The DMV Child Care Center is a private non-profit organization.
Open to the community, licensed by the State of California with maximum enrollment of 54 children.
We provide care for children ages 2 - 5. 1/2
Our Board of Directors, made up of interested parents and state employees, governs the center.
We provides an ideal situation for working parents where their children receive excellent and essential early childhood experiences and the parents are close to their kids in the event of an emergency or just for a visit to spend some quality time together.
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Initially, members of the State Commission on the Status of Women investigated the feasibility of establishing childcare centers within close proximity of State offices where State employees could leave their children while they worked. Based on its findings, former Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. authorized three State departments to participate in the pilot childcare programs. The DMV Headquarters Office in Sacramento was one of those selected because its employees were predominantly female with children that needed care during the work day. The former Director of DMV, Herman Sillas, appointed his Deputy, Doris Alexis to represent DMV in this project.
At that time, only 5% of preschool children were cared for in licensed group care centers, 83% were cared for by baby-sitters, and 12% were cared for under some other arrangements (US Department of Labor, Pamphlet #16, 1973, entitled “Day Care Facts"). When Mrs. Alexis met with interested parents, the response was unanimously in favor of an on-site childcare facility. Dozens of employees, both parents and non-parents, volunteered their services to start a childcare center. Out of these volunteers, the Parent’s Advisory Committee was formed.
The Parent’s Advisory Committee was charged with the responsibility of establishing policies, conducting in-depth surveys to establish the needs of both parent and children, planning programs, hiring a group of competent staff, and building a program that would meet the standards required by law. When it was learned there was no funding available to set up a childcare center, DMV employees, who had faith in this program, voted to continue their efforts to establish the first on-site childcare center for State employees. Therefore, hundreds of volunteer hours and considerable efforts were expended to create a childcare and development center of superior quality.