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.
- For help finding information on child care in your area, visit the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency County Listing.
- The Child Care and Development Programs - CalEdFacts page provides a more detailed overview of child care and development programs in California.
- The links and information below were developed for educators and others who work with child care and development programs in California.
Descriptions of and budget information about child development programs administered by the Department.
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.
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 for child development contractors, families and the child care community.
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.
Leadership bodies that ensure statewide collaboration among early childhood programs that will help to define future policy for children birth to kindergarten.