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UC Davis Child Care - Davis Resources

Child Care Options: Davis Campus Location

  • PDF How to Find Childcare  Local UC Davis-focused resource
  • Children's Home Society:  Yolo County Resource and Referral Information.  Customized search for all licensed Family Child Care Homes and Center options based on your needs.
    • 800-KIDS-793 or 530-645-6265.  This is the main resource designated by state licensing for finding openings at licensed small family home centers and large Child Development Centers.  
    • Assistance paying for child care: 530-645-6266
    • Fluent in Spanish and English
    • Special needs care referral service
    • Less than 1 minute to get to live local person to help you and you will receive a customized list of providers with general, availability and contact information.
  • The University of California provides Bright Horizons Additional Family Supports to help you find in-home care.  This is a benefit to most staff (some represented groups opted out). 
  • Carebubbles UC Davis has joined with UCSF and UC Berkeley in a Berkeley-based platform which provides a parent-to-parent resource to help UC community members meet their child care needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Find other families looking to trade childcare, share tutors, create bubbles and more. Learn more and login using your UC Davis credentials at carebubbles.berkeley.edu
  • Handshake through the UC Davis Internship and Career Center.  Private employers looking for tutors, nannies, babysitters, etc. can create an account in Handshake and post directly on the website free of charge.  Once you post a position, students can apply directly to the position. Instructions on setting up an account can be found at https://www.powtoon.com/c/cn8zrifrotP/1/m.  In the posting process you have to post a website, feel free to post the WorkLife site as a placeholder.

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 co-op for law students. The Hutchison, LaRue Park and Russell Park centers are operated by third party vendors located on campus.


Child Care Located in the Community


Center Based Care

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.

Part-time and full time preschools and daycare centers:

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. Lists are found at your state/county designated organization.  Yolo County is: Children's Home Society: Resource and Referral Information and Subsidized Child Care  Resource & Referral information: 800-552-0400 or 530-645-6265


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.

  • Bright Horizons Additional Family Supports: Available to UC employees free of charge. It is an online subscription matching system to child care providers and nannies as well as discounts and preferred enrollment for employees.  Background checks part of service.
  • International Au Pair Association listings
  • Carebubbles UC Davis has joined with UCSF and Berkeley in a platform based at Berkeley which is a parent-to-parent resource to help community members meet their child care needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Find other families looking to trade childcare, share tutors, create bubbles and more. Learn more and login using your UC Davis credentials at carebubbles.berkeley.edu
  • Handshake through the UC Davis Internship and Career Center.  Private employers looking for tutors, nannies, babysitters, etc. can create an account in Handshake and post directly on the website free of charge.  Once you post a position, students can apply directly to the position. Instructions on setting up an account can be found at https://www.powtoon.com/c/cn8zrifrotP/1/m.

Advertisements for sitters may be posted at the following locations:

  • Orchard Park Apartments
    Community Bulletin Boards
    Bldgs. 23 & 25 | 530-752-3959
  • Solano Park Apartments
    Community Bulletin Board
    Building 27 | 530-752-3958

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