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Tulare County Early Stars - for Parents

Early Stars helps you choose preschools and childcare for your young children by providing a star rating that is easy to understand.

Contact Us

Early Stars is one of many powerful resources for Tulare County parents seeking quality care for their children. In addition to using the listing of Rated Sites, we invite you to seek support from the following organizations:

Resource & Referral Services

Talk to a professional about your childcare options in Tulare County. Administered by the Tulare County Office of Education's Early Childhood Education Program, the experts at Resource & Referral Services can answer your questions and help you find the best care and education for your children, including those with special needs. Contact them at (559) 651-0185.

First 5 California Parent Website

As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher. The First 5 California Parent website has information that will help you support your child's early learning so they are ready for school. View their website at

Low Cost or Free Child Care

If you are a low income family and need child care so that you can work or go to school or would like your child to benefit from attending preschool, there are many ways to get financial assistance. To learn more about your options to get help paying for care, contact Connections for Quality Care at (559) 651-3026 or (800) 675-3026 or e-mail You may also complete an application online at

Tulare County Office of Education
Early Stars Quality Rating and Improvement System
Lorena Castillo, Program Manager
7000 Doe Avenue, Suite C, Visalia, CA 93291 · · phone: (559) 651-0862