Local, State and Federal Resources

First 5 San Luis Obispo County
The Children and Families Commission of San Luis Obispo County allocates funds and advocates for quality programs and services, supporting children prenatal to age 5, to ensure that every child is healthy and ready to learn in school.

Resources and Intensive Support Services for Children Ages 0-5
The purpose of this guide is to have all services available in San Luis Obispo County for children ages 0-5 and their families in one, easy-to-access location. This guide is intended to aid both service providers and community members.

Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo (CAPSLO)
In a commitment to eliminate the causes of poverty, the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Inc. a California nonprofit corporation, aims to empower individuals and families to achieve economic self-sufficiency and self-determination through a comprehensive array of community-based programs and actions.

Quality Counts
San Luis Obispo County’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) – Quality Counts is a collective effort to support quality early learning for all children. It is part of a larger State and National movement, called Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), aimed at recognizing the need for and establishing a common definition of quality in the early learning field.

Raising a Reader
This unique turnkey program is a nationally recognized, award winning, early childhood literacy program for low income families. The program’s local success is reflected in the substantial increase in classroom sites, community participation, and more importantly, tangible results.

San Luis Obispo Center for Family Strengthening
Center for Family Strengthening is dedicated to strengthening families through education and advocacy. The center partners with family support organizations in San Luis Obispo County to provide resources to families in need, protect children from abuse and neglect, and ensure that strong families are a community priority.

San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation
The San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation supports local nonprofits, helping people donate money strategically, and building endowments for the future.

San Luis Obispo COE Education Programs and Services
The mission of the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education — through leadership, service and community partnerships — is to support schools in meeting the diverse needs of all children. Toward that end, the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education will provide educational programs for children with special needs; serve as a clearinghouse for resources and information; offer specialized business services and professional development; advance state-of-the-art technology; coordinate partnerships among schools, their communities and businesses and act as an advocate for all children and public schooling on the Central Coast.

United Way of SLO
United Way is committed to making San Luis Obispo County a better place to live. By focusing our efforts in three impact areas—education, income and health—we help provide opportunities for a better life for all. By giving, advocating and volunteering, you can join us as we Live United in our community!


Advancement Project Water Cooler
We are an innovative civil rights and policy “action tank.” We believe that sustainable progress toward social justice can be made when multiple tools – including community engagement, strategic communications, research, policy analysis and law – are employed in a coordinated and integrated manner.

All About Young Children
Parents and family members can find out what skills help children from birth to five learn, how they learn language, how they learn about feelings and relationships, how they learn about numbers, and how they become skillful at moving their bodies.

Building Child Care
The Building Child Care (BCC) Project provides a centralized clearinghouse of information and services to increase the California child care sector’s understanding of the facilities development process and access to facility development resources.

California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC)
The California Association for the Education of Young Children is dedicated to advancing excellence throughout the early care and education profession.

California Child Care Resource and Referral Network
Our mission is to provide leadership and vision for the continuous development and improvement of resource and referral services statewide, helping to build, support, and advocate for a quality childcare system that supports the diversity of families and children in every community in California.

Californians for the Support of Early Education (CSEE)
Californians for the Support of Early Education is a broad-based coalition that actively engages in public policy, advocacy efforts, and public education campaigns, so that all California’s children have access to quality early education.

Child Development Division of the California Department of Education (CDD-CDE)
Please join California’s efforts to improve outcomes for children and reduce California’s school readiness gap by addressing the quality of our early learning and care programs.

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
Through careful research and analysis and effective advocacy, CLASP develops and promotes new ideas, mobilizes others, and directly assists governments and advocates to put in place successful strategies that deliver results that matter to people across America.

Child Development Policy Institute (CDPI)
The Child Development Policy Institute (CDPI) is a non-partisan, independent organization whose mission is to help establish sound public policy that benefits the children of California. CDPI is a leader in the childcare and development field on fiscal and policy matters and the principal advocate for children and families in the California budget process.

Children Now
Children Now’s mission is to find common ground among influential opinion leaders, interest groups and policymakers, who together can develop and drive socially innovative, “win-win” approaches to helping all children achieve their full potential.

Desired Results Reference Materials and Forms
Desired Results assessment materials and forms is a comprehensive program evaluation system designed to measure California Department of Education funded child development contractor effectiveness.

Digital Chalkboard – Transitional and Pre-Kindergarten Community Group
Members of this group will find resources related to quality Transitional Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten programs including curriculum frameworks and implementation strategies. Additionally, professional development resources will be provided to enhance program quality.

Early Edge California
Early Edge California works to ensure all children have the early experiences necessary to be successful learners by the end of 3rd grade, setting them on a path to college and career readiness.

Early Learning Quality Improvement System (ELQIS) Advisory Committee
Resources and information for child development contractors, families, and community members regarding child development programs funded by the state.

First 5 California
Our focus at First 5 California is to educate parents and caregivers about the important role they play in their children’s first years. First 5 California’s services and support are designed to ensure that more children are born healthy and reach their full potential.

PreK Now
Pre-K Now is a public education and advocacy campaign that advances high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten for all three and four year olds. We are a project of the Pew Center on the States and receive generous support from The Pew Charitable Trusts and other funders.

Preschool California
Preschool California is a nonprofit advocacy organization working to increase access to high-quality preschool for all of California’s children, starting with those who need it most.


Office of Head Start
Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.