Teacher interacting with child at play with sand tableState and federal organizations providing oversight of and services to children and families with disabilities, regulatory agencies and advocacy groups are found here. Key organizations in this area include the California Department of Developmental Services and the California Department of Education, Early Education and Support Division.

Able National Resource Center (ANRC)

Able National Resource Center is a collaborative whose supporters share the goal of accelerating the design and availability of ABLE accounts for the benefit of individuals with disabilities and their families. We bring together the investment, support and resources of the country’s largest and most influential national disability organizations.

ADA National Network

Funded by the US Department of Education, this web page is dedicated to the Anniversary of the ADA. It includes an ADA Anniversary Tool Kit and ADA training materials.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Publications and videos that answer these questions and more: What is the ADA? Who is a person with a disability? Who must comply with the ADA? Where can you call to ask questions about the ADA?

  • Commonly Asked Questions About Child Care and the ADA
  • Federal Register Publishes Civil Monetary Penalties Inflation Adjustment Under Title III of the ADA
    On March 28, 2014, the Department issued a Final Rule that adjusts for inflation the civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by the Civil Rights Division, including those assessed under title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). For the ADA, this adjustment increases the maximum civil penalty for a first violation from $55,000 to $75,000; for a subsequent violation the new maximum is $150,000. The new maximums apply only to violations occurring on or after April 28, 2014. This Final Rule, and the civil penalty adjustments made therein, were non-discretionary and required by statute. To find out more about the ADA or this Final Rule, call the Justice Department’s toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TDD).

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is a national organization that focuses on legal advocacy for the civil rights and human dignity of people with mental illness.

California Department of Developmental Services (DDS)

P.O. Box 944202
Sacramento, CA 94244-2020

The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is the agency through which the state of California provides services and supports to children and adults with developmental disabilities. These disabilities include mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and autism and its related conditions. DDS is California’s lead agency for services for children birth to three years of age, as defined under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA ’04).

For information on programs and resources for children ages birth to 3 visit the Birth to 36 Months Home Page.

There are several Web links for agencies and services related to Early Start:

California Department of Education, Early Education & Support Division (EESD)

1430 N Street, Suite 3410
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: 916-322-6233
Fax: 916-323-6853

In support of the California Department of Education’s (CDE) mission, the Early Education & Support Division (EESD) mission is to provide leadership and support to all individuals and organizations concerned with children and families by promoting high-quality child development programs. The division works to educate the general public about developmentally appropriate practices for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children in a variety of safe and healthy child care and child development environments. This organization measures its success by the preponderance of children ready to learn when entering school and the number of school-aged children who successfully continue their educational opportunities. Their goal is to have the combined efforts result in children and families being balanced, lifelong learners.

Early Education and Support Division (EESD) Resources page on the CDE Website

  • Select link to show CDE Supported Websites & Select Resources
    • Resources for Homeless Children and Youths
      Resources related to homeless students’ rights to enroll and participate fully in school.
    • Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant Implementation (RTT-ELC)
    • Child Care Funding Testimony by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
    • California Comprehensive Early Learning Plan Resources (CCELP)
    • California’s Early Care and Education Training Portal
      Assists you to locate:
      • Professional development programs funded by California Department of Education, Early Education & Support Division
      • Some ECE and child development public college online coursework
      • Health and safety trainings.
    • California Early Childhood Online (CECO)
      To support early childhood teachers, the California Early Learning and Development System provides an integrated set of resources based on state- of-the-art information for early learning and development and best practices in early education. The courses provided on the California Early Childhood Online (CECO) Web site enable teachers to increase content knowledge and ability to provide developmentally appropriate experiences for children in their care. Meeting the developmental needs of young children and their families requires a comprehensive approach. CECO provides access to comprehensive resources and courses in one centralized location to meet the ever-changing needs of the early childhood field.
    • All About Young Children
      The EESD is pleased to announce the online publication All About Young Children: Information for Families on Children’s Early Development. This publication provides resources for families based on the California Infant/Toddler Learning & Development Foundations and the California Preschool Learning Foundations. It is now available at http://allaboutyoungchildren.org. This website presents information for families that focuses on key infant/toddler learning and development foundations and preschool learning foundations and includes discussion about those foundations by groups of parents.
    • Early Childhood Educator Competencies Videos
      The California Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Competencies describe the knowledge, skills and dispositions that early childhood educators need in order to provide high quality care and education to young children and their families.
    • Family Engagement Framework
    • Bridges 2014 E-Journal
      This issue of Bridges will focus on the California Collaborative on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CA CSEFEL), which promotes the social–emotional development and school readiness of young children from birth to age five.
    • Seeds of Partnership
      Seeds of Partnership assists special educators, administrators, staff, and families involved in programs for children with disabilities. We aim to create or provide avenues and tools to increase improvement of partnerships, provide professional development resources, and tools that will assist LEAs seeking to improve their family engagement program practices and educational outcomes. This project is funded by the California Department of Education (CDE), Special Education Division (SED) and is under the auspices of the Sacramento County Office of Education.

