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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
  • State Median Income (added 10-Aug-2018)
    This web page contains information pertaining to the State Median Income (SMI) for current and previous fiscal years.
  • EESD Budget Year Appropriation FY 2017-18 (added 06-Jul-2018)
    EESD Budget year appropriation for fiscal year 2017-18.
  • Management Bulletin 18-03 (added 05-Jul-2018)
    Management Bulletin 18-03 Revised State Median Income for 2018–19.
  • CDMIS Update #21 (added 03-Jul-2018)
    This web page contains information pertaining to the CDMIS update #21.
  • Child Care Reporting--Active Duty in Military (added 03-Jul-2018)
    The Parent(s) currently serving on active duty (i.e. serving full-time) in the U.S. Military information indicates whether: One or more parents is currently serving active duty (i.e. serving full-time) in the United States Military.

  • Child Care Reporting--National Guard or Reserve (added 03-Jul-2018)
    The Parent(s) a current member of a National Guard or Military Reserve Unit information indicates whether: One or more parents is currently a member of a National Guard or Military Reserve Unit.
  • Child Care Reporting--Family Homeless (added 03-Jul-2018)
    For reporting purposes, a family should be reported as homeless if they were homeless for one or more days during the month.