Daycare, Schools, and Babysitting

Kids in daycare

Mother's Support Group

For those expecting a baby and those raising an infant or toddler, the UC San Diego Women's Center hosts a Mother's Support Group you may be interested in. They discuss many topics relevent to mothers, and provide a variety of resources. It is open to all mothers of any age, partnered or single. The Women's Center is located in Student Center West, Building 290.

Daycare Options

The UC San Diego Early Childhood Education Center, located at 9224 Regents Road in the Mesa Married and Graduate Student Housing Complex, accepts children from ages 3 months to 6 1/2 years old. Whole-day care is provided and the cost for care is based on the child’s age.
(858) 246-0900

Imagine Kids Planet, located near UC San Diego, is a private school offering morning, afternoon, or full day programs. They accept children 18 months to 12 years old.

Local School Information

Public Schools
Internationals at UC San Diego may enroll their children in public school in San Diego County if they are between 5 and 18 years of age. Where a family lives determines which elementary or high school the child may attend. For the city of San Diego, visit the School Finder website to locate schools in your area:

For any of the outlying smaller cities, the number of the school district office can be found in the phone book or contact:
San Diego County Office of Education
(858) 292-3500

Physical Examinations
Children enrolled in first grade will need to have a physical examination, including TB test, as part of the Child Health and Disability Program. See the school nurses at each school site for forms. The exam may be obtained from the child’s private physician or arrangements can be made with the school nurse. The physical examination may be done up to 18 months before to 90 days after entry into first grade.

Enrollment and Immunizations
For school registration, go to the front office of the elementary or secondary school serving the area of San Diego in which the family lives. Bring to the office the student’s birth certificate and documented proof of immunizations from a physician that shows day, month, and year of each immunization. A student must have received at least one of each type of required immunization before enrolling in the school. If the parent has no record showing the child has been immunized, the child must begin a new series of immunizations before he or she can attend school. Immunizations may be obtained from a private physician or by calling:

San Diego Immunization Branch
(619) 692-8661
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

UC San Diego Babysitting Resource

The Child Care Oversight Committee in conjunction with Human Resources Work Life Staff and The Women’s Center offer a babysitting resource network for UC San Diego families.

This resource allows UC San Diego students, staff, faculty, and parents to connect with students who are interested in providing a babysitting service.
Additional information can be found at:

Contact Us

International Faculty & Scholar Office (IFSO)
(858) 246-1448

Monday through Friday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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