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History of The Child Day Schools
About forty years ago, as an elementary school teacher with two small sons, I found very few choices for quality child care. This convinced me to make a career change, and accept a new challenge: to create an affordable child care program based on the most current research on how young children learn.
In 1976, I purchased the Lafayette school and in 1981 earned a Masters degree in Educational Psychology focusing on early childhood education.
My goal has always been to create the best educational programs while providing a nurturing place for children, those same qualities I had wanted for my sons. As we grow, we continue to serve families in communities across the East Bay with the same commitment to children as when I first began over forty years ago.
- R. Ann Whitehead, M.S. Ed. Psychology, President, Executive Director
1976Lafayette School Opened
The site on 1049 Stuart Street was an old carpet factory converted into a child care facility.

HighScope curriculum was a good match with our philosophy and was incorporated into our curriculum.
1983San Ramon School Opened
On a five acre ranchette in what was then the sleepy farmlands of San Ramon.
1989Moraga School Opened
The town of Moraga needed child care and we were invited to create a school in the Rheem Valley shopping center. Our school has served families in Moraga for over 25 years.
1990Antioch School Opened
We designed and built this special school from the ground up.
1997Pleasanton School Opened
We remodeled an old building that was the site of three different child care centers.
1999Hidden Canyon School
Our integrated curriculum is a perfect complement to our project approach.
201640th Anniversary
Our Future
Our goal is to continue to improve our curriculum and enhance the lives of children, families and teachers.
The Child Day Schools, LLC ~ Caring for East Bay Children Since 1976 ~ Quality Preschool Programs Optimizing Each Child's Potential Email: tcdschools@sbcglobal.net | Phone: 925.284.5672