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Kern County Superintendent of Schools

Becoming a Licensed Family Child Care Provider

Adults supporting childrenCaring for children requires having an understanding of how children grow, develop, and learn. If you love children and want to provide a healthy and safe environment that promotes learning, then becoming a licensed family child care provider may be the career for you.

Here are a few more good reasons for you to become a licensed family child care provider:

  • You are licensed by the State of California/Department of Social Services.
  • Your home is considered safe and meets basic health and safety licensing requirements.
  • You can use your child care expenses as business expenses. This allows you to deduct the expenses in full when you file your income taxes.
  • CCCC Resource and Referral Program can refer parents to you.
  • You may be able to receive reimbursements for the meals and snacks you serve to children in your care through the CCCC Child Care Food Program.

To assist you with becoming a licensed family child care provider, CCCC offers trainings to individuals who are either interested in becoming a licensed family child care provider or is currently a licensed family child care provider. Trainings are offered through the California Child Care Initiative Project.

To become a licensed family child care home provider, you will be required to complete the following:

  • Attend a licensing orientation. There is a $25.00 fee for everyone attending the orientation.
  • Complete a licensing application (application will be given at orientation).
  • Pay a $73.00 application fee.
  • Submit fingerprints for everyone associated with your family child care.
  • Submit a negative Tuberculosis (TB) skin test for everyone associated with your family child care.
  • Submit immunizations for individuals employed or volunteering at a family child care. Individuals must be immunized against influenza, pertussis, and measles (effective 9/1/2016).
  • Complete a criminal record statement for everyone associated with your family child care.
  • Complete 16 hours of preventative health practices
    • 15 hours of health and safety training, which includes:
      • Pediatric CPR and Pediatric First Aid
    • 1 hour of childhood nutrition training, which may include:
      • Instruction in sanitary food handling, emergency preparedness and evacuation, and caring for children with special needs.

    For more information, please see Family Child Care Home Licensing Requirements (Title 22).

    GETTING STARTED

    Step One – Orientation

    To attend a Family Child Care Home Orientation, you must complete a Family Child Care Orientation Payment Form. Each person required to attend the orientation must be included on the form, along with a check or money order for $25.00 per person. Cash will not be accepted either via mail or at the orientation. Please make check or money order payable to: Department of Social Services or DSS. Please mail your payment to the following address:

    Community Care Licensing
    Fresno Regional Child Care Office
    770 E. Shaw Ave. Suite 300
    Fresno, CA 93710

    The Department of Social Services will mail you a receipt when they receive your form and fee. When you receive your receipt, please contact CCCC to register for an orientation at (661) 861-5200 or toll-free at (877) 861-5200. You will be required to provide your receipt number in order to schedule the orientation appointment.

    Step Two – Application Process
    You will receive information and an application packet on how to become licensed. You will be required to pay a $73.00 application fee. Your application and fee must be mailed to the following address:

    Community Care Licensing
    Fresno Regional Child Care Office
    770 E. Shaw Ave. Suite 300
    Fresno, CA 93710

    CCCC Resource and Referral staff are able to provide technical assistance and review completed applications before mailing.

    Step Three – Community Care Licensing Acceptance

    The Department of Social Services will send you a letter with a facility number stating your application is in process. You must obtain a fingerprint clearance and a Child Abuse Index Check for yourself, anyone over age 18 in your home, assistants, and/or volunteers. There is a $54.00 charge for LiveScan fingerprinting that will be submitted to Community Care Licensing. For fingerprinting services, you will be required to call (800)315-4507 to schedule an appointment. You may have your fingerprints rolled at:

    Community Connection for Child Care
    2000 K Street, Suite 110
    Bakersfield, CA 93301

    Step Four – Pre-Licensing Inspection

    A scheduled site visit will be done by an evaluator from the Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division to check health and safety practices in the home.

    Family Child Care: Self-Assessment Guide

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