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Building Blocks Therapeutic Preschool & K/1 Program

Building Blocks is a year-round early intervention preschool, kindergarten and first grade program for children ages 3-7. Most of our students come to us with severe behavioral challenges, often caused by exposure to abuse, neglect, or other environmental factors that influence their social-emotional development.


The goal of our specialized services is to address the behavioral, emotional and developmental challenges of each student in order to prepare them for a less restrictive educational setting. At the same time we provide a rich learning environment to foster pre-academic thinking and growth. All services can be offered in Spanish.

Therapeutic Preschool
At Building Blocks’ Therapeutic Preschool we are dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing environment that supports each child’s particular strengths and challenges. Through the delivery of a thoughtful and developmentally appropriate curriculum our two preschool classrooms are designed to meet the individual needs of each student. Each classroom is staffed by a certified preschool teacher, a therapist, and two mental health counselors trained to support students who have a variety of behavioral challenges. In total, we serve 18 students between the ages and of 3 and 5.


The preschool is a year-round, morning only program. The program hours are 8:45 AM to 1:00 PM.


School Calendar
2016-2017 Preschool Calendar

K/1 Nonpublic Therapeutic Program
The goal of our Kindergarten/First Grade Therapeutic program is to actualize our mission of unconditional care. We achieve this by serving students whose behavioral and emotional difficulties prevent them from succeeding in public school settings. Most of our students have experienced challenges at other school placements and need the intensive support we provide in order to succeed. We offer robust and engaging academic instruction aligned with California state standards. Our therapeutic program works to give our students the tools they need to successfully transition to a mainstream school setting.


The K/1 program operates year-round. The program hours are 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

Services Offered

Individual Therapy
Every student meets with his/her therapist once a week for therapy.


Family Therapy
We build active partnerships with our students’ families. By working closely together we can best support and nurture our students.


Group Therapy
Twice-weekly group therapy provides a forum for our students to explore a variety of topics that affect their lives.


Other Supports
A variety of additional services may be requested, including:

  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Psychiatric Evaluation


School Calendar
2016-2017 K-1 School Calendar

Contact Us!
We are open Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4pm
Building Blocks Preschool and K-1
2370 Grande Vista Place
Oakland, CA 94601


Tel. 510.434.7990
Fax. 510.434.7991
Email. bbadmin@senecacenter.org