We want the children to get along with one another and to express their feelings. We strictly disallow fighting games and weapons play.


We do a lot of pre-reading, pre-writing, and pre-math hands-on activities. Children who graduate from here are fully prepared for kindergarten.


We believe children feel the most secure, learn best, and are the happiest when they can explore a diverse range of indoor and outdoor activities.

Bernice and Joe Playschool building

A Few Words About Bernice & Joe Playschool

Since 1980, we have proudly served the child care needs of the parents of Oakland and surrounding communities.

We call ourselves a playschool not only because play is the work of a child, but as an alumnus of ours once remarked, “I like the name because I knew right away what I could do there.”

At first, Bernice & Joe lived at this location in the Millsmont Oakland hills and did family day care. In 1991, they moved out with their two boys and converted their home into a child care center but kept its family home quality. From the street, it looks like just another house in the neighborhood

What our families have to say

This is a warm, funky, sweet little preschool.

Mailisha C

The teachers are engaging, nurturing, funny and incredible with the children.

Jane B

This is a great, homey school. The double lot yard is definitely a main attraction.

Sara R

I knew that it was the school for us when [after visiting] with our 2 year old son…, he asked that same evening when we’d go back.

Vicki M