Are you thinking about starting a daycare in the state of California?  If so, this article is for you.  California daycare licensing is highly regulated in this part of the country, so you must take care to find out what is required from you and follow the rules created by the California Department of Social Services.

Here are a few key facts about day care licensing California:

1.    There are two types of family day cares that you can set up – either a small family daycare or a large family day care.  For the small one, you can have a maximum of 8 kids under your care, while for the large one, you can serve 14 kids maximum in your home.

2.    You must attend a daycare orientation session.  If you live in certain towns, you may attend an online orientation session.  (The orientation costs money.)  For more details, check out California’s Child Care Licensing website.

3.    You must be licensed to work in this business, so make sure you get one, otherwise you could be breaking the law.  To apply for a license, call one of the locations closest to you here.

4.    For more information and links for licensees, including forms, financial assistance, educational resources, safety, rights, and more, check out this page on the California Child Care site.

5.    For the most recent California family child care home regulations, check out this page.

6.    To contact the California licensing office directly, go here or contact the address below:

California Department of Social Services
Community Care Licensing Division
Child Care Program Office
744 P Street, Mail Station #19-14-48
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-651-6040

7.    The National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies has a page with statistics about demand for daycare services and average going rates in California.  Click here to read the latest version.  For example, on average, a family with a four year-old pays $6,500 for an entire year of family daycare services.  For an infant at a California family day care, the number is even higher.  If you want to open an after-school program, there is data about fees there for you too.  Overall, you can use this data to estimate the amounts you might be able to charge in your future business.

Wrapping up, you just learned a few things about the nature of child care licensing in California.  The links above should be helpful in getting you started on your path, but if you still want some help, check out the eBook featured on this site.

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