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.

CDSS is aware that there is an issue with retrieving and printing certificates at this time. Please note that we are working to resolve this issue.
If you need immediate proof, please contact the CDSS  CCL Online Orientation Help Desk at CDSSCCLOnlineOrientationHelpDesk@dss.ca.gov with your name, email address, and the course name you are currently registered for. 
 

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.

NOTE:  You will only have access to the online orientation for 30 days from the time you registered.   After 30 days you will not be able to view the course or retrieve the completed certificate.

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

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

Contact Us

Child Care Licensing Program
744 P Street, MS T9-15-48
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-6040

Local Regional Offices

Please contact the Online Orientation Help Desk if you have any technical questions regarding the online orientations.

CCLD Complaint Hotline
1-844-LET-US-NO (1-844-538-8766)
LetUsNo@dss.ca.gov
Information regarding filing a complaint

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