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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.
Quality Rating and Improvement System
A Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) is a systemic approach to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early and school-age care and education programs.
Resources
Resources for child development contractors, families and the child care community.
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
  • RTT-ELC Evaluation Brief (PDF) (added 20-Sep-2016)
    Brief summary of the evaluation report for the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).
  • Management Bulletin 16-12 (added 16-Sep-2016)
    This page contains information on Management Bulletin 16-12.
  • LPC County Priorities (XLS) (added 09-Sep-2016)
    LPC County Priorities for CCTR and CSPP contract types for child development programs.
  • Child Counts by program for Oct 2015 and Apr 2016 (XLS) (added 07-Sep-2016)
    This report contains information on the average number of children served in October 2015 and April 2016 by program and age.
  • Child Counts by Setting for October 2015 and A (XLS) (added 07-Sep-2016)
    This report contains information on the average number of children served in October 2015 and April 2016 by setting and age.

  • CD-9600 (DOC) (added 31-Aug-2016)
    This child care services application is intended for use by CDE funded providers to determine if the client meets the eligibility and need requirements.
  • July 2016 Meeting Materials (added 03-Aug-2016)
    This page contains supplemental materials that were presented at the July 2016 State Advisory Council Meeting.