We are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for our youth, families and staff. With growing concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), we are sharing some important information. 

To receive text alerts, text CRSNEWS to 59925. 


Virtual Press conference on Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers

San Diego Workforce Partnership and The Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties will host a virtual press conference discussing the major dilemma many health care workers and first responders face now that schools have been closed: while working to keep the community alive and safe, they must arrange and pay for child care that is currently inaccessible or priced out of reach for many.


To join online on your computer:
Join Zoom Meeting HERE
Meeting ID: 619 732 0789
Password: workforce

To join by phone or mobile, dial:
Dial 669-900-9128
Meeting ID: 619 732 0789
Password: 896679

COVID-19 Emergency Funding Available for Families

Families continuing to work in essential service fields and those impacted by lost wages can now apply for micro-grants to support their families with funds from The San Diego COVID-19 Children’s Fund

Child Care Payments to Support Families: Micro-grants to support low-income essential service workers who must continue to work but lost child care, school services and/or need extended child care hours because of this crisis. Funding Amount: $575

Parent Basic Needs Support: Micro-grants to help families purchase supplies necessary to keep children healthy and safe such as: food, cleaning supplies, emergency diapers, and other emergency supplies. Funding Amount: $100

For more information, download the flyer in English or Spanish

COVID-19 Emergency Funding Available for LICENSED CHILD CARE PROGRAMS

Licensed Family Child Care Homes and Licensed Child Care Centers in San Diego County can now apply for micro-grants to support their businesses with funds from The San Diego COVID-19 Children’s Fund.

Licensed Family Child Care Homes and Licensed Child Care Centers: Micro-grants to support licensed child care programs who remain open during this time. Funds can cover lost wages due to lower enrollment and incentivize staying open to serve essential sector personnel. Funding Amount: $575

Supplies for Licensed Family Child Care Homes and Licensed Child Care Centers: Micro-grants to help licensed child care programs stay open, provide a healthy environment for children, and cover the cost of supplies such as: cleaning supplies, utility bills, and other emergency needs. Funding Amount: $100

Food and Nutrition: Micro-grants to ensure licensed child care programs can meet immediate needs of children in their care. Funding Amount: $100

For more information, download the flyer in English or Spanish.



Community Care Licensing (CCL) has created an FAQ document that helps explain new guidelines around cleaning, closures, protective equipment and sanitation procedures, prevention strategies, physical distancing, resources for families, and waivers. The information addresses common questions in a centralized way, and CCL will update the document as new information becomes available to reflect the evolving situation and any questions from child care providers.

View the list of Frequently Asked Questions.


County of San Diego Update

Weekly Early Care and Education Conference Calls - County of San Diego

You are invited to participate in weekly calls with the County of San Diego to hear timely updates and ask questions related to COVID-19’s impact on the Early Care and Education field and your child care business. 

Submit questions in advance HERE.

To join online on your computer:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 825 425 891

To join by phone or mobile, dial:
 One tap mobile
+1-669-900-6833,825425891# US (San Jose)

 Dial by your location
+1-346-248-7799 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 825 425 891 

Community Care Licensing representatives will participate in calls starting April 7, after observing Cesar Chavez Day on March 31.

Enhanced Child Care Referrals for Essential Service Workers

If you or someone you know works in the Essential Critical Infrastructure, we are offering enhanced referral services. This includes a specialized search within our database of licensed family child care homes and centers. Call us directly at 619-952-0242 and one of our advisors will work with you to locate a provider that matches your family’s immediate needs. Advisors are available Monday - Friday from 8:00AM - 5:00PM

If the phone line is busy, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible. Our phone line is staffed at all times and this is a dedicated line for health care professionals. Alternately, you can call our general referral line at 1-800-481-2151 and receive the same level of support.

Download the Flyer to distribute to an essential service worker. 

English | Spanish


Important Notice For Families Receiving subsidized child care: All Family Fees for April, May and June will be waived.

On March 26, 2020, the California Department of Education (CDE), Early Learning and Care Division issued instructions waiving family fees until June 30, 2020.

  • Effective April 1 through June 30, 2020 families will NOT have to pay assigned Family Fees
  • Provider will be paid the full amount and will not have the Family Feededucted from their payment
  • This waiver applies to all state-subsidized early learning and care programs
  • Fees paid in March will not be credited or refunded
  • This waiver applies to the monthly fee that is based on your family income; Co-pays or additional fees collected by provider are not adjusted by this waiver
  • Family fees will resume July 1, 2020, in accordance with the parent's most recent certification or recertification

We are here to support you during this very difficult time.  If you have any questions please contact your Family Advocate directly. If you do not know your Family Advocate’s direct contact information, please call our main offices and someone will return your call within 24 hours. 

(619) 521-3055 (Mission Valley)

(619) 474-4707 (National City)

(760) 294-5050 (Escondido)

Download the memo in English, Spanish, and Arabic HERE.

