Organizations & Networks

These are links to useful information and recent reports relevant to the
field of early care and education in California’s cities and counties.

Berkeley Media Studies Group
BMSG helps organizations that want to change policy or influence decision-makers develop a media advocacy plan. They train advocates, community groups, youth leaders and others interested in shifting debate on health and social justice issues.

Brookings Institution, Washington D.C.
Research Centers for Education Policy:

Center on Children and Families

Center for Universal Education

Brown Center on Education Policy

Building Child Care (BCC)
The Building Child Care Project exists to provide a centralized clearinghouse of information and services designed to improve child care providers’ access to financial resources for facilities development projects in California.

California Department of Social Services
This website provides information on Child Welfare Systems and Child Care Licensing. It is intended to assist business partners in understanding policies and practices of programs which fall under the authority of the California Department of Social Services.

California Association for the Education of Young Children
The California Association for the Education of Young Children is the local chapter of the NAEYC and is dedicated to advancing excellence throughout the early care and education profession. Information on professional development, public policy, annual conference.

California Budget Center
CBP was founded in 1994, as the California Budget Project. The Center works to improve public policies affecting the economic and social well-being of Californians with low and middle incomes.

California Child Care Resource & Referral Network
Child care resource and referral agencies (R&R) are state-funded, community-based programs that exist in every county in California. R&Rs make up a well-developed system that supports parents, child care providers, and local communities. The California Department of Education, Child Development Division has supported these efforts since 1976.

California Department of Education
Includes information on the statewide education system and specialized programs, which includes local planning councils and child development programs.

California Head Start Association
The Association provides leadership and advocacy for Head Start programs around the state. Head Start is a Federal program that promotes the school readiness of children from. birth to age five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and. emotional development. Head Start programs provide a learning environment that.

Capitol Advisors Group
This is a team of experts in California politics, education policy and finance, legislative strategy, and public affairs. Over the course of our collective careers we have been helping clients, school agencies, professional associations, industry/private sector interests, and non-profit organizations succeed in achieving important outcomes in California.

Center for Law and Social Policy
CLASP is a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty nonprofit advancing policy solutions for low-income people. We develop practical yet visionary strategies for reducing poverty, promoting economic opportunity, and addressing barriers faced by people of color. With over 50 years’ experience at the federal, state, and local levels, we’re fighting back in today’s threatening political climate while advancing our vision for the future

The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
CSCCE at UC Berkeley focuses on issues relating to the several million teachers and providers currently working in center-based and home-based early care and education settings in the United States.

Child Care and Early Education Research Connections
CCEERC promotes high quality research in child care and early education and the use of that research in policymaking. Their vision is for children to receive quality care and have rich learning experiences while their families receive support so that they can work. This website includes research and data resources for researchers, policy makers, practitioners, and others.

Child Care Law Center
CCLC is a national nonprofit legal services organization that uses legal tools to make high quality, affordable child care available to every child, every family, and every community. They us legal expertise to explain child care policies, laws and funding. They work with parents, child care providers and advocates to craft solutions that are transparent and fair to everyone involved – children, families and child care providers. Long after public debate fades, they monitor policies and practices to ensure that new barriers or burdens do not develop.

Children Now:
A research and action organization dedicated to assuring that children grow up in economically secure families.

First Five California
The California Children and Families Commission was founded in 1998 with the passage for Proposition 10 to provide programs and services for children 0 to 5. All California’s children deserve high-quality early learning opportunities. First 5 California’s investments in early learning and care increase the effectiveness of the programs and help children ages 0 to 5 and their families thrive.

A project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the U.S. KIDS COUNT provides legislators, public officials and child advocates with reliable data, policy recommendations and tools to advance policies that benefit children.
Data and Resources about the health of California’s Children; searched by region, demographic groups, and topics. A program of the Lucille Packard Foundation.

Official California Legislative Information
Provides information on current legislation and activities. Access to find bills using the following criteria: status, author, committee or floor location, and date ranges for various legislative actions on a bill.

Low Income Investment Fund
LIIF is a steward for capital invested in housing, child care, education, and other community-building initiatives. LIIF provides a bridge between private capital markets and low income neighborhoods. This goal will guide our work over the next decade as we mobilize capital to build communities of opportunity, equity and well-being.

National Association for the Education of Young Children
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. This leads to National Accreditation.

National Association of Resource & Referral Agencies
The national network of R&R agencies. NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, is our nation’s leading voice for child care. They work with more than 700 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies nationwide. These agencies help ensure that families in 99 percent of all populated ZIP codes in the United States have access to high-quality, affordable child care.

National Women’s Law Center

The NWLC’s mission is to protect and advance the progress of women and girls at work, in school, and in virtually every aspect of their lives. A national research and economic justice organization working to unearth and address the root causes of economic exclusion and racial inequity to ensure that all people can fully participate in the economy and have the freedom to bring their full selves to our diverse nation regardless of zip code, race or gender.

Quality Counts California (QCC)
QCC is a statewide effort to strengthen California’s early learning and care system to support young children and their families, including.

The Insight Center for Community Economic Development
is a national research, consulting, and legal organization dedicated to building economic health and opportunity in vulnerable communities.

Tribal Child Care Association of California
Established in 2006, the TCCAC is an Association of child care professionals specializing in working with Tribal families, children and communities. The Association focuses on the needs of tribally regulated child care and education settings, both on and off tribal lands

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