California Department of Fair Employment And Housing

The mission of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing is to protect the people of California from unlawful discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations, and from the perpetration of acts of hate violence.

Phone: (Voice) 800-884-1684 or (TTY) 800-700-2320

California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC)

The California Department of Managed Health Care website provides information on laws and activities of the Department of Managed Care. It includes:

  • Health Care Help and Information 1-888-466-2219-answers questions related to all health insurance and health care related issues

California Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division

The State of California regulates child care in an effort to protect the health and safety of participating children’s personal rights. The California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Community Care Licensing Division (CCL), is responsible for licensing child care centers and family child care homes. The state does not regulate certain types of child care, such as in-home care or persons who care for the children from just one family. Licensing regulates the number of children to be cared for as well as the number of adult caregivers. Licensing sets staff and caregiver qualifications that are based on education and experience. The caregiver or center must meet specific health, nutrition, maintenance, and safety requirements.

California Early Intervention Technical Assistance Network CEITAN-California Early Start

CEITAN is the “home base” for the Early Start Comprehensive System of Personnel Development, a collaborative effort sponsored by the California Department of Developmental Services, planned in collaboration with the California Department of Education, and administered by the WestEd Center for Prevention and Early Intervention. Through multi-modal training and technical assistance, the Early Start Comprehensive System of Personnel Development delivers the knowledge and skills that ensure that early intervention professionals are qualified and that services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families are provided statewide in a coordinated and family-centered system.

California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare

The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) provides child welfare professionals with easy access to vital information about selected child welfare related programs. The primary task of the CEBC is to inform the child welfare community about the research evidence External website will open in new window for programs being used or marketed in California.* The CEBC also lists programs that may be less well-known in California, but were recommended by the Topic Expert External website will open in new window for that Topic Area External website will open in new window.

The CEBC website’s simple and straightforward format enhances the user’s ability to conduct literature searches, review extensive literature, or understand and critique research methodology. The website features brief and detailed summaries that provide salient information on each reviewed program.

Child Care and the ADA

Child care centers whether privately or publicly operated must conform to ADA standards in order to meet the needs of special children.This website is under the U.S. Department of Justice.

Child Care Law Center

The Child Care Law Center (CCLC) is a national nonprofit legal services organization that uses legal tools to make high quality, affordable child care available to every child, every family and every community. It is the only organization in the country devoted exclusively to the complex legal issues that affect child care.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the general public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more.

A service of the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, we provide access to print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice, including resources that can be shared with families.

DaSy The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems – Webinar: A Little Privacy Please? Safeguarding the Privacy of Young Children with Disabilities under IDEA and FERPA

This webinar featured privacy and legal experts from the U.S. Department of Education discussing answers to frequently asked questions related to privacy and confidentiality for IDEA early childhood programs. This webinar directly supports OSEP’s recently-released document, Understanding the Confidentiality Requirement Applicable to IDEA Early Childhood Programs Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (PDF).

Resources from the Webinar:

Disability Law Handbook

This handbook is a broad overview of rights and obligations under federal disability laws. Individual state laws may impose more stringent obligations. This handbook is intended to inform rather than to advise, and the information provided is of a general nature. You should consult an attorney for advice about your particular situation. The Handbook is downloadable at this site or available for purchase.

Disability Rights California

Disability Rights California works to bring about fairness and justice for people with disabilities. To reach those goals of fairness and justice, they may: file lawsuits on behalf of individuals or groups: investigate charges of abuse and neglect; build peer/self advocacy groups; forge community partnerships; advocate for change in laws, regulations, and public policy, and provide information to those who may not know about their rights.

