Early Care and Education Programs



ICOE Early Care and Education Programs (ECEP)  is the one stop shop for Child Care needs in Imperial County.
The California Department of Education/Early Education and Support Division alongside with the United States Department of Health and Human Services fund the ECEP department.  The ECEP department has been operational since 1980 and is committed to families of the Imperial County in meeting their child care needs.

Early Care and Education Programs offers comprehensive child care and development services to Imperial County families.  We help parents explore all of their child care options by providing free child care referrals and information on how to choose quality early education and child care services.  ECEP also offers income eligible programs which provide child care financial assistance to low-income families who are employed, participating in job training or educational programs.

The ECEP department also provides workshops for child care providers on a number of childhood topics and assists with Trustline Registry – fingerprint clearance program for exempt (unlicensed) child care providers.  As well as, provide information on the supply and demand of early education and child care services in Imperial County and statewide.
In addition, we operate subsidized early education State Preschool and Federal Head Start centers and home based programs throughout Imperial County.

Parents or providers needing information regarding child care in Imperial County may call or visit our friendly staff.

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Upcoming Events

40th Annual Children's Fair
April 2019

Bucklin Park, El Centro

Early Childhood Educator Recognition Banquet
Friday, May 3, 2019

Club Lohoo, Heber

Main Office

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Early Care & Education Programs
Imperial County Office of Education
1398 Sperber Road
El Centro, CA 92243

Contact us:

Michael Castillo
Senior Director/Early Care & Education Programs

Ernestina Hernandez
Administrative Assistant

Email: children@icoe.org
Phone: (760) 312-6431
Fax: (760) 312-6198


Online Child Care Referrals/ Referencias de Cuidado Infantil

Click on the button below to access our online database and find a preschool, child care center or family childcare home in Imperial County.

Oprima el boton que se encuentra abajo para poder accesar nuestra base de datos en linea que le ayudara a encontrar prescolar, centros de cuidado infantil u hogar de cuidado de niños en el Condado de Imperial.


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Child Care Referrals

Referencias para Cuidado Infantil


Contact Information for Specific Programs Phone Number Fax Number
Alternative Payment Program (760) 312-6442 (760) 312-6577
Center Based Programs (760) 312-6466 (760) 312-6198
Early Head Start Programs (760) 312-6594 (760) 312-6198
Head Start Programs (760)312-6148 (760)312-6198
Resource and Referral Program (760) 312-6544 (760) 312-6198
Imperial County Early Care & Education Planning Council (760) 312-6604 (760) 312-6198