Links and Resources
The California Child Care Coordinators Association was formed to promote, support, and improve the coordination of local efforts to provide child care services for children in California.
- Child Development Resource Center
- Cabrillo College (Main Page)
- Cabrillo College Early Childhood Education Department
- Student Resource Directory
- Santa Cruz County Parents Association
- Santa Cruz County CEL web portal
- Family Resource Centers
Family Resource Centers offer a broad range of services and programs including parent education, counseling, home visits, literacy classes, support groups, health insurance and health care referrals. If the Family Resource Center cannot assist you directly, they will refer you to the appropriate agency.
- Special Parent’s Information Network (SPIN) Watsonville: 722-2800, Santa Cruz: 423-7713
Spin is a parent directed organization for parents of children with special needs. Helps parents become more informed about available resources for services, treatments, interventions, and other supports in the county and beyond.
- For information and referrals on any of the following: food, housing, health, children & youth, seniors and income, visit Santa Cruz County’s information and referral databse, 211 Bay Area.
- For information on child care subsidies, visit the Voucher Project and/or the website for the Human Services Department of Santa Cruz County.
- Children Now is a national organization for people who care about children and want to ensure that they are the top public policy priority.
- Preschool California is a nonprofit, non-partisan advocacy organization formed in 2003 that brings together a diverse group of supporters, from kindergarten teachers to CEOs to county sheriffs to advocate for every child in California to have the opportunity to go to quality, voluntary preschool. Proposition 82 (The Preschool For All Act) (link to PFA Taskforce, Special Projects section of Committee page) sponsored by children’s advocate Rob Reiner and a growing coalition of business, education, labor and early childhood leaders will be on the June 2006 ballot. If passed, Prop. 82 will provide every four-year-old in California with the opportunity to attend a quality preschool program.
- For more information on State-funded programs for children and families, visit the Child Development Division website. The Child Development Division is a division of the California Department of Education.
- For up-to-date information on current child care legislation, state budget concerns and advocacy opportunities, visit the following websites:
The Child Development Policy Institute
The California Child Care Resource and Referral Network
The Official California Legislative Information web page
- California Association for the Education of Young Children
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 Child Development Administrators Association
CCDAA is an independent professional organization for administrators of publicly funded Child Development Programs. Our long standing record of advocating quality early education dates back to 1943. We are recognized as one of California’s leading professional organizations.
- First 5 California
The California Children and Families Act of 1998 is designed to provide, on a community-by-community basis, all children prenatal to five years of age with a comprehensive, integrated system of early childhood development services.
- Zero to three
ZERO TO THREE is the nation’s leading resource on the first three years of life. We are a national non-profit charitable organization whose aim is to strengthen and support families, practitioners and communities to promote the healthy development of babies and toddlers.
- CA Center for Social Emotional Foundation of Early Learning (CSEFEL) – The CSEFEL Teaching Pyramid is a conceptual framework for promoting social emotional competence in infants and young children. CSEFEL was adapted by California to maximize collaboration to enhance linkages and methods for local agencies to deliver services and to connect families to appropriate interventions, including children’s mental health, Early Start, special education, and medical services.
- For information regarding the Child Development and School Age Permits, visit the Child Development Training Consortium
View the Child Development Permit Matrix
View the School Age Permit Matrix
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- Santa Cruz County Child Care Expansion Priorities Report 2018
- Local Child Care and Development Planning Councils Agency Annual Report
- Local Child Care and Development Planning Council Programs Summary of Self Evaluation Findings
- Early Care, Education and After-School Care Master Plan (2018 – 2023)
- Santa Cruz County Early Care and Education Needs Assessment 2016-2021
- Santa Cruz County Child Care Planning Child Care Expansion Priorities Report 2015
- Santa Cruz County Child Care Planning Child Care Expansion Priorities Report 2014
- Santa Cruz County Child Care Planning Child Care Expansion Priorities Report 2013
- Santa Cruz County Master Plan for Early Care and Education 2013-2018
- Santa Cruz County Child Care Planning Council Child Care Expansion Priorities Report 2012 (PowerPoint)
- Santa Cruz County Child Care and Development Needs Assessment 2011
- Early educators, kindergarten teachers and school administrators met at the 2nd Annual Together for Kindergarten Community Forum, on February 28, 2011, with guest speaker Senator Joe Simitian.
- View the All Succeed with Access to Preschool Report – published in June 2009. This report was developed in collaboration with SCCOE, First 5 Santa Cruz County and the Child Care Planning Council.
- Together for Kindergarten Community Forum
- New California Preschool Learning Foundations Vol. 1,
California Preschool Curriculum Framework Vol. 1
- New California Preschool Learning Foundations Vol. 2,
CA Preschool Curriculum Framework Vol. 2
- New California Preschool Learning Foundations Vol. 3,
CA Preschool Curriculum Framework Vol. 3
- State Child Care Budget & Legislation
- Recently Published Studies and Reports on Early Care and Education
- Santa Cruz County Child Care and Development Needs Assessment 2011
- Santa Cruz County Child Care Planning Council (CCPC), 2011 Child Care Expansion Priorities Report (PowerPoint presentation)
- Santa Cruz County Child Care Planning Council (CCPC), 2010 Child Care Expansion Priorities Report (PowerPoint presentation)
- Santa Cruz County Child Care Planning Council (CCPC), 2009 Child Care Expansion Priorities Report
- Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Child Care Expansion Priorities Report for May 18, 2010
- 2006 Child Care Needs Assessment
- 2007 Priorities Report
- Summary of Master Plan 1998-2003
- Master Plan 2008-2013