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The Child Care Planning Council of Yuba & Sutter Counties encourages parents to select safe, affordable, quality child care services that best reflects their parental and cultural values to meet individual family needs.



Child Care and Development Services. A Child Care Resource and Referral Program serves Yuba and Sutter Counties. Parents can obtain information about child care programs matched to their needs and preferences. Listings are maintained on licensed family child care homes and child care centers. CHS also provides the following:

Information on child care assistance

Information on community resources

Background check for in-home/licensed exempt 

Parent workshops




Child Care

Click above links for:

For Parents concerned with Child Care

Selecting the Child Care Facility

Definitions of the types of Child Care

Background checks

Complaints, licensing issues

Childcare advocate program, rules and regulations

Child Care centers

Family Child Care

Before and after school care

Preschool care

How to find child care

Subsidized child care

Financial assistance


Parent workshops and publications on choosing child care for your family.


Federally-funded program providing services to children 0-5 years of age which promote child development in the areas of physical, emotional, dental and nutritional health and in the development of cognitive and social skills. Parent involvement is strongly emphasized. To be considered income eligible for Head Start, a family's income must be at or below the federal income guidelines for poverty.  For example, the 2000 guidelines set the maximum income for a family of four at $17,050.00. Ten percent of the enrollment must include children with special needs. 

Call 741-2995 for more information.

Five service options are offered to families:

Center-Part Day: Children enrolled in the center base option attend class four or five days a week for a morning or afternoon session.  Children participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor learning activities.

Home Base: A family educator visits each family once a week for 1 1/2 hours. The parent is the primary focus of the home visit and works directly with the child. Parents and children attend socialization experiences every other week for 3 1/2 hours with approximately 9-11 other home-base families.

Combination: This option combines center base and home base. Children attend class two days a week and a home visit is made every other week.

Center-Full Day: Children enrolled in the full day option attend class up to five days a week for 6 or more hours a day depending on the needs of the family. This option primarily assists parents in meeting their child care needs while working or in training.

Collaboration: In this option YSHS works collaboratively with another organization to see that the full spectrum of Head Start services are provided.


1)     Who qualifies to receive child care assistance?

       Families who meet income requirements based on their family size, as established by the California Department of Education (CDE) Child Development Division (CDD)

       Families who have a need for child care for one or more of the following reasons. Parent or guardian must be:


     Seeking employment (60 days allowed per fiscal year);

     Enrolled in a school or training program leading to a recognized occupation;

     Incapacitated and unable to care for their children) for part of the day;

     Referred by a social service agency or legally qualified professional identifying that the children) is/are at risk of abuse or neglect without child care assistance; or

     Referred by legally qualified professional describing child's special need, which cannot be met without provision of child care and development services.

2)     How do I place my name on the eligibility list?


Children's Home Society (CHS) at (530) 673-7503 to request an eligibility questionnaire.  

       An eligibility questionnaire will be mailed to you.

       Answer all questions on the questionnaire, and mail it back to CHS.

       If you are NOT eligible for subsidized child care services, you will be notified by mail.

       If you ARE eligible you will receive a rank number from 1 to 75 based on your gross income adjusted for your family size. Your information will be kept on file.

       When there is an opening for someone at your rank, you will be notified either by mail or phone.


Yuba City Unified School District - Child Development Programs call (530) 822-5235

Marysville Joint Unified School District - Child Development Programs call (530) 749-6163

CHDC Mahal Plaza Child Care Center call 821-2202

Live Oak Child Care Center call 695-2372

3) Once my name is one the eligibility list, how long will it take to receive child care assistance?

       Families who submit an eligibility questionnaire and are eligible to receive subsidized child care services, are ranked from 1 to 75 based on their gross income adjusted for their family size and demonstrated need.

       As openings occur and funding becomes available, families are enrolled by the following priorities:

     Families who have a protective services referral, whose children are at risk of abuse or neglect;

     Families with lowest ranking based on gross income and family size.

Note: This is not a traditional waiting list. Families in lowest rank will be served first, when funding is available. Programs cannot determine how long a family will wait for services since the number of people at each rank can change daily with each eligibility questionnaire received.