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Publications (by issue)

The Child Care Law Center produces and distributes publications on a wide range of legal issues related to child care. Our newsletter, Legal Update, and the linked materials below, are available free of charge. We also sell publications at a low cost on specific areas of the law as it relates to child care.

Children with Disabilities
Facilities and Supply of Child Care
California CalWORKs and Subsidized Child Care

California Child Welfare and Subsidized Child Care
Family Child Care
California Policy and Budget
Legal Update (CCLC's newsletter)
Licensing and Regulation
Preschool

Children with Disabilities

UPDATED Questions and Answers: California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act:
Information for Child Care Providers and Parents (2011)
(PDF, 196k)

NEW United States Department of Justice Settlement Agreements Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2011) (PDF, 215k)

UPDATED Questions and Answers about the Americans with Disabilities Act: A Quick Reference for Child Care Providers (2012) (PDF)
UPDATED Spanish Version (2012)
(PDF)
UPDATED Chinese Version (2012) (PDF)

UPDATED Questions & Answers: ADA and Out-of-School Providers (2009) (PDF, 175k)

UPDATED Questions & Answers: IDEA and Child Care (2009) (PDF, 207k)

ADA Title III Flowchart: When Are You Required to Admit a Child with a Disability? (2002)
(PDF, 57k)
Spanish Version
(PDF, 94k)
Chinese Version (PDF, 197k)

Rights of Children with Disabilities in Child Care under California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act: Information for Child Care Providers and Parents (PDF, 219k)
Spanish Version (PDF, 260k)
Chinese Version (PDF, 278k)

Memo: Transitions into Preschool for Children with Disabilities (2009) (PDF, 106k)

Can I Provide This Type of Health Procedure in Licensed Child Care?
This document pulls together all the materials which describe which health-related procedures are allowed in child care in California and, if they are, under what conditions. For each of these procedures, detailed information on the source of the provider's ability to perform the procedure is included as are any necessary forms required by Licensing. The procedures are grouped according to the mechanism which enables the procedure to be done or not, not on the nature of the procedure. The document ends with an index that lists all procedures mentioned and cross references the page(s) in which the procedure is discussed. Also available in Spanish and Chinese.
65 pgs. (August 2005.)

Preschool Inclusion: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
This publication offers background information on California special education laws to those planning and implementing preschool programs and the staff with whom they work. Also available in Spanish and Chinese.
59 pgs. (February 2008)

Early Intervention for Children Age Zero to Three: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
This publication offers background information on the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part C which relates to early intervention for infants and toddlers.
24 pgs. (February 2008)

Caring for Children with HIV or AIDS in Child Care
This publication will help providers to anticipate some of the questions they, caregiver staff, or the parents of the children for whom they care may have about HIV transmission and prevention, their legal responsibilities under the ADA to admit and care for a child with HIV/AIDS, and issues of confidentiality regarding a child's HIV status.
Also available in Spanish.

39 pgs. (June 2005)

Caring for Children with Special Needs: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Child Care
This manual covers multiple aspects of what the law requires of child care providers and how to integrate children with special needs into child care programs most effectively.
Also available in Spanish and Chinese.

53 pgs. (2003)

Legal Issues for Family Child Care Providers: Caring for Mildly Ill and Injured Children
This publication covers family child care providers' legal duties in administering medication, preparing for accidents, and obtaining medical treatment for an injured child.
Also available in Spanish and Chinese.

14 pgs. (2003)

Child Care and the ADA: Highlights for Parents of Children with Disabilities
A vital resource, this booklet describes the American with Disabilities Act, who it benefits and protects, how the ADA is different from other federal laws, what is required of child care programs, how parents can help a program meet their child’s needs, and what parents can do if they feel a child care program is not complying with the ADA.
Also available in Spanish and Chinese.

