Child Care Providers

The well-being of Santa Cruz County children and families starts with you, the child care workforce. The Child Development Resource Center is here to help you provide quality care for children and families, and to keep your business thriving. The Child Development Resource Center maintains the only up-to-date list of child care programs in Santa Cruz County. Help families find you by placing a free listing in the child care referral database.

Grow Your Child Care Business

The Child Development Resource Center is the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency for Santa Cruz County. Funded by the State of California, the purpose of the R&R is to establish and maintain a relationship with all child care programs and providers. Make sure you are receiving support and services by staying in touch with the Child Development Resource Center.

For first time registration, please call us at 831-466-5820 or email Keep your profile current by updating it when information changes.

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Get Help With Licensing

Get help becoming licensed! California law requires you obtain a Child Care License if you are caring for the children of more than one family. It is meant to insure you are providing a protective, preventative and quality experience to children in your care. The licensing process includes monitoring of child care facilities, technical assistance and partnerships with providers to ensure health and safety standards are maintained. Licenses are issued by the California Department of Social Services. Contact the Child Development Resource Center for assistance with the licensing process.


Child Care Initiative Project

Santa Cruz County families with infants and toddlers need child care. Home-based child care providers keep communities strong by allowing parents flexibility to work. The Child Development Resource Center, with support from the Child Care Initiative Project, is offering resources and funding for childcare providers, specifically those who run private home-based child care programs or provide care for relatives and neighbors. Providers have access to free training, resources and community connections.

The Child Development Resource Center offers health and safety training, business and marketing strategies, child development training and start-up support. Anyone who is interested in becoming or currently is a private, home-based child care provider can contact the Child Development Resource Center at 831-466-5820 to learn more.

Preventative Health Certifications

Through the Health and Safety Training Reimbursement Program, CDRC may issue a partial reimbursement to child care providers based upon successful completion of Pediatric CPR/First Aid and Preventive Health Classes.