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Early Education

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 Early Education
  • Erratum #1 (added 21-Nov-2022)
    Erratum #1 to the FY 2023–24 Continued Funding Application (CFA).
  • Management Bulletin 22-07 (added 18-Nov-2022)
    This Management Bulletin provides guidance to California State Preschool Program (CSPP) contractors regarding the requirements on the assessment and collection of Family Fees for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022-23.
  • Continued Funding Application FAQs (added 10-Nov-2022)
    Answers to Frequently Asked Questions relating to Management Bulletin 22-06 on the Fiscal Year 2023–24 Continued Funding Application.
  • MB 22-06 (added 10-Nov-2022)
    Provides information and guidance on the Continued Funding Application for Fiscal Year 2023-24 for Early Education California State Preschool Program (CSPP) contractors.
  • IEEEP Grant for 2020-24 (added 06-Oct-2022)
    The purpose of the Inclusive Early Education Expansion Program (IEEEP) Grant is to increase access to inclusive early learning and care programs for children with disabilities, including children with severe disabilities.

  • IEEEP Grant for 2022-27 (added 06-Oct-2022)
    The purpose of the Inclusive Early Education Expansion Program (IEEEP) Grant is to increase access to inclusive early learning and care programs for children with disabilities, including children with severe disabilities.