Santa Cruz County Daycare

Find Santa Cruz County California daycares and preschools. Daycares provide information on licensed infant and child care assistance, 24 hour and weekend day care centers, montessori, private, and public facilities.


A Child's Connections 106 Vine Hill School Road Scotts Valley CA 95066 831-335-1716


A Child's Reflection 327 Church Street Santa Cruz CA 95060 831-426-5921

Amesti State Preschool 25 Amesti Road Watsonville CA 95076 831-728-6250

Ann Soldo State Preschool 1140 Menasco Drive Watsonville CA 95076 831-750-6760

Apple Afterschool 221 Thunderbird Drive Aptos CA 95003 831-685-0629

Aptos Academy, The 1940 Bonita Drive Aptos CA 95003 831-688-1080

Aptos Christian Child Care Center 7200 Freedom Boulevard Aptos CA 95003 831-688-3312

Baymonte Christian Preschool Too 4901 Scotts Valley Drive Scotts Valley CA 95066 831-440-9248

Baymonte Christian Schools Preschool 5000 Granite Creek Road Scotts Valley CA 95066 831-438-5657

Bayview Ckc 1231 Bay Street Santa Cruz CA 95060 831-429-8366

Bonny Doon Pre-School 1492 Pine Flat Road Santa Cruz CA 95060 831-459-7795

Bradley State Preschool 321 Corralitos Road Watsonville CA 95076 831-786-1872

Buena Vista Children's Center 113 Tierra Alta Drive Watsonville CA 95076 831-728-6428

Cabrillo College Children's Center 6500 Soquel Drive Aptos CA 95003 831-479-6352

Calabasas Preschool Center 202 Calabasas Road Watsonville CA 95076 831-786-1870

Calabasas State Preschool 202 Calabasas Road Watsonville CA 95076 831-728-6368

Calvary Chapel Childrens Center 8065 Valencia Street Aptos CA 95003 831-662-3470

Calvary Preschool 532 Center Street Santa Cruz CA 95060 831-425-1332

Capitola Sonshine Preschool 4575 Capitola Road Capitola CA 95010 831-475-7150

Children's Enrichment Center 2701 Cabrillo College Drive Aptos CA 95003 831-465-3302

About Santa Cruz County Daycares

Santa Cruz County Daycare is a service that supervises and cares for children too young to be left alone during periods when parents or guardians are unavailable, due to work or other commitments in Santa Cruz County, CA. Daycare services are typically used for children too young to attend school or preschool, or for school-aged children that need supervision immediately before or after school hours.

You may contact Daycares for questions about:
  • Santa Cruz County home, private, and public daycare programs
  • After school programs and supervision
  • Santa Cruz County childcare programs and services
  • Educational programming
  • Health and safety policies and regulations
Types of Daycare

Daycare services in Santa Cruz County, California come in a variety of forms, including Daycare Centers operated by private businesses, non-profit and religious organizations, and government agencies, as well as Home Daycares run by individuals. While Daycare usually refers to the supervision and care of children, somewhat comparable services for elderly or disabled adults also exist, which are usually referred to as Santa Cruz County Adult Daycares.

California Licensed Daycare

All Daycare services are regulated extensively by California State agencies. The regulation and licensing of Daycare services usually falls within the California Human Services Department or the Office of Early Childhood. Regulations concerning Santa Cruz County Daycare services address staffing levels, the design and safety of physical spaces, accessibility, food, and programming. Santa Cruz County background checks of all staff members are almost universally required.

Santa Cruz County Daycare Centers

Daycare Centers are operations that provide daycare in a setting other than a private home. They are typically larger and provide a classroom-style format that groups children by age. Most Santa Cruz County Daycare Centers offer structured programming, and many are accredited as providers of early learning programs. California State regulations determine how many adult staff members are required per child, based on the children's age. Infants typically require at least one adult for every three infants. The ratio of children to adults increases with the children's age to a maximum of approximately ten children per adult staff members, though this varies by state. Daycare Centers are usually owned and operated by Santa Cruz County private businesses, non-profit organizations, or religious organizations. Government involvement in Daycare is usually limited to subsidizing Daycare costs for low-income families, though there are some examples of government owned and operated Daycare Centers in Santa Cruz County.

Santa Cruz County Home Daycares

Home Daycares are run by an individual and provide childcare in a home in Santa Cruz County, California. The licensing requirements and regulations for Home Daycares differ somewhat from Daycare Centers. In addition to adult to children ratios, CA law imposes a total maximum number of children that can be cared for in a single home. Safety and design requirements also differ from Daycare Centers.