UCSC Early Education Programs give priority to students who qualify for California Department of Education state subsidies (free or sliding-scale). UCSC campus subsidized spaces at a reduced rate may be available to student parents whose income exceeds CDE requirements. A separate waitlist is maintained for campus subsidized families.

Early application is encouraged. Open, print, complete and return the Child Care Waitlist Application (PDF) to the Early Education Services office located at Family Student Housing. Call (831) 459-2967 to schedule a tour.

Campus Subsidized Monthly Rates (effective July 1, 2021)

(for families not eligible for State Subsidized Rates)

Program Monthly Rate
Toddler Room (children 18-months to 36-months) $958
Preschool Center (children 36 months to 5 years) $567
School Age Center (Kindergarten After School Care) $363*
School Age Center (Grades 1st-4th After School Care) $316*
School Age Center (Summer Session 5 week Program) $532

*Early Education Services offers extended day care from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on public school closure days during which we remain open:

  • Additional Charge $26.00 per day

State Subsidized Monthly Rates (effective July 1, 2020)

Family Size Monthly Rate
Family Size of 2 Income $0–$6,518/mo $0–$639/mo sliding scale
Family Size of 3 Income $0–$7,244/mo $0–$639/mo sliding scale
Family Size of 4 Income $0–$8,316/mo $0–$639/mo sliding scale
Family Size of 5 or more Please contact EES for more information

State Subsidized Care:
Free or low-cost care based on sliding scale is available for families who meet CA State eligibility requirements. Check out this Eligibility Chart for subsidized funding income guidelines.

Non-subsidized families with more than one child enrolled receive a 10% family discount on the child with the lowest rate.

Early Education Services programs are open to all student families and children without regard to religion, race, color, national origin, gender, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, or marital status.