Resources and Helpful Links

There are a number of external resources both within San Mateo County and beyond that may be very helpful in developing new child care spaces, offering a various planning tools, informational resources, and possible financial support.

San Mateo County 

  • 4Cs of San Mateo County | (
    The Resource & Referral (R&R) agency in our community, Child Care Coordinating Council of San Mateo County (also known as 4Cs). Provides support to parents, providers, and our local community in finding, planning for, paying for, and accessing affordable, quality child care. They also provide many other supportive family services.
  • Build Up | 4Cs of San Mateo County
    Multiple partners within the County of San Mateo have been focused on this increasingly urgent need to develop new child care spaces to meet the shortage crisis and child care needs of all of our families.  This local initiative is a resource to many different stakeholders who all have a strong interest in finding solutions.
  • San Mateo County Child Care Partnership Council - CCPC
    San Mateo County Child Care Partnership Council is a state-mandated local council under joint auspices of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and the San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools. The focus includes policies, strategies, legislation, and funding that supports child care and early learning. There are a number of reports and data that may be informational as part of planning for new child care facility projects. 

Bay Area, State, and Beyond

  • Building Up California - Early Learning Facilities
    A statewide network dedicated to sustaining, improving, and expanding the supply of early learning facilities.
  • Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) - Child Care Programs
    Child care/Preschool facilities planning, development and improvement resources; Affordable Buildings for Children's Development (ABCD) financing, developer assistance, and Constructing Connections community collaborative.
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
    Community Investment Collaborative for Kids (CICK): Financial and technical assistance to develop and improve child care centers. The series of publications include facility design and development guides.
  • WDBG - Whole Building Design Guideline
    The Child Care described in these resources are specific to the facilities required for child care services permitted within federal facilities. However, these standards tend to be the most comprehensive facilities standards available at present.