A child care center is normally operated outside the licensee’s home and provides non-medical care and supervision to infants, toddlers, preschoolers and/or school-age children for periods of less that 24 hours. These centers are usually in commercial buildings.
To start a licensed child care center, an applicant must:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Attend a licensing orientation. Most of Kern County falls under the jurisdiction of the Community Care Licensing, Fresno Regional Office. Orientations are conducted in Fresno and the fee per person is $50. To sign up for an orientation call licensing directly, 559-243-4588.
- Verify that the directors and teachers meet the required qualifications
- Obtain Criminal record Clearance for ALL staff in the center.
- Obtain a fire clearance.
- Submit a licensing application with all the required materials.
Child Care Center Licensing Regulations
QUALITY CHILD CARE AND BRAIN DEVELOPMENT
Current research details how a child’s earliest experiences and relationships affect the way his/her brain is organized. During these crucial early years of life, the brain is forming connections that may determine a lifetime of skills and potentials. Quality care of young children is key.
Some of the findings confirm what parents and caregivers already know – that how the children are raised has an enormous impact on their emotional well-being, intellectual level and skills for success.