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.

California is currently experiencing serve fire conditions throughout the state.  The effects of the wildfires have resulted in a magnitude of destruction that have left many communities without resources.  California Department of Social Services, Child Care Licensing Program understands the impact these devastating fires are having on the child care community.  We extend our heart-felt condolences for many who have been directly affected.  Our local child care offices are open and available to assist in rebuilding the community.

Below are some links to resources related to evacuation and the populations we serve:

Please contact your local  child care licensing regional office if your facility has been impacted by the fires in any way.

California Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Program

What Child Care Providers and Other Caregivers Should Know (SIDS)

SIDS Program (multiple resource links)

VIDEO: An Overview of Child Care Licensing