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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