Early Childhood Education

Build a solid foundation for your little one’s education to stand on! Even the smallest children can begin learning skills and concepts that will facilitate understanding in the future. Check out our Preschool Directory in this guide for more preschool options listed by county.


Head Start. National school readiness program that emphasizes the role of parents as their child’s first & most important teachers. Provides families opportunities for education, parenting support & resources. Selected centers offer childcare programs. To find a local Head Start program use the Head Start Locator at http://www.tinyurl.com/FindHeadStart, find your local office under your county listing or call (866) 763-6481.


Butte College Child Development Center; Oroville. Offers early childhood education to children 12 mo.–5 yrs. Accepts subsidized child care through Valley Oaks, CalWorks & EOPS. Serves Butte & Glenn Counties, priority given to children of Butte College faculty & students. Use the search feature to find details about the center on the website. http://www.butte.edu. 3536 Butte Campus Dr. (530) 895-2865.

CSU Chico Associated Students Child Development Lab; Chico. Offers child care & preschool programs for infants, toddlers & pre-K children. 8 wks.–5 yrs. Chico State students enrolled in the Child Development Program observe & participate with staff, children & families at the Children’s Center. Subsidized programs available. Priority given to Chico State faculty & students. Find info on the website under the Services tab. http://www.as.csuchico.edu. Aymer J. Hamilton Building, Rm. 120. (530) 898-5865.

E Center Head Start Programs; Serving Butte & Glenn Counties. http://www.ecenter.org. (530) 741-2995.

Mi Escuelita Maya Preschool & Children’s Performing Arts Program; Chico. Offers early childhood education with an emphasis on multicultural experiences, performing arts, Spanish language enrichment, organic eating habits & living an environmentally friendly lifestyle.  Ages 2.9-5 yrs. mempreschool@yahoo.com. http://www.mempreschool.com. 1455 Chestnut St. (530) 893-1419.

Paradise Preschool Parent Co-op; Paradise. Co-op preschools are an arrangement in which parents collectively hire a trained teacher to provide their children with a quality preschool experience. Paradise Preschool Parent Co-op is a nonprofit cooperative preschool celebrating 60+ years. Provides kindergarten readiness & early learning programs for ages 2-5. 6722 Clark Rd. http://www.monuweb.com/sites/paradisepreschool. (530) 877-8155.

Rosedale Elementary School; Chico. A two-way Spanish/English immersion school offering grades K-5. At Rosedale, kindergarten & first grade students spend 90% of the day speaking Spanish. Native Spanish speakers spend 15% of the day learning English. http://rosedale.chicousd.org. 100 Oak St.(530) 891-3104.

Valley Oak Children’s Services; Chico. Valley Oak Children’s Services is a private non-profit assisting thousands of Butte County families each year. Offers Early Care & Education Programs, subsidized child care, behavioral health programs, an educational toy lending library & numerous outlets for family resources. http://www.valleyoakchildren.org. 3120 Cohasset Rd. (530) 895-3572.


Early Childhood Services; Redding. 43 Hilltop Dr. http://www.shastacoe.org. (530) 225-2999.

Redding Cooperative Preschool. Since 1956. Co-op preschools are an arrangement in which parents collectively hire a trained teacher to provide their children with a quality preschool experience. Ages 2.9-5 yrs. Nonprofit parent-managed preschool is operated by a certified early childhood teacher/director. Parent to child ratio is a minimum of 1 adult to 4 children. http://www.reddingcooppreschool.org. 658 Mary St. (530) 241-4355.

Redding School of the Arts; Redding. Offering a Mandarin Immersion Program for all children K-8. This program is tailored for students who are interested in the visual & performing arts as well as Mandarin Chinese immersion. http://www.rsarts.org. 955 Inspiration Place. (530) 243-4318.

Shasta College Early Childhood Education Lab School; Redding. Provides tailored educational opportunities for children ages 3-Pre-K. The ECE Center operates as a child development lab with age-appropriate experiences for children as well as observation opportunities & hands-on training for college students. goo.gl/DUUXp9. 11555 Old Oregon Trail. (530) 242-7601.

Shasta Head Start, Inc;  Redding. http://www.shastaheadstart.org 375 Lake Blvd., Ste. 100. (530) 241-1036.


NCCDI Tehama County Head Start; Red Bluff. http://www.nccdi.com. 220 Sycamore St., Ste. 200.  (530) 529-1500 or (877) 224-7772.

Childcare Referral & Education; Red Bluff. http://www.shastacoe.org. 409 Walnut St. (530) 529-3131.


College of the Siskiyous Discovery Child Development Center; Weed. A collaboration between the COS Early Childhood Education Program & Shasta Head Start. The center serves families of COS & surrounding community. Fully subsidized for qualifying families. Program involves age-appropriate curriculum as well as a healthy breakfast & lunch prepared on site. Ages 3 yrs-kindergarten. 800 College Ave. http://www.siskiyous.edu/cte/ece/dcdc.htm. For more information email: dcdc@siskiyous.edu.

Mt. Shasta Public Library. Early Literacy program for ages 4-6 yrs. Includes stories, writing, math, movement, music, & more. Tue 10:30am http://www.mtshastalibrary.org. 515 E. Alma St. (530) 926-2031.

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Updated: Jul 14, 2017 @ 11:18 am