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Stanford Madera Grove Children's Center

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Stanford madera grove childrens center building and photo of inside their playroom


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Stanford Madera Grove Children’s Center (SMG) is an early childhood learning program, operated by the International Child Resource Institute (ICRI). SMG is open to university affiliates. 

How SMG Works

  • Stanford Madera Grove Children’s Center is operated by the International Child Resource Institute.
  • ICRI offers high quality programs targeted to the specific developmental needs of infants, toddlers, preschool and pre-K children. 
  • All programs use play-based emergent curriculum methods to explore language, art, science, music, social studies, mathematics and physical tasks.
  • Infant and toddler programs provide sensory and language opportunities designed to help children discover and explore at their level.
  • Preschool programs encourage children to learn through opportunities to explore, create, invent, hypothesize, test and discover in a warm, open environment.

Learn more about the Emergent curriculum

Classroom Designations

  • Stanford Madera Grove Children’s Center has a licensing capacity for 204 children and serves children ages eight weeks to five years.
  • Child capacity numbers are determined by the California Department of Social Services, Child Care Licensing Division and are based on the indoor/outdoor area to which the children will have access.
  • Of the 204 available spaces, below is a breakdown of the classroom size designations based on 100% enrollment: 

Infants 8 2
Toddlers 10-12 4
Twos 16 2
Preschool 18-20 6

Waitlist Application and Process

  • Enrollment priority is given to faculty, students, postdocs, and university staff, respectively.
  • You may submit your application online.

Faculty, Staff, Students, Postdocs, and Visitors - Child care application page

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