Child Care Initiative Project

If you love children and the idea of providing a nurturing, enriching, environment for children in your home sounds like something you would enjoy, family child care might be the business for you!

The Child Care Initiative Project (CCIP), funded by the California Department of Education, focuses primarily on the recruitment and training of prospective family child care providers and supporting them through the licensing process. The ultimate goal of this program is to enhance the quality and increase the supply of in-home child care settings throughout Tuolumne and Mariposa counties.
Even during “normal” times families in Tuolumne and Mariposa counties face a critical shortage of child care spaces which impacts their ability to go to work and/or school. The current health crisis has only served to heighten the need for qualified and dedicated child care providers. Family child care is a self-employed business that contributes significantly to the local economy, and the social and emotional well-being of children. In both Tuolumne and Mariposa counties there is an unmet need for infant and toddler care as well as those who can provide care during evening and weekend hours. Because of this, there is an emphasis on licensing and training prospective family child care providers who will provide care for these very young children and during non-traditional business hours.


  • Assistance in meeting state licensing requirements and completing the Child Care Licensing Application
  • Health & Safety Training Scholarship Fund
  • Activity and Curriculum Development
  • Lending Library
  • Technical Assistance
  • Home Visits


  • Reimbursement for licensing & equipment costs (application fee, fingerprint fees, toys, books, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, etc.)
  • Quality toys and learning materials

Incentives are earned through participation in free ICES sponsored workshops that support providers as they get their family child care business up and running. Promoting high quality child care through training and support is a goal that the ICES CCIP program is committed to. Call ICES today for more information about licensed family child care.

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