UC Davis Child Care - Davis Resources

Child Care Options: Davis Campus Location

  • PDF How to Find Childcare  Local UC Davis-focused resource
  • Children's Home Society:  Yolo County Resource and Referral Information.  Customized search for all licensed Family Child Care Homes and Center options based on your needs.
    • 800-KIDS-793 or 530-645-6265.  This is the main resource designated by state licensing for finding openings at licensed small family home centers and large Child Development Centers.  
    • Assistance paying for child care: 530-645-6266
    • Fluent in Spanish and English
    • Special needs care referral service
    • Less than 1 minute to get to live local person to help you and you will receive a customized list of providers with general, availability and contact information.
  • The University of California provides Bright Horizons Additional Family Supports to help you find in-home care.  This is a benefit to most staff (some represented groups opted out). 
  • Handshake through the UC Davis Internship and Career Center.  Private employers looking for tutors, nannies, babysitters, etc. can create an account in Handshake and post directly on the website free of charge.  Once you post a position, students can apply directly to the position. Instructions on setting up an account can be found at https://www.powtoon.com/c/cn8zrifrotP/1/m.  In the posting process you have to post a website, feel free to post the WorkLife site as a placeholder.

Child Care Located on Campus

There are five child care centers on the UC Davis campus. The Early childhood lab school is associated with the Department of Human and Community Development. The Law School operates a co-op for law students. The Hutchison, LaRue Park and Russell Park centers are operated by third party vendors located on campus.

  • Early Childhood Lab School at the Center for Child & Family StudiesThe Center for Child & Family Studies is a teaching, research and demonstration laboratory within the Department of Human Ecology. It enrolls children ages six month through five years in part-time (12 hours per week) active learning programs. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). 
  • COVID ANNOUNCEMENT: The ECL is offering remote early learning programs starting September 28.  Each small-group virtual learning opportunity will be facilitated by a child development specialist.  Programs for toddlers, preschoolers and pre-K.  LEARN MORE
  • Hutchison Child Development CenterOperated by Bright Horizons Family Solutions. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
    • Contact: 1055 Extension Center Drive | 530-752-7676 | Danielle Cinder, Director
  • LaRue Park Child Development Center: Operated by Campus Child Care Inc. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
    • Contact: 50 Atrium Way | 530-753-8716 | Shelby Faria, Director
  • Russell Park Child Development Center: Operated by Campus Child Care Inc. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
    • Contact: 400 Russell Park | 530-753-2487 | Sarah Tibbet, Director
  • Perfect Tender Infant CareKing Law School Cooperative
    • Contact: 530-752-4955 | nursery@law.ucdavis.edu

Child Care Located in the Community


Center Based Care

There are a variety of child care settings from which to choose, depending upon your needs. You are best qualified to judge which setting will be most appropriate for your family. These include child care centers, nursery schools, cooperatives, playgroups and recreation programs licensed by the state to serve infants through school-age children.

Part-time and full time preschools and daycare centers:

Family Child Care Homes


This option offers care for small groups of children, infants to 12 years old, in the provider's private residence. Anyone who provides paid care in their home for the children of more than one family at a time is required by state law to have a family child care license, and is considered self-employed. Rates, schedules and calendars vary by home. Lists are found at your state/county designated organization.  Yolo County is: Children's Home Society: Resource and Referral Information and Subsidized Child Care  Resource & Referral information: 800-552-0400 or 530-645-6265


After School Care


Child Care within Your Home


This is care provided by babysitters, nannies and au pairs, who are considered domestic employees exempt from licensing. Background checks for criminal convictions and child abuse are available through Trustline Registry.

  • Bright Horizons Additional Family Supports: Available to UC employees free of charge. It is an online subscription matching system to child care providers and nannies as well as discounts and preferred enrollment for employees.  Background checks part of service.
  • International Au Pair Association listings
  • Handshake through the UC Davis Internship and Career Center.  Private employers looking for tutors, nannies, babysitters, etc. can create an account in Handshake and post directly on the website free of charge.  Once you post a position, students can apply directly to the position. Instructions on setting up an account can be found at https://www.powtoon.com/c/cn8zrifrotP/1/m.

Advertisements for sitters may be posted at the following locations:

  • Orchard Park Apartments
    Community Bulletin Boards
    Bldgs. 23 & 25 | 530-752-3959
  • Solano Park Apartments
    Community Bulletin Board
    Building 27 | 530-752-3958

Online Resources

Additional Resources

Online Commercial Options:

  • Babysitting and Co-op apps/sites (not endorsed by UC Davis, simply listed for your convenience)
    1. Bambino
    2. Komae 
    3. Sittercity.com
    4. SittingAround
    5. Urban Sitter
    6. Winnie 
  • NAPP Network is an app that offers a hassle-free and secure solution to short-term, long-term, or last-minute childcare for families. NAPP is free to download, and is the ultimate answer to reliable, affordable, fun, and responsible on-demand childcare, making booking a caregiver (and finding a fair paying gig as a sitter available at the touch of a button. NAPP was listed as a 2020 Baltimore Tech Start-Up to watch, and now we are bringing the NAPP to Sacramento. NAPP is looking for a core group of fun, engaging, and memorable sitters to help launch NAPP in Sacramento. Check us out on nappnetwork.com to learn more about the brand. Text or call Lauren Brackett at 916-847-6151 if you are ready to become a NAPP sitter and book your first gig!


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