19 pgs. (2003)

Child Care and the ADA: Highlights for Parents of Typically Developing Children
This booklet describes the ADA, who it benefits and protects, and what it requires of child care programs with particular emphasis on how parents can help make inclusion work. Also available in Spanish and Chinese.
17 pgs. (2003)

Facilities and Supply of Child Care


Memo: Improvements to the Child Care Facilities Revolving Loan Fund (March 2008) (PDF, 110k)

Memo: Including Child Care in Local Planning (PDF, 166k)

A Child Care Advocacy Guide to Land Use Principles
This guide provides information about how to limit the extent to which local land use policies operate to reduce the supply of child care.
166 pgs. (2003)

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California CalWORKs and Subsidized Child Care

 

UPDATED Child Care Subsidies in California (2012)

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 - CalWORKS Child Care, Stage 1

Chapter 3 - California Department of Education Child Care Programs, Including CalWORKs Stages 2 and 3

Chapter 4 - Applying for a CDE-Administered Child Care Subsidy

Chapter 5 - Child Care Providers

Chapter 6 - Child Care Subsidy Payments

Chapter 7 - Subsidized Child Care: Appeals and Hearings

Chapter 8 - Researching Child Care Subsidy Laws

Appendix A - Websites of Interest Regarding Child Care Subsidies

Appendix B - Glossary of Child Care Subsidy Terms

Appendix C - Local Agencies Administering CalWORKs Child Care

 

UPDATED Questions & Answers: Family Fees and Co-payments (2011) (PDF, 240k)

 

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California Child Welfare and Subsidized Child Care

 

NEW Child Care Subsidies and the Child Welfare System (2013)

 

NEW Reference Chart for Type of Placement (2013)

 

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Family Child Care

UPDATED Questions & Answers: Liability Insurance for Family Child Care Providers (2011) (PDF, 240k)

Questions & Answers: Tenants' Rights and Responsibilities in Family Child Care Homes in California (2009) (PDF, 190k)

Questions & Answers: Landlords and Family Child Care Homes in California (2009) (PDF, 207k)

Questions and Answers: Licensing Visits to Family Child Care Homes (2006) (PDF, 136k)
Spanish Version (PDF, 154k)
Chinese Version (PDF, 173k)

Questions and Answers: When Licensing Finds a Problem at Your Family Child Care Home (2006) (PDF, 128k)
Spanish Version (PDF, 142k)
Chinese Version
(PDF, 171k)

Questions and Answers: Appeals and Complaints with Licensing (2006) (PDF, 162k)
Spanish Version (PDF, 166k)
Chinese Version
(PDF, 208k)

Child Care and Family Law: Child Custody and Releasing Children from Care
Child care providers play an important role in families’ lives. This role can be complicated when a family’s needs around child custody, divorce or separation, paternity, or other family law issues cross over into child care. This chapter provides legal information about family law issues that are relevant to child care providers and programs.
(May 2012)

Legal Issues for Family Child Care Providers: Insuring Your Program: Vehicle and Property Insurance
Automobile and property insurance are essential elements of all child care programs. The purpose of having these types of insurance is to cover the cost of unexpected, unaffordable damages: serious
injuries to children, destruction of your home, equipment, or vital documents, and resulting financial
losses if the program is forced to close for repairs. This article discusses the different types of auto and property insurance coverage: what coverage is recommended, who should be covered, and what are appropriate amounts of coverage.  Also available in Spanish and Chinese.
9 pgs. (November 2005)

Can I Provide This Type of Health Procedure in Licensed Child Care?
This document pulls together all the materials which describe which health-related procedures are allowed in child care in California and, if they are, under what conditions. For each of these procedures, detailed information on the source of the provider's ability to perform the procedure is included as are any necessary forms required by Licensing. The procedures are grouped according to the mechanism which enables the procedure to be done or not, not on the nature of the procedure. The document ends with an index that lists all procedures mentioned and cross references the page(s) in which the procedure is discussed. Also available in Spanish and Chinese.
65 pgs. (August 2005.)

Legal Issues for Family Child Care Providers in California: Employing an Assistant
This publication provides an overview of employer responsibilities in hiring and supervising an assistant in a family child care home. Also available in Spanish and Chinese.
13 pgs. (July 2005)

Legal Issues for Family Child Care Providers in California: Reporting Child Abuse
This publication describes the rights and responsibilities of licensed family child care providers as mandated child abuse reporters in California. Also available in Spanish and Chinese.
15 pgs. (July 2005)

Legal Issues for Family Child Care Providers in California: Licensing
This publication provides information about The California Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division, various licensing statuses, applying for a license, expanding from a small to a large family child care home, privacy rights, ongoing licensing requirements, complaints made to Licensing, Licensing investigations of complaints and inspections, actions taken by Licensing against a family child care provider, and hearings and appeals. There are also ten appendices which cover issues ranging from immunization requirements to criminal background checks.  Also available in Spanish and Chinese.
112 pgs. (May 2005)

