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Childcare Resources

Child center teacher singing with kidsAHC Children's Center

The Orfalea Children's Center Lab School, housed in the Family and Consumer Education Center (building I), provides quality care for infants and preschoolers between three months and five years of age. The center serves as the lab school for Early Childhood Studies students who assist the credentialed staff in providing an enriched learning environment designed to foster social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth for young children.

Santa Barbara County Emergency Childcare network

The Santa Barbara County Emergency Child Care Initiative (ECCI) is a collaboration of local organizations working together during the COVID-19 pandemic to support the availability, health, and safety of quality child care so families are supported, children are well cared for, programs are sustained, and providers help stem, not spread the virus. Resources for Families

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Care Net Pregnancy & Resource Center of Santa Maria

Care Net is a free and confidential resource for individuals facing all stages of pregnancy. Care Net has been serving the community since 1990. Each year we see over 400 clients and provide over two thousand services a year. No matter what situation a person finds themselves in, we can help – from needing to make a pregnancy decision to parenting classes mandated by the County; help with diapers or finding out the effects of their abortion has been difficult to overcome. All of our services are free and confidential.

Call (805) 928-9285 or contact the 24/7 Hotline | (800) 712-HELP (4357)
Located at 201 S Miller, Ste 101, Santa Maria, CA 93454

Community Action Partnership of SLO county

CAPSLO Children and Family Services provides learning and child care programs for those from birth to 5 years old. Services provided:

  • Resource Connection
  • Children Youth and Family Services
  • Head start and early head start
  • Migrant and seasonal head start
  • State Preschool

Child pouring water into bucketCommunity Action Commission of SB County

CAC services prepares infants, toddlers, and preschoolers for a successful first year of kindergarten. Services provided for low income families whose children range from birth to five years old:

  • Full and part-time schedules for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers
  • Nutritious, delicious meals and snacks 
  • Parenting education workshops
  • Services for children with special needs and disabilities

Childrens Resource Network

Their mission statement: "Provide disadvantaged children and at-risk youth in San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County with free clothing, blankets, books, backpacks, school supplies, diapers, toiletries and other items to meet their educational and personal basic need"

  • Teens closet
  • Traveling Children Closet
  • Sorting Facility
  • Emergency Clothing Request


The Child Tax Credit included in the The American Rescue Plan of 2021 is meant to help families with children under the age of 17 will receive additional payments from the IRS starting July 15th. 

"The American Rescue Plan increased the Child Tax Credit from $2,000 per child to $3,000 per child for children over the age of six and from $2,000 to $3,600 for children under the age of six, and raised the age limit from 16 to 17. All working families will get the full credit if they make up to $150,000 for a couple or $112,500 for a family with a single parent (also called Head of Household)." Read more from here