Child Care Options

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The resources you find here highlight services found at UC Davis as well as outside the University.  We do not recommend or endorse any particular resource on this portal, however, we do encourage the careful review and evaluation of services that best meet the needs of your family. See the "Children" page for full disclosure statement.

Child Care Located On-Campus

There are five child care centers on the UC Davis campus. The Early childhood lab school is associated with the Department of Human and Community Development. The Law School operates a coop for law students. The other three centers, Hutchison, LaRue Park and Russell Park are operated by third party vendors located on campus.

Early Childhood Lab School at the Center for Child & Family Studies

West House
530.752.2888
Janet Thompson, Director

The Center for Child & Family Studies is a teaching and research laboratory for the Department of Human and Community Development. It provides part-time programs for children ages 6 months to 5 years. Enrollment is based on age, gender and ethnicity. Accredited by the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).


Hutchison Child Development Center

1055 Extension Center Drive
530.752.7676
Christine Pretti, Director

Operated by Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).


LaRue Park Child Development Center

50 Atrium Way
530.753.8716
Shelby Faria, Director

Operated by Campus Child Care Inc.
Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Russell Park Child Development Center

400 Russell Park
530.753.2487
Tanya Chordas, Director

Operated by Campus Child Care Inc.
Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)..


Perfect Tender Infant Care (King Law School Cooperative)

Child Care Located in the Community

Child Care Facilities

There are a variety of child care settings from which to choose, depending upon your needs. You are best qualified to judge which setting will be most appropriate for your family. These include child care centers, nursery schools, cooperatives, playgroups and recreation programs licensed by the state to serve infants through school-age children.

Davis Joint Unified School District Free Preschool Program

♦ Campus Child Development Centers

♦ California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools.  List of cooperative nursery schools in your area.

♦ Local Options: Both part-time and full time preschools and daycare centers are listed. UC Davis WorkLife does not endorse nor recommend any or these options, this is merely a helpful listing:

Family Child Care Homes

This option offers care for small groups of children, infants to 12 years old, in the provider's private residence. Anyone who provides paid care in their home for the children of more than one family at a time is required by state law to have a family child care license, and is considered self-employed. Rates, schedules and calendars vary by home. 

After School Care

Child Care Within Your Home

This is care provided by babysitters, nannies and au pairs, who are considered domestic employees exempt from licensing. Background checks for criminal convictions and child abuse are available through Trustline Registry.

International Au Pair Association listings

Advertisements for sitters may be posted at the following locations:

  • Aggie Job Link
    Internship and Career Center
    South Hall | 530.752.2855 | Post a job as an "employer" to find a UC Student Child Care Provider
  • Orchard Park Apartments
    Community Bulletin Boards
    Bldgs. 23 & 25 | 530.752.3959
  • Solano Park Apartments
    Community Bulletin Board
    Building 27 | 530.752.3958

Additional Resources

Children's Home Society- for Yolo County Resource and Referral Information and Subsidized Child Care
Resource & Referral information: (800) 552-0400 or (530) 645-6265
Assistance paying for child care: 
(530) 645-6266
CHSYoloCounty@chs-ca.org

Child Action, Inc. - for CalWORKs Subsidy
(916) 369-0191
info@childaction.org

Bright Horizons CareAdvantage: Available to UC employees free of charge. It is an online subscription "matching" system to child care providers as well as discounts and preferred enrollment for employees.

California Child Care Resource and Referral County Agencies:  http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/rragencylist.asp

Sacramento Area Referrals to Licensed Centers and Family Child Care homes: Child Action Inc.


UC Davis Health

There are no child care programs on-site at the medical center. Please refer to the UCDH Childcare Resources Page for Sacramento-specific resources.

Referrals to licensed centers and family child care homes in the Sacramento area are available from Child Action Inc. a member of the California Child Care Resource and Referral County Agencies. 

Remember, most UC employees are eligible for a free Bright Horizons Care Advantage subscription which provides preferred enrollment and tuition discounts for many centers in the Sacramento area.