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Child Care Reporting--Child Gender


Important Notice: Programs Moved to CDSS

While the California Department of Education continues to operate the California State Preschool Program, the Early Childhood Development Act of 2020 (Senate Bill (SB) 98, Chapter 24, Statutes of 2020) authorized the transfer of many childcare programs from the California Department of Education to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) effective July 1, 2021. The content on this page may include programs that have moved to CDSS. For additional assistance you can either visit the CDSS Child Care Transition web page External link opens in new window or tab. or call 1-833-559-2420 for more information.

Child Gender

The Child Gender information field indicates whether the child receiving subsidized child care services through an agency’s contract with the ELCD is female or male.

Where to Find It

On the ELCD-9600, look in the box “Sex” in Section IV: Data on Children. On the ELCD-9600, M = Male and F = Female.

Rules and Guidelines

  • This information field is required.
  • There are only two choices:
    • Male
    • Female

Error Messages and Solutions

  • The Child’s Gender is required. [801A Electronic File Transfer], [801A Input/Edit], [801B]

Problem: No information is provided for the Child Gender.

Solution: Select Male (M in electronic file) or Female (F in electronic file) for the Child’s Gender.

  • The “Child’s Gender” is invalid. [801A Electronic File Transfer]

Problem: The information provided in the electronic file for the Child’s Gender is not acceptable.

Solution: Confirm that valid information (M or F) is entered for the Child’s Gender.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The box was not checked on the ELCD-9600, and I cannot tell the gender. What should I do?

Ask staff responsible for maintaining this information to update the family file for the child so that this question can be answered

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Questions:   CDMIS Office | CDMIS@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-1907
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, June 30, 2021
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