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Peralta COVID-19 Resource Hub Given the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, the Peralta Community College District provides these resources for students, faculty, staff, and the community, including student/faculty portal, Canvas, student accessibility services, financial aid, grading policies, graduation, employee payment, faculty contact hours, COVID-19 facts, and more.
Peralta Student Resources on Remote Learning
Remote Learning Quick Start
These pages prepare you to get ready for remote learning, continue your classes, connect with campus staff, and find off campus resources near you.
Tech Requirements
These pages guide you on the technologies you may need to be successful in your remote learning, how to get help, and navigate through the Canvas app.
Access Canvas
These pages provide directions on how to access your Canvas app and email, including video instructions and resetting password.
First Time Canvas User
This page provide a link to a google slide that shows you how to access Canvas and perform different tasks in the app,
Frequently Asked Questions regarding login, Canvas, enrollment, online learning, and student services
Zoom A video conferencing app that many classes are using to have face-to-face interactions.  You do not need to have the app to join an existing zoom meeting. You can also sign up for free.  With a free basic plan, you can host up to 100 participants, unlimited 1-to-1 meetings, 40 minutes limit on group meetings, an unlimited number of minutes. See Youtube videos on how to zoom.
Advisory Guide Fill out the Advisory Guide Questionnaires
Contact Child Development Resources Center at
Call or text Google voice ‪(510) 545-2413‬
Monday to Friday, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Student Education Plan Call (510) 436-2475 or email for more information.
Digital Books in English and Spanish Digital books for 5 of the Early Childhood Curriculum Alignment Project Courses in English and Spanish are now available to download at the Child Development Training Consortium site.
The courses are:
1. Child, Growth and Development
2. Intro to Curriculum
3. Child, Family, and Community
4. Observation and Assessment
5. Role of Equity and Diversity in Early Childhood Education
Health Care Services As a Peralta student, you have already paid for the health care fee as part of your tuition.  With the closure of campus health centers, you may access
Roots Community Health Center
7272 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94605
(510) 533-1248
Important Dates and Deadlines/Enrollment Dates Fall 2020


Child Development Permit

Child Development Training Consortium (CDTC)
CDTC Stipend program pays for the Child Development Permit application fee.  For a limited time, a stipend will be available for all permit levels.

Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)
A California state agency that issues the Child Development Permit.  If you do not qualify for the CDTC Stipend, you may apply for the permit directly with CTC. You may also search for your permit on their website.

Live Scan Locations
All Live Scan fingerprinting services are “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” in COVID-19. You can search for locations *HERE*.


Food Assistance

Oakland Unified School District Free “Grab and Go” Meals
Free “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch meals are available Mondays and Thursdays from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, for all OUSD students or families and any Oakland child 18 and under.

City of Oakland Hunger Program
This program provides food to Oakland residents all year.  See a list of distribution sites.

Alameda County Office of Education – School Meals and Food Pantries
Free school meals listed by district, along with a list of food assistance in Alameda County.

Hope 4 the Heart
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 12:30 pm, 22035 Meekland Ave., Hayward.
Produce, dairy, meat, eggs, bread, and more are available.  Please bring your own bags.

An online database where you can search for community-based organizations and emergency food providers.


Senior Shopping Hours

The following are some stores near Merritt College that provide special shopping hours for seniors and other individuals most at risk. To avoid crowds, shop as soon as the store opens.

Location Senior Shopping Hours Regular Hours Phone Number Find Store Near You
1900 Davis St
San Leandro, CA 94577-1209
Tue – Thu
8 AM – 9 AM
M-F 10:00am – 6:30pm
Sat. 9:30am – 6:00pm
Sun. 10:00am – 6:00pm
(510) 562-6708 Costco Locations
1963 Mountain Blvd
Oakland, CA 94611
Tue and Thu
6 AM – 9 AM
6 am – 10 pm
(510) 339-4290 Lucky’s Locations
4100 Redwood Rd
Oakland, CA 94619
Tue and Thu
7 AM to 9 AM
7 am – 9 pm
(510) 531-0565 Safeway Locations
2650 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612-3110
Tue and Wed
7 AM – 8 AM
M-F 7 am – 9 pm
Sat, Sun 8 am – 9 pm
(510) 768-0188 Target Locations
Trader Joe’s
3250 Lakeshore Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
Mon – Sun
8AM – 9AM
Mon – Sun
9 am – 7 pm
(510) 238-9076 Trader Joe’s Locations
1919 Davis St
San Leandro, CA 94577
6 AM – 7 AM
Mon – Sun
7 am – 8:30 pm
(510) 569-0200 Walmart Locations



We prepare our students to become effective early care and educational professionals, who will provide quality programs and services to children, families and the community. 

Some possible career options: instructional assistant, teacher’s aide, preschool school teacher, site supervisor child care center director, or owner of a family child care.

With an AA degree in Child Development, you may also qualify to become a family advocate.

You will truly have an impact on a child’s life. 

Child Development Degrees

Child Development Certificates

Child Development Courses