Would you like to know more about child care licensing in your state or resources for children with special needs? Do you need to contact someone about child support, health care for your family, or help paying for food or heat? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Click a tab below to find those resources and more in California.

Find out about the ins and outs of child care in your area. What is required to become a provider in your area? What requirements are there for a background check? Does your state offer any quality improvement programs?

Child Care Licensing

Your local child care regulatory office

Phone: Contact your local office

Website Find Your Local Office

Provider Complaint Line: 1(844) 538-8766

Inspection Reports

Find out what programs in your area are in compliance with licensing regulations

Website

Child Care Fact Sheet

Basic facts about child care in your area

State Fact Sheet

California Child Care Information

Information and resources for parents looking for child care in California

Website

Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Reimburses child care providers for healthy meals and snacks

Phone: 1(800) 952-5609

Website Find a Local Sponsor (FCCs) Find a Local Sponsor (Centers)

Criminal Background Checks

Understanding criminal background checks requirements in your area

Website

Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) – CA-QRIS

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) help families identify high quality child care programs. Quality ratings are an important indicator of child care quality.

A child care QRIS uses symbols such as stars or levels to rate a provider’s quality. Quality standards are used to evaluate and rate child care programs. Providers earn higher quality ratings as they meet more standards. These quality standards often include or build from the state licensing health and safety requirements. Many states also include standards specific to infants and toddlers as part of the QRIS.

A QRIS also helps child care providers improve the quality of their care. QRIS programs guide step-by-step quality improvements. Providers participating in the QRIS often receive additional training and coaching to help them increase the quality of their care.

Phone: Contact your local CCR&R agency (use search at right)

Website

Discover resources that will provide more information regarding local services such as health care and child well-being.

Child Protective Services

To report suspected abuse, maltreatment, or neglect of a child

Phone: Contact your local office

Website

Find Your Local Office
*If county is not known, call ChildHelp at 1(800) 422-4453*

Child Support Enforcement

Child support application and procedures for your state

Phone: 1(866) 901-3212

Website

Find Your Local Office

Medicaid Eligibility – Medi-Cal

Federal-State health insurance program for low-income individuals

Phone: Contact your local office

Website

Find Your Local Office

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Federal-State health insurance program for children – available to qualifying families who are not eligible for Medicaid. In some states, parents and pregnant women may also be covered.

*California’s Children’s Health Insurance Program is included in the Medicaid program. Please contact your Medicaid office for more information.*

Phone: Contact your local office

Website

Find Your Local Office

California Department of Social Services

State government programs and services for children and families

Phone: 1(800) 952-5253 or (916) 651-8848

Website

Mental Health Services Division

State government mental health resources that may offer community mental health services (may include individual, family, and marital counseling), behavioral health services, and substance abuse programs

Phone:  Contact your local office

Website

Find Your Local Office

Car Seat Basics

Information on car seat regulations and inspection services

Phone: Contact your local office

Website

Find Your Local Office

Are you looking for help paying for child care? Buying groceries or diapers? Find out what assistance programs are offered locally.

Child Care Assistance – CalWORKs Child Care

Child care financial assistance program for families who receive or have received CalWORKs cash assistance

Phone: Contact your local office

Website

Find Your Local Office

Child Care Assistance – Alternative Payment Program

Child care financial assistance program for families not receiving cash assistance

Phone: Contact your local office

Website

Find Your Local Office

California Head Start Association

A federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families

Phone: (916) 444-7760

Website

Find Your Local Head Start/Early Head Start

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

A program offering supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information to low-income women who are pregnant or have children aged birth to five

Phone: Contact your local clinic

Website

Find Your Local WIC Clinic

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) – CalWORKs

Cash assistance designed to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency

Phone: Contact your local office

Website

Find Your Local Office

Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps) – CalFresh

Federal nutrition program

Phone: 1(877) 847-3663

Website

Find Your Local Office

Low Income Energy Assistance Program

Helps low income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs

Phone: 1(866) 675-6623

Website

Find Your Local Office

California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) and Other Utility Assistance Programs

Additional energy assistance programs in California

Website

Learn about valuable resources for parents of children with special needs.

Easter Seals of Southern California

Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

Phone: (714) 834-1111

Website

Easter Seals Central California

Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

Phone: (831) 684-2166 (Main), (559) 241-7233 (Fresno)

Website

Easter Seals Bay Area

Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

Phone:  (925) 849-8999

Website

Easter Seals Superior California

Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

Phone:  (916) 485-6711

Website

The Arc of California

Offers special needs services that may include respite care, advocacy, training, and support groups

Phone: (916) 552-6619

Website

Early Intervention – Early Start

Early intervention services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays

Phone: 1(800) 515-2229

Website

Child Health and Disability Prevention Program

Delivers periodic health assessments and services to low-income children and youth in CA

Phone: Contact your local office

Website

Find Your Local Office

There are currently no organizations listed

  • Child Care

    Find out about the ins and outs of child care in your area. What is required to become a provider in your area? What requirements are there for a background check? Does your state offer any quality improvement programs?

