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School Aged Child Care
Harding Child Care
School Aged Child Care Program Goals
To plan and implement a program to meet the demand for state licensed before and after school childcare services in the community. To establish, where feasible, school-age childcare facilities to serve each of the three WCCUSD Elementary Schools in the City of El Cerrito.

Elementary School Programs
Exciting recreational activities, which are held throughout the day, are provided by licensed and trained staff. Time is set aside for homework if children do not have homework they are encouraged to bring a book from home or to borrow one of ours for this quite time of the day. All children are provided an afternoon snack. During all activites, a ratio of 1 teacher to every 14 children is maintained. The childcare programs provide a safe, challenging and creative alternative to going home alone.

2014-2015 Childcare Registration
What to bring:
Registration Fee ($68 Madera & Harding, $26 Fairmont)
Proof of Residency (For El Cerrito Residents only)
Recent Photograph of the Child (Wallet Size)
Emergency Contact & Medical Information

2014-2015 Child Care Forms and Information
2014-2015 Fairmont Before & Afterschool Registration Form
2014-2015 Harding Before & Afterschool Registration Form
2014-2015 Madera Before & Afterschool Registration Form
2014-2015 Harding Transitional Kinder. Registration Form

Fee Schedule

Fairmont 2014-2015 Fee Schedule
Harding 2014-2015 Fee Schedule
Madera 2014-2015 Fee Schedule

All fees are subject to change.
Childcare Programs Parent Handbook:
Policy, Procedure and Information Packet

Schedule Change/Cancellation Form

Contact Information:
Community Center
7007 Moeser Lane
El Cerrito, CA 94530
(510) 559-7000 Phone
(510) 528-9413 FAX

For registration information, please contact Susan Ortega at (510) 559-7006 or .

Online Services
To view your City of El Cerrito Recreation account, pay bills, register for classes, print receipts and other options, please visit https://recweb.el-cerrito.org. Please call the Community Center (510) 559-7000 for your personal log-in information. There is no fee for online registration or bill pay.

Middle School Program
Portola Afterschool Program -
Free and Fun!
Does your Portola Middle School student need a place to do their homework, get tutoring or do fun activities after school? Then you need our free Portola Afterschool Program.
Applications are available online (English Version) (Spanish Version) or at the El Cerrito Community Center.

The West Contra Costa Unified School District is contracted with the El Cerrito Recreation Department to administer the Portola After School Program. The funding for this program is provided through an After School Education Safety (ASES) grant from the State of California. The program runs everyday directly after school until 6pm and is for Portola Middle School students only.

Activities will include homework help, tutoring, group games, recreational basketball, ASP swim club, cooking, art, jazz band, recreational swimming and other fun activities  such as competitive sports (softball, basketball and soccer), incentive programs, field trips and special events.

Informational Flyer

For more information about this free program for Portola students, please contact Lila at (510) 559-7009 or send an email

about the 2014-2015 school year program including when to register.