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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What is Child Action, Inc.?

Child Action is a private, nonprofit corporation created in 1976 to promote the healthy growth and development of children and families in Sacramento County. We are funded by the State Department of Education, Child Development Division, the Federal Government and the County of Sacramento, to provide services and subsidies to income-eligible families for child care and development services. Services include child care resources and referrals, child care subsidies, recruitment and training of child care professionals, and parent education and support.


How to Contact Us

We have two locations throughout Sacramento County. If you are a parent or provider on the program, please contact the office where your case is located. For general information or for a child care referral, please call 916-369-0191.

(Please include other types of contact information (i.e. phone number) in your email, so that we may contact you personally if necessary.)


Services for Parents

Child Care Subsidies

  • Child Action, Inc. pays all or a portion of the child care costs for eligible families. If you are currently on cash aid (welfare) and have need of child care services, contact your worker at the Department of Human Assistance and ask for a child care referral to Child Action, Inc.
  • If you have been discontinued from cash aid (welfare) within the past 24 months, you may be eligible to receive child care subsidies. Call our Assessment Unit at 916-361-0511 for further information.
  • If you are interested in receiving child care subsidies and believe your family may qualify as low-income, you may call 916-361-0511 and ask about our waiting list and eligibility criteria.

Child Care Referrals

If you are looking for a licensed child care provider, you can call our Referral Line at 916-369-0191. We can give you a list of child care providers that meet your criteria. Please be advised that Child Action, Inc. provides referrals appropriate to a family's home, work and school locations, ages of the children and family income based on information received from both the parent and the provider. Child Action, Inc. does not inspect or warrant the condition of any provider's facility or the quality of supervision the children receive.

Parenting Education

Child Action, Inc. respects the role of the parent as the first teacher of their child(ren). Our services are designed to support and empower the parent in this role. Those services include:

If you would like to attend any workshop, get on the mailing list for the newsletter, get involved with Parent Voices or make use of any of our other services, please call 916-369-0191.

Educational Materials

Child Action, Inc. maintains a library of resources available for loan to parents, teachers, child care providers and other child care professionals. The library contains books for adults and children, videos, articles and other resources of interest to anyone involved in child care and development.

Child Action, Inc. publishes handbooks and articles regarding all facets of child development. For a complete list, go to Publications. To get copies of any of Child Action, Inc.'s publications, you can call 916-369-0191 or you can access them on this site.


Services to the Community

Child Action, Inc. provides services to the community on child care and issues related to child care including:

  • Speakers on child care, parenting and public policy
  • Advocacy for children, families, and child care providers, on the local, state and federal levels
  • Coordination, communication and facilitation between community agencies, public officials, and child care providers
  • Information to public boards, commissions, school districts, planning councils, city and county departments, and the media
  • Collection and dissemination of statistics on child care supply and demand

Specific on-going community education services include:

Family Child Care Home Orientations

The Child Action, Inc. staff makes presentations at Family Child Care Home Orientations for potential providers each Wednesday at the Sacramento County offices at 7171 Bowling Green Drive. The presentation includes an explanation of Child Action, Inc. services and how to get onto our provider referral program.

Child Care Center Orientations

The Child Action, Inc. staff makes presentations at Child Care Center orientations for new providers on the second Wednesday of each month. Potential center providers come from all over the state to attend these orientations, so part of the presentation is to make the participants aware of other Resource and Referral agencies around the state. Center orientations are held at the Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing, 8745 Folsom Blvd. Sacramento, CA.


Who Funds Child Action, Inc.?

Child Action, Inc. receives funding from the California State Department of Education, Child Development Division; the Department of Human Assistance of Sacramento County; the Sacramento County Office of Education; United Way and private foundations.