Legal Issues for Family Child Care Providers in California: Housing and Property
Providing child care in residences offers unique opportunities for quality care in a home environment. At the same time, home-based child care providers need to understand local zoning and land use laws, develop positive relationships with landlords and neighbors, and make their facilities accessible to people with disabilities. This publication discusses the impact of state and local laws that govern property lease restrictions, landlord/tenant law, and fire, building safety, and zoning requirements. It also discusses the laws requiring access for people with disabilities. Also available in Spanish and Chinese.
17 pgs. (May 2005)

Legal Issues for Family Child Care Providers in California: Liability and Insurance
This publication discusses liability insurance for child care programs: how it works, what types of coverage are available, and how to decide what coverage you need. It also discusses other ways to cover your liability. These other methods include homesteading your home, purchasing a bond, and contracting with parents to limit your liability. Also available in Spanish and Chinese.
14 pgs. (2004)

Legal Issues for Family Child Care Providers: Contracts
This publications covers why to use contracts, legal issues of using contracts and the legal effect of a signed contract. Also available in Spanish and Chinese.
15 pgs. (2003)

Child Care Contracts: Information for Parents
This publication acquaints parents with how contracts work, and what benefits and ramifications they can bring to parent/provider relationships. Also available in Spanish and Chinese.
14 pgs. (Revised 2003.)

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California Policy and Budget

State Budget Responses 2009-10

CCLC Budget Analysis (July 31, 2009) (PDF, 150k)

CCLC Response to Conference Committee Budget (June 18, 2009) (PDF, 160k)

CCLC Response to the Governor's Proposed Budget (January 5, 2009) (PDF, 144k)

State Budget Responses 2008-09

CCLC Budget Bill Analysis (October 16, 2008) (PDF, 88k)

CCLC State Budget Update 2008-09 (June 5, 2008) (PDF, 56k)

CCLC Response to the 2008-09 Governor's Revised Budget (May 15, 2008) (PDF, 128k)

CCLC Response to the 2008-09 Governor's Budget (January 15, 2008) (PDF, 135k)

State Legislative and Budget Responses 2005-2007

CCLC Response to the 2007-08 Governor's Revised Budget (May 14, 2007) (PDF, 135k)

CCLC Response to the LAO Report on Quality Ratings
(PDF, 76k)

CCLC Response to the 2007-08 Govenor's Proposed Budget (January 11, 2007)
(PDF, 108k)

CCLC Response to the Governor's 2006-2007 May Budget Revision (May 15, 2006) (PDF, 171k)

CCLC Response to the 2006-07 LAO Budget Analysis (March 6, 2006) (PDF, 134k)

CCLC Response to the 2006-07 Governor's Proposed Budget (January 11, 2006) (PDF, 145k)

CCLC Summary of Year Budget and Trailer Bill (SB68) (July 8, 2005) (PDF, 120k)

CCLC Response to the Governor's 2005 May Budget Revision (May 14, 2005)  (PDF, 202k)

CCLC Initial Response to January 2005 Proposed Budget (January 12, 2005)  (PDF, 170k)

Child Care Workgroups

2009 Child Care Budget Policy & Priorities Forum Report (PDF, 170k)

2008 Budget & Policy Work Group Full Report (PDF, 389k)

Child Care Work Group Report (January 2007) (PDF, 171k)

2006 Child Care Work Group Report (January 2006) (PDF, 159k)

Child Care Workgroups Final Report (January 7, 2005) (PDF, 151k)

Child Care Workgroup Executive Summary (October 4, 2004) (PDF, 126k)

Child Care Workgroups Final Report (January 9, 2004) (PDF, 206k)

Child Care Workgroups Final Report (April 24, 2003) (PDF, 705k)

Other Policy

Expansions in Preschool and Facilities Funds (September 14, 2006) (PDF, 115k)

Access for Children and Families to Child Care in California: Impact of Federal Budget Decisions (January 31, 2006)  (PDF, 189k)

Providing Child Care Referral Services for Families that Include Persons with Disabilities (2004)
(PDF, 150k)

Information for California Resource and Referral Agencies about the ADA, plus sample letter. (2004)
(PDF, 92k)

All Children Have Individual Needs: Building an Inclusive Preschool for All Program, Principles and Considerations for Planning and Implementation (September 24, 2004)  (PDF, 157k)

A Child Care Advocacy Guide to Land Use Principles--See above "Facilities and Supply of Child Care"

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Legal Update

Legal Update is CCLC's periodic update for child care providers, advocates, policy-makers, and other legal service organizations. Stay informed on current developments in California and across the nation. Topics include: ADA litigation, new legislation and regulations affecting child care, insurance, zoning, licensing, and health and safety issues.

Legal Update: Summer 2005 (PDF, 204k)

Legal Update: Winter 2005 (PDF, 1346k)

Legal Update: Summer 2004 (PDF, 210k)

Legal Update: Fall 2003 (PDF, 217k)

Legal Update: Summer 2003 (revised December 2003) (PDF, 216k)

Legal Update: Winter 2003 (PDF, 86k)

Legal Update: Summer 2002 (PDF, 81k)

Legal Update: Winter 2002 (PDF, 68k)

Legal Update: June 2001 (PDF, 63k)

Legal Update: March 2001 (PDF, 63k)

Legal Update: December 2000 (PDF, 83k)

Legal Update: September 2000 (PDF, 62k)

Legal Update: March 2000 (PDF, 77k)

Legal Update: January 2000 (PDF, 2774k)

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Licensing and Regulation

UPDATED Questions & Answers: License-Exempt Child Care (2011) (PDF, 251k)

Questions and Answers for Family Child Care Providers:
Licensing Visits to Family Child Care Home
s (2006)
(PDF, 136k)
Spanish Version (PDF, 154k)
Chinese Version (PDF, 173k)

Questions and Answers for Family Child Care Providers:
When Licensing Finds a Problem at Your Family Child Care Home (2006)
(PDF, 128k)
Spanish Version (PDF, 142k)
Chinese Version (PDF, 171k)

Questions and Answers for Family Child Care Providers:
Appeals and Complaints with Licensing (2006)
(PDF, 162k)
Spanish Version (PDF, 166)
Chinese Version (PDF, 208k)

Can I Provide This Type of Health Procedure in Licensed Child Care?
This document pulls together all the materials which describe which health-related procedures are allowed in child care in California and, if they are, under what conditions. For each of these procedures, detailed information on the source of the provider's ability to perform the procedure is included as are any necessary forms required by Licensing. The procedures are grouped according to the mechanism which enables the procedure to be done or not, not on the nature of the procedure. The document ends with an index that lists all procedures mentioned and cross references the page(s) in which the procedure is discussed. Also available in Spanish and Chinese.
65 pgs. (August 2005.)

Legal Issues for Family Child Care Providers in California: Licensing
This publication provides information about The California Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division, various licensing statuses, applying for a license, expanding from a small to a large family child care home, privacy rights, ongoing licensing requirements, complaints made to Licensing, Licensing investigations of complaints and inspections, actions taken by Licensing against a family child care provider, and hearings and appeals. There are also ten appendices which cover issues ranging from immunization requirements to criminal background checks.  Also available in Spanish and Chinese.
112 pgs. (May 2005)

Legal Issues for Family Child Care Providers: Caring for Mildly Ill and Injured Children
This publication covers family child care providers' legal duties in administering medication, preparing for accidents, and obtaining medical treatment for an injured child. Also available in Spanish and Chinese.
14 pgs. (2003)

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Preschool

Memo: Preschool Expulsion in California (January 22, 2009) (PDF, 124k)

Preschool Licensing in California (January 22, 2009) (PDF, 141k)

Memo: Legal Framework for State Preschool (February 29, 2008) (PDF, 224k)

Memo: Analysis of Title 22 and Title 5 Regulations Affecting Preschool Programs
(February 29, 2008)
(PDF, 124k)

Expansions in Preschool and Facilities Funds (September 14, 2006) (PDF, 115k)

Questions and Answers for Parents about the IDEA and Preschool in California (2004) (PDF, 242k)
Spanish Version 
(PDF, 188k)

All Children Have Individual Needs: Building an Inclusive Preschool for All Program, Principles and Considerations for Planning and Implementation (September 24, 2004)  (PDF, 157k)

Preschool Inclusion: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
This publication offers background information on California special education laws to those planning and implementing preschool programs and the staff with whom they work. Also available in Spanish and Chinese.
59 pgs. (February 2008)

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