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On-Site Early Childhood Education Programs

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Stanford has six on-site early childhood education programs that serve children in the Stanford community ranging in age from infants to five years old. All offer the highest level of care, supervision and education.

The WorkLife Office manages the centralized application process, including the submission of applications and collection of application fees. The application fees are sent to the centers to support their operations and are non-refundable.  

To be eligible to apply for Stanford’s on-site child care centers, you must be employed  with Stanford University, Stanford Health Care, or Stanford Medicine Children’s Health in a benefits-eligible role, enrolled as a matriculated student, appointed as a Postdoctoral Scholar through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, or appointed in a visiting scholar/faculty affiliation by the Office of Academic Affairs.

Application

Prior to completing an application, please scroll through this page and review each of the child care center webpages specific to their programs, classroom capacities, and philosophies. The Stanford child care system has multiple operators to support parent choice in the program that is the best fit for their family. 

After you have reviewed each of the child care center’s webpages, click on the application tile that corresponds to your current affiliation with the university. Due to various factors, families may not receive an offer for enrollment by their requested start date, particularly in the younger age groups. Typically, we are able to make immediate offers to children in the preschool (3-4 year) range when families apply to multiple centers. 

Spaces in Stanford child care centers are highly sought after, so we encourage you to submit an application for your child well in advance of your desired start date. You may apply for Stanford child care once you have a birth or due date for your child, and are affiliated with Stanford or have confirmation of acceptance for future affiliation with Stanford. 

Submitting an application does not guarantee admission at the time when you need care, so we encourage you to apply to off-site child care programs in addition to Stanford’s campus child care programs, to maximize your opportunity of getting a space in the timeframe needed.

Details for University Affiliates Only (Faculty, Staff, Student, Postdocs and Visitors)

Details for Hospital Affiliates Only (Stanford Health Care and Stanford Medicine Children's Health Employees, ACGME Appointed Residents & Fellows)  


Early Childhood Education Programs: Infant Through Preschool

Stock Farm Road Children's Center (SFRCC)

Stock Farm Road Children’s Center (SFRCC) serves children ages 8 weeks to 5 years with an enrollment capacity of 140 children.

Enrollment priority is given to faculty, clinician educators, students, postdocs, university staff, employees of Stanford Health Care and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, respectively.

Learn more about Stock Farm Road Children's Center operator details, enrollment and application process


Stanford Arboretum Children's Center (SACC)

The Stanford Arboretum Children's Center (SACC) serves children ages 8 weeks to 5 years and has an enrollment capacity of 138 children. 

Enrollment priority is given to faculty, students, postdocs, university staff, employees of Stanford Health Care and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, respectively.

Learn more about Stanford Arboretum Children's Center operator details, enrollment and application process


Stanford Madera Grove Children's Center

Stanford Madera Grove Children’s Center has an enrollment capacity of 204 children ages 8 weeks to 5 years.

Enrollment priority is given to faculty, students, postdocs, and university staff, respectively.

Learn more about Madera Grove Children's Center operator details, enrollment and application process


Children's Center of the Stanford Community (CCSC)

The Children’s Center of the Stanford Community (CCSC) is a non-profit parent participation program serving children ages 8 weeks to 5 years and has an enrollment capacity of 210 children. Parents may participate in their child’s classroom for a reduced tuition fee.

Enrollment priority is given to faculty, students, postdocs, and university staff, respectively.

Learn more about the Children's Center of Stanford operator details, enrollment and application process


Pine Cone Children's Center

Pine Cone Children’s Center (PCCC) is the newest facility in the university’s network of onsite child care centers, located at the Stanford Redwood City campus. PCCC has an enrollment capacity of 120 children and serves children ages 8 weeks through 5 years.

Enrollment priority is given to faculty, students, postdocs, university staff, employees of Stanford Health Care and  Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, respectively.

Learn more about Pine Cone Children's Center operator details, enrollment and application process


Stanford West Children's Center

Stanford West Children's Center (SWCC), nestled in the Stanford West Apartments, has an enrollment capacity of 108 children and serves children ages 8 weeks through 5 years.

Enrollment priority is given to Stanford West apartment residents, faculty, students, postdocs, university staff, employees of Stanford Health Care and Stanford Medicine Children's Health, respectively.  

Learn more about Stanford West Children's Center


Bing Nursery School

Bing Nursery School is a program within the School of Humanities & Sciences, serving as a laboratory for research and child development for the Department of Psychology.

Please visit the Bing Nursery School website if you would like to be added to their waitlist.


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