Child Care Resources

Campus and community resources for students who need help finding child care. 

Free assistance is available. Meet with a Basic Needs Coordinator: scheule an appointment. 

Students in need of a dedicated space to pump or breastfeed can utilize the newly revamped Lactation Room in Fir 211. The space can be accessed by calling
(209) 588-5283 or by calling security at (209) 566-5476.


World Breastfeeding Week Celebration August 9 from 11 am to 1 pm at Heaven for Kids Park at 480 Greenley Road in Sonora
Local family agencies will have activities and giveaways for people of all ages. Activities include car seat safety checks, onesie die-dying, refreshments, and prize drawings. 


Mothly Baby Chats Support Group

2nd Wednesday of every month from 10 to 11 am. Hosted in-person at the Tuolumne County Public Health department at 20111 Cedar Road North in Sonora or via Zoom. Join fellow pregnant and breastfeeding moms to discuss nursing challenges, share tips, and celebrate successes. Topics may include boosting milk, lactogenic foods, fussy babies, baby-wearing, infant massages, tummy-time, overcoming challenges, bay food prep, and more! Support group includes access to a lactation consultant, weighing your baby, and drawings/giveaways. For more information: call or text LC Debbie at (209) 352-2750. 

Columbia College Child Care Center

Columbia College offers high quality child care for children ages birth to 5 years old. Children are offered a developmentally appropriate environment and a curriculum that values individual needs with emphasis on positive social and emotional development. 

Child care is free or reduced for families who meet need and eligibility criteria. For more information, call (209) 588-5278. The center is located at the Laurel building.  Learn more online.  

Columbia College CARE Program

The Cooperative Agencies and Resources for Education (CARE) program is designed to serve EOPS for the academically underprepared, underrepresented, welfare-dependent, single head of household student population to achieve academic and personal success.   

Services provided by CARE include child care assistance, assistance with required textbooks and academic materials, academic incentive grants, gas vouchers or bus passes, academic support resources and equipment, student success workshops, and additional counseling support. Learn more online or call (209) 588-5130.  

Head Start 

Head Start is a federal program that provides free child care and preschool options for eligible families who have children ages 0 to 5. Program qualifications vary, so contact the local Head Start program to meet with a family advocate. Families who receive CalFresh benefits automatically apply for the Head Start program.  

Tuolumne and Amador County residents call (209) 533-0361 or  learn more online  
Calaveras County residents call (209) 754-2000 or  learn more online  
Mariposa County residents call (866) 417-4255 or  learn more online  

Child Care Resource & Referral: Tuolumne & Mariposa Counties: 

Infant/Child Enrichment Services (ICES) provides free assistance in helping families search for child care. There are no income qualifications to receive these services. Child care specialists help families evaluate the quality of a provider or program and help families make the best choices for their situation. Tuolumne County residents call (209) 533-0377. Mariposa County residents call (209) 966-4474.  Learn more online.  

Child Care Resource & Referral: Amador & Calaveras Counties: 

The Resource Connection Resource and Referral office works with families in Calaveras and Amador counties who need assistance in finding care for their children. This assistance includes being provided with lists of local in-home caretakers and applying for subsidized child care. For more information, call (209) 754-1075.  Learn more online.  











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