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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.

Audit Guide for Child Development Contracts
Guidelines for independent auditors who conduct examination of child development services contracts administered by the California Department of Education (CDE).

California Code of Regulations

Regulations are program requirements formally adopted by state agencies, which are also reviewed and approved by the Office of Administrative Law, and filed with the Secretary of State.

  • Title 5 External link opens in new window or tab. - Division 1, Chapter 19 and 19.5, sections 18000 through 18434. These regulations define the program operations requirements for a recipient of child care services funds made available by the CDE.
  • Title 22 External link opens in new window or tab. - Community care facilities license regulations, including child care centers.

California School Accounting Manual

Comprehensive reference source of acceptable accounting principles and practices for local educational agencies.

Federal Program Monitoring/Contract Monitoring Review 2015-16 Program Instrument (Online) (PDF)
The CDE performs reviews of programs offering subsidized child development services. This assessment tool presents each compliance area the child development consultant examines.

Federal Program Monitoring/Contract Monitoring Review 2015-16 Program Instrument (On-site) (PDF)
The CDE performs reviews of programs offering subsidized child development services. This assessment tool presents each compliance area the child development consultant examines.

Education Code External link opens in new window or tab.
Statutes applied to child care programs identified within the Child Care and Development Services Act.

Funding Terms and Conditions

In conjunction with California Education Code and Title 5, California Code of Regulations, these documents are prepared by contract type and represent a compilation of required program implementation practices.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Recently Posted in Child Development

  • Management Bulletin 16-06 (added 27-May-2016)
    Information about implementation of the Desired Results Developmental Profile (2015) (DRDP [2015]) for providers of early education services for state-subsidized preschool-aged children.
  • April 2016 Meeting Materials (added 05-May-2016)
    This page contains supplemental materials that were presented at the April 2016 State Advisory Council Meeting.
  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the CCDF (added 15-Apr-2016)
    Joint notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Child Care and Development Fund from the California Department of Education and the California Department of Social Services
  • Transcript of Public Hearing January 12, 2016 (added 08-Apr-2016)
    The following is a transcript of the video recording of the live public hearing facilitated by the California Department of Education on January 12, 2016, for the Child Care and Development Fund 2016–18 State Plan.
  • January 12, 2016 Public Hearing Session Webinar (added 08-Apr-2016)
    The following is a video recording of a live public hearing facilitated by the California Department of Education for the Child Care and Development Fund 2016–18 State Plan.

  • Webinar Slides from January 12, 2016 (PDF) (added 08-Apr-2016)
    Webinar Slides from the January 12, 2016 Public Hearing on the 2016-18 Child Care and Development Fund State Plan
  • PSE FY 2015-16 (PDF) (added 01-Apr-2016)
    Instructional presentation on the fiscal year (FY) 2015-16 Program Self-Evaluation (PSE).