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.

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.

  • Over 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 eleven million dollars 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.