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Child Development

We provide early education, care, and support services to children, families, and child care providers. Our goal is to support parents in their role as their child’s first teacher and promote the future academic success of all children by offering the highest quality early education services. The Child Development Division is home to the following programs and more:

  • Child Care Resource and Referral – Brochures: (English)
  • Quality Counts – Quality Rating & Improvement System – Brochures: (English)
  • Training, technical assistance, and support for center-based staff as well as licensed, and license-exempt, child care providers
  • A book, toy, and parent resource lending library open to the public
  • Play Days: fun, engaging, hands-on learning activities for children in the care of parents, grandparents, and license-exempt caregivers
  • The Child Care Planning Council
  • Alternative Payment: subsidized child care services for low-income families who are working, students, individuals seeking employment, or those in training
  • Cal WORKS Child Care: subsidized child care services for families currently receiving cash aid or families who have received cash aid within the last 24 months
  • The Child Care Initiative Project (CCIP): specialized training for licensed family child care home providers serving children zero to age 13
  • The California State Preschool Program: a kindergarten readiness program for children ages three to five, free for families who income qualify, but also open to full-pay families.
  • The California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN): specialized training on the California Preschool Learning Foundations and Preschool Curriculum Frameworks, aligned to K-12 content standards
  • Trustline: TrustLine is the California registry of in-home and license-exempt child care providers (babysitters and nannies) who have passed a background check.  TrustLine was created by the California Legislature to give parents an important tool to use when selecting a caregiver for their children.  It is the only authorized screening program of in-home and license-exempt caregivers in the state with access to fingerprint records at the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI and access to California’s Child Abuse Central Index.  TrustLine is endorsed by the California Academy of Pediatrics.  TrustLine can be reached at 1-800-822-8490 or www.trustline.org. To apply you can also visit the Child Care Connection office. Trustline Brochures: (English) (Spanish) 

Location  

164 Grandview Drive
Bishop, CA 93514
Phone: (760) 873-5123
Fax: (760) 873-5017

Our Staff

Raquel Dietrich, Director
Britney Clair, Office Manager
Sandy Lyle, Program Coordinator
Sue Kinney, Program Coordinator
Aimee Duncan, Accounting Clerk
Tambra Armenta, Secretary
Karen Griego, Secretary
Karen Aguilera, Quality Improvement Coach

California State Preschool Program Staff:

Forrest Smith — Round Valley State Preschool
Joyce Walker — West Bishop State Preschool
Heather Johnston, Aide – West Bishop State Preschool
Belinda Tackett — Bishop State Preschool
Levi Aguilera, Aide – Bishop State Preschool
Courtney Routt – Big Pine State Preschool