VANDENBERG AFB

FAMILY, CHILDREN AND CHILD CARE SERVICES

Last Updated :
MARCOA Media

California Department of Social Services
www.cdss.ca.gov/cdssweb/PG78.htm
The California Department of Social Services has 4,200 workers in 51 offices statewide, and works as well with the 58 county welfare departments, including the County of Santa Barbara Department of Social Services, and with many community-based organizations.

Child Care Licensing Program
www.ccld.ca.gov/pg411.htm
The state-run Child Care Licensing Program licenses and monitors child care centers and family child care homes to make sure they are safe and healthy for children in day care. Its website contains a wealth of information for families.

Child Care and Development
Program ..................................... 916-319-0800
www.cde.gov.sp/cd/op/cdprograms.asp
California subsidizes many child care and development programs. This California Department of Education website shows what’s available.

Home & Family
www.ca.gov/HomeFamily/ChildrenFamilies/ ChildCare.html
The state’s Home & Family website links to the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network, the California Child Care Health Program, the Trustline California Registry of Child Care Providers and child development resources.

Children’s Home Society of California ..............................213-240-5900
www.chs.ca.org
Since 1891, the mission of this nonprofit has been to strengthen families and protect children.

Child Care Resource Center...........................................818-717-1000
www.ccrcla.org/financial-assistance Among other things, this private nonprofit helps those needing assistance through the maze of possibilities and requirements.

California Child Care Resource & Referral Network
Santa Barbara .............................805-963-6631
Santa Maria ............................... 805-925-7071
www.rrnetwork.org/rr-in-every-county/.../ paying-for-child-care.html
What started as a grassroots effort to help parents find child care has developed into a system underwritten by the state that supports parents, providers and local communities in finding, planning for and providing quality child care.

California Health and Human
Services Agency ....................... 916-654-3454
www.chhs.ca.gov/Pages/default.aspx
This state agency administers California’s Health Benefit Insurance Exchange under the Affordable Care Act.

California Department of Health Care
Services — Medi-Cal ................ 800-541-5555
www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/medi-cal/Pages/ default.aspx
Medicaid, called Medi-Cal in California, is administered by this department.

Family to Family California .. . 805-737-6019
www.f2f.ca.gov
Santa Barbara is in the Central/Coastal Cluster of counties for this Annie E. Casey Foundation initiative to improve child care services. The office is in the County of Santa Barbara Department of Social Services in Santa Barbara.
County of Santa Barbara Department of Social Services/ Child Welfare Services
www.countyofsb.org/social_services
There are three offices in the county:
234 Camino del Remedio
Santa Barbara, CA 93110 .......... 805-681-4401
2125 S. Centerpointe Parkway
Santa Maria, CA 93454 .............. 805-346-7135
1100 W. Laurel Ave.
Lompoc, CA 93436.................... 805-737-7080

Child Care Aware
www.usa.childcareaware.org
This nationwide service helps families learn more about good child care and how to find and pay for it in their communities. There’s a special section for the military child.

History and Government Just for Kids
www.ca.gov/HomeFamily/ChildrenFamilies/ Justforkids
The state maintains a fun informational website filled with virtual tours, engaging facts, brain teasers and pages to print out and color.

To check out a specific provider in the County of Santa Barbara, contact the Central Coast Regional Office of the Community Care Licensing Division, part of the state’s Health and Human Services Agency:
6500 Hollister Ave., Suite 200, MS 29-09
Goleta, CA 93117....................... 805-562-0400
www.ccld.ca.gov/PG41.htm
Tips for Choosing Child Care
Identify Your Needs and Expectations
When it comes to choosing child care, there are a number of arrangements available, including family child care homes, child care centers, nannies and nanny shares. A child care provider’s location, facilities and academic and social programs will also factor into your decision. Make a list of your ideal caregiver qualities before you start your search.

Plan Ahead
Waiting lists for care vary widely, depending on the type of caregiver you are seeking. Start contacting your preferred caregivers several months prior to your date of need, if possible.

Licensure
Moving to a new city presents many challenges for families, and the task of finding quality care for children in a new location can be particularly daunting. Fortunately, finding a caregiver in your new city doesn’t have to entail a lot of guesswork. The following steps can assist you in finding the type of care arrangement that will best suit your family’s needs

Conduct a Phone Screening
Your initial conversation with a provider will help determine if his/her services are a good fit for your family.

Make an Initial Visit
Plan your first provider visit without your child, if possible. This will allow you to ask detailed questions and assess the provider without distractions.

Ask for Program Details
The provider should be able to give you a clear, concise description of his/her programs, philosophy, curriculum and facilities.

MILITARY TRUSTED BUSINESSES

© 2019 - MARCOA Media