Child Care Referrals and Resources
Searching for child care can be stressful. Believe in yourself and understand that as a parent, you are best able to evaluate and choose care for your child. Child Care Referral and Education is here to assist in your evaluation.
The process begins with a phone call to Child Care Referral & Education at 530.529.3131. To determine your child care needs, we will conduct a short telephone interview with you. The information we will gather from you includes where (location) child care is needed, what child care option will work best for your family, how soon you need care and any other needs which may affect your child care search. Once we have your information, we run a search in our child care database and identify child care providers who may meet your child care needs. We can provide the referrals to you via an e-mail, fax or mail. The phone call will also include a review of the process for finding child care, including how you can determine the quality of a child care program. If for any reason the referrals do not meet your needs, you are welcome to call back for an expanded or revised search.
A referral is NOT a recommendation. It is important to note Child Care Referral & Education only makes referrals, not recommendations. We refer parents to licensed programs in Tehama County. We rely on the child care providers to provide us with up to date information. As such, we do not guarantee the accuracy of the provider information in our files. We do not license, endorse, or recommend any particular provider, nor do we make any judgment about the quality of care given by any provider. Consequently, we urge you, as the parent, to interview a provider and check the provider's references carefully before leaving a child in that provider’s care.
As a parent, you have the right to get information about any substantiated or inconclusive complaints about a child care provider that you select for your child. That information is public and you can get it by calling the local licensing office, Community Care Licensing, at 530.895.5033.
As a Resource to our community, our goal is to foster high quality child care in the county through services to child care providers, parents, and the general community. Our dedicated staff will work hard to: · Link parents with child care providers who meet their needs · Educate parents to make informed choices in child care · Help child care providers get started and succeed · Enhance the professional skills of the provider · Promote good nutrition and health standards in child care · Inform the community about child care issues