Childcare Facility at UC Davis Health

To address a shortage of available licensed childcare for local working families, UC Davis Health, SMUD and Sacramento State University have joined forces to create a new Child Development Center in Sacramento.

Updates will be posted here, and shared through the Insider, as details are confirmed.

  • When will the new center be opening?  
  • We are anticipating a fall 2022 opening date for the new Child Development Center (CDC).
  • Where will the center be located?
  • The new CDC will be located at 6011 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento. We are referring to it as the "Folsom Boulevard Child Care Center" until a proper name has been determined. The center will be 17,000 square feet with an additional 15,000 square feet of outdoor space.  The building is owned by University Enterprises, Inc. (UEI), a nonprofit auxiliary organization of Sacramento State that creates and manages programs and services for the college.  SMUD has signed a 15 year lease on the property and SMUD, Sacramento State and UC Davis Health will share costs equally. Tenant improvements are underway.
  • Who will operate the center?
  • The new CDC will be operated by Bright Horizons.  Bright Horizons operates over 700 centers across the U.S. and is committed to high-quality early childhood education including, NAEYC Accreditation standards. In addition, Bright Horizons successfully operates centers in the Sacramento area including our Hutchison Child Development Center on the UC Davis campus.
  • How many child care slots will be available for UC Davis?
  • UC Davis will have an estimated 69 child slots, 1/3 the total anticipated number of slots (207) for the center shared between SMUD, Sacramento State, and UC Davis.  The slots will be split equally by age range.  All UC Davis affiliate families currently enrolled at the current SMUD owned Lighthouse Center will be guaranteed a space at the new facility.
  • What will be the UC Davis list priority?
  • After existing UC Davis children currently at the closing Lighthouse center are placed, there will be equal priority for UC Davis affiliates. Affiliates are defined as any personnel or student with an active student or employee ID including students, residents, fellows, post-docs, faculty, staff and visiting scholars.  Waitlists will be managed by the operator, Bright Horizons.  After UC Davis affiliates are served, any remaining slots will be offered to the other partners or the community.
  • What date can interested parties get on the waitlist? 
  • We anticipate the waitlist will be open summer 2022 after an opening date is determined. Information concerning the list will be made available at this site when determined.
  • Will there be subsidized care?
  • While the overall center will be subsidized by the SMUD/CSUS/UC Davis partnership to enable at-market tuition rates to their affiliates, individual rates will not be subsidized. Please note that UC Davis students are eligible for the Student Parent Child Care Program and can utilize those funds to assist in their payment to the center.  
  • Has the tuition been established?
  • Tuition will fall slightly below mid-Sacramento market rate for NAEYC accredited child care.  
  • What will be the hours of operation?
  • Operating hours are tentatively scheduled from 7:00 AM to 6:30 PM, Monday through Friday.
  • Where can I find updates and enrollment information?
  • Updates will be posted here at WorkLife as information is established and shared through UC Davis Health internal communication channels.