Services for Providers

Caregiver and child

The well-being of our children and families starts with YOU—the child care workforce. CDRC is here to help you provide the best care for children and to keep your business thriving.

Grow Your Child Care Business

CDRC maintains Santa Cruz County’s only complete, up-to-date listing of child care providers. Help families find you by placing a free listing in our child care referral database.

Contact us for first time registration

View the CDRC Policies & Procedures for Referrals, Complaints and Appeals

de Referencias, Quejas y Apelaciones

Community Resources

CDRC partners with dozens of community organizations that support the overall health, safety and well-being of children and families.

Call CDRC to help determine which resource you need.

(831) 466-5820

Community Resource Directory

Child Care Licensing, California Department of Social Services

Santa Cruz County Human Services Division

Get Help in Becoming Licensed

Child care provider and child

Obtaining a Child Care License is required by California law to provide protective, preventive and quality experiences to children in care. The process includes monitoring of facilities, technical assistance and partnerships with providers to assure that established health and safety standards are maintained.

CDRC can walk you through the licensing process, either on the phone or in person.

Lending Library

Lending library materials are available for child care providers to help them understand and create high quality care for the children and families they serve.

Please contact us for assistance.

(831) 466-5820

  • Books
  • Videos
  • Periodicals
  • Guidance and discipline
  • Culturally appropriate curriculum
  • Literacy for English Language Learners
  • Operating a successful child care business
  • Information on children with special needs

CPR/First Aid and Preventative Health Certifications

Girl in a swing

CDRC can help child care providers gain access to the required Pediatric CPR/First Aid and Preventative Health classes. Call us for more information.


Through the Health and Safety Training Reimbursement Program, CDRC may issue a partial reimbursement to child care providers based upon successful completion of Pediatric CPR/First Aid and Preventive Health Classes.

Download your Application for Reimbursement:
English    Spanish

Look for a local CPR/First Aid class here.

California Child Care Initiative Project (CCIP)

CDRC offers the Child Care Initiative Project through a grant funded by the California Department of Education. CCIP is designed to increase the supply and improve the quality of infant/toddler care in Santa Cruz County.

(831) 466-5826

CCIP offers participants:

  • On-going support to become licensed & pre-licensing home visits
  • Advice on setting up a family child care business
  • Technical assistance and one-on-one consultation
  • Incentives for completing hours of training and reaching program goals
  • Free training on such topics as: Setting Up and Operating a Strong Family Child Care Business. The Developmental Needs of Children, Infant/Toddler Care, Provider Support and Professionalism, Trauma Informed Care.
  • Support to new, as well as existing family child care providers and their assistants

Funded by the California Department of Social Services Child Care and Development Division

Classes and Workshops

Boys smiling

CDRC’s on-going classes and workshops offer professional development opportunities that can help you:

  • Build a sustainable business
  • Understand infant toddler development
  • Learn how to provide positive guidance and discipline
  • Support children with special needs and English language learners
  • Learn about trauma and its effects on behavior and development