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Children exposed to high-quality early learning translate​ into a child’s ability ​to

create a healthy, fulfilling life. It is essential that every child has the opportunity to develop within a safe, healthy, and secure environment. 

What is available?

Choosing a child care program is one of the most important and difficult decisions you will make. When you’re looking for child care, you want to find a program that

  • Is convenient & open when you need it.

  • Stays within your budget.

  • Makes sure your child is safe, healthy, and learning.

There are a variety of local and statewide resources to help you find school readiness programs and licensed childcare near you. 

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But how do I choose?

For children ages birth to 5 years, quality child care settings can make sure your child is ready for school. Quality child care offers children supportive, nurturing relationships with trusted teachers, and positive, diverse learning experiences.

But what does a quality child care program look like? Here are a few tips and tools to get you started. 

Ask your child care provider if they know about First 5 Yuba County and the Help Me Grow Program....if not, we can help them get started today! 

What about Family, Friends or Neighbors?

Family, Friend, and Neighbor care (FFN) is provided in the child’s or caregiver’s home by a person who is a relative, friend, neighbor, babysitter or nanny. These providers are typically exempt from licensing and regulations

Do you need assistance with childcare payments? 

Children's Home Society of California (CHS) has three Child Care Payment Programs that provide subsidized child care services to eligible families

Visit Children's Home Society to learn more! 

Why do families choose this type of care? 

Families who choose this type of care report that they know and trust the caregiver. Families may like the flexibility in scheduling and transportation. Family, friend, and neighbor care is also often the least expensive type of care available. Check out these tips for choosing this type of care.  


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