The quality of experiences in early care and education settings are critical to the healthy development of young children. Research tells us that early experiences during the first years of life shape the developing brain. Stable, nurturing relationships with adults and quality interactions and experiences are key ingredients for the future learning, behavior and health of young children.

More than 50 percent of California’s children spend at least a portion of their day in early care and education settings at some point during the first five years of life.

Improving the ability of these providers to include children with learning and behavioral differences in early care and education settings can greatly enhance the readiness and success of children as they transition to kindergarten.

CIBC Service Recipients

Center -based early care and education programs that are eligible for CIBC services include:

  • Programs that contract with the California Department of Education Early Learning and Care Division (CDE-ELCD); and
  • Programs that participate in their local quality rating and improvement system (Quality Counts)

CIBC has initiated a pilot program for family child care providers. See Family Child Care for current information on this program.