JULY: Child Care

Choosing child care is one of the most important decisions parents make, and figuring out how to pay for it is a big factor. It is widely recognized that child care is a lasting investment, and the increased support in California’s 2018-19 State Budget reflects this. Even though this support falls short of the need, there are still many resources available to families with limited income to help select and pay for quality child care.

WIC Can Help connect families with child care programs that provide safe and affordable care, so that children stay healthy and are prepared for kindergarten while parents find and retain jobs.

What Local Agencies Can Do:

  1. Become familiar with the information and resources on this page.
  2. Share this information with parents year-round: as part of routine visits,
    via print flyers, or in other creative ways.
CHOOSING QUALITY CHILD CARE
FINDING CHILD CARE
  • Find Child Care in California: enter zip code or use interactive map (click on county) or call (800) 543-7793 (Consumer Education Line for parents) to find local resource & referral (R&R) agency
PAYING FOR CHILD CARE
SUPPORTING PARENTS
  • Family, Friend & Neighbor Care: resources for parents and caregivers on temperament, healthy eating, discipline, play, and more. (Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers & Families)
  • School Readiness Interactive Birth to 3: videos and other online tools to help parents and caregivers encourage young children’s early learning. (Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers & Families)
STEPS FOR SELECTING CARE

Parents seeking child care should interview several providers and keep these five simple ideas in mind:

    • LISTEN to your instincts. If you are comfortable in a facility, chances are your child will be too.
    • COUNT the number of children to be sure there are enough adults present. Providers who believe in quality will urge you to do so.
    • LOOK AROUND and compare programs, because they know that finding the right provider is important to you and to them.
    • ASK QUESTIONS about the day to day care of your child and the provider’s licensing history.
    • BE INFORMED about the caregiver and the current licensing regulations for child care.

HEALTHY FAMILIES...STRONG COMMUNITIES...BRIGHT FUTURES!

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