Child Care Fundamentals

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

Please see the list of all other CCCCA resources on the resource page.

Electronic Resources

Go Here for information (PDF) related to child care from e-mail newsletters and listserves, websites and organizations, in addition to information on grant requests.

“Childcare 101”
What is child care? What kind of child care facilities are there? How do government agencies relate? How are child care operators licensed and regulated? to download “Childcare 101” — a presentation for use by child care coordinators. It is available in both Powerpoint and PDF formats.

Child Care Acronyms

The child care coordinator’s life is full of acronyms. We have them in a comprehensive list: from A to W.
  Download the PDF. here.

Child Care Licensing
Program Mission
The core mission of the Child Care Licensing Program is to ensure the health and safety of children in care. The Child Care Licensing Program strives to provide preventive, protective, and quality services to children in care by ensuring that licensed facilities meet established health and safety standards through monitoring facilities, providing technical assistance, and establishing partnerships with providers, parents, and the child care community.

The Child Care Licensing Program provides oversight and enforcement for licensed Child Care Centers and Family Child Care Homes through 19 Regional Offices located throughout California. All children and families, regardless of age, ethnicity, cultural background, gender, socioeconomic status, or ability, are afforded the same protections under law and regulations for child care facilities.

Ensuring Safe and Healthy Child Care The first step to choosing a child care provider is determining whether potential providers have a license from your state or local government. Licensing does not guarantee quality; however, it sets minimum requirements and ensures that programs are monitored for compliance with these requirements.

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