About Us

The Child Care Law Center envisions a California where child care is a civil right, not a benefit; where equal opportunity begins with equal access to safe and healthy child care; and where parents can support their families without sacrificing their children’s well-being.

Our attorneys break down the legal barriers standing between families in need and good, affordable child care. We educate parents and child care providers, advise advocates and policymakers, provide legal information and referrals, and litigate high-impact cases.

We work on federal and state subsidies, regulation and licensing, civil rights and disability, housing rights, and economic development and planning.

We are a Support Center for Qualified Legal Services Programs in the state of California.

Office and Contact Information:

  • 1832 Second Street | Berkeley, California 94710
  • info@childcarelaw.org | 415-558-8005
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Our Accomplishments

Child Care Law Impact Evaluation Part 1 2018
Child Care Law Center Impact Evaluation Part 2 2018

2016 Commitment Statement:

Now more than ever, we are committed to …

  • securing high quality child care for every child,
  • holding politicians accountable,
  • blocking health care theft,
  • building coalitions,
  • defending children and families in targeted communities,
  • fighting for gender and racial equity,
  • making schools safer for children with disabilities,
  • keeping children and their families together, and
  • ensuring living wages for parents and child care providers.

Our History:

The Child Care Law Center began in 1980 as the Bay Area Child Care Law Project.

Our 30 years of success include:

  • We stepped in to block the line-item veto of a child care fund in Parent Voices Oakland v. O’Connell,  thus saving child care for 55,000 children of low-income working women in California.
  • We spearheaded including children with disabilities in child care programs in California by giving the child care providers the legal training that they needed in order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • We helped the city of San Francisco think creatively about zoning policies and passed a child care impact fee that increases the availability of child care in San Francisco.
  • In Rose v. Eastin, we forced the California Department of Education to establish regulations to provide child care for families on CalWORKs.

These successes have built our reputation as a unique legal organization that preserves and expands child care for low-income children and families in California.