How to Become Licensed

The Child Care Licensing Program licenses both Child Care Centers (CCCs) and Family Child Care Homes (FCCHs) in California.  Child Care Centers are usually located in a commercial building and Family Child Care Homes are in a licensee’s home. Only non-medical care and supervision can be provided in child care facilities and care is limited to periods of less than 24 hours.

The Child Care Licensing Program ensures that child care facilities operate according to the California Health and Safety Code and Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations in a number of ways:

  • In-person and online orientations
  • Pre-licensing inspections
  • Unannounced facility inspections
  • Complaint investigations
  • Consultations
  • Education and technical support, and
  • Follow-up inspections


Explore the information contained in the links below to help you determine if this is a business that is the right fit for you. 

Do I Need a License?

Register for an Orientation

Fact Sheets:
Family Child Care Home Provider Requirements – English   Spanish
Family Child Care Home Capacity Requirements – English   Spanish
Child Care Center Provider Requirements
Child Care Center Capacity Requirements

Self-Assessment Guides

Forms and Brochures  

Centralized Complaint and Information Bureau 

Child Care Quarterly Updates

Mandated Reporter Training

Child Care Related Websites

Child Care Videos for Providers and Parents