Free Childcare for Students

The District is committed to providing free high-quality, early education and care to our students.

Thank you for your interest in applying for the West Valley-Mission Community College District Child Development Centers. The District is committed to providing high-quality, early education to our current students. The District’s goal is to provide free childcare to eligible students, support student success, and remove financial barriers to education.

If you have any further questions, contact your Child Development Center’s office.

Updated Free Childcare Criteria – Spring 2024 Semester

A family is defined as a parent and child(ren), or both parents and child(ren) if the parents are married. If you live with your parents, friends, or relatives, their salaries are not considered family income.

  • Family income shall be less than $168,500 annually.
  • Student shall enroll in at least nine (9) units with an Ed Plan*
  • Students shall maintain a minimum of 2.0 GPA
  • Non-Credit students shall enroll in at least 9 hours per week with an Ed Plan*
  • District employees and their children are not eligible for the program.

* Students taking less than nine units will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Enrollment Priority
  1. Siblings of existing students who already qualify for free childcare.
  2. Students who qualify for Title 5 childcare tuition assistance.
  3. Active military students.
  4. Students who are close to completing a degree and certificate.
  5. Students with a higher course loads.

The District has two Child Development Centers. The West Valley College CDC serves children 2 to 6 years old. The Mission College CDC serves children 6 weeks to 6 years old. We provide consistent full-time and part-time care Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. To be considered for free childcare, please return the following items listed below by the deadline.

Required Documents

Complete and sign all forms and obtain copies of the following documents:

  • West Valley-Mission Child Development Center Lab Schools Application.
  • Income Worksheet.
  • Class schedule.
  • Child’s birth certificate.
  • Family’s income for the past 30 days – paycheck stubs reflecting 30 days of income.
  • Court Orders (if they affect the child in childcare).
  • If applicable - Child’s Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individual Education Program (IEP).

Please return all completed forms and documents to your site’s Director or Program Specialist. Return all paper copies together – or scan and send via email. Once the packet is received, the Director or Program Specialist will determine if you are eligible for free childcare. If you are eligible, you will be contacted within 5 business days.

Drop-In Childcare for Eligible Students -Pilot Program

Drop-in Childcare for Eligible Students* – Pilot Program

Drop-In Childcare is defined as childcare on an inconsistent basis.

  • Less than 10 hours per week or Less than three days per week.
  • Students who need more than the allowable times and days should enroll their child at the on-campus Child Development Center.

Three options for drop-in care for students who qualify*

  • Reimbursement for drop-in care at a Licensed Home Childcare Provider.
  • Reimbursement for drop-in care at a privately owned drop-in site – for example, KidsPark in San Jose.
  • Mission College on-site drop-in classroom – at the Mission College Child Development Center.
  • Before using the on-site drop-in classroom, students must complete the CA State Licensing Childcare documentation, provide a physician’s report, provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate, and provide the child’s immunization records.
  • Acceptance into the program shall be approved by the program director before a parent can utilize the drop-in service.
  • Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance before children can be dropped off.

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*see “Criteria” in the above drop-down menu