Resources

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Visit this website to learn more about NAEYC's work, read professional journals and research about child development and early education, or to discover professional development opportunities.

Early Childhood OC: Partnering for Thriving Communities

Visit this website to learn about Orange County’s Early Childhood Policy Framework, access the Orange County Child Care Database, and connect with resources for families, agencies and organizations, and policy and advocacy.

Orange County Child Care and Development Planning Council

Visit this website to explore resources for families, child care providers, and the community. Resources include links to professional development programs, business expansion, and more. Sign up for the community email list.

First 5 Orange County Children and Families Commission

Visit this website to learn about the Orange County 2019-2024 Strategic Plan, Early Development Index (EDI) data, policy briefs and statistics, and to access Kid Builders which are activities you can share with families.

Orange County Department of Education (OCDE)

Visit this website to learn about education in Orange County, locate schools and programs, or view a calendar of upcoming trainings and events.

QualityStart OC

Visit this website to learn about Quality Rating Improvement Systems (QRIS) in Orange County. Discover resources, learn how to participate in the QualityStart OC Network, and access a calendar of professional development opportunities.

Children's Home Society of California (CHS)

Visit the CHS website to request help in paying for child care, find licensed child care, and access free workshops and educational resources including links to research or news articles, a blog, podcasts, Parent Newsletters, Child Care Provider Newsletters, Online Presentations, and Family Education Program (FEP) brochures and activities. The website is also available in Spanish, and FEP materials are available in multiple languages.

Help Me Grow Orange County

Visit the Help Me Grow website to connect families with developmental screenings and services for children. Help Me Grow also has an online Child Care Tool Kit and a Parent Newsletter to help families understand their child's development and access services, and they offer Developmental Screening Training for professionals. Join their Community Listserve to learn about events, trainings, and new resources.

Community Care Licensing (CCL)

CCL is the department of social services that distributes and monitors child care licenses. Visit their website to learn how to get a license, review laws and regulations, Quarterly Updates, Provider Information Notices (PINs), and discover health and safety resources. Sign up to receive alerts and notifications.

Child Care Law Center

Visit this website to learn about laws related to child care businesses and find legal assistance. The website has information for both parents and child care providers. Their Know the Law series is available in multiple languages. Sign up to receive public policy updates.

Pretend City Children's Museum

Pretend City is an interactive child-sized city where children can explore community roles, develop creativity, socialize, and practice developmental skills. Visit their website to learn more about the museum and the many educational programs and family events they offer.

Head Start Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC)

Visit this website to learn more about child development, early education, family engagement, teaching practices, health and safety, community outreach, and more. You can also access free professional development.