Who is the Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles?
Representing various agencies throughout Los Angeles County that provide a variety of services, ranging from child information and referrals, training and workshops for early educators and child care providers, to financial assistance for low-income families, the Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles is your link to a local agency that can better assist you and meet your needs. As a resource to the community, you can also find information and the latest news as it relates to early education and child care policy and advocacy.
The Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles is a partnership among nonprofit and public agencies that provide the following services and programs:
- Child Care Resource and Referral Services: For families and parents needing information about their early education and child care options. These programs also provide training and technical assistance for early educators and child care providers.
- Alternative Payment Services: Financial assistance in the form of vouchers for low-income families in need of child care services.
- CalWORKs Child Care Program: For families receiving welfare assistance through the CalWORKs program. There are three stages of the CalWORKs Child Care Program.
- Gateways for Early Educators Program: A countywide program that is dedicated to improving the quality of child care and early education services. Educators and child care providers can access training and technical assistance and are offered services, such as coaching, workshops, and formal training programs. A calendar is available on this website, allowing providers to access training and workshop sessions offered throughout Los Angeles County by its member agencies.
The mission of the Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles is to make quality child care and early education, and school readiness services accessible to all families in Los Angeles County through an Alliance of community focused Alternative Payment and Resource and Referral agencies.
All the children of Los Angeles County will succeed in early childhood and education; and their families will reach and sustain self-sufficiency.
History of the Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles
- Quality child care and/or early learning opportunities for every child in Los Angeles County;
- High quality services by all member agencies;
- Service delivery that is respectful of and sensitive to the diverse populations and cultures within Los Angeles County;
Long before the Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles formally became established, many of the current member agencies had already been working together as a group. Prior to coming together, many of these agencies began providing Child Care Resource and Referral services as early as 1973 and began providing child care subsidies to low income families in the early 1980s through the General Alternative Payment Programs. Locally, child care subsidies were also offered through county welfare services. Member agencies of the Alliance began coming together to share best practices and work towards improving services countywide. In 1996, national welfare reform legislation was signed. In response to the welfare reform, California legislation created the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility for Kids (CalWORKs) program which was to take into effect January 1997. Agencies delivering Child Care Resource and Redferral and/or Alternative Payment services were designated to deliver the State Department of Education CalWORKs Child Care Program. In Los Angeles County, agencies came together to create a seamless delivery a system and helped create the CalWORKs Stage One Child Care Program, which was funded through the State Department of Social Services by giving county welfare departments block grant dollars to pay for child care services utilized by CalWORKs clients. .
Today, CCALA continues to strive for “creating brighter futures” for all children, their families, and child care providers. CCALA advocates for quality child care, early education, and school readiness services for all children and make it accessible to all families. CCALA member agencies educate parents and guardians on how to choose quality and safe child care providers for their children. CCALA member agencies continue to work with child care providers to offer a safe and educational environment for children by offering technical assistance and educational resources to child care providers.
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