Know Your Rights

Parent Rights

Every parent is the expert on their children’s needs. Learn more about your rights when it comes to child care with the helpful links below.*

*This page is not intended to provide legal advice.

What’s New and What’s Changed

Parents can qualify for full time child care for a minimum of 12 months when they participate in the CalWORKs cash aid program.

CalWORKS Fact Sheet CalWORKS Fact Sheet (Español)

Student Fact Sheet Student Fact Sheet (Español)

DV Fact Sheet

Child Care Eligibility

Choosing child care is one of the most important decisions families make, but often times families do not know how to navigate the system and what they are eligible for. The California Childcare Resource and Referral Network’s local agencies help parents take the guesswork out of choosing care by giving them referrals to local child care providers, information on state licensing requirements, availability of child care subsidies, and other pertinent information.

Visit the California Childcare Resource & Referral Network’s family resource page to find more information on your rights as a parent when it comes to child care eligibility.

Paid Family Leave

Paid Family Leave is the essential employee-funded insurance program that allows Californian parents time off work to care for a new child. Paid Family Leave is proven to help the development of a child and allows parents critical bonding time.
Learn more about your eligibility for Paid Family Leave here.

Here’s a chart that explains Pregnancy Disability Leave and Paid Family Leave and another one that explains six CA laws for parents.

Interested in finding out more about how you can take action to improve Paid Family Leave for California Families? Visit Work Family CA or Strong Leave for Strong Families

How to Navigate Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

If you have a child with special needs, they may be eligible for free individualized education programs at their school. As a parent you have certain rights in regard to the development and functionality of an IEP for your child. Learn more about IEPs and your rights at the links below: