San Carlos, CA



Resources for Parents, Childcare Providers, Childcare Advocates, and the Community

The City of San Carlos encourages and supports the creation of childcare facilities. A major City goal is to increase access to childcare by reducing barriers to creation, expansion of facilities, and creating community resources.

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Parents and Childcare Providers

The City of San Carlos aims to provide parents with resources and information to help connect with high quality, convenient, and affordable early education and childcare programs. The City also aims to assist childcare providers and operators (both residential and commercial) interested in expanding or starting new childcare programs. This website provides links to resources that may be helpful for parents, childcare providers, childcare advocates, and the general San Carlos community.  

Types of Childcare

The State of California and the City of San Carlos recognizes two types of childcare facilities, in-home (family child care) and commercial (day care centers). The State also recognizes licensed preschools, and license-exempt nursery schools that are affiliated with local District Adult Schools.

  • Family Childcare is a childcare facility licensed by the State of California that is located in a single-unit residence or other dwelling unit where resident provides care, protection and supervision of children in the resident’s home for periods less than twenty-four (24) hours per day for children under the age of eighteen (18). Family childcare, regardless of size, can only be subject to State regulations and are exempt from local planning/use permits, business licenses, and other permits/fees. There are two types of family childcare:
    • Small- A home that provides family childcare for up to eight (8) children
    • Large- A home that provides family childcare for up to fourteen (14) children
  • Day Care Centers are usually located in a commercial building where non-medical supervision is provided for infant to school age children in a group setting for period of less than 24 hours. This classification includes nursery schools, preschools, and day care facilities for children and any other day care facility licensed by the State of California.
  • Parent Participation Nursery Schools & Cooperative Preschools are founded on the principle that the best education will result from an active partnership among parents, teachers, and children. Parents typically work in their child's classroom anywhere from once a month, to once a week depending on the program. These preschools often offer child development and parenting support classes and groups.
For Parents

List of Day Care Centers and Preschools in San Carlos

If you are a childcare provider and would like to see your center on this list, please contact us. This list will be updated on an ongoing basis.

Child Care Centers Address
Building Kidz 1633 Laurel Street
Bright Horizons 2851 San Carlos Avenue
The Children's Place 1336 Arroyo Avenue
Happy Campers Preschool 510 Laurel Street
Happy Campers at Carlmont 1400 Alameda de las Pulgas
Happy Campers Infant Care 300 El Camino Real
Kim's Kreative Korner 1034 Montgomery Street
Little Learners 785 Walnut Street
Little Jewels 3012 Brittan Avenue
Little Troopers 1032 Inverness Drive
Paragon Montessori 1040 Drake Court
Sequoia Parents Nursery School 1839 Arroyo Avenue
Shu Academy Preschool 1601 Laurel Street
Sora International Preschool 356 El Camino Real
Trinity Presbyterian Preschool 1106 Alameda de las Pulgas
Virginia's Home Daycare 379 Elm Street

San Carlos School District Programs
Preschool Program
SMARTE Afterschool Clubhouse

San Carlos Belmont- After School The Place to Be

Resources for Childcare Operators and Providers

Resources for In-Home Family Childcare (Residential)
Resources for Day Care Centers (Commercial)
California Department of Social Services
Program and Professional Development Resources
Facility Resources
City Resources
Resources for Child Care Advocates

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