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Child Care And Development - California State Preschool Program   

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The Governing Board recognizes that high-quality preschool experiences for children ages 3-4 years help them develop knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary to be successful in school and provide for a smooth transition into the elementary education program. Such programs should provide developmentally appropriate activities in a safe, well-supervised, cognitively rich environment.

(cf. 5146 - Married/Pregnant/Parenting Students)

(cf. 5148.1 - Child Care Services for Parenting Students)

(cf. 5148.2 - Before/After School Programs)

(cf. 5148.3 - Preschool/Early Childhood Education)

(cf. 6164.4 - Identification and Evaluation of Individuals for Special Education)

(cf. 6175 - Migrant Education Program)

The Superintendent or designee shall work cooperatively with the local child care and development planning council, public and private agencies, parents/guardians, and other community members to assess child care needs in the community, establish program priorities, obtain ongoing feedback on program quality, and inform parents/guardians about child care options.

(cf. 1020 - Youth Services)

(cf. 1400 - Relations Between Other Governmental Agencies and the Schools)

(cf. 1700 - Relations Between Private Industry and the Schools)

The Board shall enter into a contract with the California Department of Education (CDE) for the provision of child care and development services by the district.

(cf. 3312 - Contracts)

The Board shall approve a written philosophical statement, goals, and objectives for the district's child care and development program that reflect the cultural and linguistic characteristics of the families to be served and address the program components specified in 5 CCR 18272-18281 and administrative regulation. (5 CCR 18271)

(cf. 0000 - Vision)

(cf. 0100 - Philosophy)

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

The district's program shall be aligned with preschool learning foundations published by the California Department of Education which identify the knowledge, skills, and competencies that children typically attain as they complete their first or second year of preschool. Program components shall address social-emotional, physical, and cognitive development in key areas that are necessary for kindergarten readiness.

The district's preschool program shall provide appropriate services to support the needs of English learners and children with disabilities.

(cf. 6164.4 - Identification and Evaluation of Individuals for Special Education)

(cf. 6174 - Education for English Language Learners)

To maximize the ability of children to succeed in the preschool program, program staff shall support children's health through proper nutrition and physical activity and shall provide or make referrals to health and social services.

(cf. 3550 - Food Services/Child Nutrition Program)

(cf. 5030 - Student Wellness)

(cf. 5141.32 - Health Screening for School Entry)

(cf. 5141.6 - School Health Services)

As needed, the Superintendent or designee may identify district facilities that have capacity to provide child care and development services and/or may recommend that the Board enter into an agreement with a public agency or community organization to use community facilities for the purpose of providing such services.

(cf. 1330.1 - Joint Use Agreements)

(cf. 7110 - Facilities Master Plan)

Admissions policies and procedures shall be in writing and available to the public. Such policies and procedures shall include criteria designating those children whose needs can be met by the child care center's program and services, the ages of children who will be accepted, program activities, any supplementary services provided, any field trip provisions, any transportation arrangements, food service provisions, and a medical assessment requirement. (5 CCR 18105; 22 CCR 101218)

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that subsidized preschool is provided to eligible families to the extent that state and/or federal funding is available and shall establish enrollment priorities in accordance with Education Code 8263 and 5 CCR 18106.

In addition to priorities for subsidized services, priority for admissions shall be given to district students.

(cf. 5111.1 - District Residency)

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that administrators, teachers, and paraprofessionals in district preschool programs possess the appropriate permit(s) issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, meet any additional qualifications established by the Board, and participate in professional development opportunities designed to continually enhance their knowledge and skills.

(cf. 4112.2 - Certification)

(cf. 4112.4/4212.4/4312.4 - Health Examinations)

(cf. 4112.5/4312.5 - Criminal Record Check)

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4212.5 - Criminal Record Check)

(cf. 4222 - Teacher Aides/Paraprofessionals)

(cf. 4231 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4331 - Staff Development)

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that individuals working in the district preschool program have the necessary qualifications and have satisfied all legal requirements.

(cf. 1240 - Volunteer Assistance)

(cf. 4112.2 - Certification)

(cf. 4112.4/4212.4/4312.4 - Health Examinations)

(cf. 4112.5/4312.5 - Criminal Record Check)

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4212.5 - Criminal Record Check)

(cf. 4231 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4331 - Staff Development)

The Superintendent or designee shall annually conduct an evaluation of the district's child care and development services in accordance with state requirements. The evaluation report shall be submitted to the Board and the CDE along with an action plan which establishes program goals and objectives for the coming year and addresses any areas identified as needing improvement. (5 CCR 18279-18281)

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

Legal Reference:


8200-8499.10 Child Care and Development Services Act, especially:

8200-8209 General provisions for child care and development services

8210-8216 Resource and referral program

8220-8226 Alternative payment program

8230-8233 Migrant child care and development program

8235-8239 California state preschool program

8240-8244 General child care programs

8250-8252 Programs for children with special needs

8263 Eligibility and priorities for subsidized child development services

8278.3 Child Care Facilities Revolving Fund

8360-8370 Personnel qualifications

8400-8409 Contracts

8482-8484.6 After-school education and safety program

8484.7-8484.8 21st Century community learning centers

8493-8498 Facilities

8499-8499.7 Local planning councils

17609-17610 Integrated pest management, applicability to child care facilities

49540-49546 Child care food program

49570 National School Lunch program

54740-54749.5 Cal-SAFE program for pregnant/parenting students and their children

56244 Staff development funding


1596.70-1596.895 California Child Day Care Act

1596.90-1597.21 Day care centers

120325-120380 Immunization requirements


18000-18434 Child care and development programs, especially:

18012-18122 General requirements

18180-18192 Federal and state migrant programs

18210-18213 Severely handicapped program

18220-18231 Alternative payment program

18240-18248 Resource and referral program

18270-18281 Program quality, accountability

18290-18292 Staffing ratios

18295 Waiver of qualifications for site supervisor

18300-18308 Appeals and dispute resolution

80105-80125 Commission on Teacher Credentialing, child care and development permits


101151-101239.2 General requirements, licensed child care centers, especially:

101151-101163 Licensing and application procedures

101212-101231 Continuing requirements

101237-101239.2 Facilities and equipment


1751-1769 School lunch programs

9831-9852 Head Start programs

9858-9858q Child care and development block grant


210.1-210.31 National School Lunch program


98.2-98.93 Child care and development fund


CBS Inc. v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County, State Department of Social Services, (2001) 91 Cal.App.4th 892

Management Resources:


Keeping Children Healthy in California's Child Care Environments: Recommendations to Improve Nutrition and Increase Physical Activity, 2010

Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Program Guidelines, 2006

Program Quality Standards and Standards Based on Exemplary Practice for Center-Based Programs and Family Child Care Home Networks, October 2004


01-06 The Desired Results for Children and Families System, May 31, 2001



California Association for the Education of Young Children:

California Child Development Administrators Association:

California Department of Education, Child Development:

California Department of Social Services, Licensing Information:

California Head Start Association:

California School-Age Consortium:

Commission on Teacher Credentialing:

National Association for the Education of Young Children:

U.S. Department of Education:


adopted: November 8, 2011 Costa Mesa, California