We believe that when it comes to leaving your child in a safe, dependable program, working parents need more than a swipe or a tap. That's why, for over 40 years, our experienced, caring team members are committed to supporting you every step of the way in your child care journey.

There are over 4000 child care programs in San Diego. And guess what? We are uniquely connected to all of them as San Diego's only child care resource & referral agency. This means you can search through the database at no cost! Call us and one of our referral advisors can help walk you through the process or search online. 



We've streamlined the search process with our enhanced referral system to help parents make the best decision for their families.

PHONE: This includes a specialized search within our database composed of ALL programs in San Diego County including child care centers, home-based care, nanny agencies, and license-exempt programs.

How it works:

  1. Connect with one of our referral advisors to help us identify what needs you have regarding child care, such as location preference, child care type, and if you need infant care.
  2. The referral advisor will pull a list of available programs based on your criteria and will connect with each provider to see if it will be a good fit for your family.
  3. The referral advisor will then give you a refined list of providers and walk you through resources to choose a quality program.

Call us at 1-800-481-2151! 
Phone line hours:
Monday through Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

ONLINE: Our database is available 24/7 online for you to conduct a search of your own. 



Choosing a child care program is one of the most important decisions you have to make. The quality of care impacts a child's ability to learn, grow, and build healthy relationships. When you invest time and thought in your search, you can find a program that provides a secure, safe, and nurturing environment for your child. We created this guide especially for you to give you the tools to make the best choice for your family. 





The YMCA's Childcare Resource Service has been helping parents find trusted daycares and licensed child care providers throughout San Diego County for over 40 years — including non-YMCA child care centers, family child care homes, nanny agencies, and license-exempt school-based programs.

Thanks to being a state-funded child care referral agency (one of the first in California), we provide this service at no cost, and our database of licensed care providers must meet tough California state requirements.

As a non-profit, we truly care about the parents who use our service, and our only mission is to support our community. We’re here to get you started and help you find a secure, safe and nurturing environment for your child. Learn more.