• For Parents


Youth and Family Resources
785 Morse Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA  94085
(located inside of the Columbia Neighborhood Center)

Phone: (408) 730-7800

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Child Care Resources

Welcome Parents

Child Care and Parent Resources in Sunnyvale

The City's Youth and Family Resources Office provides an information packet for parents and parents-to-be. The information packet contains information about:

  • Child care referral listings of Licensed Family Child Care Providers and Centers in Sunnyvale
  • Parent Education Workshops
  • Immunization Requirements
  • Child Health and Safety Brochures
  • Low Cost and Alternative Payment Programs for Child Care
  • Interview Sheet to Assist You in Your Child Care Search

You may request an information packet to be mailed to your home by sending us an email or calling us at (408) 730-7800.

The child referral listings are available to download here.

Referral Listing of Licensed Family Child Care Providers in Sunnyvale
Referral Listing of Licensed Child Care Centers in Sunnyvale

All family child care providers and centers on the referral listings have provided written permission to be listed.

The City provides this information as a service to the public. The City does not engage in background checks, guarantee the quality of service, inspections or endorse any child care provider or center listed on the referral lists. Parents are encouraged to contact the California Community Care Licensing Division at 408-324-2148 for information on the provider or center you choose to care for your child.

Sunnyvale Community Resource Guide 2017

The Sunnyvale Community Resource Guide provides contact phone numbers and locations to community resources such as domestic/child/elder abuse, substance abuse, food agencies, health and dental needs, crisis lines, immigrant services, legal aid, parent education, social services, and mental health counseling.

The "pocket guide" folds into a 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 size that can easily be put into your purse, pocket or glove compartment so you have all the community resources available at your fingertips!

To request a copy for your home or business, call the Columbia Neighborhood Center at (408) 730-7800.
View the 2017 English Pocket Guide 2017 Spanish Pocket Guide.

Lending Library Bookshelf on Wheels

Visit the Lending Library Bookshelf on Wheels at the Columbia Neighborhood Center (CNC) at 785 Morse Avenue. The bookshelf provides library books for children and their families who find this location more convenient and accessible than the central library facility in Sunnyvale. The bookshelf on wheels has books for 0-5 year olds and teen books in English and in Spanish. A return bin is located inside of CNC to return any materials borrowed from the bookshelf on wheels or from the main library. Users can borrow items with a Sunnyvale Public Library card. Library cards are free and can be obtained from the front desk at Columbia Neighborhood Center during normal business hours.

Parent Workshops






Juggling Two: The New Baby and the Older Sibling Thurs., March 16 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunnyvale Community Center, Neighborhood Rm., 550 E. Remington Dr. RSVPs are appreciated but not required.  
Email or call 408-730-7800
Digital Preschool: Screen Time and the Young Child Thurs., April 6 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunnyvale Community Center, Neighborhood Rm., 550 E. Remington Dr. RSVPs are appreciated but not required.  
Email or call 408-730-7800

Workshop Description / Spring Parent Education Workshops Flier

Juggling Two: Explore what it means to add a new child to the family, discuss emotional and practical challenges for parents and older siblings, learn tips to prepare for the baby and strategies to nurture lifelong healthy sibling relationships.

Digital Preschool: Receive guidelines for establishing a healthy media diet as your child grows, determine whether educational programs can enhance your child's learning and learn about the impact of screen time on young children from infancy through preschool.

Other parent workshops offered by community partners

Bill Wilson Center - Services/Workshops

Children's Health Council

Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC)

El Camino Hospital - Parenting Classes

Hand in Hand - Classes, resources and support for parents

Inclusion Collaborative

Kaiser: Child, Teen Health Classes and Programs in Northern California

Lucile Packard Hospital

Palo Alto Medical Foundation - Health Education Information (PAMF)

Parents Helping Parents

Parents Place

Santa Clara Unified School District Parent Education


First 5 Learning Together Initiative (LTI) and Family Resource Centers

First5logoSuccess in school begins at birth. The Learning Together Initiative can help!

