Being a parent is one of the most rewarding and yet most challenging experiences. Unfortunately, children don't come with a manual! Stop trying to figure things out as you go. There are many resources available to help you guide your children and to be the best parent possible.
Organizations throughout Stanislaus County operate state or federally funded programs that provide care for children. Learn about the programs available to eligible families and how to apply to be placed on the waiting lists.
Follow the link below to learn about the enrollment process for programs such as Head Start, State Preschool, General Child Care, Family Child Care Home Network or Alternative Payment programs.
Search through a database of licensed child care centers and family child care homes in Stanislaus County. You may search for child care providers based upon your specific needs, including low or no-cost programs.
When a child care facility does not meet your needs or you prefer to hire an individual to care for your child in your home or theirs, it is important that the person you choose has completed a background check through TrustLine, California's registry of in-home child care (license-exempt) providers.
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Home Language Resources
- The Importance of Home Language Series
- Keeping your Home Language
- Ways to Develop your Child's Multilingualism (Spanish)
Health Orientation Documents
- Safe Sleep
- Lead Exposure Information (English)
- Lead Exposure Information (Spanish)
- Ensuring Healthy Children in Centers and Family Child Care Homes
- Nutritional Requirements in Head Start Classrooms (English)
- Nutritional Requirements in Head Start Classrooms (Spanish)
- Health Services Information Sheet
- RIDE Patient Disclosure (English)
- RIDE Patient Disclosure (Spanish)