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Have a question about child care or afterschool resources? Get answers from Early Care and Education Coordinator, Angie Garling. Learn more....

Opening A Child Care Business

If you are interested in opening your own child care business, please contact Community Care Licensing at (510) 622-2602, or one of the child care resource and referral services listed under "Child Care Referral Services" at right.

Child Care Referral Services

If you are looking for child care in Alameda County, please contact one of the following child care resource and referral services:

The Alameda County Early Care & Education Planning Council advises and makes recommendations to policymakers to ensure that all children and families have access to quality child care that educates children and enriches their lives.

The vision of the Alameda County Early Care & Education Planning Council is to be a guiding force for excellence in the care and education of all children and to be regularly sought out for our expertise by local, state and national decision makers.

Planning Council Meetings

Planning Council meetings are open to the general public and all those who have an interest in child care.

Next meeting:

Photo of Veronica Ufoegbune, Council Chair and Margaret jerene, Council members, along with Susan Muranishi, County Administrator

Pictured are Veronica Ufoegbune, Council Chair and Margaret Jerene, Council members, along with Susan Muranishi, County Administrator.

photo of Child Care Planning Council members

Early Care & Education Planning Council members at a June, 2012 reception for County Boards and Commissions.

CDD Profile Form Links for Survey Monkey

Quality Counts Application New topic

Quality Counts is an integrated quality initiative in partnership with First 5 Alameda and CalSAC. The quality improvement initiative is a merger of AB212 and QRIS (Quality Rating Improvement System) that supports Alameda County’s Title V CSPP contracted early care and education programs and are limited to these programs only. Program support includes classroom assessments (e.g. ERS and CLASS), staff coaching, and opportunities to receive professional development trainings along with stipends for eligible educators. Additionally, eligible programs may receive quality improvement funds/grants to support the following:

  • Materials (e.g. space and furnishings)
  • Facility Repairs/Enhancement (indoor and outdoor)
  • Technology and Electronics (e.g. tablets to support DRDP Tech or access to the internet)
  • Staff Professional Development (e.g. registration to trainings/workshops, higher education, release time)

Below are links to the Quality Counts Application components. Please visit the First 5 of Alameda County website for more information. Applications are due July 31, 2015.

Quality Counts Agency Application
Quality Improvement Funds Application
Quality Counts Site Information Packet(s) (complete one per site)
Quality Counts Staff Agreement (complete per staff member)

For more information regarding Quality Counts, please feel free to contact LaWanda Wesley, Quality Improvement Navigator at or (510) 208-9651.

CARES (Comprehensive Approaches to Raising Educational Standards) Plus Participant Application - Deadline CORE ONLY September 11, 2015 New topic

Participant Application FY 2015-2016 *(PDF - 995kB)


Executive Summary of Impact of Minimum Wage on Alameda County ECE *(PDF - 171kB)
Power Point of Impact of the Minimum Wage on ECE *(PDF - 890kB)

California Transitional Kindergarten Stipend (CTKS) Program Information and Application

Alameda County CTKS Application *(PDF - 203kB)
CTKS Informational Flyer *(PDF - 183kB)

Castro Valley Parent Nursery School Certified as a Green BusinessNew topic

Castro Valley Parent Nursery School Press Release 07/27/2015 *(PDF - 338kB)

2014 Alameda County Zip Code Priorities for General Child Care and California State Preschool Programs Expansion

In order for Alameda County to be considered for expansion funding for General Child Care and State Preschool Program, the Early Care and Education Planning Council must identify the most underserved areas in our county by zip code. The priority zip codes are determined on the basis of a demand and supply analysis performed with California Department of Education (CDE), California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Early Head Start and Head Start (EHS/HS), American Institutes for Research (AIR) and census data. Zip Code Priorities 2014 **(Excel - 93kB)

Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Report Executive Summary: OUSD 0-8

An informative evaluation of a two-year learning community approach to building strengths and coordination among Pre-K, T-K, K, and 1st grade teachers. Includes findings on how developmentally appropriate principles and practices were introduced and established in Oakland Unified School District early education programs and grades.
Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Report Executive Summary: OUSD 0-8 *(PDF - 840 kB)

Information on Nap Mats

2013 Child Care Planning Council fact sheet on toxic nap mat report and short and long term options.
Nap Mat Factsheet *(PDF - 282 kB)

Link to new video that outlines the link between child care facilities and quality

Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge: Alameda County's Advisory Committee Key Documents

California is one of nine states selected to receive a competitive federal Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant. Alameda County is one of 17 local Consortia to receive funding. The grant will be used to develop and implement a Quality Rating and Improvement System with the goal of having more low-income and high needs children in high quality child care programs. Click here to view the list of key documents. *Note: these documents are evolving so you can always check with a Council or First Five staff person for the most recent documents.

New Transitional Kindergarten Position Paper

The Transitional Kindergarten Task Force created this position paper which was approved by the full Council on September 16, 2011. The Council believes that Transitional kindergarten provides an opportunity to build a bridge from preschool to kindergarten for early kindergarteners, especially if the transitional kindergarten program "provides age and developmentally appropriate curriculum," as stipulated by California Education Code. Click here to read the paper*(PDF - 154kB). Click here to learn more about California's Preschool Learning Foundations.

Economic Impacts of Early Care and Education in California August, 2011

  • UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education report estimates California child care industry serves more than 850,000 California children and their families and brings in gross receipts of at least $5.6 billion annually. Spending on ECE supports nearly 200,000 jobs, both direct jobs in the ECE industry and jobs in educational supplies, food, health care, and other industries, and also results in more than half a billion dollars in state and local tax revenue. Report

Alameda County Child Care Permit Kit

"The Child Care Planning Council" is proud to announce this new compendium of resources for large family child care homes and child care centers which need to undergo local land use approval to begin operations. click here.

Statement on High Quality ECE Principles and Standards

The Alameda County Early Care & Education Planning Council adopted the following statement on quality early care and education on September 18th as a vision of excellence and a process guide for ECE programs and the ECE community. Learn more... *(PDF - 406 kB)

Culturally Responsive Early Care and Education!

The Planning Council, in partnership with the Early Care and Education committee, is pleased to release the "Statement on Culturally Responsive Early Care and Education." This statement outlines our underlying values and beliefs about the need for culturally responsive care and education, as well as specific strategies to help programs and educators prepare to embrace our increasingly diverse student and family population.
Learn more... *(PDF - 92 kB)

New List of Early Care and Education Acronyms 2010

Our field often uses a multitude of acronyms. This document has recently been updated and a few more acronyms have been added to the list. Please check this out and use it as your handy guide for all your acronym needs. click here.

Inclusive Child Care

New 2009 versions! The Top 8 Questions Providers Ask About Inclusive Child Care document was created by the Committee on Special Needs. NOTE: Spanish and Chinese versions are also available.
Learn more...

Training and Consultation Resource Guide

The Child Care Planning Council, in partnership with the California School-Age Consortium and First 5 Alameda County is offering this Training and Consultation Resource Guide for early childhood programs seeking trainers and consultants whose expertise in the early care and education field can support agencies in meeting their professional development goals. It was created for the Early Care and Education Professional Development and Retention Project in Alameda County. For more information, please contact Nadiyah Taylor at (510) 208-9722 or e-mail

The 2006 Alameda County Early Care and Education Needs Assessment Report

As part of the Early Care and Education For All planning process and as mandated by the state, this report describes the current status of child care supply and demand in Alameda County, and is intended to inform County child care policies and priorities with the most up-to-date county data. The report presents an overview of County demographics as well as child care-specific data, and analyses the supply, demand, costs, and experiences and challenges of special populations and the child care providers themselves. We also have profiles available for each city, as well as zip code for Berkeley, Fremont, Hayward and Oakland.

Resources For Avoiding And Dealing With Foreclosure

Recognizing the impact of the economy and housing crisis on our community, the Child Care Planning Council has compiled a short reference document for how to both avoid and deal with looming foreclosure. Learn more... *(PDF - 144 kB)

Media Advocacy and Training Toolkit

The Child Care Planning Council in collaboration with Every Child Counts and the Family Child Care Coalition, is pleased to release this Media and Advocacy Training Toolkit. This toolkit was created as a resource for family child care providers to encourage providers to engage in media and community advocacy on behalf of the family child care industry and family child care providers in Alameda County. Learn more...

* Portable Document Format (PDF) file requires the free Adobe Reader. Where indicated by ** files are also available in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or Excel. If you do not have Microsoft Office installed, you can download a free reader.

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