Child Action, Inc.

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Child Action, Inc. (CAI) is a private, non-profit corporation founded in 1976 to promote the education and social welfare of children and families and to advocate on their behalf. Our programs include resource and referral services for families seeking childcare, childcare subsidies for qualifying families, recruitment and professional development of the childcare workforce, and family education and support.

Our goal is to partner with families and assist them in the care and education of their children and to advocate beside them in support of their concerns.

Our three primary services offered to our community include:

1. Helping families find childcare. We offer free childcare referrals to all families living or working in Sacramento County. In 2021-22, Child Action provided childcare referrals to 7,450 families for 10,800 children. 

2. Helping families pay for childcare. We are Sacramento County's largest childcare subsidy program and enroll income eligible families so they can work or go to school or training. Last year, more than 6,110 families received subsidies for 11,000 children through Child Action. The median household income of Child Action subsidy recipients is only $31,500.

3. Supporting our childcare community. We offer workshops and individualized assistance for Sacramento County's childcare providers, supporting them through the licensing process and as they operate their small businesses. In 2021-2022, our team helped create an additional 763 child care spaces.

Relationships form the foundation of all our interactions. We strive to offer a whole family approach so that we can learn more about the challenges each family faces. We stay current on community resources and are able to link our clients to other agencies to receive the supports they need. 


Our Mission

We empower families and childcare professionals with the tools and support services they need to successfully care for children.

Our Vision

All children and families in Sacramento County will have access to affordable, quality childcare and early education services.

Our Values

• Quality care for children

• Families’ right to choose services that fit their family needs

• Support for childcare professionals in providing quality care

• Excellence and teamwork in all that we do

• Collaborative work within the community to develop services that support children and families


Our parents and providers sometimes have needs arise that are not covered under our restricted funding. Our goal is to raise funds to help us ensure a whole family approach to care can be offered to our clients.

Unrestricted funding raised through the Big Day of Giving allows us to provide supports such as diapers, school or cleaning supplies, or other needs-based assistance.

We also ask our parents and providers to join us in our advocacy efforts and would like to raise funds to support training for this and to offer assistance to help them offset travel and other expenses.

Equity Statement

Child Action employs staff who represent a diverse demographic which includes that of all children and families served by the organization. Actions in the workplace exemplify an inclusive environment by demonstrating innovation and effective collaboration between team members of all levels. Individual perspectives are respected and sought out in decision making processes. The Child Action, Inc. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Program models the way of having impact throughout the organization by harnessing the “power of difference.”

Organization Data


Organization name

Child Action, Inc.

Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Economic Development

Operating Budget

More than $100 million

Organization Need

Funding: Program, Funding: Unrestricted, In-Kind Donations

Demographics Served

Youth & Children, Low-income individuals/families, Black/African American

BIPOC Leadership

Board Chair

Local Counties Served


Equity Statement

Equity Statement


10540 White Rock Road, Suite 180
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Service areas

Sacramento County, CA, US



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