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Resources for Child Care

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.

Children's Home Society of California (CHS)

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 Trustline for in-home/licensed exempt providers
  • Parent workshops

Subsidized Child Care

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.

  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).

a. Alternative Payment Program
This program pays for all or part of the child care expenses while parents work, seek work, attend school, seek permanent housing, are deemed incapacitated by a legally qualified professional, are receiving child protective services, and/or have a child with special needs. Through this program, participating families select caregivers from a variety of licensed and licensed-exempt child care providers throughout the community.

b. CalWorks
As families are transitioning off cash aid/welfare assistance, it is essential that parents have access to subsidized child care to gain  financial independence. CHS provides parents with child care  referrals, technical assistance, and assistance with the cost of child care. Families are referred to CHS through local offices of the   California Department of Social Services (CDSS).

c. Child Protective Services Programs
This prevention program provides short-term child care to children determined to be at risk of abuse and/or neglect due to inappropriate parenting, a family medical emergency, or other types of family crises. Eligibility is established by written referral from qualified medical, legal, or social service entities. CHS staff offers technical assistance and referrals to clients enrolled in this program.

  1. How do I place my name on the centralized eligibility list?
    Contact the Children Home Society (CHS) at (530) 673-7503 or 1-800-552-0400 to request a eligibility questionnaire, or click here.

A family must submit an Eligibility Questionnaire (EQ). Once CHS receives the EQ, the family's information is placed into the Eligibility Management System, which stores information about families waiting for child care assistance. As funds are available, CHS enrolls families according to the admission priorities set by the California Department of Education (CDE).


  • 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 (530) 821-2202
  • Live Oak Child Care Center call (530) 695-2372


  1. Once my name is on the centralized 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.

E Center Head Start & Migrant Head Start

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 or Click Here 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-based 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.

California Department of Social Services (CDSS)
click on for web site.

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
  • Child care advocate programs, rules and regulations
  • Child care centers
  • Before and after school care
  • Preschool care
  • How to find child care
  • Subsidized child care
  • Financial assistance
  • Trust-line
  • Parent workshops and publications on choosing child care for your family