Child Develpment Services

  • Child Development Logo Welcome to Child Development Services (CDS)! As a part of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) our department serves over one thousand children. With our many programs, including the Infant/Toddler Center, Seaside California State Preschool Programs (CSPP), Full and Part Day Preschool Programs and our School Age Program for students in grades TK - 3, we have the opportunity to support the various needs in our community. We hope you find the programs you are looking for in CDS! Below are descriptors of the programs we have in our department.

    Infant & Toddler Center (ITC): Located on the campus of Santa Monica High School, our ITC serves infants and toddlers 6 weeks to 3 years of age.  The program operates from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. The infant ration is 1 to 4 and the toddler ratio is 1 to 6. The center is licensed for 28 children. Pregnant and parenting teens may enroll in the Teen Parent Program. For more information, call 310-395-3204 x71167.

    Preschool: Our preschool programs offer experiences for 3 and 4-year old children through the California State Preschool Program (CSPP). Programs are available for a fee, or are no-cost or low-cost for financially eligible families. We have preschools on eight school campuses as well as at a stand-alone site. We serve in both Santa Monica and Malibu. Please see our locations grid to find the right location for your family.  

    School Age: The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) School Age programs are available for students in Transitional Kindergarten (TK) to 3rd grade at all elementary schools in Santa Monica. Our Before and After school programs offer a rich array of activities as well as a daily homework opportunity. Please see our grid locations to find the right program for your family.

    Teen Center: Students at Lincoln Middle School are offered a safe and supervised childcare environment during after school hours. Every day, the “Teen” Center offers students a relaxed atmosphere where they can socialize, get homework done with assistance and engage in age appropriate activities. For more information, call 310-399-5865 x79523.

    Thank you for considering our Child Development Services family. We look forward to speaking with you regarding any questions you may have about our programs. Please call our main office at 310-399-5865.

    Child Development Services . 2828 Fourth Street . Santa Monica 90405 . 310-399-5865