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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 21-08 (added 29-Apr-2021)
    Guidance: Extension of Temporary Emergency Childcare Services, Enrolling New Families in Temporary Emergency Childcare, Transition into Ongoing Childcare Services, and Assessment of Family Fees for Essential Workers and At-risk Populations.
  • Management Bulletin 21-07 (added 16-Apr-2021)
    Management Bulletin on Updated Reopening and Reimbursement Requirements for Direct Service Contractors.
  • Management Bulletin 21-06 (added 16-Apr-2021)
    Management Bulletin on Updated Reimbursement Requirements for Alternative Payment Programs and Providers.
  • Child Care Annual Aggregate Report SFY 2019-20 (added 29-Mar-2021)
    Child Care Annual Aggregate Report for Fiscal Year 2019-2020. ACF: Administration for Children and Families
  • Management Bulletin 21-05 (added 19-Mar-2021)
    Requirements and information for completing the Fiscal Year 2020-21 Program Self Evaluation.