For Immediate ReleaseApril 01, 2020
County creates pop-up program to address long-term school closures
As of April 6, 2020, the initial $24 daily fee for the elementary school program was waived.
As of April 21, more funding from the State of California is supporting the program.
As of June 5, registration for this program has closed. The last day of operation for the school-aged program is June 10, and the infant-toddler-preschool program ends June 30.
San Rafael, CA – The County of Marin has collaborated with several other agencies to create the new Marin County Emergency PopUp Childcare Program to support health care workers, first responders, disaster service workers, and all other essential workers working or living in Marin while classroom instruction has been suspended during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The emergency childcare program is offered by the County of Marin, the Marin County Office of Education, the Marin County Free Library, the City of San Rafael, the North Bay Children’s Center, Community Action Marin, North Bay Community Services, and Marin YMCA.
All child care centers follow social distancing, sanitation, and hygiene practices described in detail in a March 13 Public Health Advisory[PDF]. Sites are open weekdays with varying hours. Drop-in child care is notbeing offered at any location. Space in the programs is limited. To apply, complete the survey[External].
The cost for Transitional Kindergarten through 12th grade is free. Please note that the temporary $24 daily fee for the elementary school program (TK through fifth grade) was waived effective April 6. The cost for infant, toddler, and preschool programs is $1,554 per month. Those programs offer income-based scholarships to families through state grants, sponsorships, and community donations.
Governor Gavin Newsom's April 21 Executive Order expanded funds for state child care subsidies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Essential workers are eligible to receive child care funding through June 30 and may apply online[PDF]. This funding grant is being administered by the Marin Child Care Council. Registered families are encouraged to work with the host site providers regarding scholarships and refunds.
6 weeks to 36 months
North Bay Children’s Center
932 C St, Novato
Hours: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
3 to 5 years
Community Action Marin / Old Gallinas Children’s Center
251 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael
TK - 5th grade
Bacich Elementary School
699 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Kentfield
Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Vallecito Elementary School
50 NovaAlbion Way #40, San Rafael
Hours: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Rancho Elementary School
1430 Johnson St., Novato
6th - 12th grade
South Novato Library
931 C St., Novato
Angela NicholsonAssistant County AdministratorCounty Administrator's Office
3501 Civic Center DriveSuite 325San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-4396Email: Angela NicholsonCounty Administrator website