The Learning Together Initiative (LTI), funded by First 5 Santa Clara County, provides a range of free programs and services designed to support your child's and family's learning and health. LTI Community Workers are available to assist families in Sunnyvale with children ages 0-5 in accessing:

  • Application Assistance for Medi-Cal, Healthy Families and Healthy Kids for children
  • Kindergarten Readiness Learning Activities
  • Family Resource Center Programs
  • Food, Employment and Housing Services
  • Child Art Enrichment Activities
  • Opportunities for Community Leadership and Service
  • Parent & Child Workshops - View Event Calendar

For Sunnyvale families living in ZIP codes 94085 and 94089 contact: 408-522-8200 Ext. 1890 or view the FRC San Miguel Calendar of Events The Family Resources Center is located at San Miguel Elementary School, 777 San Miguel Ave., Sunnyvale For Sunnyvale families living in ZIP codes 94087 and 94086 contact: Ana Moreno, Community Worker. The Family Resource Center is located at Vargas Elementary School, 1054 Carson Dr., Sunnyvale Email or call 650-967-4813

Transitional Kindergarten

What is Transitional Kindergarten? A law was passed in California in 2011 that changed the age of when a child can begin kindergarten. Children must turn five years old on or before September 1 to enroll for kindergarten entry in California. Students who turn five years old between the dates of September 2 and December 2 will be identified as Transitional Kindergarteners (TK) and can be placed in a TK program within a regular kindergarten classroom. Select the school district that your child will be attending for more TK information: Sunnyvale School District Cupertino School District Santa Clara School District

Preschools in Sunnyvale

Sunnyvale has two state-sponsored preschool programs operated by the Sunnyvale School District. Columbia State Preschool is located at 739 Morse Avenue and Lakewood State Preschool is located at 450 Lakechime Drive, Sunnyvale. Both are licensed by the State of California.

State preschools are part-day comprehensive developmental programs for three to five year old children from low-income families. The programs emphasize parent education and encourage parent involvement. In addition to basic preschool education activities, other components include health, nutrition, social services and staff development.

For information about State Preschool Programs located in Sunnyvale, contact Yesiel Petillo at 408-522-8213 ext. 2039 or visit the State Preschool Office at 739 Morse Avenue, Sunnyvale (located on the Columbia Middle School Campus).

Most Sunnyvale Preschools (state and non-state funded) can be found on our Sunnyvale Referral Listing of Licensed Child Care Centers shown above.

The Sunnyvale Department of Community Services, Recreation Division offers half-day programs for preschool-age children. Super Safari Preschool is a play-based program designed to provide children their first experience in a structured environment. The goal is to encourage your child's imagination and creativity through a play-based learning environment. This program is not licensed by Community Care Licensing. Limited spaces are available, please call 408-730-7350 to enroll or visit recreation.inSunnyvale.com

Schools in Sunnyvale

Did you know that Sunnyvale is served by four school districts? The school district that serves your family depends on your home address.

Sunnyvale School District at 819 W. Iowa Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94086. (408) 522-8200.

Cupertino School District at 1309 S. Mary Avenue. Suites 150 & 250. Sunnyvale, CA 94087 (408) 252-3000

Santa Clara Unified School District at 1889 Lawrence Road, Santa Clara, CA 95051. (408) 423-2000

Fremont Union High School District at 589 W. Fremont Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94086. (408) 522-2280

Sunnyvale Camps, Classes and Afterschool Programs


Columbia Neighborhood Center 785 Morse Avenue, Sunnyvale (408) 730-7800

Offers youth drop-in programs year-round, karate classes and summer recreational camps and sports camps. Camps or programs may be offered to certain schools in the CNC service area only. CNC offers a community fitness room, free yoga classes for adults, free legal clinics, zumba classes, summer camps and programs and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Visit CNC.inSunnyvale.com for more information.

