Early Childhood Programs

Also see Birth categories in section Health.

Multiple Counties

California Early Start. An interagency system of coordinated services for infants & toddlers, ages 0-36 months, with disabilities & their families. Find out about early intervention services in your community. Visit http://www.dds.ca.gov/earlystart or call (800) 515-BABY.

First 5 California, California Children & Families Commission. First 5’s mission is to improve the lives of children from conception through kindergarten. Collaborates with & supports local agencies serving families with young children. Some offices offer resource information to families, caregivers & others who work with young children. The First 5 California website includes a parents’ resource & education section: http://www.ccfc.ca.gov/parents. (916) 263-1050.

TAPP Teen Services; Butte & Shasta Counties. A free & voluntary case management program for pregnant & parenting teens (including teen fathers). Program helps ensure the health & well-being of teen parents & their children by connecting families with appropriate services and being a support & advocate for the family. http://www.nvcss.org. Butte County:  (530) 345-1600; Shasta County:  (530) 241-0552.

Butte County

Butte Baby Steps; Paradise & Oroville. For mothers up to age 29 who are either expecting or have a child under 3 months old. Based on a national program, helps parents get their children off to a healthy start. Includes home visits & service referrals from trained staff. http://www.nvcss.org. Oroville: (530) 538-8221; Paradise: (530) 876-0928.

Butte County Office of Education Child Development Programs & Services; Oroville. http://www.bcoe.org/programs/cdps. 1870 Bird St. (530) 532-5648.

Valley Oak Children’s Services; Chico. http://www.valleyoakchildren.org. 3120 Cohasset Rd., Ste. 6. (530) 895-3572 or (800) 345-8627.

Shasta County

Early Childhood Services; Redding. Offers information about child care & development programs for parents. Also offers information about professional development opportunities for those working with children. http://www.tinyurl.com/ShastaCOE-EarlyChildhood. 43 Hilltop Dr. (530) 225-2999.

GAPS (Gateway Students Achieving with Parental Support); Redding & Shasta Lake City. For children ages 3-5 & their parents. Activities, support, & two-week kindergarten readiness orientation program to help build skills for a child’s overall preparedness when transitioning from home to kindergarten. (530) 245-7900.

Healthy Babies Program; Shasta County. Helps pregnant women & moms of children under the age of two who are using substances & want to find the right treatment to meet their family’s needs. Includes support & education through C.A.R.E. (Compassionate Amazing Resilient Empowered women) classes; helps strengthen the bond between mothers & infants. Participants may qualify for up to 16 counseling sessions free of charge. (530) 225-5850.

Week of the Young Child; Shasta County. One week each April communities in Shasta County host free events & early learning adventures for young children & their families. Check North State Parent’s April Going Places events calendar for event listings, & visit First 5 Shasta’s website for more information at

Siskiyou County

Siskiyou Child Care Council; Weed. Offers a preschool program, childcare referrals, & huge lending library of toys & resource materials related to child development for parents, childcare providers & others working with children. Free trainings available to experienced, new & potential family childcare home providers. 170 Boles St. http://www.siskiyouchildcare.org. (530) 938-2748.

Tehama County

Early Childhood Services; Red Bluff. Offers preschool programs, family childcare home education network, local childcare planning council & more. http://www.tehamaschools.org/department/early-childhood. 1135 Lincoln St. (530) 527-5811 or (530) 528-7245.

Updated 27 Oct 16 LS
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