Santa Maria Daycare

Find Santa Maria 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.


Adam Center 500 Windsor Street Santa Maria CA 93458 805-925-6667


Adam State Preschool 500 Windsor Street Santa Maria CA 93458 805-631-6759

All About Kids Preschool 613 North Elizabeth Street Santa Maria CA 93454 805-928-3544

Allan Hancock College Children's Center 800 South College Drive Santa Maria CA 93454 805-922-6966

Allan Hancock College Children's Center 800 South College Drive Santa Maria CA 93454 805-922-6966

Alvin Center 316 East McElhany Avenue Santa Maria CA 93454 805-347-1975

Alvin State Preschool 301 East Alvin Avenue Santa Maria CA 93454 805-361-6812

Battles State Preschool 605 East Battles Road Santa Maria CA 93454 805-361-6904

Blochman Preschool 4949 Foxen Canyon Road Santa Maria CA 93454 805-937-1148

Bruce State Preschool 601 West Alvin Avenue Santa Maria CA 93458 805-361-6995

Buena Vista Avenue 400 West Park Avenue Santa Maria CA 93458 805-922-1439

Calvary Chapel Of Santa Maria Preschool 2620 Santa Maria Way Santa Maria CA 93455 805-922-1822

Chapel Toddler Center 201 West Church Street Santa Maria CA 93458 805-964-8857

Children's House Montessori School, The 1331 East Foster Road Santa Maria CA 93455 805-937-0991

Christian Life Early Childhood 709 North Curryer Street Santa Maria CA 93458 805-928-1717

Columbia Children's Center 840 East Stowell Road Santa Maria CA 93454 805-922-5437

Fairlawn State Preschool 120 Mary Drive Santa Maria CA 93458 805-361-7528

Grace Lutheran Nursery School 420 East Fesler Street Santa Maria CA 93454 805-922-5419

Happy Hollow 3945 South Bradley Road Santa Maria CA 93455 805-937-9177

It's A Child's World 2320 Central Park Drive Santa Maria CA 93458 805-614-4330

About Santa Maria Daycares

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

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

Santa Maria 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 Maria 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 Maria 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 Maria.

Santa Maria Home Daycares

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