Children’s Home Society, Child Care and Development Services
- Helps families by providing referrals to licensed early care and education programs for their children, including children with special needs and disabilities.
- Provides resources and referrals to low-income families eligible for subsidized child care.
- Offers parent and community education.
- Publishes brochures on how to select quality early care and education services as well as a variety of child development topics. Brochures are available in multiple languages.
- Special Needs Advisory Project (SNAP) provides an inclusion specialist dedicated to assisting providers and other professionals as well as families with children with special needs. The specialists help connect families with community resources and early care and education professionals. Visit their web site at http://www.snapla.org/
Care About Quality, California Department of Education
Offers free guides designed to help families select a quality child care program. Guides consist of tips, checklists and information that may help families ask the right questions, consider their options, and make decisions that best meet their needs. For further information, call toll-free 1(800)KIDS-793.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Provides resources and information for parents to use as guides for selecting high quality care for their children. Parents may search for NAEYC-accredited centers in their neighborhood and glance at materials that address topics on caring for young children. For further information, visit their web site atwww.naeyc.org or call toll free at 1(800)424-2460.
National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)
Families may search for NAFCC-accredited family child care homes in their neighborhood. For further information, visit their web site at http://www.nafcc.org/or call (801) 269-9338.
What is Early Care and Education?
- Quality child care programs that offer children a safe and nurturing environment while also preparing children for school and reaching their full potential.
- Quality programs that boost healthy social, emotional, language, cognitive and physical development in young children and engage parents as partners in their children’s development.
Quality programs that contribute to parents’ stable employment opportunities and productivity.
What Are My Options?
Licensed to provide full- or part-day care to infants and toddlers (birth to age 3), preschoolers (3 to 5 year olds) and/or school-age children (5 to 12 year olds) in a group setting.
Family Child Care Homes
Individuals licensed to care for up to 8 children or 14 children from birth to 12 years old, including the provider’s, in the provider’s home.
Early Head Start
Free, comprehensive program for low-income pregnant women and infants and toddlers, including children with disabilities, from birth to three years old. Services may be offered in the home or at a center. Comprehensive services include child development, social services, health, mental health, nutrition, and parent involvement.
Preschool Head Start
Free child development program for low-income and disabled preschoolers from three to five years old. Families receive comprehensive services including child development, social services, health, mental health, nutrition, and parent involvement.
School Age/Extended Care
A variety of programs provide supervision, recreation and/or enrichment activities to school-age children before and afterschool, when children are off-track, or on summer break. Program services may be provided on the school campus or at another location, such as a local park or community-based facility. While many programs are licensed by the State, a number of programs are considered exempt from licensing, yet are regulated by other entities.
Parents may opt to have their child care provided in their home by a relative or nanny. The in-home care provider is not required to have a child care license, therefore it is up to the parent to make sure that the arrangement works.
How Do I Pay for Care?
The cost of care may vary by the age of the child and the hours of care needed. Depending on a family’s income, assistance may be available to help pay for a portion of the care.
To learn whether you qualify for a child care subsidy or to obtain a referral to a subsidized child care and development center, contact the Children’s Home Society Child Care Referral Hotline at (310) 816-3690 Mondays – Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.