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We welcome you to Ephesian Children's Center (ECC).

It is our desire to fill your child's day with a variety of educational and social experiences that will foster positive growth and development. For this to happen, we need to form a parent/staff partnership that works for all of us.

Ephesian Children's Center will be closed through May 30, 2020 in response to the current Covid-19, Corona Virus Pandemic-Shelter-in-Place Mandate.

We offer High Quality Academic Activities, Remote Interactive Classroom and Valuable Resources to our children and families. Need subsidized early learning and care?

Please contact us today to enroll your children 3.9 years to 11 years.

Contact us at 510 653-2984

Please click the enroll or chat button for more information.

Support for Isolated South Berkeley Neighbors During COVID-19

Cover your face to prevent COVID-19 spread

Carry a cloth face covering with you when you leave home. Have it visible at all times, and put it on when others are nearby.

Many people with COVID-19 have no symptoms, but they can still infect others. Wearing a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth helps prevent unknowing carriers from spreading the disease.

When to wear a face covering

Everyone 2 years and older is required to wear a face covering when outside your home by the State of California. Wear a face covering when you are:

  • shopping at a store

  • waiting in line to enter a store

  • using or waiting for public transportation

  • in a taxi or rideshare

  • seeking healthcare

  • inside any workplace, either as an employee, customer, or visitor

  • during outdoor dining, at all times other than when you are actively eating or drinking

  • walking outside and you see someone within 30 feet (about the length of a bus)

You will not be allowed to enter a business or use public transportation if you are not wearing a face covering.

When you are walking, running, or biking outside and see someone 30 feet away, put on your face covering. This way your nose and mouth will be covered by the time you get close to them.

When you don't have to cover your face

Face coverings are not required when you are:

  • at home

  • in a car alone or exclusively with members of your household

  • outside and not within 30 feet of anyone you don't live with

When outside alone or with members of your household, you should still have a face covering with you. It should be visible and readily accessible when you're exercising, like hanging around your neck.

Face coverings protect the people around you

Covering your face protects you, and it protects the people around you.

COVID-19 spreads easily between people, primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Cloth face coverings help contain these droplets, preventing them from traveling in the air and onto other people.

Many people infected with COVID-19 don't have symptoms, but they can still spread the disease. When everyone wears a face covering, we minimize risk of transmission for everyone.

Face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing

Face coverings supplement other COVID-19 precautions. They are not a substitute for other behaviors to slow the spread. You should continue to stay home except for allowed activities, keep 6 feet away from others when out, wash your hands often, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow, and not leave your home when sick.

Guidelines for face coverings

Face coverings should be comfortable and allow you to breathe normally through your nose. Make sure it fits well - you should avoid touching your face or adjusting your mask once you've put it on.

Your face covering should:

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face

  • be secured with ties or ear loops

  • allow for breathing without restriction

  • be able to be laundered without damage

What not to use

  • Masks with valves: Do not use masks that have a one-way valve designed for easier breathing (the valves are often a raised plastic disk about the size of a quarter on the front or side of the mask). These valves allow respiratory droplets out of the mask, which puts people nearby at risk.

Keep face coverings clean

Clean your hands before and after touching your face coverings.

Wash your face coverings frequently. Ideally, wash them after each use and keep them in a dedicated laundry bag or bin.

Follow CDC instructions on washing cloth face coverings by machine or by hand.

Exceptions: some groups are not required to wear face coverings

Medical, safety, and disability exceptions

You do not have to wear a face covering if:

  • you have been advised by a medical professional not to wear a face covering (must have documentation)

  • you have trouble breathing or are not able to take off a face covering without help

  • wearing a face covering would create a safety hazard at work, according to established health and safety guidelines

  • you have a physical disability that prevents you from wearing a face covering

If you are deaf and use facial and mouth movements as part of communication, you can remove your mask while signing.


Children under 2 should not wear face coverings, as this creates risk of suffocation.

Last updated January 25, 2021

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