Program Overview

The Bay Area Hispano Institute for Advancement, Inc. (BAHIA, Inc.) is a private, non-profit corporation that receives funding from the State Department of Education Child Development Division, City of Berkeley, Child Care Food Program and parent fees for services and foundation grants.  BAHIA, Inc. operates three childcare centers in Berkeley: Centro VIDA, serving 64 children ages 2 to 5 years and Bahia School Age Program, serving 65 children ages 5 to 10 years and La Academia de Bahia an AM part-time bilingual care program for children ages 3-4 years old; our fourth program is in Fremont, CA,  a bilingual Saturday pre-kindergarten readiness program for 40 children ages 3-5 years primarily funded through First Five of Alameda County.

BAHIA provides through state and city funding subsidized care and full-cost childcare at both facilities enabling parents to work and/or complete school or training programs. Programs are designed to promote the child's self-image, enhance his/her feelings for cultural diversity and enrich the bilingual (Spanish/English) language development of all children in the program through our curriculum and activities of the classroom, site and as an organization.  The curriculum is designed to nurture the child's cognitive, physical, language and socio-emotional development. All activities are age-appropriate and focus on the child's developmental needs and interested to explore, learn, be curious, create and play in an environment that nurtures and supports the child, as well as the parnts' role as primary teachers of their children.

BAHIA, INC
1000 Camelia Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 525-1463 (main)
(510) 524-1317 (fax)
CentroVida@bahiainc.com

Beatriz Leyva-Cutler, Executive Director
beatriz@bahiainc.com

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Bay Area Hispano Institute for Advancement, Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation 501(c)3. BAHIA primarily serves low-income Hispanic families in Northern Alameda County.

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BAHIA Inc. is funded by the California State Department of Education Child Development Division, City of Berkeley, First Five of Alameda County, Child and Adult Care Food Program, tuition and generous funding from local foundations.