Licensing Information

In California, child care providers are licensed through the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division. Providers caring for children from more than one family are required to be licensed.

4Cs supports potential providers through application assistance, pre-licensing visits, business development workshops, and training. For questions or assistance please contact our ECE Specialist at (650) 517-1440.

For more information on how to become licensed please see Steps to Becoming Licensed.

Below are links to additional resources:

Family Child Care Licensing Application

Family Child Care Licensing Application Instructions

Child Care Center Licensing Application

Child Care Licensing Application Instructions

Licensing Orientation

In-person (Family Child Care and Centers)

Online Family Child Care Orientation

Online Child Care Center Orientation

Application Orientation

Operations and Record Keeping Orientation

Additional Licensing Resources

Licensing Requirements for Family Child Care English Español

Family Child Care Home Capacity Requirements English Español

Licensing Requirements for Child Care Centers

Child Care Center Capacity Requirements

Child Care Licensing Website

If you would like assistance with your application or are ready for a pre-licensing visit, please contact our ECE Specialist at (650) 517-1440.