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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
  • Input Opportunities for 2019-21 CCDF State Plan (added 08-Dec-2017)
    Information regarding public input opportunities for the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Fiscal Year 2019-21.
  • Management Bulletin 17-20 (added 27-Nov-2017)
    This Management Bulletin informs contractors that effective immediately, Social Security Numbers (SSNs) will no longer be required to be collected from families receiving Early Education and Support Division subsidized services.
  • Management Bulletin 17-21 (added 20-Nov-2017)
    Management Bulletin 17-21 provides guidance and information to child care programs regarding the Emergency Child Care Bridge Program for Foster Children.
  • RTT-ELC 2015 (added 20-Nov-2017)
    Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) Grant 2015 Legislative Report.
  • FY 2018-19 CFA Instructional Webinar (added 19-Oct-2017)
    Instructional webinar presented on October 17, 2017 for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19 Continued Funding Application (CFA).