Become a Licensed Child Care Provider

Do you care for the child(ren) of a
family member, friend, or neighbor
as a licensed-exempt provider?

Are you interested in a rewarding
career caring for children in your

own home?

Family Child Care Providers regularly provide care, protection, and supervision for up to 14 children in the provider's own home for periods less than 24 hours.

SFCS is welcoming enquiries from committed and nurturing individuals, interested in establishing their own home based child care business.



Steps to Becoming a Licensed Child Care Provider

Attend a Licensing Orientation

  • Register for the orientation with Community Care Licensing at either the Rohnert Park office (residents of Benicia, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Suisun, and Vallejo) or the Chico office (residents of Dixon and Vacaville)
  • Call Rohnert Park office 707.588.5026 or Chico office 530.895.5033
  • Complete the orientation online for $25, plus a processing fee of $2.43 (for a total of $27.43) at

Department of Social Services/Community Care Licensing
Santa Rosa Regional Office 01
1450 Neotomas Avenue, Suite 100, MS 29-11
Santa Rosa, CA 94505

Department of Social Services/Community Care Licensing
Chico Regional Office 13
520 Cohasset Road, Suite 170, MS 29-05
Chico, CA 95926

Complete Health & Safety Trainings:

  • 8 hours of CPR and First Aid
  • 8 hours of Preventative Health Practices training
  • Complete the Mandated Child Abuse Reporting training online at:

Additional Required Documents:

  • All adults in the home over the age of 18 must provide proof of a current clear tuberculosis test
  • Applicant’s and assistants’ proof of immunization against influenza, pertussis and measles

Mail Application with these Documents to the Appropriate Office:

  • Copy of the orientation certificate
  • Copies of Health & Safety training cards/certificates, Mandated Child Abuse Reporting certificate
  • TB tests of all adults living in the home
  • Proof of immunizations for those who will work directly with the children
  • Check or money order for $73 for a small family child care or $140 for a large family child care

After You Have Submitted Your Application:

  • Community Care Licensing will send you a confirmation letter with your facility number
  • Use this number on the Livescan Form (LIC 9163) for each adult in the home for fingerprinting & background check
  • After DSS/CCL receives all clearances, you will receive a call from a licensing program analyst to schedule a time for a home inspection
  • Prepare your home for your visit from DSS/CCL

Contact the CCIP Team to get started on your journey of owning and operating your own family child care, workshops, networking,
and many other excellent opportunities available to you! 707-863-3950 EXT 752

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