Child Care Licensing

Program Mission

The core mission of the Child Care Licensing Program is to ensure the health and safety of children in care. The Child Care Licensing Program strives to provide preventive, protective, and quality services to children in care by ensuring that licensed facilities meet established health and safety standards through monitoring facilities, providing technical assistance, and establishing partnerships with providers, parents, and the child care community.

The Child Care Licensing Program provides oversight and enforcement for licensed Child Care Centers and Family Child Care Homes through 19 Regional Offices located throughout California. All children and families, regardless of age, ethnicity, cultural background, gender, socioeconomic status, or ability, are afforded the same protections under law and regulations for child care facilities.

Questions regarding the Program can be directed to your local Regional Office, the Child Care Advocate Program (916-654-1541), or the Centralized Complaint and Information Bureau .

Stay Informed on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

  • PIN 20-19-CCP - Rapid Assistance Support Team (RAST) Tele-Visits to Providers due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency
  • PIN 20-17-CCP - Food and Drug Administration Safety Notice Regarding Hand Sanitizers Containing Methanol
  • Translations: 中文 | Español
  • PIN 20-16-CCP - Online Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training Now Available in Spanish
  • PIN 20-16-CCP-SP - La Capacitación en Línea para Personas Bajo Mandato de Reportar el Abuso Infantil Ahora Está Disponible en Español
  • PIN 20-15-CCP - Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Updated Guidance for Child Care Settings
  • PIN 20-14-CCP - Resources to Support Social and Emotional Development of Children During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
  • Translations: 中文 | Español | Tiếng Việt
  • PIN 20-13-CCP - Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Testing Sites
  • PIN 20-12-CCP - Written directives for lead testing in child care centers will be delayed due to COVID-19
  • PIN 20-11-CCP - (Updated May 21, 2020) - COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Child Care Licensees and Providers
  • PIN 20-10-CCP - Announcing a New Mobile-Friendly Web Application to Find Child Care Services
  • PIN 20-09-CCP - Everbridge Notifications Regarding Facility Status
  • PIN 20-09-CCP-SP - Notificaciones De Everbridge Sobre El Estado De Las Instalaciones
  • PIN 20-08-CCP - Notice Of Tele-Inspections For Pre-Licensing Inspections, Case Management Inspections, And Complaints
  • PIN 20-08-CCP-SP - Aviso De Que Se Realizaran Teleinspecciones Para Las Inspecciones Previas Al Licenciamiento, Las Inspecciones Para La Administracion De Casos Y Las Investigaciones De Quejas
  • PIN 20-07-CCP - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Talking Points From the Child Care Licensing Stakeholder Calls Held on March 17, 2020, and April 1, 2020
  • PIN 20-07-CCP-SP - La Enfermedad Del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) – Puntos De Discusión De Las Llamadas Que Se Llevaron a Cabo El 17 De Marzo Y El 1 De Abril De 2020 Para Los Proveedores De Cuidado Infantil Con Licencia
  • PIN 20-06-CCP - Social and Physical Distancing Guidance and Healthy Practices for Child Care Facilities in Response to the Global Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Written in Collaboration with the California Department of Education
  • PIN 20-06-CCP-SP - Guía De Distanciamiento Social Y Físico Y De Prácticas De Salud Para Las Instalaciones De Cuidado Infantil, Elaborada En Colaboración Con El Departamento De Educación De California En Respuesta A La Pandemia Global De Coronavirus (Covid-19)
  • PIN 20-05-CCP - Informational Call Regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  • PIN 20-05-CCP-SP - Teleconferencia Informativa Sobre La Enfermedad Del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
  • PIN 20-04-CCP - Statewide Waivers for Licensing Requirements Due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), and Prevention, Containment, and Mitigation Measures
  • PIN 20-04-CCP-SP - Exenciones Estatales De Los Requisitos De Licenciamento Debido A La Enfermedad Por Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Medidas De Prevencion, Contencion Y Mitigacion
  • PIN 20-04-CCP-CH - 因 2019 年新冠病毒疾病 (COVID-19) 導致的執照要求全州豁免以及預防、控制和緩解措施
  • PIN 20-03-CCP - Informational Call Regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  • PIN 20-02-CCP - Coronavirus Information and Guidelines for Child Care Settings
  • PIN 20-02-CCP - Información sobre el coronavirus y directrices para los entornos de cuidado infantil
  • PIN 20-02-CCP - 托兒照顧設施的新型冠狀病毒信息和指南

VIDEO: An Overview of Child Care Licensing

Have a Heart, Be a Star, Help Our Kids

The Department of Motor Vehicles offers a license plate that can help our kids. The fees collected from the Kids Specialty License Plates are deposited in the Child Health and Safety Fund and used for programs that keep California kids safe, which include child care safety, child abuse prevention, and efforts to prevent childhood injuries. You may choose a hand, heart, star or plus sign for the sequential plate.

California Liscense plate with the Help Kids handprint

The following options are available: