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Subsidized Child Care (ECEC)

Learn about full-time, on-campus subsidized child care at the UC San Diego Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC).

Full-time, on-campus subsidized child care is available at the Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) through a program sponsored by the California Department of Education.

Eligibility and application

To qualify for subsidy support, parents must be working or in school and also meet income eligibility guidelines. Children must be at least 3 months old and are eligible up to age 5-1/2 (the kindergarten program is not subsidized).

Waiting list

Submitting an application puts your child or children on a waiting list. When a subsidized child leaves the program, a child from the subsidized list will be admitted in accordance with state contract requirements.


Eligible children are ranked based on family size and adjusted income with the lowest per capita income admitted first. When 2 or more families rank equally, the family that applied first is given priority. Within this ranking, first priority is given to children referred to the program by Child Protective Services. Second priority is given to children of UCSD students.