Child Care Services

Child Care Services


Child Care

Santa Monica College offers several child care options for student parents 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 cover the costs of quality child care. Detailed information about the services available can be found at

Student parents with a need for child care services while attending classes at SMC (including online classes) should email to schedule an appointment with CCAMPIS Project Manager Jeanette Lopez at

About Child Care/CCAMPIS Program

Financial support for child care is available to full-time SMC student parents 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 student parents by providing quality, affordable and accessible childcare services while they further their education.

CCAMPIS covers up to 100% of the cost for part-time, full-time, and extended hours child care. Student parents 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 student 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 have partnered to build the Early Childhood Lab School, an innovative early childhood center designed to meet the needs of the local community and the college's teacher preparation program.  The ECLS serves up to 106 children annually and gives 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 ECLS is operated by the nonprofit child-development center Growing Place. Find more information on Lab School developments.