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Education Services

Kern County Superintendent of Schools

Early Childhood Education

Our mission, to provide quality early care and education services in partnership with families and the community.

Early Childhood EducationEarly Childhood Education operates 12 child development centers located in Bakersfield, Lamont, McFarland, Shafter and Wasco; serving more than 1,000 preschool children from low-income families.

Enroll Now for the 2016-2017 School Year!

Pre-Registration for Full Day or Half Day Preschool and Child Care Learn more…

You may also expedite the enrollment process by completing a Pre-Enrollment Application. You will be contacted for additional information. Please note: All information will need to be verified with hard copies prior to enrollment.

Why Is Quality So Important?

Research shows that a quality preschool experience is the best preparation for later school and life success. Quality programs support the family in its child-rearing role and have high standards of safety and instruction for young learners.

Setting The Stage For Success

Children enrolled in the preschool programs attend morning or afternoon, Monday through Friday. Many sites also have full day child care programs for parents working or going to school. Children will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational, creative, fun activities each day. An active partnership among parents, teachers and children will help us strive toward these desired results:

  • Children are personally & socially competent
  • Children are effective learners
  • Children show physical & motor competencies
  • Children are safe and healthy

Families Growing Together

Early Childhood Education supports the family in its childrearing role by encouraging parent participation in the classroom, at parent meetings, parent advisory committees and parent-teacher conferences. There is an opportunity for every parent to participate and learn with the children and staff.

Qualified, Nurturing Teaching Staff

Staff are carefully selected based upon education, credentials, experience and dedication to the principles of early childhood education. The teaching staff strive to meet the unique needs of the children and families in their classrooms. Staff routinely attend training to increase their skills and knowledge in early childhood development and provide young children a safe, enriching learning environment.

Cindy Ruiz, Director

Phone: 661.636.4386
Fax: 661.636.4127
1300 17th St.
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Eligibility Criteria & Enrollment Process

Families are enrolled from the Centralized Eligibility List (CEL) of Kern County and must meet state income requirements in order to receive state preschool services. To receive full day/full year care, families must also meet a “need” criteria.

Families can receive more eligibility information, by calling 661.861.5301 or 877.861.5200 (toll-free) Parents may also download an application at http://kcsos.kern.org/cel/. Eligibility varies by program and site. Children that are four years old by December 2 of the school year are priority in the state preschool programs.

Our Locations

Early Childhood Education operates 12 child development centers located in Bakersfield, Lamont, McFarland and Wasco; serving more than 1,000 preschool children from low-income families. Please check out our map of locations.

Our Locations Map

Early Childhood Education
Cindy Ruiz, Director
1300 17th St.
Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 636-4386
Fax (661) 636-4127
ciruiz@kern.orgGreenfield State Preschool
Hilda Ramos, Site Supervisor II
5400 Monitor St.,
Bakersfield, CA 93307
(661) 397-4538
hiramos@kern.orgKern Ave. State Preschool
Cindy Diaz, Site Supervisor II
356 W. Kern Ave.,
McFarland, CA 93250
(661) 792-2037
cydiaz@kern.org

Lamont Child Development Center
Hilda Ramos, Site Supervisor II
9615 Main St.,
Lamont, CA 93241
(661) 845-1015
Fax (661) 845-7156
hiramos@kern.org

North Beardsley Preschool
Rene Maston, Site Supervisor II
900 Sanford Dr.,
Bakersfield, CA 93308
(661) 399-9682
remastone@kern.org

Rexland Acres Child Development Center
Hilda Ramos, Site Supervisor II
425 E. Fairview Road,
Bakersfield, CA 93307
(661) 397-4538
hiramos@kern.org

Claude W. Richardson Child Development Center
Rene Maston, Site Supervisor II
1515 Feliz Dr.,
Bakersfield, CA 93307
(661) 336-5400
Fax (661) 832-8437
remastone@kern.org

Richland Child Development Center
Cindy Diaz, Site Supervisor II
275 W. Lerdo Hwy.,
Shafter, CA 93262
(661) 746-3904
cydiaz@kern.org

Wasco 6th Street Child Development Center
Cindy Diaz, Site Supervisor II
617 6th St.,
Wasco, CA 93280
(661)758-5611
Fax (661) 758-5650
cydiaz@kern.orgWasco H Street Child Development Center
Cindy Diaz, Site Supervisor II
764 ‘H’ St.,
Wasco, CA 93280
(661) 758-5611
Fax (661) 758-5650
cydiaz@kern.orgKarl F. Clemens State Preschool
Cindy Diaz, Site Supervisor II
523 Broadway,
Wasco, CA 93280
(661) 758-1760
cydiaz@kern.org

Fairgrounds State Preschool
Hilda Ramos, Site Supervisor II
931 Belle Terrace,
Bakersfield, CA 93304
(661) 837-1582
Fax (661) 836-8060
hiramos@kern.org

Ming Avenue Child Development Center
Rene Maston, Site Supervisor II
1100 Ming Ave.,
Bakersfield, CA 93304
(661) 835-7284
Fax (661)831-0576
remaston@kern.org

Golden Hills State Preschool
Hilda Ramos, Site Supervisor II
20215 Park Drive,
Tehachapi, CA 93561
(661) 822-3591
hiramos@kern.org

Network For A Healthy California

Network for a Healthy California

California Department of Education

Harvest of the Month

Agricultural Resources

Other Resources

KCSOS Nutrition Resources

  • Harvest of the Month Element Schedule
  • Check-Out Resource Exchange
  • Nutrition Book List
  • Curriculum Support Resources

For More Information Contact Kim Thompson at kithompson@kern.org or call (661) 636-4668

Early Childhood Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry national origin, religion, color, or mental or physical disability, in determining which children are served.

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