ICRI Early Childhood Programs

ICRI operates and oversees eight 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 model early childhood and infant/toddler programs for children in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our  Emergent Curriculum programs are based on child-directed, Reggio-inspired, and developmentally-appropriate practices. Hearts Leap has 4 locations in Berkeley and Oakland: 

Hearts Leap School & Hearts Leap Beginnings

To learn more about this infant, toddler, and early childhood program, please call Site Director, Claire Lim at (510) 549-1422.

Hearts Leap North  

To learn more about this early childhood program, please call Center Director, Gretchen Stizel at (510) 665-4200.

Lakeview Preschool

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

El Nuevo Mundo

ICRI administers California State Department of Education subsidies and provides training and oversight for this bilingual Spanish and English preschool program in Richmond, California.

To learn more about this early childhood program, please call Center Director, Silvana Mosca at (510) 233-2329.



ICRI operates three children's centers at Stanford University, serving approximately 400 infants, toddlers, preschool-aged children, and their families. Like our Hearts Leap Schools, these centers incorporate Emergent Curriculum, child-led activities, and nurturing environments that will spark the natural curiosity of children. 

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 Co-Directors, Christine Herndon and Sally Zarcone at 650-721-6632

Stock Farm Road Children's Center 

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

Family Daycare Support Network

Family Daycare Support Network (FDSN) works to ensure that children from low-income families in Alameda County have access to nutritious food that promotes their health and development. FDSN 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, FDSN staff routinely visit participating child care providers to offer them one-on-one training and support. FDSN also works to educate family daycare providers on the importance of good nutrition, and publishes a newsletter with healthy eating tips and suggested recipes.


  • 100 family child care providers receive nutrition subsidies, training and support.

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

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

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


Miracle City Church, Baltimore, Maryland

ICRI has partnered with Miracle City Church and community leadership to bring violence prevention and inter-generational programs to south and southwest Baltimore. 

Copper River Native Association, Copper Center, Alaska

ICRI works with Copper River Native Association (CRNA)  on the design of  outstanding programs for children, families, and communities and the development of projects that are locally-driven, culturally-sensitive, and sustainable for the Ahtna people and local communities.