(650) 517-1400 Child Care Referrals: Online (650) 517-1460

Important Announcement
On March 22, 2020, Governor Newsom issued a public health order affecting all California child care providers, including family child care homes. Child care providers can only offer care to children of essential workers, and must use heightened cleaning and distancing rules in place for COVID-19. This means that there is now a statewide order to close all child care centers and family child care homes unless they are caring for a child of a parent working in one of the 16 essential sectors.

4Cs offers information about child care availability and options, as well as other resources throughout San Mateo County. We are here to support families in making the choice that is right for them and to answer questions that come up before, during and after the selection process.

Our database includes approximately 1,000 childcare providers in San Mateo County. The database includes licensed providers as well as some programs that are exempt from licensing. Please note that our database is voluntary and therefore does not include all child care providers, only those who gave 4Cs permission to include them.

You can access referrals through:

Online Search

You can search for child care providers using our online database. After entering information about your unique needs, a list of providers will be created.

Resource and Referral Phone Line

Resource and Referral (R&R) staff are available to assist you, generate a list of providers based on your needs, answer questions and provide resources on how to select a provider.

4Cs R&R staff are available Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at (650) 517-1460 and (650) 517-1461 (Español).

Referrals Outside of San Mateo County

Every county in California has a Resource and Referral (R&R) Agency that provides free referrals to child care in that county. If you are a parent who is looking for childcare in a county other than San Mateo, please use this resource to find your local R&R Agency or call 1-800-KIDS-793.