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California Child Care Resource & Referral Network

March 19, 2013


The San Francisco-based California Child Care Resource & Referral Network has a wealth of child care information for families.

Since 1980, the nonprofit has been supporting and promoting affordable, accessible, quality child care.

In each county in California, there is a state-funded child care resource and referral (R&R) program that can help families find early learning programs and child care in their county.

Families can speak with a R&R counselor who can provide them with guidance by phone, in person or online.

Each R&R offers free information including:

  • how to choose child care and understand child care options;
  • finding help to pay for child care;
  • elements of quality child care;
  • state licensing requirements;
  • availability of child care subsidies;
  • referrals to child care centers and family child care homes;
  • how to contact the child care licensing office in your community;
  • background check information for in-home child care;
  • free educational webinars on child care topics;
  • how to get involved in advocating for quality, affordable child care via grassroots organization Parent Voices.

The Network also offers training and curricula for providers. In addition, it provides current child care data and research to educate and assist policymakers, community leaders and decision-makers.

To locate your county R&R program, go to the Network’s website and click on the map or by calling 1-800-KIDS-793.