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Child Development Center
Who's Eligible?

Hard Hat KidsThe Mary Meta Lazarus Child Development Center serves the students, staff, and faculty of the San Mateo Community College District as space allows. Families may be eligible to receive state-funded child care services through funding from the California Department of Education’s Early Education and Support Division.

Eligibility for subsidized child care is determined on the basis of a family’s need  for child care and their gross monthly income in relation to family size. Families who meet the income eligibility guidelines but do not show “need” for care may be eligible for part day State Preschool during the educational portion of the day (between 9:00 am - 12:45 pm)  for less than 4 hours per day. Eligible 4 year olds are given priority. 3 year olds may be enrolled after families with 4 year olds on the eligibility list have been contacted for enrollment. 

Fees for state-funded child care is based on a sliding scale. The program also enrolls CalWORKS and other low-income students receiving child care subsidies through San Mateo County Human Services Agency or other alternative payment agencies.

Student-parents who do not qualify for state-funded child care, as well as College of San Mateo staff and faculty, may also enroll and pay a full tuition fee as space is available. 

The Mary Meta Lazarus Child Development Center refrains from religious instruction or worship.

The program welcomes children with disabilities and operates in accordance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act to make reasonable accommodations for children.

For information about CSM, including how to apply and register, please visit

Non-Discrimination Statement
The College of San Mateo Child Development Center also participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program offered by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and serves meals at no separate charge to all enrolled children.

Non-discrimination policies set by U.S. Department of Agriculture apply to all families. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.  

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or

  3. email:
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.