Berkeley is a fantastic place to live with children! There are excellent school options, and lots of fun things to do with kids.
Here are some resources:
The Student Parent Center
This should be your first stop for student parents at UC Berkeley. It will connect you to support services on campus, the campus Early Childhood Education Program, and specific resources for graduate students with children.
Berkeley Parents Network
Information posted by other parents in the area, on everything from preschools/camps/elementary schools to sitters and childcare options to activities.
Support for Student Parents
Financial support for student parents. They offer information on grants, childbirth accommodation, child care reimbursement, etc.
In addition, these are non-UC Berkeley-affiliated resources listed below for your information and convenience, but that we are not responsible for any issues you may experience working with them:
For childcare and also check out for referrals, workshops, and the like.
Education for child(ren):
Typically, children begin full-time school attendance in elementary school (which starts with kindergarten at age 5 and goes through the fifth grade), then move to middle school (6th-8th grades), and then to high school. Prior to elementary school, students will attend preschool part-time or full-time. Public school options are based on your address (which city, and in some cases, which part of a city, you live in). Local school districts are listed below (please note that it is not an exhaustive list, but includes most of the common options nearby).
Berkeley Unified School District
Albany Unified School District
You can check school ratings at http://www.greatschools.org/.
Fun things to do with families:
Lawrence Hall of Science (free entry for students!)
Chabot Space and Science Center
Bridges Rock Climbing Gym (in El Cerrito, not far from University Village)
Codornices Park and the cement slide
The Farm at Tilden Park
The Steam Trains at Tilden Park
Indian Rock – great place to climb around, and fantastic place to watch fireworks!
Berkeley Kite Festival
Friday nights at the Oakland Museum of California
Lake Anza in Tilden Park
Strawberry Canyon Pool
Crown Beach in Alameda