Information for Parents about Santa Monica CA Child Care

Selecting Local Santa Monica Child Care Centers, Preschools and Daycare

Providers of child care in Santa Monica CA encourage you to visit the preschool by scheduling a tour. Prepare a list of questions ahead of time and include items such as: philosophy and learning approach, classroom size, hours and schedules, admissions process, meals provided, parent participation requirements, daycare program information, fees and tuition. If the child care in Santa Monica CA already has a 2-page profile with ChildCare Smiles then you will be able to review and print most of this information ahead of time, including preschool photos. This will then enable you to focus on the visual aspects, interactions with the Director and teachers, and general feelings about the daycare when you visit. An important consideration when visiting a Santa Monica child care facility is to ensure that your child will be receiving a well-organized and challenging curriculum, a warm, safe and clean environment, and teachers who are experienced and ideally have long tenure. When you visit a Santa Monica child care center don't forget to take your child with you and observe how he/she reacts in this new environment. Also, take the time to observe how the other children interact with each other and the teachers. A happy school is a healthy school for daycare children and staff at Santa Monica daycare centers. Daycare facilities are noisy, high energy places and a typical day requires a child to be at 100% capacity. When children are not feeling well and struggling to keep up, the school environment can be overwhelming for them. For this reason, centers that provide child care in Santa Monica CA will have guidelines for parents to follow in determining if a child is too sick for school. In the event that your child becomes ill, Santa Monica childcare centers will require you or your designated emergency contacts to pick up your child within a specified time period e.g. 30 minutes. Although daycare centers in Santa Monica CA recognize that picking up your child during the day may create a hardship, it is in the child's best interest. Santa Monica daycare centers also recommend that if your child is ill, then please keep them home until they are no longer contagious and are able to actively participate at school, inside and out.
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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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Circle of Children Preschool 
(310) 393-7731
1227 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA  90403
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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Lighthouse Church Preschool 
(310) 264-8328
1424 Yale Street, Santa Monica, CA  90404
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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First Step Child Care Center 
(310) 399-8118
2650 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA  90405
Many providers of child care in Santa Monica offer flexible before and after school care options for busy parents. Local preschools and daycare centers will have their own guidelines for drop-off and pickup. ...
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Pilgrim Lutheran Church CDC 
(310) 829-4113
1730 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA  90403
If you are a busy working parent, there are many local facilities that provide after school programs for school age children. These programs include help with homework, healthy snacks, indoor enrichment and physical activities. ...
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Bright Start Learning Center 
(310) 315-9353
1501 17th Street, Santa Monica, CA  90404
If your child is enrolling in a Santa Monica childcare center, along with required medical records and registration and material fees, parents submit completed information and permission forms provided in an enrollment package. ...
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Gan Israel Preschool 
(310) 394-3200
1341 9th Street, Santa Monica, CA  90401
If you are a busy working parent, there are many local facilities that provide after school programs for school age children. These programs include help with homework, healthy snacks, indoor enrichment and physical activities. ...
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Trinity Baptist Children's Center 
(310) 395-3282
1019 California Avenue, Santa Monica, CA  90403
School age after school programs offer many opportunities for children to connect with others. When looking for child care in Santa Monica, parents should consider what sort of support is provided through after school programs at some daycare facilities and preschools. ...
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The First School 
(310) 452-0095
1733 Ocean Park Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA  90402
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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