Update from the California Department of Education and County of San Diego - Provider Payment Guidance 

The California Department of Education (CDE) and County of San Diego has released emergency guidance for Alternative Payment Programs, Foster Bridge Program, and Stage 1 on reimbursement policies during the current COVID-19 state emergency. 

Read the memo:

English | Spanish 


Financial Assistance for Child Care Providers

As our community turns to essential service personnel in this crisis, these professionals rely on you so they can continue to work. We recognize the past few days have brought new guidelines and challenges to how you do your business, and we hope that connecting you to the following resources is helpful in this time. Visit our blog for a list of resources in financial assistance and small business. 



Please take this brief survey. We need your help to obtain current operating status and available child care spaces for families that need care during our current COVID-19 situation.



We are dedicated to supporting you – San Diego’s child care and early learning providers – through the current public health crisis and response related to the coronavirus and COVID-19.  As such, we will strive to keep you informed of pertinent information from our public leaders by distributing periodic emails and occasional phone calls.  Below you will find regular updates, information and a list of resources. Please feel free to contact us at 619-521-3055 for more information and we will do our best to address your questions and concerns. 

Download the March 21 update memo:

  • State Updates Order to Include Child Care as Essential Service
  • Community Care Licensing Provider Information Notice - Suspension of Annual Inspections

Download the March 20 update memo:

  • Majority of California Residents Ordered to Stay Home, Child Care Allowed to Continue

Download the March 19 update memo:

  • San Diego County’s Amended Health Officer Order Limits Child Care to 10 Children Per Group

Download the March 18 update memo:

  • CRS' response to Governor's Message on School Closure
  • New Guidance on COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Child Care Programs
  • Reminder to Notify Licensing of Closures

Download the March 17 update memo:

  • Recap and answers from Early Care and Education Call with County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, and County of San Diego Public Health officer, Dr. Wilma J. Wooten
  • Recap and answers from Early Care and Education Call with California Community Care Licensing 



"Day care must be limited to groups of up to 10 children in the same room and they must remain in same group each day, with the same staff person."

Read the full announcement.

Press Release on Enhanced Child Care

YMCA Childcare Resource Service Providing Enhanced Child Care Referrals to All Local Families Seeking Child Care 

San Diego County families can call 1-800-481-2151 for assistance in finding a licensed provider during crisis; 

Special phone line for health care, first responder, law enforcement and military families: 619-952-0242

Download the full press release.


Effective March 17, our CRS offices in Mission Valley, National City, and Escondido will be closed to the public but we are still conducting business via phone and email.

To: Families who received subsidized child care
From: Family Support Services

English | Spanish | Arabic

To: Child Care Providers in our Alternative Payment Programs
From: Provider Support Services

English | Spanish


For Child Care Professionals: Updates from The California Department of Education 

The California Department of Education (CDE) understands that the field needs answers about how closures will impact payments from the State and other rules around subsidized care. CDE is currently drafting answers to these questions. We will continue to keep you posted with answers.


For Child Care Professionals: Other Updates 

If you are planning on closing, please call us at 1-800-481-2151 so we can update our availability list. We will be providing enhanced referrals for all families that are needing care. 

Effective immediately, all child care provider workshops, trainings, or other gatherings where participants will be in small spaces are canceled. This will be in effect until the end of March, and possibly longer, depending on public health guidance. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause you. We will make every attempt to reschedule the postponed events as soon as it is safe to do so.


Ahora más que nunca es increíblemente claro que tan importante es el cuidado infantil para nuestra comunidad. GRACIAS

Con la mayor preocupación acerca de la propagación potencial del coronavirus (COVID-19), y esforzándose para mantener sus programas saludables y prevenir la propagación de gérmenes, estamos compartiendo alguna información importante.


Comunicado de prensa sobre cuidado infantil de calidad.

YMCA Childcare Resources Services proporciona opciones de cuidado infantil a todas las familias locales que lo necesiten

Las familias del condado de San Diego pueden llamar al 1-800-481-2151 para obtener ayuda y encontrar un proveedor con licencia durante la crisis.

Hay una línea telefónica destinada a las familias que tienen miembros trabajando en el sector de la salud, policía, militares y todo el resto de personal de emergencias. Pueden llamar al teléfono 619-952-0242

Descargue el comunicado de prensa completo.

Actualizaciones del Childcare Resource Service:

Si está pensando cerrar, favor de contactarnos al 1-800-481-2151 para poder actualizar nuestra lista de disponibilidad.  Estaremos ofreciendo referencias con la necesidad de cuidado infantil, puede ser que lo contactemos a usted directamente para ver si tiene disponibilidad.

Efectivo inmediatamente, todos los talleres, entrenamientos, u otras reuniones donde los participantes estarán en espacios reducidos quedan cancelados. Esto toma efecto hasta fin de marzo, y la posibilidad de durar más, dependiendo de lo que diga salud pública. Disculpe las inconveniencias que esto pueda causar. Haremos todo lo posible para agendar de nuevo los eventos pospuestos en cuanto sea seguro hacerlo.