Santa Cruz Daycare

Find Santa Cruz 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 Reflection 327 Church Street Santa Cruz CA 95060 831-426-5921


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

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

Children's Preschool Santa Cruz 420 Melrose Avenue Santa Cruz CA 95062 831-425-7580

City Of Scotts Valley Ii 151 Brook Knoll Drive Santa Cruz CA 95060 831-427-0671

Ckc Children's Center 8005 Winkle Avenue Santa Cruz CA 95065 831-465-6587

Ckc Gault 1320 Seabright Avenue Santa Cruz CA 95062 831-457-1229

Ckc Gault 1320 Seabright Avenue Santa Cruz CA 95062 831-462-9822

Ckc Santa Cruz Gardens 8005 Winkle Avenue Santa Cruz CA 95065 831-475-5925

Ckc, Monarch Community School 840 North Branciforte Avenue Santa Cruz CA 95062 831-462-9822

Coastal Community Preschool 900 High Street Santa Cruz CA 95060 831-462-5437

Common Threads Montessori 208 Rankin Street Santa Cruz CA 95060 831-427-1316

Community Bridges Nuevo Dia Child Dev Center 135 Leibrandt Avenue Santa Cruz CA 95060 831-426-1276

Community Bridges Sycamore Street Child Dev Center 121 Sycamore Street Santa Cruz CA 95060 831-454-9920

De La Veaga Ckc Inc 1145 Morrissey Boulevard Santa Cruz CA 95065 831-426-7402

Del Mar State Preschool 1959 Merrill Street Santa Cruz CA 95062 831-462-1247

Discoveryland Christian Preschool 427 Capitola Road Extension Santa Cruz CA 95062 831-476-9684

Downtown Children's Center 120 Weeks Avenue Santa Cruz CA 95060 831-426-3062

Early Learning Preschool 1215 Chanticleer Avenue Santa Cruz CA 95062 831-464-9655

About Santa Cruz Daycares

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

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

Santa Cruz 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 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 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.

Santa Cruz Home Daycares

Home Daycares are run by an individual and provide childcare in a home in Santa Cruz, 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.