Area Covered - Santa Cruz County


The Santa Cruz County Centralized Eligibility List is available to parents that live in Santa Cruz County.  The Santa Cruz County CEL is here to support those families in need of childcare for children ages 0-13, or in special circumstances, the childcare needs of children over the age of 13 who have certain documented special needs, or the documentation of a parent's need for care during weekends or non-traditional hours.
 The Santa Cruz County Centralized Eligibility list provides information about subsidized child care programs, including licensed center based programs, programs at centers that are exempt from licensing,  family child care home networks and Alternative Payment (voucher style) programs in the  areas of Santa Cruz County listed below.

Do You Live in Santa Cruz County?

The Santa Cruz County Centralized Eligibility List serves parents that live in Santa Cruz County.  The next step is to determine if your family qualifies for services in this county or if you need to contact a different CEL.

Santa Cruz County CEL keeps eligibility application data for contractors of subsidized care located in the cities/geographic areas of:



Los Gatos
(Santa Cruz County
 portion Only)

(Santa Cruz County
portion Only)


Mt. Hermon

Ben Lomond


Santa Cruz

Bonny Doon


Scotts Valley

Boulder Creek




La Selva Beach


Based on the above information, click here if you live in Santa Cruz County


We do not recommend childcare services or programs. We do strongly recommend that you exercise your right and responsibility to review a potential childcare provider's licensing history to obtain information on complaints or violations before placing your child in care.