Children's Resouce & Referral (CRR), Resource and Referral department maintains a database of licensed Family Child Care homes. Parents inquiring about licensed Child Care will be given a referral list of providers based on age, schedule, location, and other various circumstances. The parent may then choose to contact the Providers on their list. The Provider will make decisions whether to accept a child into care, based upon licensed capacity, as well as how the child would fit in with other children already in care.

Providers may wish to advertise in the local newspaper, online and inform local elementary schools that you have openings for Child Care.

Firearms and other dangerous weapons must be stored and locked during the hours that children are in care. Ammunition must be locked separately.

Swimming pools must be fenced with a five (5) foot fence made of material, which does not obscure the pool from view and has a self locking gate or is covered with an approved device.

Family Child Care providers must comply with the Title 22 Regulations which can be found at the link below:

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Child Care Centers must comply with the Title 22 Regulations for centers which can be found here:

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A small Family Child Care home may care for up to eight (8)

children, including your own children who are not yet 10 years old.

If a licensee would like to open a large Family Child Care home to

more than eight children, and up to 14, contact the licensing agency

for special instructions.

Babysitting is provided in the child’s residence, while Family Child Care is provided in the care giver’s residence. In addition, Family Child Care is usually regular care, while babysitting is usually on an irregular and short term basis. Providers may wish to include a program for children that develop their social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills.

The State Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing is the regulatory agency for Child Care.

Family Child Care is regularly provided care and supervision of a group of children in the home of a care giver while their parents are away. Usually, care is provided during the hours a parent works.

CRR provides educational activities, technical assistance, and ongoing support for individuals who are interested in becoming licensed child care providers.
Whether you are just beginning your journey to become a child care provider or if you have years of experience, our program focuses on group training and individual support for caregivers who are interested in providing care for infants and toddlers.
You will learn about the ages and stages of child development, health and safety in your home environment, how to grow and manage a successful business, and how to establish effective relationships with parents.

Benefits of participation include:

If you believe you are ready to take the next step in your career as early care and education professional, please contact your local Resource & Referral Specialist at (805) 925-7071.

There is a $25 registration fee to attend a licensing orientation meeting for Family Child Care, a $73 application fee for small Family Child Care Homes and $140 fee for a large Family Child Care license. Additional fees for fingerprinting/livescan, Tuberculosis tests, CPR, First Aid, and Health and Safety Training will also be incurred. Finally, a renewal fee to maintain a Family Child Care Home license will be owed on an annual basis to maintain your license

The fee is set by the individual Provider. Contact Children's Resouce & Referral for their suggestions about basic charges, overtime charges, holidays, and holding rates for children who are home sick or on vacation.

Refer to the direction on the most recent Notice of Action.

Funded by the California Department of Social Services Child Care and Development Division and through local grants.
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