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Child Development Program

  • Overview

    A home-away-from home to help the children of Marin thrive.

    For over 30 years, Community Action Marin has operated Child Development Centers from West Marin to Marin City, San Rafael to Novato, to provide quality early learning, play-based, and social-emotional experiences for children in our care.  Our work partnering with families has meant side-by-side goal setting based on mutual respect, equity, inclusiveness, and cultural responsiveness so that children and families thrive.



    Child Development Program, By The Numbers

    Percentage of families with children under 18 in Marin County who have low enough income to qualify for subsidized child care
    Cost of child care is 39% higher in Marin County than in California overall
    Number pf children ages 14 and under living at or below the federal poverty line in Marin County

    This program has been a second home to my son and it has given me the opportunity to grow professionally.

    Leydis Mata, Parent & Agency Staff Member

    Success Story

    Mary's Family Recovers

    My husband had an accident at work and he was hospitalized for several months. He fell from the roof of a house and had a fracture on his head. He was in the hospital for a week without improvement. It was traumatizing for my daughters and me. I have three girls and when the oldest and second found out about the accident they did not know how to react, but with the help of the teachers, the girls were able to overcome this trauma. During this process, the center and the agency helped me a lot. They helped me with my daughters, in accommodating my schedule because I had to help my husband in his recovery and they helped my girls with the mental health consultant. I am very grateful to the center and the agency for the help and support that they gave my family through this difficult time.

  • FAQ

    How much does it cost?

    Child Development Program offers child care services on a sliding scale depending on your income and family size.  State funding helps subsidize the cost so we can offer lower pricing to families.

    How do I sign up?

    We have limited slots for children and cannot always offer a space for every child seeking our services.  The first step is to apply for services (click on the Apply button) or contact us for information at 415.526.7500.  Our Intake Specialists will take your information and have a Child Development Program Enrollment Staff contact you.  If we cannot offer your child a slot immediately, we will put you on a waiting list.

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