Early Care and Education

two preschool boys practice writing letters with teacherThe Early Care and Education Unit (ECE) provides child care and development services for Riverside County families. The following programs are available through ECE to assist families in obtaining quality child care and to assist programs in providing that care:

  • Child Care Resource and Referral to assist parents in locating licensed child care and community resources in Riverside County
  • Administer the Eligibility List for ECE’s state-funded child care and development programs
  • Alternative Payment Program to assist low-income families with child care costs
  • CalWORKs Child Care (Stages 2 and 3)
  • General Child Care and Development: Center-Based Program
  • California State Preschool Program
  • Quality Rating Improvement System Block Grants (Quality Start Riverside County)

ECE is proud to provide many programs to support child care and development providers including:

  • Quality Start Riverside County in support of California State Preschool and other child development programs
  • Participation as a provider on Riverside County’s Resource and Referral list which assists parents in locating licensed child care in the county
  • Support for child development centers and licensed family child care homes through:
    • Health and Safety programs and training
    • Technical Assistance

ECE has received several grants to help meet their goals for improving child care and building capacity in Riverside County. These grants allow ECE to assist the community in receiving child development funding; work with teachers and child care providers in promoting early literacy and reading readiness; assist parents with skills for raising their children; and increase quality Child Development programs. The grants include:

  • Child Care Initiative Projects (CCIP) – to increase provider capacity and quality through training and supports for providers interested in becoming licensed
  • Health and Safety, and Preventative Health for child care and development programs

Riverside (951) 826-6626 or (800) 442-4927
Indio (760) 863-3345
Murrieta (951) 600-5620