Early Care & Education


Early Care and Education- Birth Through Three (ECE-BT3) is a new initiative designed to strengthen child care for LA County infants and toddlers.   In 2021, there were 610,456 children under the age of 5 in Los Angeles County, yet licensed centers and family child care homes only have the capacity to serve 13 percent of working parents with infants and toddlers.  ECE-BT3 is a comprehensive strategy focused on increasing the capacity of the early care and education (ECE) system to care for infants and toddlers, as well as strengthening the skills of the workforce providing infant and toddler care.  Key activities include:

Infant/Toddler Facility Fee Waivers: ECE-BT3 Fee Waivers are available to child care providers who would like to construct or renovate child care facilities to serve infants and toddlers. Fees incurred to child care providers by the Los Angeles County Departments of Regional Planning, Public Works – Health and Safety and Fire are covered by this program. For more information, see attached Facility Fee Waiver Flyer.

Infant/Toddler Expansion Resources:  In partnership with Public Council, ECE-BT3 will be providing training and coaching to ECE providers who would like to expand their programs to serve additional infants and toddlers. The first of several trainings will launch on June 28, 2023.  Recorded trainings will be posted at along with an in-depth toolkit providing additional information for infant/toddler child care expansion.  For more information, see the attached Child Care Training flyer.

Infant/Toddler Training for ECE Providers:  In Fall 2023, ECE-BT3 will launch a free professional development series for current and emergent infant and toddler child care providers. Also in Fall 2023, ECE-BT3 will release, “Caring for LA’s Youngest Learners: A Professional Development Guide for Early Educators Who Care for Infants and Toddlers “ .  This user-friendly toolkit of infant and toddler professional development opportunities is currently being designed in collaboration with the Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP), the Child Care Planning Committee, and Quality Start LA.

ECE-BT3 is funded through the generous support of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.  If you have any questions or would like additional information about ECE-BT3,  please contact Elizabeth Jacoby at


The LA County Early Care and Education (ECE) Facility Development Project is led by the LA County Department of Public Health – Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education (OAECE) and the LA  County Department of Regional Planning in partnership with LA County Department of Public Works – Building and Safety Division, LA County Fire Department, California Department of Social Services – Community Care Licensing Division, Public Counsel, and First 5 LA.  As a collaborative effort, the project has developed activities to support ECE providers with facility development


The OAECE is pleased to announce the launch of the Early Care and Education Birth through Three Facility Development Fee Waiver (ECE Facility Fee Waivers) program. With the support of the Hilton Foundation, OAECE is providing child care facility development fee waivers to help reduce the financial barriers child care providers face when trying to acquire a new facility or renovate an existing child care facility.  The ECE Facility Fee Waivers are available to licensed child care providers in unincorporated Los Angeles County and select cities who: 1) serve children ages birth through 3, and 2) plan to construct new facilities or renovate existing facilities.  Eligible child care providers who want to renovate and/or do construction at a child care facility must contact the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning (Regional Planning), Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, Building & Safety Division (Building & Safety), and California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD) to determine if their renovation and/or construction plans require review and approval.

Information about how to navigate the child care facility development process in Los Angeles County can be found in this toolkit: “Child Care for All: How to Develop and Renovate ECE Facilities in Los Angeles County” and can be accessed in different languages below. Please feel free to distribute this opportunity widely among your child care networks.

To learn more about constructing or renovating an ECE facility in Los Angeles County, please find the following contact information for each department:

LA County ECE Facilities Staff Contacts

LA County Department of Regional Planning: Zoe Axelrod:

LA County Department of Public Works, Building & Safety: Jovy Estremos:

LA County Fire Department: Inspector Eddie Martinez:

L.A. County Department of Public Health – Office for the Advancement of Early Care & Education: Elizabeth Jacoby:

CDSS Community Care Licensing Division: Shoghig Khadarian:

CDSS Community Care Licensing Division Regional Offices:

  • Monterey Park/Monterey Park South West Regional Office: (323) 981-3350
  • El Segundo/El Segundo North Regional Office: (424) 301-3077
  • Palmdale Regional Office: (661) 202-3318

Public Counsel: Ritu Mahajan:



OAECE, in partnership with Public Counsel, has released the “Child Care for All: How to Develop and Renovate ECE Facilities in Los Angeles County” toolkit to support ECE providers with navigating the complex process of child care facility development in unincorporated areas of LA County. This interactive toolkit provides a step-by-step process and resources for obtaining approvals to renovate and construct new ECE facilities. Please find the toolkit below available in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Armenian, and Russian.


Toolkit Training

To view a virtual training on how to use the “Child Care for All: How to Develop and Renovate Early Care and Education Facilities in Los Angeles County” Toolkit, please visit:

 LA County ECE Facilities Process Webinar 

“Date To Be Announced Soon”

The webinar will provide information on LA County’s process to request facilities planning and building & safety permits needed for certain types of child care space renovations.  The webinar will include presentations by LA County’s Department of Regional Planning, Department of Public Works’ Building and Safety Division, Fire Department, and CDSS Child Care Licensing Division.

Webinar is for LA County’s process that covers LA County unincorporated areas, however, everyone is welcome to attend

The webinar will require registration, will be recorded, and provided in English and Spanish.

Meeting Materials

Building Capacity

Child Care and Your City: How Cities Can Increase Access to Child Care Toolkit – Child Care and Your City: How Cities Can Increase Access to Child Care” is a best practices and resource toolkit for city staff providing important legal updates and best practices on how cities and planning departments can reduce barriers to developing, renovating, and operating much-needed child care facilities in their communities.

Child Care Provider Guide to Zoning, Building and Safety, Fire, Health and Licensing Regulations (July 2007)


ECE-BT3 professional development resources are for early care and education providers who want to strengthen their practice in caring for infants and toddlers.  Below providers can find professional development trainings and resources specifically for the infant and toddler child care workforce.

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