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Resources for Families and Communities

Early Care and Education Information for County Employees - The County of Los Angeles is committed to helping its employees balance their work and family obligations. Recognizing the importance of quality early care and education services, this information is intended to help County employees find appropriate early care and education services, evaluate different options, and identify related community services.  In addition, County employees may take advantage of a benefit in which the County contributes money to your Dependent Care Spending Account (DCSA) to help pay for eligible dependent care expenses.  By clicking on the links below, you will be able to obtain information on County early care and education centers and the County employee Dependent Care Spending Account.

Navigating Early Care and Education Systems and Subsidy Programs – A series of materials to serve as guides to help families as well as community-based organizations that work with families navigate the early care and education system.

For Pregnant and Parenting Teens – A Guide to Child Care and Development Programs – Designed to help teen parents make informed decisions when looking for an early care and education program that meets the needs of your child and family.  (maintain hyperlink to existing document)

Children with Special Needs – A web-based directory of links to resources for identifying and intervening early with children at risk for or with developmental delays, disabilities or other special needs.

Directory Search:  Find out if an early care and education program is licensed – Most early care and education programs – centers and family child care homes – are required to be licensed according to California State law. In limited cases, programs may be exempt from licensing (e.g., parents remain on the premises of the program, recreation programs, family child care caring for only one family's children). Licensing is intended to insure basic standards of health and safety; it does not guarantee the quality of a program. You, as a parent or guardian, are the best judge of whether or not a particular child care program is a good match for your child. The Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division licenses and monitors centers and family child care homes.  This link allows you search its database for licensed centers and large family chilld care homes. For more information regarding licensing, visit http://ccld.ca.gov/.