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Program FAQ

1. Do I have to live in Pomona to receive services?

a) No, there are pre-school programs for all pre-school aged children that live in our area and surrounding cities as well. If you have any questions contact us by calling (909) 397-4740 Ext. 25030

2. Do I have to make a certain income to qualify?

a) No, not all programs take income as a consideration for enrollment.

3. How do I get a child care referral?

a) Child Development Resource & Referral provides child care referral to the general public free of charge. You can get a list of licensed child care providers by calling (909) 397-4740 Ext. 25030

4. How do I become a licensed family day care provider?

a) Individuals interested in becoming a provider can attend a licensing orientation hosted by Child Development Resource and Referral. You can contact this department at (909) 397-4740, x 25030 for an orientation schedule.

5. What is GAIN?

a) Gain stands for "Greater Avenues for Independence" and provides comprehensive welfare-to-work services to assist CalWorks participants in obtaining unsubsidized employment.

6. What is CalWorks (California Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids)?

a) CalWorks is the State's mandated public assistance program to provide financial assistance including subsidized child care assistance, social services, and employment services to families with dependent children.

7. What is Collocation?

a) Staff that are located at, or visit, a Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) District/Regional Office to assist CalWorks participants in establishing State child care arrangements.

8. What is a GSW (Gain Service Worker)?

a) A DPSS or contracted employee who works with participants enrolled in the GAIN and Cal-Learn Programs.

9. What is a Family Fee?

a) The amount that a participant/parent will be required to pay towards child care costs based on the fee schedule established by the State.

10. What is a co-payment?

a) A co-payment is a parent/participant payment made directly to the child care provider when that provider's child care fee exceeds the Regional Market Rate Ceiling (RMR).

11. What is RMR?

a) The Regional Market Rate is the maximum amount the State of California reimburses for subsidized child care in a region based on market surveys.

12. What is the STI-05?

a) The STI-05 is the participant/provider services agreement.

13. What is an MCCR (Maintenance Child Care Request)?

a) An MCCR is an electronic child care request which is used to determine child care services.

14. How do I know if I qualify for the Stage 2 Program?

a) To be eligible for subsidized child care under the Stage 2 Program, a parent must be either receiving aid or have received it within the past two (2) years. Participants who are only receiving cash aid for their children will not qualify for this program.

15. What is the EL - Eligibility List?

a) The EL is a countywide list of families interested in receiving assistance applying for State Pre School, Head Start, or child care programs. Agencies with subsidized funding through the California Department of Education (CDE) are required to pull names from the EL to fill out vacancies in their child development programs.

16. How can I obtain a EL application?

a) Following are the ways to obtain a EL application:

1. Apply over the phone: (909) 397-4740, extension, 25269.

2. Request to have an application mailed to you by calling the EL specialist at (909) 397-4740, extension, 25205.

3. Download an application under at

17. I sent in my application to get on the Eligibility List (EL). How long will I need to wait before I get subsidized child chare?

a) Space for subsidized child care is based primarily on availability, which is difficult to predict.

18. What is Early Head Start?

a) Early Head Start is a program that provides low income pregnant women and families with children from birth to age three with family centered services that facilitate child development, support parental roles, and promote self-sufficiency. The Early Head Start home-based program option supports children and their families through home visits and group socialization experiences. The center-based Early Head Start program supports teenage mothers by providing child care at the high school they attend.

19. Who is eligible?

a) The following are eligible for the Early Head Start program:

1. Low income pregnant women (including pregnant teenagers)

2. Low income families with babies and toddlers

3. Families with infants and toddlers who have disabilities

20. Who funds the program?

a) The program is federal funded by the Federal Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

21. What is the cost?

a) It is free to low income families or families with a child with an IFSP based on the Federal Income Guidelines.

22. What is a home visit?

a) Early Head Start home visits provide comprehensive services to support and strengthen the relationships between infants, toddlers and their parents. Regulations require home visits of 90 minutes duration to occur on a weekly basis year-round.

23. What is group socialization?

a) Group Socializations are another opportunity to strengthen and support relationships by providing parents with opportunities to: obtain feedback from Early Head Start staff and other parent or community-based professionals about their child's interest, strengths, needs and resources; observe their children responding to other children and adults; and share and learn from others about the challenges and joys of parenting.

24. What is the duration of socializations?

a) Early Head Start is required to offer families two socializations per month year round. The length of each socialization is approximately two hours.

25. What is a curriculum goal?

a) Curriculum goal is for children's development and learning are established in partnership with parents and based on the child's ongoing developmental assessment.

26. What services are provided by Early Head Start?

a) The following services are provided by Early Head Start?

1. Developmental Curriculum

2. Home Visits

3. Health Services

4. Mental Health Services

5. Assessments of infants and toddlers

6. Support services for pregnant women

7. Interactive work with parents and their infants

8. Parenting education

9. Referrals for job training

10. Linkages to pre and post natal services

11. Linkages for early intervention for developmentally delayed infants/toddlers

12. Group socialization activities, including field trips

13. Celebration events

14. Father involvement activities

15. Child Care and Child Development at Infant / Toddler Centers

27. What kind of preschool programs and how do I get in?

a) The following are the pre-school programs we have at Pomona USD and each has their own eligibility requirements.

1. Head Start: There are income requirements and the child must be 3 or 4 years old by September 2nd.

2. State Preschool: There are income requirements and the child must be 3 or 4 years old by September 2nd.

3. Los Angeles Universal Preschool: There are no income requirements and child must be 4 years old by September 2nd.

The program that meets your needs can be determined by visiting our office located in Suite 174 at The Village at Indian Hill at 1460 E. Holt Ave, Pomona 91767 or calling (909) 397-4622.

28. Does my child learn or do they just play all day?

a) Our pre-school program Follows a curriculum, Houghton Mifflin (HM) Pre-K. It is a comprehensive program that develops the oral language and expands the vocabulary. It also encompasses math, science and social studies. The learning is organized around intentional classroom environment that supports learning through play.

29. Does my child learn or do they just play all day?

a) All of our teachers possess a California Teachers Permit and the majority of our teachers possess advanced degrees.