Resource & Referral Agencies
Community-based resource and referral agencies, located in every county in California, offer training for both licensed child care providers and for those providers who want to become licensed. The programs vary by community, but all trainings are geared to improve the quality of care that providers offer to parents.
Some R&Rs offer help to providers to develop appropriate activities for children; some offer help to operate in a business-like manner, and all offer assistance to understand licensing requirements. You can view a directory of agencies and their contact information here.
CCIP contractors are available at every R&R in California to assist new family child care providers through the licensure process. They also provide support for existing family child care providers interested in expanding their license by increasing their capacity from small to large, offering infant/toddler care, changing their hours of service, or re-opening after a period of inactivity.
Additionally, each local CCIP project offers training to family child care providers and helps them track their progress. To be considered a CCIP Trainee, a provider must complete 25 hours of training; 5 hours from each of the following topics:
- Operating a Strong Family Child Care Business
- Child Health, Safety, and the Learning Environment
- Developmental Needs of Children
- Professionalism and Provider Support
- Infants and Toddlers
For more information, visit the CCIP webpage. To get in touch with your local CCIP contact, find their information here. CCIP is funded through the CA Dept. of Education (CDE), Early Education & Support Division (EESD).
Provider Training for Informal Caregivers
Starting in 2016, some R&Rs in California will be coordinating weekly playgroups for Family, Friend & Neighbor caregivers. With support from the Network, these R&Rs will be using the Kaleidoscope Play & Learn curriculum, an evidence-based, promising practice designed to support license-exempt providers, including the thousands of family members, friends and neighbors who take care of young children while their parents are at work.
Through facilitator guidance and modeling, conversation with other participants, and hands-on experience, caregivers at these groups will discover ways they can promote children's early learning and healthy development at home, and will build relationships with other people in their community who can act as a network of support.
The Network is also designing a video-based Health & Safety training that meets the new federal Child Care Development Block Grant requirements for license-exempt providers.
ECE Shared Resources Website
The Network, with the Mimi & Peter Haas Fund and First 5 San Francisco, established the California ECE Shared Resources Website. The site, www.eceresourcesca.org, contains free information for providers and R&Rs, including:
- Resources for business operations, insurance, family engagement, handbooks and health handouts
- Human Resources tools with San Francisco specific Employee Handbook templates, employer laws, background checks, local wage survey, health insurance sources, and workplace posters
- Discounts at leading providers like Book Vine, Staples, Michaels, Jo Ann Fabrics, and more
- Direct Links to the most used forms and websites, including California Department of Education, Preschool for All, C-WAGES, and many others