Ray Ellison Family Center

The Ray Ellison Family Center offers an early childhood program that supports each child's social, emotional, cognitive, language, and physical development. Teachers create lesson plans based on the child's interests, ideas, and early learning needs. Additionally, parents are an essential part of our program, and we aim to establish a respectful partnership with student parents/guardians and keep the lines of communication open.

  • Frog Street curriculum for overall development and well-being of each child through a play-based approach
  • Low-cost child-care for PAC student parents
  • Financial assistance available
  • Attend class knowing that your child is in good hands



Enrollment Eligibility

Enrollment is conducted on a semester-by-semester basis:

  • Must be a Palo Alto College student, faculty, or staff.
  • Students must be enrolled in at least six semester credit hours at Palo Alto College.
  • Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA



Drop-in Services

Located on the Palo Alto College campus, the REFC offers convenient childcare so that student parents can work towards achieving their goal of attaining an associate degree or certificate. The center provides low teacher-to-child ratios, a USDA food program, degreed early childhood teachers, and a nationally accredited program. Schedule a tour today!

Ages: 18 months to 5 years

Hours of operation
Fall and Spring
• 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Monday through Thursday*
• 1– 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday*
*As an exempt program, a child cannot be in care for more than 4 hours a day and 12 hours a week.


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Full-day Services

Parents may qualify for off-site services at Ascension DePaul Children's Center, where they learn and grow in a dynamic, culturally inclusive, mentally and physically stimulating environment designed to encourage curiosity and creativity as well as prepare them for grade school. In addition, two nutritionally balanced meals and a snack daily are served. 

Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years


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Fees are determined based on federal income guidelines, and additional information will be provided by the director during enrollment.


How to enroll

Please call 210-486-3502 or email pac-REFC@alamo.edu today to schedule an orientation session to enroll your child in our daycare services.

REFC Staff

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Isabel Cavazos
Coordinator of the Ray Ellison Family Center

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Bryanna Noriega
Child Development Specialist

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L. Roxanne Contreras
Assistant Services Specialist

Contact Information

Ray Ellison Family Center (REFC)
Campus Map




Hours of Operation:

The center operates according to the Palo Alto College academic calendar.

Monday – Thursday:
8 a.m.–noon
1–5 p.m.