A father, mother and two sons stand on a blacony among world flags.

Find the right school, child care, pediatrician, and fun activities for your family.

Here are some local resources to help ease the transition as you and family get settled into life in Monterey:

School Information and Child Care

Preschools and Caregiving Resources (for Babies and Toddlers):

Great Beginnings Early Learning Center
Early Child Education Lab School at Monterey Peninsula College

Local School Districts (for children in Primary, Middle, and High School)

Great Schools is a wonderful resource for finding and rating primary and secondary schools in your area.

Monterey Peninsula Unified School District

Pacific Grove Unified School District

Carmel Unified School District

North Monterey County Unified School District

Charter Schools in Monterey County


Infant Nursing Room

We have a designated space on campus to provide a quiet and secure location for new mothers to nurse and pump while in school. The room is equipped with two gliding chairs, a refrigerator for storage of breast-milk, and a changing table. Please contact Student Services for the access code.


Here are a few pediatricians in the community that Institute students have taken their children to in the past. If you know of a good pediatrician who is not listed here, let Student Services know.

Monterey Peninsula Pediatric Group

2 Upper Ragsdale Drive

Suite B210

Monterey, CA 93940

(831) 333-0999

Pediatric Group of Monterey

1900 Garden Rd #110

Monterey, CA 93940

(831) 372-5841

Fun for the Family

There are SO many amazing things to do in Monterey for fun with the family! Hiking, biking, tidepooling, whale watching - the list goes on.  Check out the resources below if you have children and are looking for ideas for entertainment.

  • Monterey Bay Kids can help you find fun activities to do with your kids in the area. It has information on family-friendly beaches, parks, camps and other extracurricular activities that are available to you.

  • Monterey Bay Parent is a magazine and website that offers an event calendar with fun activities for the whole family. It also has information about local schools, summer camps, and articles about parenting in the Monterey area.

  • MY Museum is an interactive, hands-on discovery museum for kids. It is a great place to take your family and let your children play and learn in a friendly environment that encourages curiosity.

  • Hacienda CV is a family-friendly farm in Carmel Valley, where you can find local goods, animals, live music, games for kids, and community events.  

  • Earthbound Farm Stand is another farm in Carmel Valley which caters to families.  Explore the children’s garden, enjoy farm-fresh food, and visit during holidays to take part in fun activities!

  • The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an incredibly popular destination for families.  Come face to face with a sea otter, touch a prickly sea urchin, and explore the magic of bioluminescent jellyfish. Parent pro tip: try to visit on a weekday (not during the summer!) when it is less crowded.