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Subsidized Child Care (ECEC)

The Early Childhood Education Center offers year-round subsidized child care to faculty, staff and students through a program sponsored by the California Department of Education. If you meet the guidelines below, you may qualify for state-subsidized child care. UC San Diego students may also be eligible to receive tuition assistance for child care services through CCAMPIS, a U.S. Department of Education program. Learn more about CCAMPIS.


To qualify for subsidy support, both parents must be working or in school and also meet the income eligibility guidelines below. Children must be at least 11 months old and are eligible up to age 5½. (The kindergarten program is not subsidized.)

Family Size Maximum Monthly Income*
2 (single parent working full time) $4,173
3 $4,502
4 $5,256
5 $6,098
*Income levels are based on the state’s sliding subsidy scale.


Available subsidized spaces are filled based on the order in which applications are received and family need.

Complete an online application.

Waiting List

Submitting an application puts your child(ren) on a waiting list. When a subsidized child leaves the program, a child from the subsidized list will be admitted in accordance with state contract requirements.


Eligible children are ranked based on family size and adjusted income with the lowest per capita income admitted first. When two or more families rank equally, the family that applied first is given priority.

Within this ranking, first priority is given to children referred to the program by Child Protective Services. Second priority is given to children of UC San Diego students who meet income and need eligibility requirements. In accordance with EC Section 8263(b), families are ranked in priority order for subsidized child care and siblings are not given priority over all of the other children on the waitlist.