Daycare License Requirements for California

    Worker requirements: Must be at least 18 with 12 postsecondary units in early childhood education or child development and have 6 months experience; or hold a current and valid CDA and have 6 months on-the-job training and/or work experience; or hold a Children’s Center Permit issued by the CA Commission for Teacher Preparation and Licensing. (A Teacher may be hired provisionally with at least 6 semester units in early childhood education or child development completed prior to hiring, and completing 2 units each semester after hire until the full requirement is met.)

    Provider / Child Ratios

    Ratio For Daycare Centers
    Age of Children Child: Staff Ratio Max Group Size
    6 weeks4:1Not Regulated (NR)
    9 months4:112
    18 months6:112
    27 months6:1NR
    3 years12:1NR
    4 years12:1NR
    5 years14:1NR
    6 years14:1NR
    7 years14:1NR
    8-9 years14:1NR
    10 years and older14:1NR

     

    Age Range Ratio For Small Family Child Care
    Total Number of Children Allowed:2-6; Plus 2 School-Age Children (SAC)
    Maximum Number of Children to One Provider:8
    Provider’s Own Children Counted:Yes; If under age 10
    Maximum Number of Infants/Toddlers to One Provider:*See note below

     

    Age Range Ratio For Large Family Child Care
    Total Number of Children Allowed:7-12; Plus 2 SAC
    Ratio of Children to One Provider:6:1; With no more than 4 infants
    Provider’s Own Children Counted:Yes; If under age 10

    p> Department of Social Services

    Community Care Licensing Division

    Child Care Program

    744 P Street, Mail Stop 19-48

    Sacramento, CA 95814

    Phone: 916-229-4500

    Fax: 916-229-4508

    Web site: http://www.ccld.ca.gov

    Family care home licensing:

    http://ccl.dss.cahwnet.gov/PG513.htm

    Child care center licensing:

    http://ccl.dss.cahwnet.gov/PG492.htm

    http://www.ccld.ca.gov/res/pdf/CCCRegulationHighlights.pdf

    California Child Care Associations:

    California Association for Family Child Care – CAFCC

    California Association for the Education of Young Children – CAEYC

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