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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 GSA Early Care and Education (ECE) program coordinates the ECE Planning Council, oversees the County's Early Learning Center, conducts child care feasibility studies in new, leased, or renovated County buildings, analyzes public policy, cultivates partnerships to strengthen ECE resources, and provides professional development training to employees of subsidized ECE programs throughout the County.

Read More About the Early Care and Education Planning Council here. *(PDF)

COVID-19 Child Care Resources for Planners, Parents and ECE Programs

How the Alameda County ECE Program is Addressing Alameda County's COVID-19 Related Early Care and Education System Needs

Alameda County Emergency Child Care Response System Overview*(PDF)


Emergency Child Care System Dashboard: Updated Monthly *(PDF)


Alameda County Public Health Department COVID-19 Tip Sheet for Families Returning to Childcare and Camps *(PDF)

Parents and ECE Programs:

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Covid-19 Resources for Child Care Programs and Families

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Alameda County COVID-19 Testing

Free Child Care ECE Program Mental Health Program Overview and Intake Form: English | Spanish

Health Heroes for Child Care: Free Health & Safety Support from Public Health Nurses - Flyer: English | Spanish | Chinese

Growing Back Stronger: Resources for Reopening Your Alameda County Child Care Program

Step-by-Step Instructions for Child Care Providers on Cleaning | Disinfecting | Sanitizing

*NEW* Checklist: Upgrading Your Child Care Program for COVID-19: English | Spanish | Chinese

Overview of Air Filtration Strategies for Child Care Programs

Tip Sheet: Determine the Right Air Purifier for Your Child Care Space: English | Chinese | Spanish

Overview of Licensing & Waiver Requirements for School-Age Child Care During COVID-19 (Updated 12/4/20)

Planning Council Meetings

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

Next meeting:

None at this time.

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

Pictured are Veronica Ufoegbune, former Council Chair and Margaret Jerene, Council member, 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.

Latest Updates

Applications for Steering Committee Open Now Through March 1, 2021

Interested in serving on our 25 Member Steering Committee? We are accepting applications, please see this link: For further support contact the LPC Chair at

Alameda County LPC & QC Needs Assessment Introduction

This year, the LPC is conducting a Needs Assessment, in conjunction with data reporting requirements for Quality Counts. This presentation provides an overview of the Needs Assessment process and key data elements.

October 15, 2020 - View the document*(PDF)

Apply for Alameda County's Workforce Pathways Project / Aplique aquí para el Proyecto de Desarrollo para la Fuerza Laboral del Condado de Alameda

Alameda County's Workforce Pathways Project provides educational stipends, access to career counseling and other professional development supports. Don't miss this great opportunity and apply by September 10th!

Sept 9, 2020 - View the document*(PDF)

Overview of Alameda County ECE Program's Dual Language Learner Work

Learn about Alameda County's successful work to support Dual Language Learners, including our most recent cohort of DLL educators.

Sept 9, 2020 - View the document*(PDF)

Alameda County Unmet Subsidized Child Care Need By City and Age

While Alameda County seeks to serve all children eligible for child care, the County currently lacks the necessary capacity to do so. Data provided by the American Institutes for Research helps us understand where the gaps are.

Sept 9, 2020 - View the document*(PDF)

2019 Data Profile of Dual Language Learning Capacity of Alameda County ECE Programs, Teachers, and Children!

Learn about our County's Dual Language Learners and the child care providers and educators who support them in this data overview.

Sept 9, 2020 - View the document*(PDF)

2020 Alameda County Early Childhood Education Funding Overview

Understanding the early childhood education funding landscape can be challenging. This overview will help you understand how the different funding streams operate in Alameda County.

Sept 9, 2020 - View the document.*(PDF)

2020 Overview of Zip Code Priorities

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. The 2020 Zip Code Priorities are pending approval by the County Board of Supervisors.

Sept 9, 2020 - 2020 Profile of Data *(PDF)

ECE Planning Council Performance Measures

Alameda County's Local Planning Council is guided by a set of performance measures, displayed in this infographic.

Sept 9, 2020 - Increased Access to Quality ECE Performance Measures*(PDF - 174kB)

List of Early Care and Education Acronyms

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.

Sept 9, 2020 - click here