Ryder Homes attends the Early Childhood Education Center Groundbreaking Ceremony


Yesterday, September 8th, 2016, Jay Ryder owner of Ryder Homes had the privilege of attending the Ground Breaking for the much anticipated Early Childhood Education Center facility in Oakland.   

The Early Childhood Education Center will be one of the legacy gifts that Alternatives in Action will give to the children, youth, and families of Oakland this year in honor of its 20th Anniversary. With support from Ryder Homes, HomeAid Northern California, Yerba Buena Construction, and generous individual donors, the center will provide much needed childcare services to the Seminary Neighborhood.

The Early Childhood Education Center will:

  • Offer year-round Reggio-Emilia inspired care for children 0-5
  • Positively impact children’s cognitive, physical, and social emotional development through quality care, socioeconomic diversity, and family engagement
  • Bring excellent child care resources to an area that is greatly in need
  • Provide high school students with hands-on career training in early childhood development

About the Early Childhood Education Center:

Alternatives in Action’s Early Childhood Education Center will be based on our nationally-acclaimed Home Sweet Home Preschool, which was developed by Alternatives in Action’s youth in partnership with adults in 2001 in Alameda, CA. The center was relocated to East Oakland in 2015 and building will begin in fall 2016. The infant/toddler area will open in July 2017, and the preschool area will open in summer 2018. For information about the Early Childhood Education Center, please visit


About Alternatives in Action:

Alternatives in Action inspires Bay Area youth to realize their leadership potential and prepares them for college, career, and community life through dynamic educational, skill-building, and real world experiences. Our schools, programs, and partnerships provide innovative opportunities and support that help children and youth succeed and ultimately become contributing adults. For more information about Alternatives in Action, please visit