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Improve Inclusive Practice in Your Program

Inclusion is the practice of educating and caring for children with special needs in the same environment or setting as their typically developing peers.  But “inclusion" is more than participation, it's about belonging.  Belonging is the feeling of being part of something and mattering to others.  A sense of belonging occurs when each child is fully engaged, supported to reach their full potential and ALL children are treated with dignity and respect as a valued member of the classroom community.

Inclusion Pathway -This free online self-study tool for inclusion is designed for early childhood teachers, caregivers, and administrators. Whether you are starting to embark on inclusive practices, refining your program practices, or looking for specific resources to support children with challenging behaviors, this is the place for you! Start by completing the self-assessment to help determine which area to begin on the self-study tool. No matter where programs are now, each step taken on this educational journey will improve the learning experiences for all the children in your program. The information learned will also ensure that your program is open and accessible to all children regardless of their individual needs.

Start a Child Care Center or Child Care Business

To open a family child care home, licensed center, or convert a facility for child care use:

Market Your Child Care Business AND Obtain Additional Resources

Children's Home Society of California's (CHS) Resource and Referral (RR) Department connects parents, child care providers, and the community to a wide range of resources that strengthen families and support the healthy development of children.  All CHS services are free of charge.  CHS is pleased to invite your child care facility to join the R&R database.

Your referral file will include significant information regarding the services that you provide, including: hours of operation, fees, current openings, ages of children served, special eligibility requirements and other significant program information.  Records are updated quarterly to ensure that information provided to families seeking referrals is accurate and complete.

If you would like to become a part of CHS' R&R database you will need to submit a copy of your official state child care license, signed Rate Request form, and a completed R&R intake form. When completing the R&R intake form, please be sure to indicate all special needs experience that you or your staff have or would be open to learning more about. The purpose of requesting this information is to help parents find child care programs that are welcoming to children with special needs.  To request the Rate Request and R&R intake forms please contact the CHS Kidcare Hotline at 714-543-2273 or 949-364-6605 or to learn more about CHS R&R program please, click here.

 ​Apply for a Child Development Permit

 To apply for, renew, or upgrade a Child Development Permit


Increase Child Care Quality through Accreditation

Classes, Conferences, Trainings and Workshops for Professional Growth in Early Care and Education

Orange County Association for the Education of Young Children (OCAEYC) -- Organization for professional in early care and education, OCAEYC is dedicated to supporting professionals in their work with children, birth through eight, to advocate high standards and improved working conditions in programs for young children, and to improve public understanding of issues affecting children and families.