- Drowning Prevention is most effective with a “layers of protection” approach. Please click here for more information on prevention.
Drowning Prevention Image | Drowning Prevention Image Spanish
- Kern County’s 2016 Report Card on Children and Families – Click here
- New Immunization Law Effective January 1, 2016, which no longer allows exemptions of immunizations- Click Here
- 2016 Recommended Immunizations for Children From Birth Through 6 Years Old – Click Here
- Reimbursement opportunity for Transitional Kindergarten and California State Preschool Program Teachers.
Please click here for program policies, timeline and application.
- Parent Checklist for School-Age Recreation Programs. Please download the attached parent checklist.
- Measles – What Early Childhood Programs Should Know
- In Kern County, 11 infants die each year as a result of unsafe sleep environments. Safe sleep saves lives!
- Things to consider before leaving your child home alone….. click here.
Who We Are
Kern County’s Only Child Care Resource and Referral Agency, Community Connection for Child Care (CCCC) is a child development and family services agency dedicated to providing options, education and support to children, families, child development professionals and the community.
Open Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 5:00pm
2000 K Street, Suite 110
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Cheryl Nelson, Director – Community Connection for Child Care
Jean Steward, Administrative Secretary
Community Connection for Child Care (CCCC) is a child development and family services agency dedicated to making a difference in the lives of Kern County children by advocating for quality child care and early learning, and providing community resources and support to families, early childhood educators and caregivers. CCCC is headquartered in Bakersfield and has staff out-stationed at 10 other office locations so that it can effectively serve all Kern County residents raising and caring for young children.
Since 1977 CCCC has helped families select the quality child care placements that meet their individual needs through its Child Care Resource and Referral division. In addition, the agency administers several child care subsidy programs to help families cover child care costs. CCCC works to promote the availability and accessibility of quality early care and education for all children by offering free training and resources that help providers stay in business and establish high quality services, and by educating local communities and leaders on child care concerns, parent needs and how to plan effectively to address child care needs.
- When your child is sick: How sick is too sick for child care?
Keep me Home If… a guide for parents. This poster can be a helpful tool for providers too. En Español
- A list of businesses that provide Pediatric CPR/First Aid Training. (En Español)
- Health & Safety Trainings (CPR-First Aid)
- MyPlate: My Plate replaces the food pyramid. Click here for more information.
- Check out our collection of information on Child Nutrition
- Whooping Cough
Whooping Cough has become a serious health concern in Kern County. The Kern County Health Department has information for parents; in English and En Español.
- Other Child Health & Safety Resources
- When your child is sick: How sick is too sick for child care?
How can CCCC help me find child care?
Community Connection for Child Care stands on the foundation of Resource and Referral services. CCCC provides the connection between licensed family child care providers and families throughout Kern County.
FREE listings of licensed child care professionals, “how to” information on selecting a child care setting and a variety of enhanced services offered to parents take the worry out of finding a caregiver for our most important resource – children.
- Fast Service — You can get referrals in our office, by phone or by using our online Referral Form.
- Reliable Information — CCCC maintains a database of child care providers and child care programs which is updated routinely.
- Unlimited Access — You may call/contact the service as often as needed.
Each family will receive a listing of providers (referrals not recommendations) as well as useful information to consider while selecting care.
Please call or visit us at our Bakersfield location:
What types of child care are in Kern County?
Read more about the different types of child care: Family Child Care Homes, Child Care Centers, Preschool care, Infant Care, School AGe care, Nanny Care, Au Pairs, Babysitters, Relative Care
What is “quality” child care and why is it so important?
A growing number of studies have shown what most parents intuitively know: that the early years are important and early relationships matter – at home and in child care. Current research details how a child’s earliest experiences and relationships affect the way his/her brain is organized. During these crucial early years of life, the brain is forming connections that may determine a lifetime of skills and potentials. Quality care of young children is key. Some of the findings confirm what parents and caregivers already know – that how the children are raised has an enormous impact on their emotional well-being, intellectual level and skills for success.
How do I find quality child care?
Start looking for a quality child care program for your child/ren as far in advance as you can. No matter what type of care you are considering—a child care center or care in someone else’s home—finding the right child care option can take some time. Of course, as a parent, you’re constantly putting your child first! When you’re interviewing providers, consider your child’s point of view.
Think of the questions your child might ask:
- Who’s going to care for me?
- Are there plenty of toys I can reach and enjoy?
- Where will I keep my “stuff”?
- Is everyone having fun?
- What will I do all day?
Be sure to visit every program you are considering. Visit more than once, at different hours of the day. That’s the best way to see how the program works. You’ll also get a better “feel” for the caregiver’s style and daily routines. Remember, quality of care may vary from one program or provider to the next. For this reason, CCCC cannot recommend individual providers or programs. As a parent, you’re the one who is truly qualified to judge which care is best for your child!