CalWORKs students may be eligible to receive low cost or free childcare while attending Santa Monica College. Students that qualify may select a licensed Child Care Center, a licensed Family Day Care, or an Exempt (blood relative) provider to care for their children while they attend classes.

Note: Santa Monica College does not have an on-site child care facility. We provide child care referrals and subsidies to eligible CalWORKs students.

To qualify for childcare: You must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units or a combination of school and work. You must be referred by a CalWORKs counselor.

Current GAIN Hour Requirements.

Number of Adults in the Assisted UnitWeekly Hours Required
Single-adult with a child under 6 years old20
Single-adult with NO children under 6 years old30
Two-parent families35

Not a CalWORKs Participant?

Visit this site to see if you are eligible for benefits: Department of Public Social Services

Non-CalWORKs students may be eligible for the Associated Students Child Care fund. Click here to see if you qualify.


For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact:

Jenny Trickey, Child Care Services Director
Email (preferred):
Phone: (310) 434-8526

The Child Care Services office is located in the Student Services Building next door to EOPS/CARE on the Pico Blvd. side of campus.

We look forward to assisting you with your child care needs!