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Child Action, Inc. is a private, nonprofit corporation created in 1976 to provide for the education and social welfare of children and families by organizing, sponsoring and administering services to children. Child Action, Inc. is primarily funded by the California Department of Education, Child Development Division, to provide subsidies and child care and development services to low income families. Child Action, Inc. adheres to all California Department of Education regulations governing child development programs, and operates in accordance with all State of California laws governing non-profit agencies.

Our major goal is to promote the healthy growth and development of children and families living in Sacramento County. The services we provide include child care resource and referral, child care subsidies, recruitment and training of child care professionals, and parent education and support.

At Child Action, Inc. - We Care About Child Care

Find the support you need from people who care about child care as much as you do.


Are you looking for child care but concerned about choosing the right child care program for your child? We are here to listen and support you as you make this very important decision for your family. Child Action, Inc. works in partnership with Community Care Licensing, the state agency that oversees health and safety in child care programs. They notify us when a child care provider is under investigation or loses his/her license and we do not refer families to these child care programs. We also have supportive services to help you find child care for children with special needs.

So if you need help finding child care, paying for child care even if you lost your cash assistance from the CalWORKs program, or considering a career working with children call (916) 369-0191 our staff are waiting to talk with you.

You can also find more information by visiting or email our office at

Parents' Rights In Seeking Child Care

Parents' Rights

Child Action, Inc. believes that parents are best able to choose the child care that meets their particular family situation. It is our goal to provide parents with information and referrals on a full range of child care services in the Sacramento community.

Oliver's Law

California state law requires a licensed child care facility to make accessible to the public a copy of any licensing report pertaining to the facility that documents a facility visit or any substantiated or inconclusive complaint. In addition, a more complete file regarding a child care licensee may be available at an office of the State Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division. You have the right to access any public information in these files.

Exercise Your Rights

Child Action, Inc. strongly recommends that before placing a child in care, parents should exercise their rights and responsibilities to review a potential child care provider’s licensing history, which is available at the facility. Some programs are exempt from licensure. Ask about their complaint policies and procedures. A more complete file, including complaints or violations for licensed programs in Sacramento County, may be available at the offices listed below.

If a program is considered a “licensed exempted” program, such as a parent co-op, recreation program or community-based program, you will want to ask the program staff about their complaint policies as licensing will not have information available regarding these programs.

Child Action, Inc. provides information about providers as it is available, but does not make recommendations. The choice of child care is the parents' right and responsibility.

Licensing Contact Information:
For child care centers and family child care homes, please contact River City Child Care Program at (916) 263-5774.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

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The intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is to make locating child care less problematic for families with children with disabilities or other special needs. Under the ADA, a federal civil rights law, child care centers cannot discriminate against parents or children with special needs, nor can they charge more than they would for any other child. Child care centers and homes must be willing to make “reasonable accommodations” that meet children’s individual needs. This presents exciting opportunities to plan for and include children with disabilities or other special needs in all early childhood settings. Everyone benefits.

News and Updates

Oral Health Begins at Birth

Sacramento First 5, in association with the Sacramento News & Review, has published a new comprehensive 8 page booklet on dental care for those 5 and under. Included are facts on early childhood dental care, advice from local dentists, new low-cost dental clinic locations and more. A special page is devoted to the advantages of fluoride, areas in the County receiving fluoride in the water and future plans for fluoridated water.

Safe Kids Greater Sacramento Coalition

The Greater Sacramento SAFE KIDS Coalition seeks to prevent death and unintentional injury to children ages 14 and under through community collaboration and education.

Our parent center focuses on safety tips at home, at play and on the way. Safe Kids now offers you the ability to register on our site giving you the opportunity to customize what child safety information is most relevant to you and your family, access to Newsletters, Product Recalls, Action Alerts and Safety Spotlights.

We invite you to attend a meeting and become involved in our local efforts.