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Choosing Child Care

Last Updated: 5/21/2017

Why is quality in child care important?

There are many ideas of what quality in child care can look like. Some key things to look for include: staff who are trained in Early Childhood Education, age appropriate and developmentally appropriate activities, encouragement of parent involvement and respects ethnic and cultural diversity. Some programs are accredited by the National Early Childhood Education Association (NAEYC). Accreditation means the program has reached beyond licensing regulations to achieve national quality standards. Visit www.naeyc.org for more information on accreditation.

For Parents

For Providers

For Both Parents and Providers

Before your interviews, use these statements to help determine if you feel that you have found the right child care setting for the parent, child and provider.

State Licensed Child Care Centers

State Licensed Child Care Centers provide child care in large group settings. Children can be grouped by age or developmental level. A variety of experiences and activities may be offered, due to an increased number of children and staff diversity.

State Licensing standards do not always ensure that center based care will offer services most suitable for your child/children and family.

State Licensed Child Care Centers are licensed by the State Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing, Title 22 regulations, which ensure the health and safety of children. 510.622.2602 www.ccld.ca.gov.

Licensing requirements include:

Child Care Centers decide:

Parents/guardians should expect:

State Licensed Family Child Care Homes

State Licensed Family Child Care Homes provide child care in homes of state licensed family Child Care Providers. This type of child care may offer a home-like atmosphere, and may include children of many ages. Children may take part in a variety of experiences, activities, and family routines. While not required, many State Licensed Family Child Care Home Providers complete college level classes in Early Childhood Education. Family Child Care Homes are licensed by the State Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing, Title 22 regulations, which ensure the health and safety of children. 510.622.2602 www.ccld.ca.gov

Licensing standards do not always ensure that State Licensed Family Child Care Homes will offer services most suitable for your child/children and family.

Small Home License may have up to 8 children if 2 of the children are at least six years of age and no more than 2 children are under the age of two whenever more than 6 children are present.

Large Home License may have up to 14 children if 2 of the children are at least six years of age and no more than 3 children are under the age of two whenever more than 12 children are present.

Licensing requirements include:

State Family Child Care Home Providers decide:

Parents/guardians should expect:

Oliver’s Law

As a parent, you have the right to attain information regarding any and all substantiated or inconclusive complaints about a Child Care Provider. This information is public, and you can access this information by calling or visiting the Community Care Licensing office or website (see below).

Community Care Licensing
Main Line: 510.622.2602
Facility History Information: 1.844.538.8766
Complaint Hotline: 1.844.538.8766
Address: 1515 Clay Street, Suite 1102
          Oakland, CA 94612

Online Facility Search
https://secure.dss.ca.gov/CareFacilitySearch/Home/selecttype
This site contains five years’ worth of information on facilities. To get more information on any facility, including more details about any citations, please call the local Regional Office with the phone number listed above. Do not rely on this information alone to make decisions regarding facilities. Always visit facilities in person to ensure that it will be suitable for your child/children and family.

License-Exempt Child Care

TrustLine

A registry of Licensed Exempt Child Care Providers who have passed a background screening (fingerprint and criminal record clearance) to ensure the health and safety of children. 1.800.822.8490 www.trustline.org

 

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