Children & Teens

Day Care Facilities & Preschools  
Santa Cruz County Child Development Resource Center Maintains a database of child care programs and providers in Santa Cruz County, and offers referrals to licensed child care.  Most services are free.
Sittercity / Selectplus+
Online service to find local, prescreened babysitters, nannies, and other care providers.  The University of California offers free membership to this service.
Care.com Online care finder service (not UC sponsored).

Family Friendly Fun  
Santa Cruz Kids Local website with information about summer programs, recreation, entertainment, schools, and resources for young people.
Famplosion Find family friendly stuff to do
Roaring Camps Railroad  
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk  
Santa Cruz 4-H Club  

Local Schools, Test Scores, and Information  
California School Finder Find and compare public schools
Ed-Data Fiscal, demographic, and performance data on California's K-12 schools;
California's Standardized Testing & Reporting Program  
GreatSchools.net  
TheSchoolReport.com  
kidsdata.org Offers more than 300 indicators on the health and well being of children in communities across California. The website, launched in 2004, is a project of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health .

Schools- Kindergarten through College  
Public Schools List of all public schools in area.
Private/Charter/Religious Schools List of area Independent schools sorted by area.
Santa Cruz City Schools  
Santa Cruz County Office of Education K- 12 schools  
Cabrillo Community College  

Summer Programs  
Santa Cruz County Summer Programs  

Teen Resources  
Resource Guide for Teens in Santa Cruz County  
Santa Cruz Library Teen Links  
Local Down Low Santa Cruz County Youth Resources
Boys and Girls Club  
Youth/Family Publications  
Bay Area Parent  
Growing up in Santa Cruz Local free publication devoted to serving Santa Cruz families with information and resources. Parent-Teen Online Magazine Bay area online magazine for families with teens.
UC Families An online newsletter and resource for faculty, staff and students at University of California campuses designed for those balancing academic goals/careers with family life