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Advocacy & Professional Associations
  • California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) – The purpose of CAEYC is to serve and act on behalf of the needs and rights of young children with primary focus on the provision of educational services and resources to adults who work with and for children birth through age eight.
  • California Head Start Association – The California Head Start Association is the unified voice providing leadership and advocacy for the California Head Start community.
  • California Alternative Payment Program Association (CAPPA) – The California Alternative Payment Program Association is a non-profit association representing public and private entities that have State contracts to support working families with early care and education subsidies.
  • Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) – The CLASP/Child Care & Early Education initiative promotes policies that support both child development and the needs of low-income working parents.
  • Children's Defense Fund (CDF) – The mission of the Children’s Defense Fund is to Leave No Child Behind and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.
  • Children NowChildren Now is a national organization for people who care about children and want to ensure that they are the top public policy priority.
  • County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA) – The County Welfare Directors Association of California is a non-profit association representing the human service directors from each of California’s 58 counties. The Association’s mission is to promote a human services system that encourages self-sufficiency of families and communities, and protects vulnerable children and adults from abuse and neglect.
  • EveryChild CaliforniaEveryChild California represents comprehensive approach to early childhood education and learning. It advocates for publicly funded early care and education programs across the state, by supporting the development of the child's social, emotional and intellectual well being, all while in a safe and high quality learning environment.
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – The National Association for the Education of Young Children exists for the purpose of leading and consolidating the efforts of individuals and groups working to achieve healthy development and constructive education for all young children.
  • Palo Alto Advisory Committee on Early Care and Education (PAACECE) – PAACECE is an advisory committee to the City of Palo Alto on issues related to child care (ages 0-12) and early learning. PAACECE has three main goals: Connect providers and educators in the early education community, support early education programs, and advocate on behalf of families and teachers of young children to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities facing early education programs today.
Business/Finance Information
  • Building Child Care (BCC) – The Building Child Care Project exists to provide a centralized clearinghouse of information and services designed to improve child care providers' access to financial resources for facilities development projects in California.
  • Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) – The Low Income Investment Fund/Child Care program builds sustainable community based systems to support child care facility financing and development.
Government Links
  • Community Care Licensing – The Community Care Licensing Division licenses and monitors Family Child Care Homes and Child Care Centers in an effort to ensure that they provide a safe and healthy environment for children in day care.
  • Early Education & Support Services Division – The Early Education & Support Services Division is branch of the State Department of Education that manages state funded child development programs.
  • Early Education – Entering School Ready to Learn and Succeed
  • Find California Code – This site provides access to specific code sections governing child development programs in California.
  • FIRST 5-Santa Clara County – FIRST 5 Santa Clara County utilizes Proposition 10 funds to promote, support and improve early childhood development for children prenatal through age five and their families.
  • FIRST 5 California – FIRST 5 California represents an important part of the state’s effort to nurture and protect our most precious resource – our children.
  • Office of Child Care – The Office of Child Care is part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The Child Care Bureau is dedicated to enhancing the quality, affordability, and availability of child care for all families. The Office of Child Care administers federal funds to states, territories, and tribes to assist low-income families in accessing quality child care for children when the parents work or participate in education or training.
  • Office of Head Start – The Office of Head Start is part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Head Start and Early Head Start are comprehensive child development programs that serve children from birth to age 5 and their families. They are child-focused programs and have the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families. Head Start of Santa Clara and San Benito Counties.
  • SCCOE Child Care Resource & Referral Program – The Santa Clara County Office of Education serves as the Child Care Resource and Referral Program (R&R) for Santa Clara County. The function of the R&R is to provide every family and provider with what they need to be successful by implementing the SCCOE’s core values of equity, diversity, inclusion, and partnership. The Resource and Referral Program provides the following: child care resources for families and providers, information and resources for families, and training and technical assistance for providers.
  • Social Services Agency of Santa Clara County – The mission of the Social Services Agency is to:
    • Prevent abuse and to ensure the medical, physical, financial, and emotional well-being of children and adults at risk of abuse, neglect, or exploitation,
    • Maintain or restore family and kinship ties whenever possible and help families understand and learn the skills and behaviors needed to safely care for and nurture their children and elders,
    • Maintain safe, healthy, and independent lifestyles for residents through specialized and in-home services aimed at preventing or delaying institutionalization in a manner that respects their personal liberty,
    • Assist residents in acquiring the resources needed to gain and retain competitive employment and to secure a more challenging, satisfying, and economically rewarding life for themselves and their children.
Research/Information Links
  • California Budget Project – The California Budget Project (CBP) serves as a resource to the media, policymakers, and state and local constituency groups seeking accurate information and analysis of a range of state policy issues.
  • Center for the Study of Child Care Employment – Based in UC Berkeley, the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment is focused on achieving comprehensive public investments which enable and reward the early childhood workforce to deliver high quality care and education for all children.
  • Parents Helping Parents (PHP) – Parents Helping Parents is a parent-directed, community-based organization, whose mission was developed in response to the need in our community for information, training, and support services for families who have children with special needs and the professionals who serve them.
  • WestEd – E3 Institute, Advancing Excellence in Early Education – The purpose of the WestEd E3 Institute is to support and strengthen the quality of early education services by promoting professional development of early childhood educators to ensure the highest quality early learning experiences for Santa Clara County’s youngest children.
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