Child Care Referral & Education (CCRE)

Welcome to Child Care Referral and Education (CCRE). Child Care Referral and Education has been working to meet the child care needs in Tehama County since 1985. We are committed to improving child care in our community, knowing that the early years of growth and development for every child can deeply influence the quality of the child's whole life. We will provide friendly, responsible, helpful and compassionate service and will act as a resource for parents, care providers and the community for available information and education services.

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.

How one handles success or failure is determined by their early childhood.

Harold Ramis


Lori Harrison

Lori Harrison - Director

Michelle Larson

Michelle Larsen - Director


Alternative Payment Program

The Certificated Child Care Programs assist eligible families pay for child care services for children up to age thirteen. Children may be served beyond age thirteen if there is a documented special need. Families must meet income eligibility guidelines, live in Tehama County and need child care because they are working, seeking work or enrolled in an approved education or training program. Help with child care may also be available for families who are seeking permanent housing, working with Child and Family Services toward reunification or if a parent is ill and needs child care for part of the day (must be verified by a doctor).

Eligible families may choose either a licensed child care center or preschool, a licensed family day care home or a "TrustLine" registered licensed exempt provider.

General Alternative Payment Program is available to any parent who is income eligible and needs child care while they are working, seeking work, attending an approved education or training program, seeking permanent housing, are incapacitated or referred by Child and Family Services.

CalWORKS Stage II Child Care Program is available to parents who have received TANF benefits for themselves and their children in the past twenty-four (24) months prior to the application and need child care for working, seeking work, education or parental incapacity.

CalWORKS Stage III Child Care Program is available to parents who are enrolled in Stage II at the time the twenty-four (24) months of eligibility in Stage II has expired.

California Childcare Initiative Project




The California Child Care Initiative Project (CCIP) is designed to increase the supply of licensed, quality child care. The Initiative works through existing nonprofit community-based child care resource and referral agencies (R&Rs). Since 1992, CCIP has targeted its recruitment and training to meet the changing child care needs of the parents served by the Resource & Referral.


Included in the CCIP Program are:

  • Educational Incentives for child care providers
  • Training and Support
  • Home Visits
  • Assistance with licensing

Tehama CCIP Training Calendar
Shasta CCIP Training Calendar

For more information contact Michelle Mills (530) 225-2996 or



Many Tehama County families are eligible for CalFresh benefits and don’t know it. Is your family one of them? You and your family may be eligible to receive CalFresh benefits even if you work full time. CalFresh assists low or no-income families in purchasing healthy foods.

The amount of Calfresh dollars your household receives is determined by your income, expenses, and family size.

For more information on qualifications or for application assistance, please call (530) 529-3131.

Benefits come on an Electronic Benefit (EBT) Card that is used like a debit card. CalFresh can be used at grocery stores and farmer’s markets that accept EBT cards. In addition to purchasing healthy foods with your EBT card, you can also buy seeds and plants used to grow food.

To apply, you’ll need to complete an application and bring these items to your interview:

  • Identification: Bring a driver’s license, I.D Card, or a Health Card.
  • Proof of Income: Bring pay stubs, child support orders, and benefit statements.
  • Proof of Expenses: Bring your rent receipts, mortgage statements, utility bills,
    child care receipts, child support payments, etc.
  • Other items requested by your eligibility worker.

Calfresh Income Limits

Household SizeGross Monthly Income
Each additional member+ $694

This web page was funded by USDA SNAP known in California as CalFresh, an equal opportunity provider and employer, and the California Department of Social Services.

Eligibility Wait List

The Eligibility Wait List is a waiting list for the Alternative Payment Program and FCCHEN 0-5 Child Care Program. These programs provide financial assistance towards the cost of child care for eligible families. Families who have the lowest income and have been on the wait list the longest are served first, unless a referral is received from Child Protective Services for a child who is at risk of abuse or neglect. Those families are always served first. The wait varies. Unfortunately it is not possible to give you an approximate time. Enrollments are only made when funding becomes available or when there is an opening in a subsidized child care program.


Income Ceilings


Family Size







Gross Income







Placement on the eligibility list is not a guarantee of services.

Child Care Application

Family Food Program

Good food is a right, not a privilege. It brings children into a positive relationship with their health, community and environment.Alice Waters

Would you like to be reimbursed for the nutritious meals you serve to children in your care?

If you are a licensed or licensed exempt (if Trustline cleared) Family Child Care Provider in Shasta, Siskiyou or Tehama counties you are eligible to enroll in the Child and Adult Care Food Program and receive reimbursement for meals served to the children in your care.

To find out more or to sign up contact:

Holly Beaven
Tehama County
(530) 529-7122

Resource & Referral

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. Resource and Referral is here to assist in your evaluation.

The process begins with a phone call to Resource and Referral at (530) 529-3131. To determine your child care needs, we will conduct a short telephone interview with you. Information needed includes:

  • the location where child care is needed
  • what child care option will work best for your family
  • how soon you need care, and
  • specific needs which may affect your child care search

Once we have your information, we access our child care database and identify child care providers within Tehama County who may meet your specific child care needs. We can provide the referrals to you via e-mail, fax or mail.

In addition, we will also review:

  • the process for finding child care, and
  • how you can evaluate the quality of a child care provider

If for any reason the referrals provided to you 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 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 judgement 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. This information is public and you can get it by calling the local licensing office-Community Care Licensing at 530.895.5033 or 1-844-538-8766.

Child Care Application

Contact Us

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409 Walnut St
Red Bluff, CA 96080
Fax 530-529-6631

Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Closed for lunch 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm