Information for Parents about Santa Monica CA Child Care

Operational Guidelines for Preschools, Daycare and Child Care in Santa Monica CA

Generally, before starting in a Santa Monica child care program, parents must complete all paperwork and submit it prior or on the child's first day. Sometimes a Physicians Report may take longer to obtain, and a grace period (e.g. 30 days) may be provided if extra time is needed to arrange a doctor's appointment. The doctor's report will typically identify completed vaccinations, allergies and any conditions that will require special handling. For daycare and child care in Santa Monica CA, if these forms are not completed it may result in your child's enrollment being suspended. It is important that parents keep their information up to date at the local Santa Monica child care office. If you move, change jobs, or phone numbers, or if your emergency contacts should change phone numbers, please let the preschool office know. Parents should review their authorized pick up lists to ensure that it is current in the event that you send someone to pick up your child from preschools or child care in Santa Monica CA. Even if you send someone to pick up your child, you will have to call the daycare center even if that person is on your child's emergency pick up list.To get your child off to a great start at a daycare in Santa Monica CA, talk to your child about daycare and all the great things to look forward to. Tell him or her about the wonderful things they are going to explore. Children often enjoy being able to go to the store for a lunchbox and school bag before school begins. Many Santa Monica daycare centers will offer opportunities for your child to visit before your child starts. Tell your child the teacher's name and remind her/him that you will be coming to pick them up at the end of the day. Separation is natural and affects different children in different ways. For providers of childcare in Santa Monica CA, on your child's first two days of daycare, plan to have your child leave earlier than their normal schedule. Several hours can be a very long time to a child in a new situation. Most Santa Monica child care centers will allow you to make arrangements so that you can spend time in the classroom with them. When it is time to leave, please give your child a clear goodbye. The teachers will take over and engage your child and start developing a relationship and comforting them. Also many daycares in Santa Monica CA will encourage you to check on your child's progress, so feel free to do so!
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Bright Horizons at The Watergarden 
(310) 449-0047
1620 26th Street #1020, Santa Monica, CA  90404
Child Care Director: Mary Jane Escorpiso
Bright Horizons Family Solutions is the world's leading provider of high quality childcare and early education. Our programs empower children from infancy through kindergarten to become  ...
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First Step Child Care Center 
(310) 399-8118
2650 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA  90405
Santa Monica child care providers often incorporate a daily learning approach and development plans that are carefully crafted to provide a safe environment for children to develop and learn through creative play, age appropriate lesson materials and teacher support and guidance. ...
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Pilgrim Lutheran Church CDC 
(310) 829-4113
1730 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA  90403
There are many safety and security features to protect your children at Santa Monica child care centers and preschools. Some of these include sign in/out sheets, automatic locking doors with key code access, security cameras and background checks for staff. ...
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Gan Israel Preschool 
(310) 394-3200
1341 9th Street, Santa Monica, CA  90401
Many Santa Monica child care and daycare centers provide after school age care options. These programs can be very beneficial for assisting children to complete their homework and have great social interaction as well as physical exercise activities. ...
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Circle of Children Preschool 
(310) 393-7731
1227 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA  90403
For low income families looking for child care in Santa Monica there are government sponsored or subsidized programs available at some preschools and daycare facilities. You can check directly with the center or go to your State Government resources to find local providers. ...
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Bright Start Learning Center 
(310) 315-9353
1501 17th Street, Santa Monica, CA  90404
Childcare programs in Santa Monica are designed to connect with each child on many levels. The foundation of a child's learning is not only preparation for kindergarten, but also for life. Many strive to balance a school program with age appropriate play, teacher support and environment. ...
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Lighthouse Church Preschool 
(310) 264-8328
1424 Yale Street, Santa Monica, CA  90404
Parents are welcome to bring cereal or other simple breakfast food for their child/children at many Santa Monica child care facilities and preschools; often they will gladly provide milk and a helping hand. ...
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Trinity Baptist Children's Center 
(310) 395-3282
1019 California Avenue, Santa Monica, CA  90403
For child care in Santa Monica on your child's first two days plan to have your child leave earlier than their normal schedule. Several hours can be a very long time to a child in a new situation. ...
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The First School 
(310) 452-0095
1733 Ocean Park Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA  90402
There are many ways a parent can search for child care in Santa Monica including finding daycare centers or preschools that are close to work, school or home. Be sure to ask about parking at the center. ...
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