Child Care Providers Frequently Asked Questions

The Child Development Resource Center maintains the only up-to-date list of child care providers in Santa Cruz County. Help families find you by placing a free listing in the child care referral database. For first time registration, please call us at 831-466-5820 or email All currently licensed child care providers and programs in Santa Cruz County can be listed in our database.

California law requires providers obtain a Child Care License if they are caring for the children of more than one family. This helps ensure a protective, preventative and quality experience for children in care. The licensing process includes the monitoring of child care facilities, technical assistance and partnerships with providers. For more information, contact us.

Contact the Child Development Resource Center by phone or in-person for assistance. You can also join the California Child Care Initiative Project for support to become licensed, advice and technical assistance, free trainings and one-on-one consultations.

The Child Development Resource Center offers resources to providers that include required training and certifications, as well as professional development opportunities. 

Update your information online here.

Families who contact the Child Development Resource Center are given the names of five to seven child care providers according to the family’s priorities. Families then contact providers to learn more and select a facility.

Call the Child Development Resource Center to help determine which resources can support your families; 831-466-5820.

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education provides guidance on COVID protocols for child care facilities, including guidance on masking, how to handle COVID exposures, testing and quarantine periods. Learn more here.