Maricopa Community Colleges has provided a list of resources to help you find child care, after school, and/or youth programs. The resources on this page are updated on a regular basis.
First Things First supports programs across Arizona through grants to community organizations that provide services – at no cost – for young children from birth to age 5 (before kindergarten) and their families. Space may be limited and eligibility requirements may apply. While this listing only includes programs funded by First Things First, many of them can connect you with additional services that might be right for you.
The children’s centers at Southern and Dobson and 40th and Washington provide high-quality child care for the children of Mesa and GateWay community college students and employees. The centers are licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services to provide care for children three years (must be potty-trained) to twelve years of age and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The centers offer a variety of experiences in a fun environment for preschool and older children. The centers have a contract with the Department of Economic Security (DES) for students who are DES-eligible for child care subsidy and may have other grants and scholarships available to help offset childcare tuition (e.g., Quality First and Child Care Access Means Parents In School (CCAMPIS).
Childcare Services - Mesa Location
Mesa Community College | Southern & Dobson Campus
Childcare Services - GateWay Location
108 N. 40th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) provides the bridge between parents, providers, community leaders, and policymakers about anything related to child care in Arizona.
The YMCA is offering free childcare at select locations.
The Department of Economic Security (DES) Child Care Administration (CCA) provides assistance to eligible families in need so they can continue education or employment while ensuring a safe and supervised environment for their children. To learn more, visit https://des.az.gov/services/child-and-family/child-care or call 800-308-9000.
After School Programs
The Valley of the Sun YMCA offers a place to build friendships, create positive experiences, and participate in programs and activities. YMCA's healthy and stimulating activities provide a safe, fun environment that ignites creativity!