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

The mission of the California Department of Social Services is to serve, aid, and protect needy and vulnerable children and adults in ways that strengthen and preserve families, encourage personal responsibility, and foster independence. When providers are impacted by natural disasters and catastrophic events, the result can be detrimental to the communities they serve. When this occurs, resources for our most vulnerable clients can also be impacted and this can create a feeling of anxiety and extreme hardship. Our hearts go out to those who have been facing the devastation of wildfires throughout California and we are grateful to all of those who have been diligently working to keep our children, families, and communities safe. Community Care Licensing, Child Care Program Office extends the following resources when crisis situations arise. See Below.

****2018 Wildfire Help and Information****

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.

Other Resources


Lead Safety Information

Effective January 1, 2019, AB 2370, Chapter 676, Statutes of 2018, requires all child care providers, upon enrolling or re-enrolling any child, to provide the parent or guardian with written information including the following:

  • Risks and effects of lead exposure.
  • Blood lead testing recommendations and requirements.
  • Options for obtaining blood lead testing, including any programs that offer free or discounted tests.

The following link provides a two-page flyer, written in partnership with the California Department of Public Health, which must be copied and distributed as indicated above:

Lead Poisoning Facts

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.

If you are interested in staying up to date with the Safe Sleep Regulations you may visit the following CDSS Regulations Webpage