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)

2212 Sixth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
Phone (Voice & TTY): 800-348-4232 or 510-644-2555 Fax: 510-841-8645
E-mail: info@dredf.org

Founded in 1979 by people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF) is a national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities.

DREDF is also the Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) for Alameda, Contra Costa, and Yolo counties in Northern California. Their parent advocates provide technical assistance to parents to help guide them through the special education process. If parents live in these counties and have a child with a disability (0-22 years) or suspect their child may have an undiagnosed disability, they can call DREDF for assistance with obtaining services the child needs to receive a free appropriate public education. If you live outside of DREDF’s service area, go to Parent Center Listing to find the PTI closest to you.

IDEA: Building the Legacy of IDEA 2004

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.

IDEAs That Work: Preparing children and youth with disabilities for success- Career and College Ready Standards (CCRS) from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) promotes inclusion, ensures equity and creates opportunity to improve results and outcomes for infants, toddlers, children, youth and adults with disabilities to actively participate in all aspects of life.

This Department of Education sponsored website links to resources in alignment with the Career and College Ready Standards (CCRS) for teachers and families for both academic and social, emotional, and behavioral skills. It links to the National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII), The IRIS Center, The Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT), The Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Center (PBIS) and the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR).

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

New website as of summer 2017
Welcome to the U.S. Department of Education’s Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) website, which brings together IDEA information and resources from the Department and our grantees. Whether you are a student, parent, educator, service provider, or grantee, you are here because you care about children with disabilities and their families and want to find information and explore resources on infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.

Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDF)

Founded in 1968 MALDF is the nations leading non-profit Latino legal organization. MALDF promotes equality and justice through advocacy, litigation, public policy, and education in the areas of employment, immigrants’ rights, political access, voting rights and language rights.

Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP)

The Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) administers federal grants, contracts, and state programs designed to promote best practices and innovative approaches to child abuse prevention, intervention and treatment. The OCAP serves as a statewide source of information, developing and disseminating educational material regarding prevention/early intervention programs, activities, and research. The federal grants administered by OCAP are the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA); Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP); and Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF). The OCAP also oversees grants, contracts, and projects supported by the state funded Child Abuse Prevention, Intervention and Treatment (CAPIT) and the State Children’s Trust Fund. Additionally, OCAP monitors the five year federal grant for the Linkages Project which was awarded to the State in September 2006.

Office of Child Care (OCC)

The Office of Child Care supports low-income working families through child care financial assistance and promotes children’s learning by improving the quality of early care and education and afterschool programs.

  • Infant/Toddler Resource Guide
    This Resource Guide offers a host of materials to support the development and implementation of policies and practices for high-quality care for infants and toddlers. Whether you are a CCDF Administrator developing policies, a child care provider seeking information and guidance, or a professional development provider seeking innovative training materials, this site is for you. Development of this guide is new and actively growing, so check in frequently to see what resources have been added to support your work with infants, toddlers, and their families.

    • Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) Six Essential Program Practices
      This series helps promote essential program practices to ensure quality within family child care and center-based programs that serve infants and toddlers. It addresses the following topics:

      1. Continuity of care
      2. Culturally sensitive care
      3. Inclusion
      4. Individualized care
      5. Primary care
      6. Small groups
  • QRIS Cost Estimation Model and Resource Guide
  • Child Care Technical Assistance Network (CCTAN)
    Through the Office of Child Care’s Child Care Technical Assistance Network (CCTAN) and federal leadership, the OCC provides training and technical assistance to states, territories, tribes and local communities. This involves assessing Child Care and Development Fund grantees’ needs, identifying innovations in child care administration, and promoting the dissemination and replication of solutions to the challenges that grantees and local child care programs face. Our technical assistance helps states, territories, tribes and local communities build integrated child care systems that enable parents to work and promote the health and development of children.

Office of Early Learning

The Office of Early Learning (OEL) is the principal office charged with supporting the U.S. Department of Education’s Early Learning Initiative with the goal of improving the health, social-emotional, and cognitive outcomes for children from birth through third grade, so that all children, particularly those with high needs, are on track for graduating from high school college- and career-ready.

