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The City of San Mateo recognizes the importance of quality child care and the role child care and preschool programs play in the development of the children of our community.

San Mateo has a strong commitment to develop innovative approaches to increase the supply of child care spaces within our community and strives to serve as a model for other communities in the country.

Whether you're looking for quality child care programs for your children, or a provider looking to start or expand your child care business, or a developer interested in including child care in your project, the links below will offer a variety of references and resources to help you in your search.


"4Cs mission is to connect and empower families, educators, and child care providers with resources today for a stronger San Mateo County tomorrow."
A resource for families looking for quality child care and providers of child care.

The first step to increasing the supply of child care spaces is to provide basic information and assistance to those wishing to start a Child Care Center, Preschool, or Family Child Care Home. You may find definitions, steps, and various resources for assisting in this process in this guide.

"San Mateo County's Child Care specialists can help connect your family with quality licensed child care, parent education, special needs resources and other vital children's services.  In addition, families currently or previously enrolled in CalWORKS cash assistance programs may be eligible for free or subsidized childcare."

  • Developing Child Care
As an essential part of both the California and local economy, it is important to consider as many opportunities as possible for the provision of quality child care for our community residents and businesses. The City of San Mateo encourages developers of both commercial and housing properties to consider the inclusion of child care facilities in your projects.  

For more information regarding the development of child care facilities, the following are links to a few resources that may be helpful in providing planning tools and additional information. More brochures and resources available at the individual websites.

A centralized clearinghouse of information and services to increase the California child care sector's understanding of the facilities development process and access to facilities development resources. Part of the original LINCC program described below.
Local Investment in Child Care (LINCC) was an innovative project designed to build on infrastructure that supports child care facilities development, renovation, and expansion in California. Though no longer active in San Mateo County, project information and many publications and links to resources are available through this Alameda County Early Care & Education Planning Council webpage.
Child care/Preschool facilities planning, development and improvement resources; Affordable Buildings for Children's Development (ABCD) financing, developer assistance, and Constructing Connections community collaborative.
Community Investment Collaborative for Kids (CICK): Financial and technical assistance to develop and improve child care centers. The series of publications include facility design and development guides. 


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