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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 20-11 (added 27-Apr-2020)
    Management Bulletin 20-11 COVID-19 Guidance on Emergency Closures
  • Management Bulletin 19-08a (added 24-Apr-2020)
    Updated information for the Fiscal Year 2019–20, Request for Applications California State Preschool Program Expansion Funds MB 19-08a
  • Management Bulletin 19-09a (added 24-Apr-2020)
    Updated information for the Fiscal Year 2019–20, Request for Applications General Child Care and Development MB 19-09a
  • Responsive Early Ed Homelessness (PDF) (added 22-Apr-2020)
    Responsive Early Education for Young Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness.
  • Management Bulletin 20-09 (added 17-Apr-2020)
    Management Bulletin 20-09 COVID-19 Guidance on Program Self Evaluation, Contract Monitoring, and Program Quality Requirements