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WHAT IS RESOURCE & REFERRAL?

Every county in California has a resource and referral program. We are IT for San Diego! Through this program, we offer families information on choosing child care, referrals to child care centers and family child care homes and information on how to pay for child care. For child care providers we provide training and support to enhance your program. Call us at 1-800-481-2151 and find out how we can help meet your child care needs.

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Resource and Referral

Resource and Referral (R&R) provides free services and programs that promote and increase the quality of child care:

Child Care Referrals
Free search for child care.

Choosing Child Care
How to select the best child care program.

Community Outreach
Access agency services.

Military Family Support
Respite, enhanced referrals, and child care fee assistance services.

Provider Support Services
Child care program updating form and resources.

Resource Library
Borrow books, toys, and videos for child care programs.

San Diego CARES
Earn stipends and benefits while attending college or training.

Training Calendar
View current training and events.

Training Projects

Professional development for child care providers.

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Help Paying for Child Care

Our child care consultants can also give you easy tips you can use to help with the cost of child care. Call our referral line today at 1-800-481-2151. Here are other YMCA CRS programs to help pay for child care.

Alternative Payment Program: If your gross monthly income is within the State Median Income Level, you may be eligible to participate in the Alternative Payment Program. The first step is to fill out an online application to be placed on the Centralized Eligibility List.

Learn more about Alternative Payment.

Stage 1 Child Care: If you are a family that is currently receiving CalWORKs benefits and are participating in the Welfare-to-Work (WTW) program you might be eligible to receive Stage 1 benefits from us.

Learn more Stage 1.

Children and Teens with Special Needs

Our REGIONAL CENTER RESPITE program gives families short-term relief from the continual care of the child with developmental disabilities. Also, TEENS IN MOTION is an after school program that provides supervision and support to high school students with disabilities who have working parents.

Resource and Referral