Santa Monica Daycare

Find Santa Monica 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.


10Th Street Preschool 1444 10th Street Santa Monica CA 90401 310-458-4088


Beth Sholom Temple Nursery School 1827 California Avenue Santa Monica CA 90403 310-829-2517

Bright Start Learning Center 1501 17th Street Santa Monica CA 90404 310-315-9353

Bright Step, Incorporated Dba Beginnings 1516 19th Street Santa Monica CA 90404 310-828-0858

Cassidy Preschool 2122 Wilshire Boulevard Santa Monica CA 90403 310-403-6206

Catholic Charities LAIncSMAdeste Prog 1039 7th Street Santa Monica CA 90403 310-393-9287

Childrens Place, The 235 Hill Street Santa Monica CA 90405 310-399-6405

Circle Of Children Preschool 1227 Montana Avenue Santa Monica CA 90403 310-393-7731

Cornerstone Child Center At Water Garden PS 1620 26th Street Santa Monica CA 90404 310-449-0047

Delta Sigma Theta/Los Amigos Center 1905 20th Street Santa Monica CA 90404 310-450-1792

Delta Sigma Theta/Masonic Center 1720 Broadway Santa Monica CA 90404 310-828-0590

Dreamland Child Day Care Center 1641 Centinela Avenue Santa Monica CA 90404 310-828-8454

Early Years School, The 302 Montana Avenue Santa Monica CA 90403 310-394-0463

Evergreen Community School 2800 Colorado Avenue Santa Monica CA 90404 310-453-6255

First Methodist Church Nursery School 1010 11th Street Santa Monica CA 90403 310-395-7292

First Presbyterian Chc Of Santa Monica Nursery Sc 1248 2nd Street Santa Monica CA 90401 310-451-9259

First School, The 1810 Broadway Santa Monica CA 90404 310-828-8584

First School, The 1733 Ocean Park Boulevard Santa Monica CA 90405 310-450-0551

First School, The 731 Pine Street Santa Monica CA 90405 310-450-5022

First Step 2650 2nd Street Santa Monica CA 90405 310-399-8118

About Santa Monica Daycares

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

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

Santa Monica 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 Monica 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 Monica 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 Monica.

Santa Monica Home Daycares

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