UCSC early education programs give priority to students who qualify for California Department of Education subsidies (free or sliding-scale). Fee-for-service spaces at a reduced rate may be available to student parents whose income exceeds CDE requirements. A separate waitlist is maintained for fee-for-service students.

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.

Monthly Rates (effective July 1, 2020)

Program Monthly Rate
Toddler Room (children 18-months to 36-months) $926
Preschool Center (children 36 months to 5 years) $540
School Age Center (Kindergarten After School Care) $351*
School Age Center (Grades 1st-4th After School Care) $306*
School Age Center (Summer Session 5 week Program) $514

*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 $25.00 per day

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.