City of Sunnyvale, Community Services Division Sunnyvale Community Center, 550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale (408) 730-7350

Offers recreational classes for children and adults, school-year afterschool programs throughout Sunnyvale, summer camps, senior classes and community events.

YMCAlogoNorthwest YMCA 20803 Alves Drive, Cupertino (408) 257-7160

Offering summer camps, classes for adults and children in Sunnyvale and Cupertino.

Children's Affordable Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance

Parents may get assistance with children's health insurance enrollment for insurance programs such as Medi-Cal. Families must meet income guidelines to qualify. To apply, call or visit these locations:

Mayview Community Health Center 785 Morse Ave., Sunnyvale Contact: Leticia (408) 579-6026

First 5 San Miguel Family Resource Center 777 San Miguel Ave., Sunnyvale Call (408) 522-8200 Ext. 1890 or (408) 730-7800

North County, Social Services (408) 278-2400

Children's Dental Center 877 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale By appointment only Contact: Raquel Salazar Telephone: (408) 637-6749

Santa Clara County's Fair Oaks Clinic in Sunnyvale Telephone: (408) 792-5200

Santa Clara Family Health Plan Call Center Telephone: 1 (877) 688-7234

Free Child Car Seat Safety Inspections

The Department of Public Safety in Sunnyvale can inspect your car seat or show you how to install it properly. Appointments are available on Wednesday afternoons from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Call (408) 730-7179 to schedule an appointment.

Safe Kids Santa Clara Co./San Mateo Co. led by Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford can also help! Safe Kids is a nationwide network of organizations working to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability for children ages 1 to 14. Find safety recall lists, car seat check events and child safety laws and regulations. Contact Benjamin Arias at BArias@stanfordchildrens.org, 725 Welch Road, P160, Palo Alto, (650) 736-2981.

Local Playgroups & Family Event Calendars

Meet Up Groups Find a playdate for your child in Sunnyvale, and connect with other parents for advice, or meet with other expecting parents in the Sunnyvale or local areas.

Las Madres Neighborhood Playgroup is a nonprofit public benefit corporation. Las Madres provides a network of neighborhood playgroups for children born in the same year. Through Las Madres playgroups members find friendship, support and helpful information as well as an opportunity for their children to make friends their own age. Call (408) 265-4056 or (877) LAS-MADRES for more information. MOMS Club of Sunnyvale This local non-profit organization will provide friendship, support and community members and their families. A fun way to meet other moms who share similar experiences as you. Whether you stay at home full time, work outside the home part-time, or have a home-based business; if you are with your children during the day we have lots of activities for you and your child.

Online Family Event Calendars Chatterblock Red Tricycle Bay Area Kid Fun City of Sunnyvale Community Events Calendar

Child Care Payment Assistance for Low Income Families

There are two subsidized child care assistance programs, funded by the State of California, which may be available to families who meet the eligibility and income guidelines.

  1. Alternative Payment Programs (AP) – Available to families who have received cash aid within the past 24 months. AP reimburses the child care provider directly on behalf of the parents.
  2. Centralized Eligibility List (CEL) - The CEL is a list of income-eligible families that need help paying for child care or part-day preschool. Applicants benefit by receiving free or low cost child care when a participating child development program (CEL Partner) selects them for an opening in their child care or preschool program.

In Santa Clara County, the following agencies can be contacted regarding AP and CEL:

  1. AP ONLY - Choices for Children, (408) 297-3295, 111 N. Market St., Ste. 500, San Jose 95113
  2. CEL - Community Child Care Council (4Cs), (408) 487-0747, 150 River Oaks Parkway, Suite F-1, San Jose, CA 95134

City of Sunnyvale

Normal City Hours of Operation are
8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

(408) 730-7500

  • Sunnyvale City Hall
  • 456 W. Olive Ave.
  • Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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