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California Department of Education, Child Development Division
(CDE, CDD)
The California Department Of Education, Child Development Division offers full-day child care for infants through school-age children. CDE contracts with local non-profit organizations and school districts for these services. Check with your local elementary school for information. A list of all state-funded agencies can be accessed by calling the Orange County Child Care and Development Planning Council at (949) 548-3194.
 
Alternative Payment Program (CDE, CDD)
The California Department Of Education, Child Development Division contracts with two local non-profit organizations for these services. Very limited funds are available. This funding follows the family, that is, the family who qualifies and is enrolled may choose the licensed program they wish their child to attend. Children’s Home Society (CHS): (714) 835-8252 funds both individual and CalWORKs clients and the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) funds CalWORKs clients only: (949) 548-3194.
 
State PreSchool
State Preschoola California Department of Education, Child Development Division program funded by the State of California. It is designed to serve low-income three- and four-year-old children in a 2 ½ hour per day educationally enriched program. Most State Preschool programs are operated by school districts or other local non-profit organizations. Check with your local elementary school. A list of all state-funded agencies can be accessed by calling the Orange County Child Care and Development Planning Council at (949) 548-3194.
 
CalWorks
CalWORKS' clients are entitled to free child care services if the parent is working or going to school. Call your social worker at the County of Orange Social Service Agency or your local Resource or Referral Agency for details.

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Head Start
Head Start is a federally funded program for very low-income three- and four-year-old children. Almost all Head Start programs are half-day. Some full-day programs are available and a few Early Start programs for children birth to age three are available in Orange County. Orange County Head Start is the grantee for most of Orange County. Orange County head Start then sub-contracts with numerous local non-profit agencies. Orange county Head Start can be reached at (714) 241-8920.