San Diego Mesa College Child Care AssistanceSan Diego Mesa College (also referred to as Mesa College or Mesa) is the largest community college in the city of San Diego.

It is part of the California Community Colleges and the San Diego Community College District. While Mesa has transfer agreements in place with most University of California and California State University schools, in 2016, it became the first community college in California to offer four-year bachelor’s degrees. In 2018, there were over 35,000 students enrolled for its comprehensive list of programs.

Students can earn an associate of science degree in Child Development as well as certificates of achievements or performance in teaching and home daycare. San Diego Mesa College currently offers on-campus Child Care services to full-time students, staff and the local community.

Child Care Assistance for full-time students, teachers, and employees

The Mesa College Child Development Center, located on campus at Mesa College Drive, provides preschool education to children ages 3-5. The Center provides a learning environment for college students to develop skills for working with families and children. Child Care fees are assessed based on each family’s individual income, family size and service provided. Part-time care is considered 6.5 hours of less, and full-time care is more than 6.5 hours.

Child Care Assistance for Students

Students may qualify for educational grants through the Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE), administered by the State of California to assist single parents attending college. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years of age, single, the head of household, and a current recipient of TANF/CalWORKs for yourself and/or your children, and be eligible for the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS). Please click this link to see what eligibility requirements are.

Child Care Assistance for Teachers and Employees

Through a third-party San Diego Mesa College provides employees an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that offers confidential services for both the employee and his or her family members. Among those services are unlimited referrals for Child Care services.

Additional Resources

Mesa College Child Development Center (site)

San Diego Community College District Child Development Center Family Handbook (PDF)

Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)

(619) 388-2706

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS PDF)

Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)