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Welcome to the California Child Care Licensing Program

The Child Care Licensing Program licenses and monitors Family Child Care Homes and Child Care Centers .

The core mission of the Child Care Licensing Program is to ensure the health and safety of children in care. The Child Care Licensing Program is mandated by law to provide preventive, protective, and quality services to children in care by ensuring that licensed facilities meet established health and safety standards through monitoring facilities, providing technical assistance, and establishing partnerships with providers, parents, and the child care community.

There are 13 Child Care Licensing Regional Offices located throughout the State. If you have any questions regarding Child Care Licensing, please contact the local office near you or the Child Care Advocate Program .