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Child Care Referrals

We know that working parents want only the best for their children. Finding child care can be one of the greatest challenges that you will have in raising your child. We know that you want your children to be safe and have fun while they learn at their child care. Nothing is worse than worrying about your child when you are at your job.
At children’s Resource & Referral, we can help guide you through the challenge of finding a child care arrangement that best suits your needs. We can explain the state licensing regulations, tell you about indicators of quality care and answer your many questions and concerns about child care.
WHAT TYPE OF CHILD CARE ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
Most child care for children under 5 years of age require a license from the State. Licensing is the first step, and it means that these providers have all met the minimum health and safety requirements, including CPR and First Aid training.
Most child care for children under 5 years of age require a license from the State. Licensing is the first step, and it means that these providers have all met the minimum health and safety requirements, including CPR and First Aid training.
CHILD CARE CENTERS
State-licensed programs that operate in non-home settings such as churches or other buildings. Most of these centers include a curriculum and are staffed by individuals with some educational background in Early Child Development
FAMILY CHILD CARE
State-regulated child cares that operate in provider’s home. Family child care providers are not required to have any formal education, but many voluntarily participate in professional development programs. Family child care providers are mandated to take 16 hours of health and safety classes, which includes CPR and First Aid.
QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS
We also have some programs that have voluntarily decided to improve the quality of their childcare program above and beyond basic licensing requirements. Some of these different programs are Nationally Accredited and/or participate in Quality Counts California. Participation in these programs is strictly voluntary, and demonstrates the willingness of the participant to provide a higher quality of care.
ACCREDITED PROGRAMS (NAEYC & NAFCC):
Nationally recognized programs that have earned the mark of excellence. These programs focus on relationships, their environment, developmental learning activities, health and safety and professional business practices that parents look for in high-quality child care programs. They meet and maintain the national standards of quality child care.
QUALITY COUNTS CALIFORNIA = (QCC)
These programs participating in QCC participate in educational coaching on various categories such as their child care environment; they level of education; and teacher-child interactions, which ultimately lead to higher awareness of quality within their programs.
FAMILY CHILD CARE STEPS TO QUALITY NETWORK
These providers are participating in peer learning communities focused on quality improvement: environment; business; relationships & continued education through classes, workshops, trainings, etc. leading to a higher quality in their program.
Funded by the California Department of Social Services Child Care and Development Division and through local grants.
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