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Child Development Services - School Age Programs

Who is CDS/School-Age Programs?
Formerly PRIMARY CREST (kindergarten through third grade students):
The Grade K-3 program offers school site childcare provided by teachers and assistants. The daily routine includes homework assistance, outdoor and indoor play activities such as organized sports, arts and crafts, storytelling, music, cooking, theme-based projects and a variety of enrichment classes.

UPPER CREST (fourth and fifth grade students):
The City of Santa Monica operates the childcare program for children in fourth and fifth grade. With adult guidance and supervision, older elementary children exercise more independent judgment in planning and choosing their activities, which include sports, homework assistance and enrichment classes. For more information regarding the Upper CREST program, call the City Youth Office at (310) 458-8540 or click here.

The City of Santa Monica CREST program provides sports leagues and enrichment classes throughout the year on school campuses. Programs vary by school site and season. For more information regarding CREST Sports or Enrichment classes, please call the city Youth Office at (310) 458-8540 or click here.

School-Age Program Options:

FULL TIME CHILDCARE: Includes before-school care from 7:00 a.m. until the regular school day begins at the first bell, and continues from school dismissal until 6:00 p.m.

AM CARE: Parents who need to drop off their children at school beginning at 7:00 a.m. may choose a morning-only program option. Activities include preparation for the school day, arts and crafts, board games and opportunities for playtime with friends.

EARLY EXPRESS: This after-school part-time option operates from the time of kindergarten dismissal until the last school bell. Early Express is designed for parents who need childcare for their kindergartner until their older sibling is dismissed from school.

Where are the School-Age Programs?
The School-Age Programs are located on all Elementary campuses in Santa Monica and at Juan Cabrillo in Malibu. Please ask the school front office for room locations.

How do I contact School-Age Programs and/or Upper CREST?
K-3rd Grades: Telephone (SMMUSD) at 310-399-5865.
4th & 5th Grades: Telephone Upper CREST (City) at 310- 458-8540.

Other Questions?
The Subsidy – Family Handbook includes all policies and procedures and is available by clicking on the link.
The Full Price – Family Handbook includes all policies and procedures and is available by clicking on the link.

This is the right program for me! How do I apply?

Child Development Services . 2828 Fourth Street . Santa Monica 90405 . 310-399-5865

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
1651 16th Street
Santa Monica, California 90404