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. Complete our Child Care Waitlist Application (first-time applicants select "Don't have an account?") Call (831) 459-2967 to schedule a tour.


Campus Reduced Tuition (effective July 1, 2022)

(for families not eligible for State Subsidized Rates)

Program Monthly Rate
Infant Program (children 11-months to 24-months) $1192
Toddler Program (children 18-months to 36-months) $992
Preschool Center (children 3 years - entrance to TK/K) $745
School Age Center (Kindergarten After School Care) $374*
School Age Center (Grades 1st-4th After School Care) $325*

Summer Program Weekly Rate
School Age Center (Summer Session) $165

*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 $27.00 per day

Note: Late Pick-Up Fee - $22 per 15 Minutes
Late Payment fee $28.00


State Subsidized Monthly Rates  (effective July 1, 2022)

Family Size Monthly Rate
Family Size of 1-2 Income $0–$6,008/mo $0-$639/mo sliding scale
Family Size of 3 Income $0–$6,842/mo $0-$639/mo sliding scale
Family Size of 4 Income $0–$7,941/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.