The Child Development Resource Center, a program of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, has redesigned and enhanced its website to better assist local families searching for child care resources.

The new website,, allows families to submit online requests for child care referrals. They also can review a child care checklist that can be useful when considering child care facilities.

The Child Development Resource Center is the one-stop source for Santa Cruz County families seeking child care. Child Care Referral Specialists can answer questions — by phone or in-person — and connect families with licensed child care centers and licensed family child care homes to meet their needs.

“The Child Develop Resource Center’s new website brings relief and solutions to families too often frustrated by the process of finding child care,” said Sita Moon, program coordinator for the Child Development Resource Center.

The Child Development Resource Center provides free comprehensive information on the many options available when making child care arrangements for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children. Families that request referrals are given a list of at least five child care providers based on the family’s priorities but hold the ultimate responsibility for selecting the most appropriate child care setting for their children.

The Child Development Resource Center also supports child care providers. Providers can list their business for free on the Child Development Resource Center website and families are referred to their programs. Providers also can receive help in becoming licensed and be connected with resources like health and safety trainings, professional development, food assistance programs and more. Child care providers can go online to add or update their business listing. They also can tap into resources and reach out to staff with questions.

About the Child Development Resource Center
The Child Development Resource Center maintains the only up-to-date list of child care programs in Santa Cruz County and supports child care providers. Contact the CDRC for a free referral and resources for finding child care. Learn more on our website, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

About the Santa Cruz County Office of Education
The Santa Cruz County Office of Education (Santa Cruz COE) is a public agency striving to lead an equitable and innovative education system for all Santa Cruz County students. Under the leadership of Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Faris Sabbah, the Santa Cruz COE accomplishes this mission by convening education leaders to catalyze systemic change; providing support and oversight to 10 public school districts; and offering a range of arts, environmental education, child development, career and technical education, and instructional programs and services directly to students, from birth through age 24 and beyond. For more information, visit