You must be licensed to operate a child care business in California. BizNest at Children’s Council is here to help you at every stage of the licensing process.
To receive a child care license you must:
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Complete a Community Care Licensing orientation, either online or in-person.
- Obtain background checks and fingerprints for all adults living and working in the home.
- Obtain tuberculosis tests for everyone in the home.
- Complete courses in CPR & first aid (8 hours), health & safety (7 hours) and nutrition* (1 hour). Click here for upcoming dates.
- Obtain proof of immunizations (influenza, pertussis, measles).
- Complete online Mandated Child Abuse Reporting training.
- Pass the licensing home inspection visit by Community Care Licensing.
- Submit all required licensing forms and fees.
Commonly asked questions:
- How do I become licensed as a family child care home-based business?
- How Do I transform My Home into a Child Care Business?
- Can I start a child care business in my home, even if the landlord does not approve?
Children’s Council can assist you at every stage of the licensing process. For more information on becoming licensed, email Provider Services or call 415.276.2974.
About Community Care Licensing
Community Care Licensing is the state agency responsible for licensing and monitoring family child care homes and child care centers to ensure that they provide safe and healthy environments for children. For more information visit www.cdss.ca.gov or call the San Bruno office at 650.266.8843.
Important documents from Community Care Licensing
License-exempt providers may be relatives, friends or neighbors, and also include nannies, babysitters, and au pairs. This overview from the Child Care Law Center explains who can legally care for children without a license.
For more information on training and support available for license-exempt providers please see our upcoming classes. You can also email our team or call 415.276.2974.