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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 Learning and Care 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

  • Management Bulletin 21-09 (added 16-Jun-2021)
    Revised State Median Income (SMI) Ceilings and Income Ranking Table for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021–22.
  • Early Learning COVID Guidance (added 16-Jun-2021)
    guidance and resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • CDPH Revised Cohort Guidance (added 11-Jun-2021)
    Information on Revised Cohort Guidance Released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
  • DRDP for Fiscal Year 2021-21 (added 11-Jun-2021)
    Guidance for Completing the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) for Fiscal Year 2020–21
  • 2021-21 CAPP Projected Over-Earnings (added 11-Jun-2021)
    Email guidance related to fiscal year (FY) 2021-21 California Alternative Payment Program (CAPP) projected over-earnings