Often, parents seek child care that is off campus or in their home. We understand that each family's needs are different and are here to help find the best option for you.
Choosing Child Care
To assist you with your child care search, please review our Choosing Child Care Guide.
Center-Based Child Care and/or Family Day Care Providers
To find child care and day care centers in your area:
- Palo Alto
- Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC)
- Redwood City
- Santa Clara County 4cs
- San Mateo County 4cs
- Alameda County 4cs
- San Francisco County 4cs
- Northern Alameda County
If your area is not listed, try an internet search with your area and “4cs”.
To find NAEYC Accredited Centers, visit NAEYC for Families.
We suggest you call Community Care Licensing to confirm that a provider’s license is active and to request a file review:
- Santa Clara County Licensing: (408) 324-2148
- San Mateo County Licensing: (650) 266-8843
Home-Based Child Care
Typically, there are three options available for those looking for in-home child care: nannies, babysitters or au pairs.
For information about finding nannies and babysitters:
Local nanny agencies:
Information about Au Pairs:
To do a background check on your nanny or babysitter, visit Trustline.
Drop-In Child Care Resources
There are some times in every parent’s life where they need immediate, drop-in care for their child. The programs below offer drop-in care, but please contact them in advance to check ages and availability:
- Caring Hearts
- Children’s Corner
- Kids Park
- Peninsula Playcare
- The Creative Learning Loft
- Brilliant Babies
- Child Care Subsidy Grant
- Faculty Child Care Assistance Program (Faculty only)
- Junior Faculty Travel Grant (Faculty only)
- ACI Emergency and Back-Up Care Reimbursement
These lists are provided as a service only. The WorkLife Office and Stanford University do not endorse any of these references. These resources are not exhaustive but a sample of local resources.