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 Counsel, ECE-BT3 provides training and coaching to ECE providers who would like to expand their programs to serve additional infants and toddlers. To view the Infant and Toddler Expansion Toolkit, click here.

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. Visit here to view current professional development opportunities. In Summer 2024, 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 guide for 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)


The Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education (OAECE), in collaboration with Public Counsel, has released “Child Care for All: Information for Child Care Providers on Expanding Infant and Toddler Care in Los Angeles County” (Infant and Toddler Expansion Toolkit). The Infant and Toddler Expansion Toolkit has information to assist family child care homes and community-based child care centers to serve more infants and toddlers.  This resource includes the following 7 key considerations for serving more infants and toddlers.

  1. Licensing
  2. Ratios
  3. Staff Qualifications
  4. Equipment
  5. Changes to Physical Space
  6. Financial Business Model
  7. Outreach to Families

Please find the toolkit below available in English. The toolkit will be coming soon in Armenian, Chinese, Korean, Russian and Spanish.

Infant and Toddler Expansion Toolkit


Are you interested in serving more infants and toddlers in your early care and education program? Join Public Counsel and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Office for the Advancement of Early Care & Education (OAECE) for this recorded training in English and Spanish on how child care providers can expand infant and toddler care in their program. During this training, we will discuss key considerations related to expanding child care services for infants and toddlers, including:

      • Licensing
      • Ratios
      • Staff Qualifications
      • Equipment
      • Changes to Physical Space
      • Financial Business Model
      • Outreach to Families
      • Resources

To access the training, please visit:

Spanish Version:

English Version:

Stay tuned for the complementary Infant and Toddler Child Care Expansion Toolkit coming Fall 2023!


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.


Join the Program for Infant and Toddler Care (PITC), in partnership with the Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education (OAECE) and the Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP), for this free ECE-BT3 Training Series workshop. The workshop will be offered in English on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 and be offered in Spanish on Thursday, April 11, 2024.

During this two-hour workshop, participants will receive guidance and explore practices that support the healthy social-emotional development of children birth through 36 months.  This workshop is ideal for Family Child Care Providers, Family, Friend and Neighbor Care Providers, In-Home Care Providers, Center Based Staff, and Infant/Toddler Program Administrators.

Participants who complete the training will receive two hours of professional development which will be posted on the participant’s California Early Care and Education Workforce Registry Training and Education report.

Event Details:

Workshop in English:

Workshop Title: Social Emotional Development and Self-Regulation of Infants and Toddlers

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Sign-in begins at 5:45 pm)

Location: Zoom link will be available after registration is completed

Cost: Free

Click Here to Register 

Link to English Flyer

Únase al Program for Infant and Toddler Care (PITC, por sus siglas en inglés), en asociación con la Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education (OAECE, por sus siglas en inglés) y Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP, por sus siglas en inglés), para este taller gratuito de la Serie de Capacitación ECE-BT3. El taller se ofrecerá en inglés el martes 9 de abril de 2024 y se ofrecerá en español el jueves 11 de abril de 2024.

Durante este taller de dos horas, los participantes recibirán orientación y explorarán prácticas que apoyen el desarrollo socioemocional saludable de los niños desde el nacimiento hasta los 36 meses.  Este taller es ideal para proveedores de cuidado infantil familiar, proveedores de cuidado de familiares, amigos y vecinos, proveedores de cuidado en el hogar, personal del centro y administradores de programas para bebés y niños pequeños.

Los participantes que completen la capacitación recibirán dos horas de desarrollo profesional que se publicarán en el informe de capacitación y educación del Registro de la Fuerza Laboral de Cuidado y Educación Temprana de California del participante.

Detalles del evento:

Taller en inglés:

Título del taller: Desarrollo socioemocional y autorregulación de bebés y niños pequeños

Fecha: Martes, 9 de abril de 2024

Hora: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (El registro comienza a las 5:45 pm)

Ubicación: El enlace de Zoom estará disponible después de que se complete el registro

Costo: Gratis

Haga clic aquí para registrarse

Enlace al folleto en Español

To reserve your spot, please register by April 5, 2024. Should you have any questions or need further information, contact Elsa Leal at or  (213) 582-8961.

Los Angeles County Infant/ Toddler Early Care and Education System Blueprint

On September 12, 2023, the LA County Board of Supervisors approved motion that directs the Department of Public Health – Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education (OAECE) to develop a blueprint to fortify the LA County Infant/Toddler Care System.  The OAECE conducted an extensive input process to inform the development of the Los Angeles County Infant/Toddler Early Care and Education System Blueprint (Blueprint) recommendations. The OAECE is excited to share that the Blueprint was submitted to the Board of Supervisors on March 1, 2024.

To read the complete Blueprint, please click HERE. 

To access a user-friendly handout summarizing the blueprint’s recommendations, please click HERE.

Next Steps for the Blueprint:

The Blueprint is intended to, at minimum, be tool to inform Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, ECE advocates and programs, provide recommendations for elected officials during legislation session, and a guide for philanthropy to inform investment strategies. The Blueprint will also serve as a foundational document for developing the next Los Angeles County Unified Early Care and Education Strategic Plan 2025-2030.

The OAECE looks forward to partnering with the ECE community and other stakeholders to build a stronger ECE system for Los Angeles County’s children and their families.

For questions or more information regarding the Blueprint, please contact Leanne Drogin, OAECE Deputy Director at

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