Early Childhood Education

For Preschool Activities, Classes, and Recreation
See: ‘Community Learning’ – ‘Youth Activities and Groups’

Childcare and Preschools

Santa Clara County Childcare and Preschools

Community Child Care Council (4Cs) of Santa Clara County
2515 N. First Street, San Jose, CA
Serving the community of the greater Silicon Valley for more than 37 years, 4Cs offers parent/child and provider resources, subsidized childcare and childcare referral services.

Santa Clara County State Preschool and Headstart Programs Directory
State Preschools call: 408-573-3340
Head Start Program call: 408-453-6900

Santa Cruz County Childcare and Preschools

Cabrillo Children’s Center
Offers services on campus for children 5 months to five years old, along with their own network of family child care homes.  Childcare grants available to eligible families.

Child Development Resource Center (CDRC)
Santa Cruz  831-466-5820 / Watsonville  831-724-2997 ext. 210
Offers complete up-to-date database of child care programs and providers in Santa Cruz County, with personalized guidance by phone or by internet.  Also offers lending library of learning materials, workshops, child development information, child advocacy, and other parenting services.

Growing Up in Santa Cruz Preschool and Childcare Guide

Headstart Program Locator
Search by city and state to find local programs for children who benefit from this national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.  Programs in Santa Cruz and Watsonville – see website for contact info.

Migrant Head Start – Central California Migrant Head Start
Offers day-long childcare, educational activities, and services for children of seasonal farmworkers, including those in North and South Santa Cruz County.

Santa Cruz City Schools – Toddler, Preschool and Pre-K
Find Parent Education Nursery Schools (SCPENS / SOQUELPENS / WPENS) Beach Flats Family School, and Pre-K programs at Gault and Westlake Schools
Santa Cruz City Schools Parent Education Programs
(Same as above but also offers teen and Together in the Park Program listings)

Santa Cruz Kids – Preschool and Daycare guide
Click on Daycares, Coops, and Preschools and then search by city.

Santa Cruz Montessori
Toddler and Preschool programs using Montessori materials and philosophy.

The Santa Cruz Preschool Directory
Offers comprehensive list of preschools by city in Santa Cruz County, as well as resource lists, party guide, mothers clubs, etc.

Santa Cruz Parent Childcare and Preschools Listings

Santa Cruz Public Library Community Information Database – Childcare Listings
Click here

Santa Cruz Toddler Center
1738 16th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
Around since 1976, the center uses a philosophy based on the Magda Gerber model of “educaring.’

Seedlings Preschool
“An eco-certified, home-based preschool for children ages 18 months through five years.”

Yelp Preschool Reviews