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Legal and regulatory requirements contained in Education Code, California Code of Regulations, Funding Terms & Conditions, Compliance Review Instrument, California School Accounting Manual, and Audit Guide.

Audit Guide for Child Development Contracts
Guidelines for independent auditors who conduct examination of child development services contracts administered by the California Department of Education (CDE).

California Code of Regulations

Regulations are program requirements formally adopted by state agencies, which are also reviewed and approved by the Office of Administrative Law, and filed with the Secretary of State.

  • Title 5 External link opens in new window or tab. - Division 1, Chapter 19 and 19.5, sections 18000 through 18434. These regulations define the program operations requirements for a recipient of child care services funds made available by the CDE.

  • Title 22 External link opens in new window or tab. - Community care facilities license regulations, including child care centers.

California School Accounting Manual

Comprehensive reference source of acceptable accounting principles and practices for local educational agencies.

Federal Program Monitoring/Contract Monitoring Review 2016–17 Program Instrument (Online) (PDF)
The CDE performs reviews of programs offering subsidized child development services. This assessment tool presents each compliance area the child development consultant examines.

Federal Program Monitoring/Contract Monitoring Review 2016–17 Program Instrument (On-site) (PDF)
The CDE performs reviews of programs offering subsidized child development services. This assessment tool presents each compliance area the child development consultant examines.

Education Code External link opens in new window or tab.
Statutes applied to child care programs identified within the Child Care and Development Services Act.

Funding Terms and Conditions

In conjunction with California Education Code and Title 5, California Code of Regulations, these documents are prepared by contract type and represent a compilation of required program implementation practices.

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Last Reviewed: Friday, July 28, 2017
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