Cuyamaca College Child Care AssistanceCuyamaca College is a public community college serving the eastern suburbs of the San Diego area.

Located in Rancho San Diego, it serves 8,500 students and now offers 81 associate’s degree programs and 66 training certification programs. The college is part of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and the California Community Colleges System.

Students of Cuyamaca College can earn an associate degree in Child Development, which meets the educational requirements of the Regular Children’s Center Instructional permits for a teacher, master teacher, or site supervisor.

Cuyamaca College currently offers campus-based Child Care services to full-time students, staff, and the local community.

Child Care Assistance For Full-Time Students, Teachers and Employees

The Child Development Center at Cuyamaca College provides a learning environment for college students to develop skills for working with families and children. The Evergreen Toddler Room provides developmentally appropriate curriculum for toddlers ages 18 months to 2.9 years. For children between 2.6 – 6 years old, the Sunbeam and Morning Glory Rooms are play-based environments for preschool learning.

Child Care Assistance for Full-time Students:

Students of Cuyamaca College may qualify for educational grant money for on-campus Child Care through the Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE), which is administered by the State of California.  The CARE Program is aimed towards single parents that receive CalWORKs/TANF assistance and are participating in the EOPS program.

You may be eligible for the following through the CARE Program:

  • Child Care grant – study time
  • Transportation assistance
  • Success Seminars
  • Cohort building events

To be eligible for CARE you must:

  • Be determined EOPS eligible by the College
  • Be single and head of household
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have at least one dependent child
  • You or your dependent child currently receives TANF/CalWORKs(Temporary Assistance to Needy Families).
  • Be enrolled full-time at Cuyamaca College. (If you are not able to enroll Full-time you must come in and speak to a counselor

Also, there is another program S.T.E.P.S. which is an acronym for Success Through Education Produces Self-Sufficiency. This is a program for students that provides supported services to recipients of CalWORKs that are attending Cuyamaca College. The program will help potential and current students with a variety of services such as financial resources that could help in offsetting the costs of Child Care.

You are eligible if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are receiving cash aid (CalWORKs) for yourself and at least one child
  • You are enrolled or plan to be enrolled at least part-time
  • You are working toward  an AA Degree Certificate, transferring to a University, or improving your work skils

For additional information and details about the Program you can visit STEP’s office at Student One-Stop Center, Room A-109. 990 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon, CA 92019-4369 or call them at (619) 660-4340.

Additional Resources

Cuyamaca College Child Development Center (Center Link)

For additional information you can email the center at Cuyamaca.CDC@gcccd.edu or call them at (619) 660-4660.

Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)

Extended Opportunity and Services (EOPS Application)

Cuyamaca College Child Development Center (Center Link)

For additional information you can email the center at Cuyamaca.CDC@gcccd.edu
Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)

Extended Opportunity and Services (EOPS Application)