Welcome to Choices For Children in Santa Clara County.
Our Santa Clara County Program History
ith initial funding, over thirty years ago, Choices For Children (CFC) began providing support and resources to families in Santa Clara County.
Historically, CFC has collaborated with our community partners, in order to be responsive to the continually changing social and economic needs of families in the region. Our unique CFC programs have emerged through relationships built upon grass-roots community involvement.
Beginning with a California Department of Education Alternative Payment Program in 1976, CFC quickly added programs such as the Private Employer Supported Resource and Referral Program in 1981, sponsorship of the Child and Adult Care Food Program for Family Child Care Homes in 1982, and innovative projects such as Back-Up Choices, an Employer Parenting Series and support for city employees.
Due to CFC’s strong ability to create and provide culturally responsive, quality services, our partnerships and funding have been expanded over the years. The variety of additional programs demonstrate our commitment to building the capacity of families to raise children that are healthy, safe, loved and ready to learn.
Current Programs and Impact
Current programs include:
California Department of Education, Child Development Division Alternative Payment Program,
Child and Adult Care Food Program for Centers and Family Child Care Homes,
P-TRAC (Provider Training, Resource & Activity Center) developed ten years ago, with the support and partnership of the Packard Foundation, VTA and Bright Horizons
E-3 Institute, Comprehensive Approaches to Raising Educational Standards (CARES) Program
FIRST 5 Santa Clara County Regional Partnerships
Parent Education and Quality Early Learning Opportunities (QELO) for families of children birth to 5,
Knight Foundation Exempt Provider Project (STEP-UP)
Early Childhood Feeding Project
In the county, through direct services, funding, referrals, and training, CFC serves over:
o 2000 child care providers
o 2200 children
o 2650 parents
o 700 center staff
o healthy nutrition for 2,800 children