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


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