Alternatives in Action’s Home Sweet Home preschool was founded in 1998 as a Community Impact Project by youth interested in child development, and became a licensed preschool in 2001. Home Sweet Home was used as a credited lab class for Alternatives in Action High School students, and provided approximately 275 working families with high quality child care. In 2013, due to the loss of our lease in our West Alameda campus, it was determined that the legacy of Home Sweet Home would continue in a new form: as an Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC). Consequently, after seventeen years of service, in June 2015 Home Sweet Home closed its doors in West Alameda in anticipation of the creation of the Early Childhood Education Center in the Seminary Neighborhood of East Oakland next to our Alternatives in Action High School.

Build Out Timeline of the New Center

The new ECEC will expand its offerings and provide much needed infant and toddler programming for students and the East Oakland community. During the construction interim between 2015-2017, the Early Childhood Education Pathway at Alternatives in Action High School is being strengthened through course articulation with community colleges and external partnership and internship development, and will continue after the completion of the building out of the ECEC.

  • March – April 2016: Receive building permit from City of Oakland
  • May 2016 – August 2017: Construction and build out
  • September 19, 2017: Grand opening of ECEC Infant & Toddler Center
  • September – June 2018: Community Care Licensing approval
  • July 2018: ECEC Infant & Toddler Center opens
  • January 2019: Grand opening of ECEC Preschool Classroom


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  View our Center’s video here for a glimpse into the space.