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
- 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
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
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