Child Care Licensing

Stay Informed on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Provider Information Notices (PINS)

  • 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 20-06-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

Additional Resources

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  • The Department is available to support organizations with their emergency child care needs and to connect with community partners in the early learning and care profession so your staff can continue to provide critical services. To provide emergency temporary child care for essential workers, we recommend assessing the child care needs for your organization or community by taking the following survey:
  • Emergency blanket waivers can be found here. To request a waiver falling outside of the blanket, please contact your local regional office .
  • Approved Emergency Child Care Waivers
  • The Coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency is a fluid situation with rapidly changing information and guidance. Please see for an overview of the most up-to-date information.
  • CDSS understands the impact the Novel Coronavirus has had on child care and the school systems. A temporary workforce may be needed in order to comply with staff to child ratios. If you are interested in working at a child care site, please click on the link below to complete a survey: As a reminder, all temporary and permanent employees should have a background clearance.
  • Announcement: To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Community Care Licensing Division is temporarily suspending all in-person orientations until further notice.

Also, in an effort to learn of facilities impacted by the Coronavirus, we urge child care providers to report to their local regional offices, any suspected Coronavirus exposure at their facilities. Please use the provided Unusual Incident Report forms: Child Care Centers, Family Child Care Homes.

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.

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:

Contact Us

Coronavirus General Question Inbox:

Community Care Licensing Division
Child Care Licensing Program

744 P Street, MS T9-15-48
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-6040

Child Care Licensing Regional Offices

Child Care Advocates - (916) 654-1541

CCLD Complaint Hotline

If you see something, let us know!

To file a complaint regarding a state licensed community care facility or child care facility visit our Complaint Hotline Page for contact information and more.


CCLD Services and Notifications