    Child Care Licensing

    Your local child care regulatory office

    Phone:Contact your local office

    Website Find Your Local Office

    Phone:1(844) 538-8766

    Inspection Reports

    Find out what programs in your area are in compliance with licensing regulations

    Website

    Child Care Fact Sheet

    Basic facts about child care in your area

    State Fact Sheet

    Child Care Center Regulations

    Requirements necessary to operate a child care center

    State of Child Care Centers

    Family Child Care Regulations

    Requirements necessary to operate a child care program in one’s home

    State of Small FCC Homes

    Criminal Background Checks

    Understanding criminal background checks requirements in your area

    State of Child Care Centers Website

    Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) – CA-QRIS

    Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) help families identify high quality child care programs. Quality ratings are an important indicator of child care quality.

    A child care QRIS uses symbols such as stars or levels to rate a provider’s quality. Quality standards are used to evaluate and rate child care programs. Providers earn higher quality ratings as they meet more standards. These quality standards often include or build from the state licensing health and safety requirements. Many states also include standards specific to infants and toddlers as part of the QRIS.

    A QRIS also helps child care providers improve the quality of their care. QRIS programs guide step-by-step quality improvements. Providers participating in the QRIS often receive additional training and coaching to help them increase the quality of their care.

    Phone: Contact your local CCR&R agency (use search at right)

    Website

  • Health and Social Services

    Discover resources that will provide more information regarding local services such as health care and child well-being.

    Child Protective Services

    To report suspected abuse, maltreatment, or neglect of a child

    Phone: Contact your local office

    Website

    Find Your Local Office
    *If county is not known, call ChildHelp at 1(800) 422-4453*

    Child Support Enforcement

    Child support application and procedures for your state

    Phone: 1(866) 901-3212

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Medicaid Eligibility – Medi-Cal

    Federal-State health insurance program for low-income individuals

    Phone: Contact your local office

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

    Federal-State health insurance program for children – available to qualifying families who are not eligible for Medicaid. In some states, parents and pregnant women may also be covered.

    *California’s Children’s Health Insurance Program is included in the Medicaid program. Please contact your Medicaid office for more information.*

    Phone: Contact your local office

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    California Department of Social Services

    State government programs and services for children and families

    Phone: 1(800) 952-5253 or (916) 651-8848

    Website

    Mental Health Services Division

    State government mental health resources that may offer community mental health services (may include individual, family, and marital counseling), behavioral health services, and substance abuse programs

    Phone:  Contact your local office

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Car Seat Basics

    Information on car seat regulations and inspection services

    Phone: Contact your local office

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

  • Financial Assistance

    Are you looking for help paying for child care? Buying groceries or diapers? Find out what assistance programs are offered locally.

    Child Care Assistance – CalWORKs Child Care

    Child care financial assistance program for families who receive or have received CalWORKs cash assistance

    Phone: Contact your local office

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Child Care Assistance – Alternative Payment Program

    Child care financial assistance program for families not receiving cash assistance

    Phone: Contact your local office

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    California Head Start Association

    A federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families

    Phone: (916) 444-7760

    Website

    Find Your Local Head Start/Early Head Start

    Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

    A program offering supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information to low-income women who are pregnant or have children aged birth to five

    Phone: Contact your local clinic

    Website

    Find Your Local WIC Clinic

    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) – CalWORKs

    Cash assistance designed to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency

    Phone: Contact your local office

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps) – CalFresh

    Federal nutrition program

    Phone: 1(877) 847-3663

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Low Income Energy Assistance Program

    Helps low income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs

    Phone: 1(866) 675-6623

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) and Other Utility Assistance Programs

    Additional energy assistance programs in California

    Website

  • Children with Special Needs

    Learn about valuable resources for parents of children with special needs.

    Easter Seals of Southern California

    Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

    Phone: (714) 834-1111

    Website

    Easter Seals Central California

    Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

    Phone: (831) 684-2166 (Main), (559) 241-7233 (Fresno)

    Website

    Easter Seals Bay Area

    Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

    Phone:  (925) 849-8999

    Website

    Easter Seals Superior California

    Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

    Phone:  (916) 485-6711

    Website

    The Arc of California

    Offers special needs services that may include respite care, advocacy, training, and support groups

    Phone: (916) 552-6619

    Website

    Early Intervention – Early Start

    Early intervention services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays

    Phone: 1(800) 515-2229

    Website

    Child Health and Disability Prevention Program

    Delivers periodic health assessments and services to low-income children and youth in CA

    Phone: Contact your local office

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

  • There are currently no organizations listed

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