CHOOSING A CHILDCARE PROVIDER
New to childcare? Quality, location, and value are all important factors in your decision where to educate your child.
Below are links to some websites that can help you find the right childcare provider for your family:
First 5 California provides a wealth of information regarding educational activities, childcare, brain development, and much more!
California Child Care Resource and Referral Network helps parents find child care that best meets their family needs.
CAPPA Advocacy is the premiere state association of organizations that provide child care subsidies to CalWORKs and working poor families throughout California.
HOW DO I KNOW WHICH CHILDCARE PROVIDER IS RIGHT FOR ME?
During your childcare search, interview several providers plus
LISTEN to your instincts.
If you are comfortable in a facility, chances are your child will be too.
COUNT the number of children
Verify there are enough adults present. Providers who believe in quality will urge you to.
Compare programs, because they know that finding the right provider is important.
Be informed about the day to day activities of your child.
MILITARY CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE
Below is the link that provides information on the military child care assistance program and how to apply:
OTHER USEFUL RESOURCES
We know you want to make an informed choice when selecting a child care center and early education program for your child. The following links provide useful information that can help you feel confident that you’ve made the best possible choice:
National Child Care Information Center — The Office of Child Care’s NCCIC provides comprehensive technical assistance and information services about early and school-age care and education geared toward Child Care and Development Fund Administrators, their partners, and other key policymakers.
National Child Care Association — The NCCA is active in national childcare issues and works in Washington to balance the quality, affordability, and availability of licensed, private childcare and education programs.
National Association for the Education of Young Children — NAEYC administers an accreditation system to improve the quality of education and care provided in programs for young children. Its Web site provides information for families concerning early childhood development and childcare issues.
Administration for Children and Families — The ACF is a federal agency that funds state, territory, local, and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare), child support, childcare, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families.
National After School Association — The NAA is a professional association dedicated to the development, education, and care of children and youth during their out-of-school hours. Its site offers publications, articles, and numerous other resources for parents.
Healthy Child — This informative Web site features hundreds of reliable, in-depth articles, resources, and quality information about natural, holistic parenting plus carefully selected natural, non-toxic products for keeping your children safe and healthy.
CELL Center for Early Literacy Learning — Resource for child care providers and parents on early literacy activities to do with infants, toddler and preschoolers.
Washington Learning Systems — activities for home and school for infants through preschool.
All About Young Children — a project of the Governor’s State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care. This project was completed by the EESD in collaboration with WestEd and the CDE’s Technology Services Division.