QualityStart OC for Parents

We know that you are your child’s first and most important teacher. QualityStart OC​ can help you be sure that wherever your children spend their days in the first years, they are safe and have opportunities to learn and grow. You might choose one or more of these types of early learning experiences for your children:

  • Informal Care and Education (by parents, relatives, nanny, or babysitter)
  • Licensed Family Child Care (early care and education provided in a home setting)
  • Play Groups (mommy and me groups, school district Learning Links, library, and other community programs)
  • Child Care Center or Preschool (day care center, nursery school, preschool, Head Start program, or other prekindergarten program)


Every family and every child has different needs. Choosing the right kinds of early learning experiences for your child is an important decision. The resources links below can help you be more informed about your options:

Talk, Read, and Sing with your child

Choosing a quality early learning program

Find a quality, licensed program in your area

Find help to pay for early learning programs

Resources for parents of children with special needs