Register for an Orientation

If you are interested in obtaining a California license to operate a family child care home or a child care center you have the option to attend either an online orientation, or an in person orientation.   

To register and complete an online orientation consider the following:

  • Every applicant must have their own unique email address.
  • Fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable between orientations.

Please verify that you are registering for the correct orientation. Refer to the descriptions below to ensure you are choosing the correction orientation type:

NOTE:  Please use a laptop or desktop computer to view and take the online orientation. In order to proceed with the orientation registration use your preferred device and provide your email address.    

Online Orientation for Family Child Care Homes

  • Care must be provided in the licensee’s own home
  • Licensee must live in the home
  • Care provided is less than 24 hours
  • Can provide care for up to 14 children depending on the license capacity
    • Small Family Child Care Homes provide care to no more than 8 children
    • Large Family Child Care Homes provide care to no more than 14 children
      • Large Family Child Care Homes require a fire clearance from the local fire authority

Online Orientation for Child Care Centers

  • Can provide care for more than 14 children
  • Directors and teachers will be required to have educational credits and experience
  • Care provided is less than 24 hours
  • May require city and/or county permits
  • Requires a fire clearance from the local fire authority
  • A business license may be required, depending on local requirements

To register for an upcoming in-person orientation, you must contact the regional office. Please click on the link below: In-Person Orientation