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.

California is currently experiencing severe fire conditions throughout the state.  The effects of the fires have resulted in a magnitude of destruction that have left many communities without resources.  California Department of Social Services, Child Care Licensing Program understands the impact these devastating fires are having on the child care community.  We extend our heartfelt condolences for many who have been directly affected.  Our local child care offices are open and available to assist in rebuilding the community.

The links below provide resources related to evacuation and the populations we serve. Please be advised that links directly below pertain to the October 2017 Fires:

Below are links to resources for Californians Affected by Fires:  

Please contact your local child care licensing regional office if your facility has been impacted by the fires in any way.

VIDEO: An Overview of Child Care Licensing