Child Development Center Application

Free Childcare for 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, please feel free to contact your Child Development Center’s office:

Campus Phone Email
West Valley College (408) 741-2152 [email protected]
Mission College (408) 855-5572 [email protected]

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 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 9 units will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The District retains the sole discretion to make the final determination of qualification for the free childcare program based on the above criteria and other factors.

  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.

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.
  • Current Tax Returns Summary Page
  • 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.

Last Updated 3/27/24