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California-Based Resources

  • California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Dedicated to advancing excellence throughout the early care education profession by providing developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive, high quality, early education for all children through research, education, professional development, and advocacy.
  • California Alternative Payment Program Association (CAPPA) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Advocate for, and facilitates family access to, quality child care, supportive services, and early education and development programs.
  • California Childcare Health Program External link opens in new window or tab.
    The California Childcare Health Program offers a Health and Safety Checklist for Early Care and Education (ECE) Programs External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF). The Health and Safety Checklist is a tool developed to assess key health and safety standards and identify ways to improve health and safety in ECE programs, and is accompanied by a Health and Safety Checklist User Manual External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF).
  • California Child Care Resource & Referral Network External link opens in new window or tab.
    The California Child Care Resource & Referral Network promotes affordable, accessible quality care through research, education, policy, and advocacy.
  • California Child Development Administrators Association (CCDAA) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Promotes quality early childhood programs in California through the provision of education, technical assistance, and networking of administrators of publicly funded child development/early learning programs.
  • California Emergency Medical Services External link opens in new window or tab.
    The mission of the California Emergency Medical Services Authority is to ensure quality patient care by administering an effective, statewide system of coordinated emergency medical care, injury prevention, and disaster medical response.
  • California Head Start Association (CHSA) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Offers leadership and advocacy for the Head Start community, as well as, updates to the early care and education community about local and national legislation.
  • California Preschool Energy Efficiency Program (CPEEP) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Helps center-based child care and preschool facilities in replacing older, energy-intensive equipment with energy-efficient upgrades that help reduce operating costs.
  • California Statewide Screening Collaborative (CSSC) External link opens in new window or tab.
    The CSSC brings together state agencies, organizations, and special initiatives that focus on California's capacity to promote and deliver effective and well-coordinated health, developmental, and early mental health screenings for young children, birth to age 5.
  • California Tribal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Program External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides assistance for the Indian Tribes of California including funds, tools, and resources necessary for each Tribe or Consortium to administer its own Tribal TANF program.
  • Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health (CERCH)
    The CERCH Environmental Quality in California Child Care External link opens in new window or tab. Research Program strives to learn about environmental health in child care settings, and to share findings and prevention strategies with child care providers. This project includes both research and outreach activities to reduce chemical exposures and improve environmental quality in child care settings in California, with the ultimate goal of protecting children’s health.
    • Integrated Pest Management: A Toolkit for Early Care and Education Programs External link opens in new window or tab.
      The Integrated Pest Management Toolkit presents practical information about using integrated pest management to prevent and manage pest problems in early care and education programs.
    • Green Cleaning Toolkit External link opens in new window or tab.
      The Green Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting Toolkit presents practical information on how to keep early care and education environments clean and safe using practices and products that are less hazardous and that protect young children and staff from infectious diseases.
  • Center for Prevention and Early Intervention (CPEI) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides training, technical assistance, and resource development for young children with disabilities and other special needs and their families
  • Child Care Law Center (CCLC) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Uses legal tools toward making high quality, affordable child care available to every child, family and community, while focusing particular attention to low-income families, families and children with disabilities and other special needs, and other families who face barriers in securing and maintaining quality care.
  • Child Development Policy Institute (CDPI) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Help establish sound public policy focused on what is best for the children of California.
  • Children Now External link opens in new window or tab.
    A national organization for people who care about children and want to ensure that they are the top public policy priority.
  • Children's Advocate External link opens in new window or tab.
    An archive of magazine and online articles on child care and development published by the Action Alliance for Children. The Spanish-language version Defensor de los Niños External link opens in new window or tab. is also available.
  • Community Care Licensing (CCL) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides comprehensive information regarding licensing for child development centers and family child care homes.
  • Family Partnership Initiative (FPI) Training-of-Trainers Institute External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides training for child development trainers to enhance partnerships between families and staff of child care programs.
  • Fight Crime: Invest in Kids-California External link opens in new window or tab.
    Offers crime prevention strategies, after-school programs for children and teens, mental health services for youth in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, and interventions to get troubled kids back on track.
  • On the Capitol Doorstep (OTCD) External link opens in new window or tab.
    A periodical that tracks current State and federal legislation affecting young children.
  • Preschool California External link opens in new window or tab.
    Strives to increase access to high-quality preschool for all of California’s children, starting with those who need it most. This goal is met by bringing together K-12 educators, business leaders, parents, labor, law enforcement, early care and education providers, faith-based institutions, community leaders, and others.
  • TrustLine Registry External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
    Helps ensure the safety of California’s children. License-exempt child care providers, including nannies and babysitters, who have passed a background screening will be entered into the Registry.

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International Resources

  • Learning Opportunities for Children Up to Age Four External link opens in new window or tab.
    A series of video clips developed by the Department of Education in Zurich, Switzerland, shows parents and educators how to create learning opportunities out of everyday activities. The clips are available in 13 languages.

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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