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The mission of the Child Care Licensing Program is to ensure the health and safety of children in care and to improve the quality of their care through regulation and consultation. 

This mission is accomplished through:

Prevention

  • Prevention reduces the predictable harm to children in care by:
    • Orientation prior to licensure
    • Performing background checks
    • Requiring fire clearances 
    • Maintaining staffing requirements
    • Verifying financial stability
    • Health screenings
    • Pre-licensing inspections of the physical facility
    • Providing information regarding laws and regulations 


Compliance

  • Compliance ensures child care facilities operate according to California Health and Safety Code, California Child Day Care Act, Chapters 3.35, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6 and 3.65 and California Code of Regulations Title 22, Division 12, Chapters 1 and 3.
  • Compliance is maintained through:
    • Unannounced facility inspections
    • Complaint investigations
    • Issuing deficiency notices
    • Consultations
    • Education and technical support
    • Follow-up on plans of correction
    • Follow-up on self-reported incidents


Enforcement

  • Corrective action is taken by the Program when a licensee fails to protect the health, safety and personal rights of children in care or is unwilling to maintain substantial compliance with licensing laws and regulations.
  • Enforcement is maintained through:
    • Civil Penalties (these vary according to the violation)
    • Non-compliance office conferences
    • Administrative legal actions
      • Denial of applications
      • Compliance plans
      • Probationary licenses
      • Temporary suspension of a license
      • Revocation of a license
      • Licensee and employee exclusions


The Child Care Licensing Program is overseen by the Program Administrator, at a central headquarters office in Sacramento.

There are two Assistant Program Administrators, one to oversee the Northern Child Care Regional Offices and one to oversee the Southern Child Care Regional Offices.  There are 13 child care licensing regional offices located throughout the State.

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Below are pages designed to provide information about the Child Care Licensing Program, licensing laws and regulations, and other helpful resources.

Laws and Regulations

Child Care Quarterly Updates

Child Care Videos for Providers and Parents

Mandated Reporter Training

Most Commonly Cited Deficiencies

Number of State Licensed Facilities by County

County Licensed Facility Statistics FY 15-16

Child Care Related Websites

California Child Care Disaster Plan