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The Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) Child Care Services program helps subsidize child care payments for eligible families throughout the County of Orange. The program is funded by the California Department of Education (CDE), Early Education and Support Division. Subsidized child care is provided via contracts established between OCDE Child Care Services (CCS) and a provider who is an independent contractor selected by the parent. ​

OCDE Child Care Services encourages families to carefully select a provider. Families may choose family day care homes, license-exempt providers, center programs, school districts, or sectarian care. Parents are encouraged to select a child care setting that best reflects their parental and cultural values, meeting the individual needs of their family.

Mission Goals

• We support families in choosing quality child care in order to facilitate the learning, growth, and development of their children.
• We provide subsidized child care services allowing parents to work towards becoming economically self-sufficient.
• We provide information regarding parenting skills.
• We identify community resources to assist families.