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A child’s first five years are incredibly important. Research shows that children’s early experiences, environments, and relationships can shape how their brains develop, and prepare them for kindergarten and beyond.

Providing our community’s youngest learners with high-quality early education and care now will set them on the path to succeed in school, attend college, and live long, healthy lives.

Finding Quality Child Care

Child Care Referrals, Online Database, and Program Openings

Browse our online database of child care providers to find a program that meets your family’s needs, call our Resource and Referral staff, or view a list of program openings near you.

Choosing Quality Care

Learn how to evaluate child care programs to find the right environment for your child. 4Cs has all of the resources you need to learn about different types of child care, evaluating child care settings, and understanding different program philosophies. 

Pay For Child Care

Learn more about subsidized child care, scholarships, sliding fee scales based on income, multiple child discounts, or other forms of assistance in paying for child care.

Other Resources for Families

Resource Referrals

Contact our team for help accessing resources to help support your family including food, housing, and other assistance.

Developmental Screening & Inclusion Services

4Cs supports early screening of children’s development by connecting families to resources and agencies that provide them, and we host our own Inclusion workshops for parents and providers who want to serve children with exceptional needs.

For families with children who have special needs, 4Cs offers additional assistance in finding appropriate, high-quality care through the enhanced child care referral process.

Contact our Inclusion Specialist at (650) 517-1444 or for help finding early care and education options for your child.

Family Education

4Cs believes that families are their children’s first teachers and the most important influences in their lives.  We support parents in understanding their child’s development and increasing knowledge around common topics such as potty training, positive discipline, and challenging behaviors.

Throughout the year, 4Cs offers a variety of workshops on child development topics.  Please visit our calendar to view upcoming workshops.

Speak Up For Kids

There are many ways to stay informed and advocate for kids in San Mateo County. Learn more about ways to get involved at the link below.