Early Childhood Programs

Welcoming a new little one into your world? Find supportive groups and programs to help you raise healthy, happy babies and toddlers.


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.
http://www.dds.ca.gov/earlystart. (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 parent 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 & being a support & advocate for the family. http://www.nvcss.org.

  • Butte County. (530) 345-1600.
  • Shasta County. (530) 241-0552.


Bloomin’ Babies Infant Massage Classes; Chico. Special Certified Pediatric OT & massage therapist offers massage instruction to parents. Proven beneficial for children, especially infants with special needs. Now offering classes for parents to learn about sensory processing problems & their children’s behavior. 2627 Forest Ave. (530) 879-9030.

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.

Health & Wellness Series; Chico. Infant massage is included in the Infant Parenting 6-class series. Includes two infant massage sessions. Call to find out when the next series begins. http://www.enloe.org/baby. 251 Cohasset Rd., Ste. 120 (Enloe’s Mother & Baby Education Center). (530) 332-3970.

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


Early Childhood Services; Redding. Offers information about childcare & development programs for parents. Also offers information about professional development opportunities for those working with children. Select “Programs & Services” from menu. http://www.shastacoe.org. 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. http://www.first5shasta.org.


Siskiyou Child Care Council; Weed. Offers a preschool program, childcare referrals, a 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. http://www.siskiyouchildcare.org. 170 Boles St. (530) 938-2748.


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.

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North State Parent is a free monthly publication that circulates within five California counties: Butte, Glenn, Shasta, Southern Siskiyou and Tehama. Our pages are filled with family-oriented places to go, services and products geared for women and things to do; a focus on parenting, community, health, education, teens, youth, and much more.

Updated: Jul 14, 2017 @ 11:20 am