Contra Costa County
Local Planning and Advisory Council for Early Care and Education

Resources for Childcare Providers

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

The CTC website provides up-to-date information on Child Development Permits as well as other California teaching credentials. Application information and documents, online renewal process, and credential searches are available.

California Department of Justice

This site includes a list of available Live Scan/Fingerprinting stations.

Child Development Training Consortium

CDTC provides services, training, technical assistance, and resources to students and professionals working with and for children. CDTC promotes high quality early education to California’s children and families by providing financial and technical assistance to child development students and professionals. Services include processing of available funds for permit processing and reimbursements of fingerprinting fees. Resources include Child Development Permit Applications, Professional Growth Manual, Curriculum Alignment Project, and Competencies Integration Project.

Association for Childhood Education International

Provides information about the ACEI, the ACEI’s two journals and various publications, membership in the ACEI, and conferences and workshops. Their mission is to promote and support in the global community the optimal education and development of children, from birth through early adolescence, and to influence the professional growth of educators and the efforts of others who are committed to the needs of children in a changing society.

Parents Action for Children

Provides information about early childhood development and about resources for parents and care-givers, including information on the first three years of a child’s life, brain research, parent questions, lists of books and other resources, and advice from experts.

California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC)

Promotes excellence in early childhood education from birth through 8 years. Informs about conferences, trainings, and resources. Promotes membership in state-wide professional organization, which includes local level membership, as well as national level. Supports accreditation and quality improvement in early childhood programs.

California School-Age Consortium (CSAC)

Promotes high-quality, affordable afterschool care for every child. Provides resources to conferences, trainings, and workshops.

Center for the Child Care Workforce

CCW’s website provides information on current activities of the non-profit agency that began the movement for better compensation for child care workers. Look for information about the Worthy Wage Campaign, National Mentoring Alliance, and research results.

Child Care Law Center

The Child Care Law Center uses legal tools to foster the development of quality, affordable child care for every child, every parent, every community. CCLC works to expand child care options, particularly for low-income families, and to ensure that children are safe and nurtured in care outside the home. CCLC has recently updated publications on a wide range of legal issues related to child care including, California Child Care Policy, California CalWORKs and Subsidized Child Care, Child Care Licensing, Family Child Care, Inclusion of Children with Disabilities and Zoning and Land Use. Please check out our website for information on ordering these new publications.

Child & Family Policy Institute of California

The Child & Family Policy Institute helps to establish sound public policy focused on what is best for the children of California.

Children Now

Children Now offers information about how to become a member and how to help in your community; information on publications and a list of Internet resources for child care are offered.

Children’s Defense Fund

CDF provides a voice for America’s children. The CDF website includes information on the Black community, Crusade for Children, gun control, ways to help children, statistics on the status of children today and ordering information for CDF publications.

The Future of Children

A publication of The Center for the Future of Children, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The primary purpose of The Future of Children is to disseminate timely information on major issues related to children’s well being. The website provides articles and scholarly research.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Provides information on: the content of the NAEYC’s journal, Young Children; books and videos for practitioners and parents; the NAEYC annual conference; the annual Week of the Young Child; the National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development; and policies to stimulate effective advocacy on behalf of young children.

Pre [K] Now

Pre-K Now is a public education and advocacy campaign that advances high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten for all three and four year olds.

Early Edge California

Early Edge California works to ensure all children have the early experiences necessary to be successful learners by the end of 3rd grade, setting them on a path to college and career readiness.

CA Child Care Health Program

The California Child Care Health Program (CCHP) focuses on bringing knowledge about health and safety issues to the child care provider and to link the health, safety and child care communities.

Healthy Child Care

The website for the bimonthly magazine, Healthy Child Care, which features articles on nutrition, safety, staff wellness, medicines, illness, health education, and more.

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care

Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Department of Health and Human Services, this site has the child care licensure regulations for each state. Also available are health and safety tips and full-text resources.


The nonprofit Contra Costa Child Care Council is in the business of ensuring that Contra Costa’s children are nurtured, healthy and achieve their full potential. As the only child care resource and referral agency serving all of Contra Costa, the Council is at the center of the child care delivery system.

California Child Care Resource and Referral Network

The California Child Care Resource & Referral Network promotes affordable, accessible quality care through research, education, policy, and advocacy.

California Department of Social Services

The California Department of Social Services’ Children and Family Services Division is responsible for designing and overseeing an array of programs and services for California’s at-risk families and children, providing a statewide system for out-of-home care providers and appropriate services to children in out-of-home care, and facilitation of adoptions for children who need permanent homes. The website provides up-to-date licensing and policy information as well as current forms.

National Association of Resource and Referral Agencies

The website of a national non-profit dedicated to providing the most up-to-date and useful information to parents seeking child care, child care professionals, NACCRRA members, and child care advocates.

Child Development Division California Dept of Education

CDD’s mission is to provide leadership and support to all individuals and organizations concerned with children and families by promoting high-quality child development programs. The Division undertakes to educate the general public about developmentally appropriate practices for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children in a variety of safe and healthy child care and development environments. They fund a variety of child care programs and serve as the lead agency for federal child development funds. The website provides information about current projects and funding opportunities.

Children’s Literature Web Guide

This site provides links to such resources as children’s books online, children’s book awards, and movies based on children’s books. The site also has lists of resources for teachers, parents, and storytellers.

Desired Results for Children and Families Training and Technical Assistance Project

The California Department of Education (CDE), Child Development Division (CDD) has established the Desired Results System to improve program quality in early care and education programs across the state.

Soho Center

A non-profit national resource for family child care providers, the website provides information on quality and training for providers.


WestEd is a nonprofit research, development, and service agency. As one of the nation’s Regional Educational Laboratories, WestEd serves Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. Their work also extends throughout the rest of the United States, as well as internationally. WestEd is committed to improving learning at all stages of life — from infancy to adulthood, both in school and out. Their work is far-reaching because our purpose is ambitious: success for every learner. Ambitious as it is, this goal is within reach.

Disaster Resources

Guides and activities provided for teachers and other child-care youth workers that help prepare them for working with children who have been through a disaster.


This site provides information for all who share an interest in improving the education and general life experiences of young children. It’s a place for getting advice from experts in the early childhood field, expanding your collection of creative projects, and sharing ideas and questions with the early childhood community.

First 5 California

Families Act of 1998 (Prop 10) was passed to provide to all children prenatal to five years of age with a comprehensive, integrated system of early childhood development services. Services are provided in each county and also at the state level.

National Institute on Out-of-School Time

Formerly the School-Age Child Care Project (SACCProject), this site includes a collection of resources on school-age child care provided by the Center for Research on Women at Wellesley College.

Parents’ Action for Children

Provides information about early childhood development and about resources for parents and care-givers, including information on the first three years of a child’s life, brain research, parent questions, lists of books and other resources, and advice from experts.

US Bureau of the Census

This site offers useful child care data, including information on child care costs and use of various child care arrangements.

Zero to Three

This non-profit fosters a network of people around the country who are concerned about the needs of infants, toddlers, and families. It also functions as an Early Head Start National Resource Center and develops and conducts training for the birth-to-3 programs that are part of Head Start. The ZERO TO THREE site describes issues and programs and provides resources, suggestions, and a contact list.