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Child Care Links

Links to:

  1. National Child Care Resources
  2. California Child Care Resources
  3. Financial and Business Assistance Resources
  4. Child Care Design Resources
  5. Local Child Care Resources

1. National Child Care Resources

Child and Adult Care Food Program

Child Care Information Exchange

Child Care Law Center

Children's Defense Fund (Child Care and Development Division)

Children Now

Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting

Early Childhood.com

Linking Economic Development and Child Care Project (Cornell University)

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies

National Association for the Education of Young Children

National Association for Family Child Care

National Child Care Association

National Children's Facilities Network

Insight Center for Community Economic Development

National Head Start Association

National Head Start Facilities Assistance

National Network for Child Care

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education

Office of Child Care (U.S. Health & Human Services/Administration for Children and Families)

Redleaf National Institute: the National Center for the Business of Family Child Care

Redleaf Press

U.S. Bureau of the Census


2. California Child Care Resources

California Association for the Education of Young Children

California Association for Family Child Care

California Child Care Health Program

California Child Care Resource and Referral Network

California Children and Families Commission

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

California Council of Churches (Faith-Based Child Care Capacity Building Project)

California Department of Education, Child Development Division

California Early Childhood Mentor Program

California Head Start Association

Child Development Policy Institute

Child Development Training Consortium

Local Child Care Planning Councils

Local Investment in Child Care (LINCC)

Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) Child Care Program

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (California Rules for Child Care Facilities, and Caring for Our Children)

Program for Infant/Toddler Caregivers

The Children's Collabrium (formerly CDPI Education Fund)

Licensing Links:

Child Care Licensing

Becoming a Licensed Child Care Provider

Child Care Advocate Program

Community Care Licensing Division Child Care Offices

Child Care Center Licensing Information

Family Child Care Licensing Information

3. Financial and Business Assistance Resources

Alliance for Nonprofit Management (List of nonprofit management assistance programs in California)

California Association for Microenterprise Opportunity (List of Microenterprise Lenders in California)

California Association of Nonprofits Insurance Services (CIS)

California Chamber of Commerce -- Business & Community Resources (A list of the basic steps necessary to start a business in California)

California Native American Business Development Center (CNABDC)

California Resources and Training (CARAT) Community Partners

Child Care Facilities Revolving Fund

Commercial Banks

Enterprise Foundation

Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco - Advances for Community Enterprise (available statewide)

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco - Directory of Small Business Technical Assistance Providers in California

Field, Microenterprise Fund for Innovation, Effectiveness, Learning and Dissemination (List of Microenterprise Programs in California)

Foundation Center

Grantsmanship Center (List of Community Foundations in California)

IDA Network (Individual Development Account): California Programs

Low Income Investment Fund

Management Assistance Program for Nonprofits (Including a free management library of resources)

Nonprofit Finance Fund

Opportunity Finance Network

Redleaf National Institute: the National Center for the Business of Family Child Care

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)

Small Business Administration California Offices

Small Business Administration (en Español)

Small Business Administration: Financing

Small Business Administration: Online Women's Business Center

Small Business Administration Small Business Development Centers

4. Child Care Design Resources

Access Board: ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Design Guidelines

American Institute of Architects, California Council: Contact your local AIA to find architects with child care design experience

Center for Architecture and Urban Planning Research: Includes a section of publications on designing children's environments

Children, Youth and Environments: An international network of publications, articles and information dedicated to improving children's environments

Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE): A group of architects and allied professionals concerned with the quality and design of all types of educational, cultural, and recreational facilities.

Design Childcare: Child care planning and design services

Kaboom: For playground building resources, publications, and grants

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities: Early Childhood Centers:
A resource list of links, books, and journal articles with extensive information on design guidelines, quality indicators and safety requirements for early childhood facilities

National Program for Playground Safety: A national clearinghouse for playground safety information that provides: ongoing research in the area of injury prevention, educational videos addressing the roles of various audiences in injury prevention, and a national information hotline (800-554-PLAY) about playground injury prevention

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care: NRC's mission is to promote health and safety in out-of-home child care settings throughout the nation. They publish Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards Guidelines for Out-of-Home Child Care Programs, Second Edition

Spaces for Children: Child care facilities experts

5. Local Child Care Resources

(to access links to local child care resources for your county please visit the Community Resources and Loan Resources by county sections of this website)

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