Childcare and Parenting Resources

Finding Quality Childcare:

First 5 - Choosing quality child care

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Local Child Care providers  - List compiled by the City of Palo Alto
For more information call (650) 463-4906

Listing of Licensed Child Care, Family Homes in Palo Alto and after-school care PAUSD elementary school campuses(PDF, 230KB)

Map of Licensed Child Care & Family Homes in Palo Alto

City of Palo Alto Child Care Subsidy Program (Administered by Palo Alto Community Child Care)
PACCC Centers/financial aid

Department of Social Services Child Care Licensing
License Check, Record of Site Visits to Child Care location, and where to call if you have a concern regarding a facility

Preparing Children for Kindergarten


General Parenting Resources:

Children’s Health Council
650 Clark Way, Palo Alto
(650) 326-5530

Hand in Hand Parenting
555 Waverley St., #25, Palo Alto
(650) 322-5323

Parents Place
200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto (650) 688-3040

Heathychildren - American Academy of Pediatrics

The Search Institute  - Search Institute Resource for Families

CommonSenseMedia - Common Sense Media


Parenting Classes/Groups:

Blossom Birth
505 Barron Ave., Palo Alto
(650) 321-2326  

Children’s Health Council
650 Clark Way, Palo Alto
(650) 326-5530  

Parents Place
200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto
(650) 688-3040 - Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara County Develops, implements, and advances early care and education services, social services, housing, senior services, and health and human service. 

Parents Helping Parents         Zero to Three

Podcasts for Parents from First Five

The Parent’s Club of Palo Alto & Menlo Park

Mid Peninsula Parents of Multiples (MPPOM)

Gemini Crickets - Families of Multiples of Silicon Valley

National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness


Other Resources:

Family Resources - Family Resources Palo Alto
Family Resources is your link to the community. Use the website's searchable database to find family-friendly service-providers and resources in our community, and much more. Categories include: Emergency/Crisis, Basic Needs, Child Care, Community Resources, Disability Resources, Education, Health Care, Mental Health and Counseling.

Trustline is a database of nannies and baby-sitters that have cleared criminal background checks in California.  It's the only authorized screening program of in-home caregivers in the state with access to fingerprint records at the California Department of Justice and the FBI.