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Child Development

There are many child care and development programs in California. These programs are for children from birth to age twelve. They offer early learning and after-school services to babies, toddlers, children in preschool, and children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Some programs assist children with disabilities and children of migrant farm workers. Many of the programs were set up to help parents with child care while they work.

Child care and development programs can provide care, education, and food for children. They are paid for with state and federal tax money, and in some cases, parent fees.

The California Department of Education helps manage several child care and development programs in California.


Program Overview
Descriptions of and budget information about child development programs administered by the Department.
Contractor Information
Resources and important information for Early Education and Support Division contractors, including Desired Results, management bulletins, forms, fiscal services, child development permits, and data reporting.
Laws, Regulations, & Requirements
Legal and regulatory requirements contained in Education Code, California Code of Regulations, Funding Terms & Conditions, Compliance Review Instrument, California School Accounting Manual, and Audit Guide.
Resources
Resources for child development contractors, families and the child care community.
Race to the Top -- Early Learning Challenge
The Race to the Top -- Early Learning Challenge focuses on improving California early learning and development programs and increases access to high-quality programs for high-needs children.
Stakeholder Groups
Leadership bodies that ensure statewide collaboration among early childhood programs that will help to define future policy for children birth to kindergarten.
Recently Posted in Child Development
  • Management Bulletin 16-09 (added 24-Aug-2016)
    Management Bulletin (MB) 16-09 revises Regional Market Rates for subsidized child care, and supersedes MB 15-07.
  • Management Bulletin 16-14 (added 24-Aug-2016)
    Management Bulletin 16-14 provides information on Single Parent Self-Certification-Documentation of the presence or absence of a parent.
  • July 2016 Meeting Materials (added 03-Aug-2016)
    This page contains supplemental materials that were presented at the July 2016 State Advisory Council Meeting.
  • CCFRF 2015-16 Annual Report (DOC) (added 27-Jul-2016)
    This is a detailed report from the Child Care Facilities Revolving Loan program that is submitted to various Governmental Agencies per Ed Code Section 8278.3.
  • Administrative Errors 2014-15 (PDF) (added 14-Jul-2016)
    Annual Report to the Governor and the Legislature Regarding Administrative Errors in Alternative Payment and CalWORKs Child Care Programs for Fiscal Year 2014-15.

  • July 2016 SAC Meeting Agenda (added 14-Jul-2016)
    Agenda for the July 2016 meeting of the California State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care (SAC).
  • CCDF State Plan 2016-18 Preprint (DOC) (added 08-Jul-2016)
    Child Care and Development Fund State Plan preprint for Fiscal Years 2016-18 with finalized responses submitted to the Administration of Children and Families on May 24, 2016.