In this time of unprecedented public health crisis, we hope you, your staff and your families are well. The issues faced by our Country, State and municipalities are constantly changing, but please be assured that through our collective efforts we will get to the other side of this pandemic. At this time, here is what we know:

  1. Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a State of Emergency: ( which provides guidance to us as citizens and to State Departments in their work. This document can provide information related to expectations from State Departments. It may also be a resource to provide rationale for your decisions around programs.
  2. Local Counties and Municipalities have also made decisions to close schools and public places, even ordering everyone to stay home or “shelter in place”. We encourage everyone to connect to their county public health websites for up to date information. For many of these important sites, you can get updates sent to your phone or email.
  3. Many of us have had to change how and where we do our work…even our ability to do any work! You should be able to find more guidance at CA Employment Development Department (
  4. The Department of Developmental Services has released the following guidance ( to date. Please check their website for more information. If you have concerns regarding your Early Start contract, please contact Cathy Schulze:

Please explore the resources related to COVID-19 that we have collected for our network by clicking on the button below.

COVID-19 Resources

New Address for the FRCNCA Sacramento Office!!!

We are excited to announce that the FRCNCA has entered into an agreement to share space in the Resource Center at the UC Davis MIND Institute.  Our new  address is:

c/o UC Davis Mind Institute
2825 50th St
Sacramento, CA 95817

Project and financial mailings should continue to be sent in care of Support for Families; 1663 Mission Street, Suite 700; San Francisco CA  94103.

Welcome to Family Resource Centers Network of California website, your link to the local resources and services available at California`s 45 Early Start Family Resource Centers!

Early Start Family Resource Centers (ESFRC)  provide parent to parent support, outreach, information and referral services to families of children with disabilities and the professionals who serve them.  All ESFRCS serve families of children birth to three and many have enhanced funding which allows them to serve families of children over the age of three and individuals with developmental disabilities. Check with your local ESFRC for more information on the services that they provide.

Locate your local ESFRC

What is Early Start?

What are ESFRCs?

In California, Early Start Family Resource Centers are part of the Early Start Program, funded by the Department of Developmental Services. Staffed by families of children with special needs, family resource centers offer parent-to-parent support and help parents, families, and children locate and use needed services. They offer support services and resources in many languages, which may include newsletters, resource libraries, websites, parent-to-parent groups, sibling support groups, warmlines, and information and referral for parents and professionals.  Many ESFRCs have enhanced funding which allows them to serve families of children over the age of three and individuals with developmental disabilities.

Join our Listserv

This list serve is used by the Early Start Family Resource Centers, staff, parents and other interested parties to share information, resources, and current information.

TO SUBSCRIBE, send an email to

You will receive confirmation and instructions on the next steps (usually you have to reply to the automated message). Once you have done that, the FRCNCA chair receives a message that a person has subscribed and the chair approves the subscription before you are added to the listserve. Please let the chair know if you are an FRC or a family member. All these steps prevent spam and may take a couple of days.

The California Early Start Central Directory of Early Intervention Resources is now online and easy-to-access!

The Central Directory provides information on:

  • Early intervention services and resources
  • The Early Start system
  • Other service systems and support information

The Central Directory can be found online here.

We invite you to take advantage of this resource and to share this information with others as we work together to improve outcomes for infants, toddlers and their families.

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