Youngsters at the Higher Horizons Day Care Center in Bailey Crossroads, VA receive healthy food and snacks on October 25, 2006 under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Nutrition Service’s (FNS) Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and Head Start program. CACFP plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care for children and elderly adults by making care more affordable for many low-income families. Each day, 3.2 million children receive nutritious meals and snacks through CACFP. USDA photo.


If your baby is not detained you have the right to choose a person, for example, a family member, or friend, or a place to provide care for your baby. This is true even if you, yourself are in care.

From the day your baby is born, they start learning. If you speak to your baby from the very beginning they’ll be smarter and do better in school. And to work, it has to be you or another person, not the TV, or computer. But wait, talking isn’t the only thing you should do to help your baby learn.

READ TO YOUR BABY –  even if you feel silly reading to a baby, they are hearing you and it will help their brain develop. If you like to SING – even if you don’t have the best voice that’s great for your baby’s development too!

There are programs out there that can do so much more for you and your child than babysit! Use the links below to help you find free (or very low-cost), high-quality programs that will ensure your child develops the skills they will need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

  • Financial Assistance For Child Care

    Child care can be very expensive but do not let that discourage you from seeking it out.  You may be eligible for financial assistance. If you are in foster care and your baby is not detained and lives with you, and you are working or going to school, DCFS may help you pay for...
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  • How To Find Childcare

    This page lists the names of all the licensed child care providers in Los Angeles County. It is organized by zip code...
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