Child Care Licensing

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 14 Regional Offices located throughout California.

All children and families, regardless of age, ethnicity, cultural background, socioeconomic status, or ability, are afforded the same protections under the 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

****Wildfire Help and Information Center****

The below link contains the most up to date information available for evacuations, shelters, and recovery efforts as a result of recent wildfires impacting Child Care Facilities across the state.

http://www.cdss.ca.gov/Disaster-Help-Center

Safe Sleep Regulations

Infants are some of the most vulnerable and fragile clients in our licensed facilities. Tragically, in the last four years, there have been 36 sleep related deaths in child care facilities. In 2016, there were 11, and in 2017 the number rose to 13. Thus far in 2018, we have again experienced multiple infant deaths within varied child care environments.

The Public Notice for the Safe Sleep Regulations for Child Care Licensing has been published in OAL’s California Regulatory Notice Register, on page 1233. The following link will take you to the register: Safe Sleep Regulations Public Notice

You are invited to read the Draft Regulations found at Safe Sleep Regulations, ORD No. 0318-03

Comments can be submitted in writing, by fax, or by email, no later than September 19, 2018 at 5pm. They can be emailed to ord@dss.ca.gov

The Child Care Licensing Program also has a web page dedicated to Safe Sleep information that is located at the following link: Child Care Licensing Program Safe Sleep Web page