Early Care & Education

Public Counsel's Early Care and Education (ECE) Law Project was established in 1986 to increase child care capacity in low-income communities and to improve the quality of care. With the help of pro bono attorneys and volunteer law students, ECE Law Project provides free legal assistance to existing and/or prospective family child care providers and child care centers in a variety of ways. Read More

Contact Information

For more information about our services, call:

  • (213) 385-2977 x 300

Join Our Great Start Legal Workshops

Public Counsel’s Great Start Legal Workshops offer high quality, low-cost guidance on legal issues that arise in the everyday operation of ECE programs.

Click here to register for upcoming Great Start Legal workshops, find out about past workshops, and find out more information.


Let's put child care on the map in Southern California!

Child care on the mapPublic Counsel is helping cities and counties plan for early care today, so they can build it tomorrow. Our interactive child care map shows how cities in Los Angeles County are planning for quality child care in their communities.

Click here to see the map and watch a video



  • Child Care Operator Resource Guide This Guide provides links to helpful information for child care center operators (individuals looking to expand, renovate, or acquire a child care center).
  • Useful Information and Resources for Small Businesses Is your small business struggling due to the economic downturn? This document contains information sheets prepared by attorneys addressing legal issues you may be facing now, such as loan or lease modifications, employment laws, and referrals to other sources of financial and consulting assistance for small businesses.
  • Useful Information and Resources for Nonprofits Do you represent a nonprofit organization that is facing diminished resources? Is the nonprofit considering changes to its operations to preserve its financial strength? This resource contains information sheets addressing timely legal issues ranging from loan and lease modifications to employment law, and helpful resources on how non-profits can adapt to and operate in this tough economic environment.
  • California Immunization Registry The California Immunization Registry is a free and secure internet-based computer system used by thousands of doctors that stores children's immunization records. To learn more about how you can use this free and very useful tool, click on the above title.