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Mental Health Counseling 

CLARE|MATRIX Clarity For Youth. (310) 314-6200 x 3131 or email

Family Service of Santa Monica. (310) 451-9747 or (310) 451-9747 

Providence St. John’s Child and Family Development Center. (310) 829-8921  

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) School Based Mental Health Program. Consult school principal/guidance counselor; or 424-261-5102, or your school

El Nido Family Service. (818) 956-5000 or 

Developmental/Academic Assessment 

For children 0-3: Westside Regional Center Early Start (310) 258-4120

School Age Children: request assessment at your home school

Psychological Testing at Providence St. John’s Child and Family Development Center: (310) 829-8921 

In-Person Distance Learning Programs

These programs provide in-person tutoring or will oversee your school-age child’s remote learning.


  • 310 Tutors (at Water Garden)
  • Beach Moms Child Development Center
  • Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica
  • Dreamland Center
  • The Activity Center

Downtown Santa Monica

  • Santa Monica YMCA
  • Kumon Math and Reading Center

Pico Neighborhood

  • CC’s House

Ocean Park

  • Realm Creative Academy

Wilshire Blvd.

  • Mathnasium
  • Young Scholars Academy

City-Based After-School Care

  • CREST Club
  • Police Activities League
  • Virginia Avenue Park

Licensed Santa Monica Providers Open for In-Person Care

There are 67 providers open for in-person care in Santa Monica. Connections for Children is calling these weekly and can provide you with the latest list of providers with current openings by age group and their contact information.

Downtown Santa Monica

  • First Presbyterian Nursery School
  • Piper Preschool
  • Santa Monica YMCA Child Development Center


  • 10th Street Preschool
  • Barahona Family Child Care
  • Beach Moms Child Development Center
  • Beginnings Learning Center
  • Bright Horizons at The Water Garden
  • Cuddle Bear Family Child Care
  • Dreamland Infant and Child Day Care Centers
  • Evergreen Community School
  • Gan Israel Preschool
  • Hill & Dale Discovery Pre-K Center
  • Kennedy Family Child Care
  • Lighthouse Center for Infants
  • Lighthouse Church Preschool
  • Little Dolphins by the Sea
  • Maohr Preschool
  • Nakaji FCC
  • PSJ Early Childhood Directions
  • Santa Monica Montessori
  • Sarian Family Child Care
  • The First School-Broadway
  • Waldorf Early Childhood Center

North of Montana Ave.

  • Montana Preschool

Ocean Park Blvd/Airport

  • Growing Place, Ocean Park
  • Smartstart Preschool
  • The Children’s Place
  • The First School-Pine Street
  • Westside Montessori

Pico Blvd

  • Bell Family Child Care
  • CC’s House
  • Early Childhood Learning
  • Haggerstrom Family Child Care
  • Kidz Korner Children’s Center
  • Kindergarten L.A. Kigala Preschool
  • Les Enfants
  • Maple Tree Preschool
  • Pages Preschool
  • Untitled No.1 School

Sunset Park

  • Amalia Daycare
  • Berg Family Child Care
  • Bright Horizons @ Ocean Park
  • Colasanti Family Child Care
  • Collier Family Child Care
  • Frida’s Family
  • Growing Place, Marine Park
  • Hill & Dale Learning Center
  • Kras Family Child Care
  • Mount Olive Lutheran School
  • My First Place
  • Nuestra Casita Nursery
  • SMAP Child Care
  • Stepping Stone Child Care
  • The First School-Ocean Park
  • Tivoli Rainbow Garden preschool
  • The Mulberry School
  • Wiener Family Childcare
  • Wild Poppy Studio

Wilshire Blvd

  • Beth Shir Shalom ECC
  • Cassidy Preschool
  • Circle of Children Preschool
  • Early Years School
  • First United Methodist Church Preschool
  • Garden of Angels Preschool
  • Palisades Preschool

9 Things to Look For in Childcare during COVID-19

  • Small, stable group sizes. The County limits group sizes to 12 kids with two educators.
  • Quick drop-offs/pick-ups. Expect staggered pickups/drop offs at centers. 
  • Daily Health Screenings at Drop-Off. 
  • Heightened Cleaning Procedures.
  • Mask Wearing. Mandatory for educators and kids 2 and up.
  • Physical Distancing. Ask how your provider has adapted daily activities such as eating and circle time – you may be delighted by the ingenuity of their ideas. That said, due to their age, it might not always be possible to keep kids separated.
  • Frequent Hand Washing. Visible signage throughout the facility, including posted at eye level for young children in the restrooms. 
  • Isolation plans. Ask what a provider would do if a child (or staff member) begins to feel sick. 
  • Knowledgeable about how to limit the spread of COVID-19 in an early care setting via guidance from LA County Department of Public Health and Community Care Licensing. 

Sources: Connections for Children, LA County Dept. of Public Health


City of Santa Monica: 

Connections for Children:

SMMUSD Family Resources: 

SMMUSD’s COVID-19 Resource Page: 

LA County Department of Health Guidance for Early Childhood Education:

LACDPH Protocol for Programs Providing Day Care for School-Aged Children: