Provider Resources

California Child Care Resource and Referral Network:

The Network advocates for a quality child care system that supports the diversity of families and children in every community in California. 

Child Care Food Program:

This federally funded nutrition program reimburses providers for feeding nutritious meals to the children in their care.  Children’s Council is a sponsor agency of the Child Care Food Program.

Child Care Inclusion Challenge Project (CCICP):

CCICP works to educate families and child care providers about inclusive child care settings, which allow children of all abilities to be cared for in the same learning environment.

Child Development Division, California Department of Education:

This site offers resources and information for child development contractors, families, and community members regarding child development programs funded by the state.

Child Care Parent Provider Information Network:

This site offers resources and forums for child care providers interested in networking and exchanging ideas.

City College of San Francisco Child Development & Family Studies Department:

City College of San Francisco offers training and mentoring for child care providers as well as credit courses in Child Development and Family Studies, leading to an AA degree with a major in Child Development.

Community Care Licensing:

Community Care Licensing is the state agency responsible for licensing and monitoring family child care homes and child care centers to ensure that they provide safe and healthy environments for children.

This site features information on licensing, child care, child development, and business development strategies. also features a forum that allows child care providers to ask questions and exchange ideas.

Early Childhood Education:

This site offers insight and advice for anyone considering a career in Early Childhood Education. It can help you understand degree options, salary ranges and job prospects.

Family Child Care Association of San Francisco:

This organization helps its members maintain a high degree of professionalism in the early care and education of young children, and promotes family child care as a vital service to the community.

Gateway to Quality:

Gateway to Quality provides technical assistance and resources to improve quality in child care homes and centers. Gateway to Quality assessments are required for Children’s Council’s Infant/Toddler Sustaining Grants and Family Child Care programs, among others.

Harvard Education Letter:

Harvard Education Letters web page provides informative articles on the education of children from preschool through third grade. The site also includes a comprehensive list of links to additional resources on early education.

Head Start:

Head Start and Early Head Start are comprehensive child development programs that serve children from birth to age 5, pregnant women, and their families. These programs have the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families.

Hispanic Child Care Providers Association (San Mateo) -

Organizes workshops and training for current providers and those aspiring to become licensed providers. Monthly meetings build community and give a voice to Hispanic providers.

National Association for the Education of Young Children:

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the nation's largest organization of early childhood educators and individuals dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade. The site includes information and resources on public policy, childhood education conferences, and professional development.

The National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center:

This site contains information on topics including opening a child care business, professional development, licensing regulations, and child development and early learning.

Preschool California:

Preschool California is a nonprofit advocacy organization working to increase access to high-quality preschool for all of California’s children, starting with those who need it most.

Professional Association for Childhood Education:

PACE was established in 1955 to fill the legislation, education and development needs of early child care professionals.   The organization provides resources and services for early care and education professionals to enhance business management practices through education, networking, and advocacy.


This site offers information on becoming cleared by and listed with TrustLine, California's registry of in-home child care providers.


WestEd's site supporting the improvement of quality child care delivery in San Francisco. The site offers quality improvement activities and details of the quality review process.