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Public Health Division
Public Health Division

BE A STAR Program

BE A STAR* is a City of Berkeley program that works with parents, guardians, state subsidized childcare centers and pediatric health care providers to offer developmental screenings for children birth to five. We help families get access to the resources that will help support their children’s growth and help them reach kindergarten prepared to learn.  

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A Healthy Start for Every Child

(BE A STAR* = Behavioral, Emotional, Assessment, Treatment and Referral)

BE A STAR focuses on supporting families by helping them identify their strengths and assets as parents, as well as identifying any physical, emotional, or developmental challenges their children have that could lead to developmental delays later on. This program is carried out in partnership with multiple agencies, including, Help Me Grow Alameda CountyBerkeley/Albany YMCA/Head Start, and City of Berkeley's 20/20 Vision for Berkeley Children and Youth.


BE A STAR is working with local partners to develop a coordinated system to:

  • Educate parents on the importance of developmental screening
  • Engage parents as partners in their child's healthy development
  • Provide developmental screening for all Berkeley children ages birth to five
  • Assist families with accessing parent education workshops, community support programs and other services
  • Train and offer consultation to Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) pediatric providers who want to screen children in their practice
  • Make available to providers resource materials such as The Birth to Five Resource Guide, and At A Glance Quick Phone Be A Star2Guide
  • Offer families a range of services from parenting education and support programs to early intervention services for children experiencing developmental challenges.  See our new report which describes the local network of services for children birth to five, identifies strengths and gaps in our system, and proposes recommendations for improvement:  Promoting Healthy Early Child Development for Berkeley Children: A System for Prevention, Screening, Assessment, Referral and Treatment (PDF)



Who is the program for?

Our priorities are parents and guardians of children birth to five, as well as subsidized childcare centers and CHDP pediatric health care providers.

Cost for Services:  No Charge

Languages spoken: English and Spanish

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City of Berkeley Public Health Division
BE A STAR Program
1947 Center Street, 2nd Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704

(510) 981-5300 (Phone)
(510) 981-5368 (Espanol)
(510) 981-5395 (Fax)  
(510) 981-6903 (TDD)

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm




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(510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
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