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Child Care & Preschools

(Icons/Graphics) ABCblocks.jpg    There is an abundance of quality preschool and child care programs throughout Santa Cruz County.  Choices are varied: small home day care centers, large home day care centers, large daycare centers, preschools, preschools as part of independent grade schools, preschools within public school systems. Programs, rates and hours vary. In some programs there is financial assistance available for those who qualify.

    Identifying a program that aligns with your family's philosophy and goals is a good way to assure a successful preschool experience. After you develop a list, go visiting.  Without your children, ask to spend an hour sitting quietly and observing so you can see the children and teachers interacting in both structured activities and free play. Then meet with the director and ask your questions.



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