We are happy to provide families with options of trusted resources for their child care needs. The YMCA sources child care providers throughout San Diego County, which include non-YMCA child care sites. Our database of care providers include all licensed child care centers and family child care homes, nanny agencies and license-exempt school-based programs. When you invest time and thought in your search, you can find a child care provider who provides a secure, safe and nurturing environment for your child. We’re here to get you started.

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Child care searches can be done by: age of the child, type of program, hours of care, and area of care needed. 
Referrals will include: name of the child care provider, telephone number, license number, and additional information about the child care program.

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Referral Request Form

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Child Care Referral Line

Our child care consultants are ready to help you find the solution best for you and your family. Our consultants will explain our child care referral policy and provide you with useful tips on choosing quality child care, and review your child care options.

San Diego County
Monday – Thursday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am – 12:00pm

For information about our enhanced referral service for families who have children with special needs, please click here.

Ensuring Your Child’s Safety

The majority of child care centers and all family child care homes are licensed by the California Department of Social Services (DSS) Community Care Licensing division (CCL) to ensure that minimum health and safety standards are met.

As a parent or guardian, you have the right and responsibility to review a potential child care provider’s public record to obtain information on substantiated or inconclusive complaints and violations before placing your child in their care.

Make an appointment to review the child care provider’s record at:

Community Care Licensing
7575 Metropolitan Dr. #110
San Diego, 92108

To review provider’s public record files over the telephone or to file a complaint, call 1-844-538-8766 or 1-844 LET US NO.

Call the referral line at 1-800-481-2151 to speak with a child care consultant about your child care options.

View our resource guide containing the tools to make the best choice in choosing quality early care and education: