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Resources for Parents and Families

A variety of resources are available for parents and families.

Emergency Childcare Resources

Plenty of families run into these:

  • Your child has to stay home sick
  • You are caught in-between childcare arrangements
  • Your usual caregiver is  unavailable
  • Your child’s care center is closed
  • You need temporary care

Find help:

Childcare Referrals

Early Care and Education offers referrals to infant/ toddler home-care programs, childcare centers and preschool programs in the San Diego area. See other childcare options.

In addition to referrals, we provide guidance on how to identify high-quality child care for infants and toddlers, as well as follow-up assessments to help parents evaluate their satisfaction with a childcare arrangement.

You can also visit these sites for more information about off-campus childcare in San Diego:

Campus and Community Resources for Parents

Healthcare Information

Health Screening

ECE offers all families annual vision, hearing, and dental screenings. More information is available prior to the scheduled screening.


Tuition Assistance

Alternative Payment Plan

The San Diego County Centralized Eligibility List allows subsidized child development agencies to find children who are eligible for their programs. Get details.

Tuition Assistance/CCAMPIS

UC San Diego students may be eligible to receive tuition assistance for children enrolled at the Early Childhood Education Center through CCAMPIS, a U.S. Department of Education program.

Documents and Forms

Parent Participation

The quality of childcare depends on active parental involvement. Parents of children attending either center are encouraged to drop in and watch their children at play, join in classroom activities and share skills to enrich the curriculum whenever possible.

Parents Advisory Board

The Parents Advisory Board supports children’s education by working with teachers, offering support, creating community building activities and funding curriculum enrichment opportunities. All parents are invited to attend monthly meetings to help plan upcoming events and share ideas for new events and activities. Read the PAB brochure (PDF) for more information or email