We provide early education, care, and support services to children, families, and child care providers. Our goal is to support parents in their role as their child’s primary teacher and promote the future academic success of all children by offering the highest quality early education services. The Child Development Division is home to the following programs and more:
- Child Care Resource and Referral – Brochures: (English)
- Quality Counts – Quality Rating & Improvement System – Brochures: (English)
- Training, technical assistance, and support for center-based staff as well as licensed, and license-exempt, child care providers
- A book, toy, and parent resource lending library open to the public
- Play Days: fun, engaging, hands-on learning activities for children in the care of parents, grandparents, and license-exempt caregivers
- The Child Care Planning Council
- Alternative Payment: subsidized child care services for low-income families who are working, students, individuals seeking employment, or those in training
- Cal WORKS Child Care: subsidized child care services for families currently receiving cash aid or families who have received cash aid within the last 24 months
- The Child Care Initiative Project (CCIP): specialized training for licensed family child care home providers serving children zero to age 13
- The California State Preschool Program: a kindergarten readiness program for children ages three to five, free for families who income qualify, but also open to full-pay families.
- The California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN): specialized training on the California Preschool Learning Foundations and Preschool Curriculum Frameworks, aligned to K-12 content standards
- Trustline: TrustLine is the California registry of in-home and license-exempt child care providers (babysitters and nannies) who have passed a background check. TrustLine was created by the California Legislature to give parents an important tool to use when selecting a caregiver for their children. It is the only authorized screening program of in-home and license-exempt caregivers in the state with access to fingerprint records at the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI and access to California’s Child Abuse Central Index. TrustLine is endorsed by the California Academy of Pediatrics. TrustLine can be reached at 1-800-822-8490 or www.trustline.org.