Palo Alto Daycare

Find Palo Alto 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.


Abilities United - Milestones 3864 Middlefield Road Palo Alto CA 94303 650-618-3344


Ablities United 3864 Middlefield Road Palo Alto CA 94303 650-494-0550

Acme Education Group 4000 Middlefield Road Palo Alto CA 94303 650-565-8286

Addison Kid's Club 650 Addison Avenue Palo Alto CA 94301 415-323-6806

Barron Park Childrens Center 800 Barron Avenue Palo Alto CA 94306 650-493-2361

Barron Park Kids' Club 800 Barron Avenue Palo Alto CA 94306 650-856-1220

Barron Park Preschool 3650 La Donna Avenue Palo Alto CA 94306 650-493-7597

Besse Bolton Kids Club 500 East Meadow Drive Palo Alto CA 94306 650-856-0847

Bright Horizons Palo Alto Square 3000 El Camino Real Palo Alto CA 94306 650-493-3777

Bright Horizons Palo Alto Square 3000 El Camino Real Palo Alto CA 94306 650-493-3777

Casa Dei Bambini School 463 College Avenue Palo Alto CA 94306 650-473-9401

Cclc At Stanford West 625 Clark Way Palo Alto CA 94304 650-723-8700

Challenger School 3880 Middlefield Road Palo Alto CA 94303 650-213-8245

Champion Youth Enrichment School 870 North California Avenue Palo Alto CA 94303 650-353-0881

Children's Creative Learning Centers 848 Ramona Street Palo Alto CA 94301 650-473-1100

Children's Pre-School Center, The 4000 Middlefield Road Palo Alto CA 94303 650-493-5770

College Terrace Children's Center 2321 Wellesley Street Palo Alto CA 94306 650-858-1580

Cornerstone Community Christian Preschool 1057 East Meadow Circle Palo Alto CA 94303 650-494-1434

Country Day Little School 3990 Ventura Court Palo Alto CA 94306 650-494-8044

Covenant Children's Center 670 East Meadow Drive Palo Alto CA 94306 650-493-9505

About Palo Alto Daycares

Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto, 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:
  • Palo Alto home, private, and public daycare programs
  • After school programs and supervision
  • Palo Alto childcare programs and services
  • Educational programming
  • Health and safety policies and regulations
Types of Daycare

Daycare services in Palo Alto, 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 Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto Daycare services address staffing levels, the design and safety of physical spaces, accessibility, food, and programming. Palo Alto background checks of all staff members are almost universally required.

Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto.

Palo Alto Home Daycares

Home Daycares are run by an individual and provide childcare in a home in Palo Alto, 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.