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Dedicated - to Enriching Children's Lives



CDA operates three state subsidized, full-day preschool centers in South San Diego County. This preschool program provides a high-quality educational environment for children ages 3-5 to learn and grow while their parents become self-sufficient and ensures that they get the essential tools they need to be successful as they enter Kindergarten. Visit for more information. Tuition assistance is provided to income eligible families by the California Department of Education.

CDA's Alternative Payment (AP) Program provides child care reimbursement for children in San Diego County, from birth through 12 years of age to the provider of the parent's choice. This program allows eligible parents to choose the type of care they feel best meets the needs of their family. As a result, parents are able to work, look for work, or go to school. This program currently serves approximately 3,100 families and 5,800 children using over 1,650 different child care providers. Click here for more information about the AP Program. Funding is provided through the California Department of Education and Federal Child Care and Development Block Grant Funds.

CDA's Nutrition Program is the largest sponsor in the State of California of the Federal USDA Child Care Food Program and has been serving the community since 1984. This program reimburses child care providers for the nutritious meals they serve to the children in their care. CDA currently sponsors approximately 1,250 Family Child Care Homes throughout San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial Counties, and a portion of Los Angeles County. Visit for more information. This program is funded by USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) through the California Department of Education.