Child Care Referrals

4Cs’ Resource and Referral Services offer current information about child care availability and options, as well as other resources throughout San Mateo County. We are here to support families in making the choice that is right for them and to answer questions that come up before, during and after the selection process.

Our database includes approximately 1,000 childcare providers in San Mateo County. The database includes licensed providers as well as some programs that are exempt from licensing. Please note that our database is voluntary and therefore does not include all child care providers, only those who gave 4Cs permission to include them.

You can access referrals in two ways:

Resource and Referral Phone Line: Resource and Referral (R&R) staff are available to assist you Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at (650) 517-1460 and (650) 517-1461 (Español). The R&R staff will generate an individualized list of providers based on information you provide. In addition, they can answer questions and provide resources on how to select a provider.

Online Database: You can also search for child care providers through our online database. After entering information about your unique needs, a list of providers will be created. Please be sure to review our resources on choosing child care.

Online Database

Referrals Outside of San Mateo County: Every county in California has a Resource and Referral (R&R) Agency that provides free referrals to child care in that county. If you are a parent who is looking for childcare in a county other than San Mateo, please view this map for your local R&R Agency or call 1-800-KIDS-793.