Often, parents seek programs that are 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.
To assist you with your child care search, please review our Choosing Child Care Guide.
Watch the Children & Family Overview video for an overview of the resources available to help you manage all aspects of child and family life, including childcare and financial assistance programs.
Center-Based Early Childhood Education Programs and/or Family Day Care Providers
To find child care and day care centers in your area:
- Community Care Licensing Facility Search
- 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
- Santa Cruz Child Development Resource Center (CDRC)
- Northern Alameda County
If you don’t see your county listed, use this link to connect to your local child care resource and referral agency.
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 (serving Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties): (408) 324-2148
- San Mateo County Licensing: (650) 266-8843
Nannies and Babysitters
Bright Horizons Additional Family Supports
Searching for a nanny? Need a night out of the house? Find experienced nannies and sitters for evening and weekend child care, as well as discounts and preferred enrollment access for center-based child care and before- or after-school care.
Register now for your free membership to Sittercity ($140 value) and get access to an online database of pre-screened caregivers and services for your child care needs.
To register, visit Bright Horizons Family Solutions, or call 877-BH-CARES (877-242-2737).
Tuition Savings Programs
Stanford University faculty, staff, postdocs, students and hospital staff save 10% on standard weekly tuition rates for full- and part-time care at KinderCare Learning Centers, Champions Before- and After-School Programs and participating CCLC Child Care Centers (please note: Stanford's employee sponsored on-site Knowledge Universe (KCE) Centers are excluded from the tuition savings program).
- Visit KinderCare Learning Centers or call (877) 914-7683 to find a participating center or site near you
- Download Frequently Asked Questions
- Priority access enrollment status for full-time enrollment at Bright Horizons child care centers
- Discounts at their partner network centers
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 Bright Horizons Back-Up Care is a resource available to assist with those situations.
- Child Care Subsidy Grant
- Faculty Child Care Assistance Program (Faculty only)
- Junior Faculty Travel Grant (Faculty only)
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.