UCSB Early Childhood Care & Education Services


Thank you for your interest in the Early Childhood Careand Education Services at UCSB.

Our centers are currently closed until further notice due toCOVID-19

Contact information for childcare programs in southernSanta Barbara County can be accessed by contacting Children’s Resource andReferral Program at 805-963-6631 or on their website.

You can also find childcare information at mychildcare.ca.gov

We are still accepting waiting list applications and if you areinterested in placing your child's name on our waiting list, please see our enrollment page

Open year-round, 7:30 – 5:30 Monday through Friday, more than200 children, ages 3 months to 5 years, attend daily.

The OrfaleaFamily Children's Center, located on West Campus, and the UniversityChildren's Center, located in the Student ResourceBuilding, provide child care for student, staff and faculty familieswithin the University community. Community families are also welcome. TheCenters are accredited by the National Academy ofEarly Childhood Programs and are licensed by the State Department ofSocial Services.

Infant and toddler classrooms care for children ages 3 months to3 years in small, intimate groups.  Theseclassrooms provide children with primary caregivers and a gentle lovingenvironment. Children 3 to 5 years of age are cared for in mixed-ageclassrooms. The relationships within the classroom community both with peersand teachers are valued. All classrooms offer a rich variety ofspaces, materials and activities organized to promote children’s activeexploration and allow for mastery in all realms of development: social,emotional, physical, cognitive and creative.

The goals of the program reflect an abiding sense of respect forall children, their unique cultures and individual development. Close ties withfamilies are valued to ensure the best quality care possible. Parents areencouraged to be active in the program by serving on the Parent Council,spending time in their child’s classroom, attending parent education meetings,joining support groups and most of all, communicating on a regular basis withtheir child’s teacher. In addition, resource and referral services areavailable to all University families for individual family needs.

Interested parents are advised to put their child’s name onthe waitlist and ask about our tuition subsidies for low-incomefamilies. 

Facility #: 421708882, 421709944,426206965, 426211959, 426211960 

Contact us: Administrative Directory
Phone: (805) 893-3665
FAX: (805) 893-4907
E-mail: childrenscenters@sa.ucsb.edu