OEL is also responsible for the discretionary grant programs in Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) exclusively focused on early learning. The Office works collaboratively with other Department offices to help coordinate and align early learning programs and initiatives. Additionally, OEL works across Federal Agencies to support early learning, including co-administering the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge grants with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Pacific ADA Center

The purpose of the Pacific ADA Center is to build a partnership between the disability and business communities and to promote full and unrestricted participation in society for persons with disabilities through education and technical assistance.

  • ADA Presentations
    Pacific ADA Center is pleased to offer webinars on a variety of subjects under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We offer webinars on ADA topics individually or in a series. We also create customized webinars and trainings for your group upon request. Sign up to receive email announcements about our webinar offerings and other ADA information. To register for a webinar please go to our registration page.

Special EDge Newsletter

The Special EDge Newsletter is a publication of the California Department of Education, Special Education Division—informs and supports California’s parents, policymakers, educators, and other service providers on special education topics, focusing on research-based practices, legislation, technical support, and current resources.

Strengthening Families California

Across California, a broad range of communities and organizations are working together to prevent child abuse and neglect through implementation of Strengthening Families™, a Protective Factors Framework. To support and promote these efforts, the California Department of Social Services, Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) works with Strategies to convene a cross-sector statewide leadership team known as the California Strengthening Families Roundtable.

United States Access Board

The Access Board is an independent federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. Created in 1973 to ensure access to federally funded facilities, the Board is now a leading source of information on accessible design. The Board develops and maintains design criteria for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and for electronic and information technology. It also provides technical assistance and training on these requirements and on accessible design and continues to enforce accessibility standards that cover federally funded facilities.

1331 F Street, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20004-1111
Phone: 800-872-2253

United States Department of Justice

The USDOJ home page on the Americans with Disabilities Act has a wealth of information, including links to federal agencies with ADA responsibilities in addition to ADA publications. A “What’s New” section is available as is “ADA Standards for Accessible Design.”

Phone: (Voice) 800-514-0301 or (TTY) 800-514-0383

Unruh Civil Rights Act

The Unruh Civil Rights Act is California’s primary civil rights law that guarantees full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges or services in all business establishments to all persons regardless of medical condition or disability. The California law incorporates ADA but provides even more expansive protections. Private child care programs, such as family child care homes and centers whether serving infants and toddlers, preschoolers or schoolagers, are considered business establishments under Unruh. People who feel they have been discriminated against may either file private lawsuits through a private attorney or they can file a complaints with the Caliornia Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the agency charged with enforcing the Unruh Civil Rights act, within one year of the violation.

US Deparment of Education (USDE): Early Learning – Inclusion

The “Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs,” (PDF) released jointly by the Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) on September 14, 2015, states that all young children with disabilities should have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs, where they are provided with individualized and appropriate support in meeting high expectations.

  • ED-HHS Statement on Family Engagement
    When families and the institutions where children learn partner in meaningful ways, children have more positive attitudes toward school, stay in school longer, have better attendance, and experience more school success. To further this position, the Departments released a policy statement on the implementation of effective family engagement practices in early childhood and learning programs.
  • ED-HHS Policy Statement on Dual Language Learners
  • Early Learning Initiatives
    Start here for links to the latest policy statements and webinars from ed.gov

US Department of Health & Human Services (USDHHS): Administration for Children & Families: Early Childhood Development

US Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS): Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Federally-funded health centers care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income. Health centers provide:

  • checkups when you’re well
  • treatment when you’re sick
  • complete care when you’re pregnant
  • immunizations and checkups for your children
  • dental care and prescription drugs for your family
  • mental health and substance abuse care if you need it

Health centers are in most cities and many rural areas.

US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation

Professional Development Tools to Improve the Quality of Infant and Toddler Care: A Review of the Literature Published: January 2017
This report and accompanying materials summarize the state of the field on in-service professional development methods for early childhood caregivers. This comprehensive literature review draws on empirical studies, reviews, and meta-analyses conducted within the past 10 years and websites of leading organizations to identify the most promising methods and practices for improving caregiver interactions with young children. The report highlights methods that are most relevant for supporting caregivers serving infants and toddlers, caregivers with limited education, and caregivers working in home-based and family child care settings.

The appendix highlights key aspects of the 122 studies included in the review, such as the settings and professional development approaches and strategies examined within each study.


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