CREST: Childcare, Recreation, Enrichment, Sports, Together

  • Grades 4-5
    CREST is your children's before and after school program. Administered collaboratively by the City of Santa Monica and SMMUSD, the CREST program is designed to match your children's interests, as well as meet your family's needs and schedule. Families can choose from a variety of options including full time, part time, or occasional use child care, a sports program, and recreational playground access option.

    For further information please contact the City of Santa Monica Youth Office at 310-458-8540 or view their website.

    What is Playground Access?
    In Playground Access, children are allowed to engage in unstructured play in designated areas of the playground. Basic playground equipment is available for check out. Staff members supervise children with a desired ratio of one adult to every 23 children.

    Playground Access is not a childcare program. However, CREST also offers a well structured, enriching after-school childcare program with lower staff-to-child ratios, snack, homework assistance, and a wide-array of structured activities.

    Program Information:
    Playground Access operates on school days, including minimum days. Playground Access does NOT operate on rainy days, staff development days, vacation breaks, during hazardous outdoor conditions, or when field space is limited due to a school special event. All children who participate in Playground Access must sign in and sign out daily if they use this option.

    Children may not return once they sign out for the day. Please note: Only registered children may stay on campus.

    How do I register for Playground Access?
    Registration for Playground Access is on-going. You may register for Playground Access at your school site with the after-school CREST staff or at the Youth Office at Reed Park, 1133 7th Street. The Youth Office is open Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM. Students will be allowed to participate for up to one week while registration/emergency information is being optained.

    For the safety of all children, registration for Playground Access is required. All participants must provide a completed enrollment form. There is no fee to participate in the Playground Access program.