaska

ICRI was approached by CRNA because of our long history in change-making for populations similar to those served by their organization. We have found a tremendous synergy between ICRI’s work on project development in early childhood education and maternal, child and family health. Our work has resulted in the design of outstanding programs and spaces for children, families, and communities at very low cost, and the developing and carrying out projects that are highly organized, locally driven, and result in true knowledge gain and attitude and practice change for local communities who are better able to serve their own populations.

Family Daycare Support Network

Family Daycare Support Network works to ensure that children from low income families in Alameda County, California have access to nutritious food that promotes their health and development.

ICRI receives funding from the State of California Department of Education and the United States Department of Agriculture to provide subsidies to child care providers serving children from low income and working poor families. These funds are used to reimburse child care providers for purchasing and preparing meals that meet recommended nutrition standards for young children.

In addition to providing this direct funding for healthy meals, ICRI staff routinely visit participating child care providers to offer them one-on-one training and support. ICRI also works to educate family daycare providers on the importance of good nutrition, and publishes a newsletter with healthy eating tips and suggested recipes.


  • Currently, approximately 125 family child care providers receive nutrition subsidies, training and support from ICRI.

  • 950 low-income children in Alameda County receive daily nutritious meals at their child care centers through ICRI.

  • Since FDSN began in 1995, ICRI has distributed over $11,000,000 in nutrition subsidies for low-income children in Alameda County.

  • 1,854 snacks and meals served per day and 480,237 snacks and meals served per year.

For access to forms relating to Family Daycare Support Network, click here.