Child Care Services


Child Care

Santa Monica College offers several child care options for students while they attend classes at SMC. There is no child care center on the SMC campus, but the programs listed below provide financial and other support to help students cover the costs of quality child care. Detailed information about the services available can be found at

Students with a need for child care services while attending classes at SMC should email or call to schedule an appointment with CCAMPIS Project Manager Jeanette Lopez at

About Child Care/CCAMPIS Program

Free child care is available to full-time SMC students who qualify for the Child Care Means Access for Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program, authorized by the Higher Education Act and administered by the U.S. Department of Education.

The goal is to increase access to post-secondary education for low-income parents by providing quality, affordable and accessible childcare services while they further their education.

CCAMPIS covers 100% of the cost for part-time, full-time, and extended hours child care. Students who qualify may select a licensed child care center to care for their children while they attend SMC classes.

Associated Students Child Care Fund

Single parents who have financial need, a minimum 6-unit enrollment, a minimum 2.0 GPA, and a child under 10 years of age — AND who are NOT receiving subsidized child care — may qualify to receive up to $400 monthly toward their child care expenses.

Santa Monica Early Childhood Lab School

Santa Monica College and the City of Santa Monica are partnering to build the Early Childhood Lab School, an innovative early childhood laboratory school opening in September 2021. The Lab School will grow to serve up to 110 children annually and give teachers in-training in SMC’s Education and Early Childhood programs the hands-on experience they need to develop crucial expertise under the guidance of leading education professionals. Located at the corner of 4th Street and Civic Center Drive in Santa Monica, the Lab School will be operated by the nonprofit child-development center Growing Place. Find more information on Lab School developments.