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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

  • CCDBG QI Budget 1Nov2016 (PDF) (added 01-Nov-2016)
    November 1, 2016, presentation at the Quality Improvement Budget Stakeholders meeting regarding the Child Care and Development Block Grant.
  • AAV of Exhibits 3.18 and 3.26 (added 17-Oct-2016)
    Accessible alternative version (AAV) of Exhibits 3.18 and 3.26 in the evaluation report of the RTT-ELC QRIS.
  • Management Bulletin 16-16 (added 11-Oct-2016)
    Management Bulletins issued by the Early Education and Support Division to clarify regulations and statutes.
  • Management Bulletin 16-11 (added 05-Oct-2016)
    Management Bulletin 16-11 is in regard to a Standard Reimbursement Rate Increase for Fiscal Year 2016-17.
  • Management Bulletin 16-10 (added 05-Oct-2016)
    Management Bulletins issued by the Early Education and Support Division to clarify regulations and statutes.