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What to Expect   


What to Expect

Thank you for your interest in the University of California, Riverside, Early Childhood Services. We love teaching and caring for children as we assist the University in its educational and research mission. Our best suggestion for getting an idea of what ECS is like, is to call and book a tour with one of our site supervisors. They will spend about 15 minutes giving you a tour of a classroom in appropriate to your childís development and do their best to answer all your questions.


Hours of Operation
Full Day Program
7:30am - 5:30pm
Full Day Kindergarten
7:30am - 5:30pm
School Day Kindergarten
8:30am - 2:30pm
Contact Information
UCR Early Childhood Services
3333 Watkins Drive, Riverside CA 92507
CDC South
 Phone # (951) 827-3854
Fax # (951) 827-3396
CDC North
 Phone # (951) 827-7454
Fax # (951) 827-7471
Application Process

The UCR ECS welcomes applications from UCR staff, faculty, and students as well as the local community. Priority is given to families who already have a child in ECS and then to UCR affiliated parents. (We apologize, but this does not include UCR Alumni who are not current students, faculty or staff.) For UCR students the application fee is waived and they may apply online. For all others there is a $25 fee per child. We can only accept a check or money order made out to UC Regents. (Please see the application for more information.)

Waiting List

Our waiting list can grow and shrink unpredictably and you should contact the Enrollment Coordinator to get an idea of what it is like at the time you read this. We often have a long waiting list, sometimes as long as six months to a year for infants and toddlers. For this reason, we suggest that women put in an application to ECS as soon they know they are pregnant. Preschool children have a shorter wait, but a queue almost always develops near the start of the school year. Once you are offered a space you will usually be asked to accept or decline within one business day.

Full Day & Partial Week Care

Our preschool offers full day care only. We don't offer part day, after school, or drop-in single day care. For preschool age (3 and up) we offer partial week care, but only if a family can be found to complete the days of the week to maximize our enrollment. For instance, we often match families needing Tuesday/Thursday care with families who need Monday/Wednesday/Friday care.

Students & Assisted Funding

UCR ECS has a limited number of funding assisted spaces, subsidized by the California Department of Education. Your family may qualify, based on your need and income level. Please be sure to fill out the application for funding assistance and provide all requested documentation. For UCR students who receive financial aid, you very likely qualify for free or much reduced child care fees to assist you with your school and work time. Once you are offered a funding assisted space the enrollment coordinator with work with you to properly establish your need (education, work, seeking work, or disability) and income level. If you are a student you will need to maintain a minimum grade level.

More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

UCR Early Childhood Services
Campus Map

CDC South
Site Supervisor: Bonnie Bacon
Enrollment Manager: Davina Bailey
Tel: (951) 827-2666
Fax: (951) 827-3396
E-mail: ecs@ucr.edu

CDC North
Site Supervisor: Kimberly Pixley
Enrollment Manager: Davina Bailey
Tel: (951) 827-7454
Fax: (951) 827-7471
E-mail: ecs@ucr.edu