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Child Care Provider Licensing Information

Last Updated: 4/1/2016

The Child Care Links Project Specialist offers assistance and guidance to prospective and current Child Care Providers in all aspects, pertaining to the licensing process.

Please contact the Child Care Links Project Specialist at 925.249.3923 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

Becoming a Licensed Family Child Care Provider - 7 Easy Steps

1. Application and Orientation

Licensing Orientations are held throughout the State of California at a variety of sites, including Child Care Links, 6601 Owens Drive, Suite 100, Pleasanton CA 94588. Contact Community Care Licensing for a schedule of upcoming Orientations. Also, visit the Child Care Links calendar for licensing orientations hosted at the Child Care Links Pleasanton location.

Pre-registration is required for all events and orientations. Contact Community Care Licensing at 510. 622.2602 for information on how to register. There is a $25 registration fee. Walk-ins will not be admitted.

2. Complete Your Application Requirements

At the licensing orientation, you will receive an application packet,  including the necessary forms that must be completed. Licensing staff will explain the application process and requirements during the orientation. You will need to complete all of the required forms before turning in your application. This includes a Criminal Record Statement and Tuberculosis test for everyone 18 years of age and older in your home. Make copies of all forms in the application packet before submitting them to Community Care Licensing. Community Care Licensing will return any application packets that are filled out incorrectly or are incomplete.

3. Health and Safety Training

You will be instructed how to complete 15 hours of EMSA approved Health and Safety training at the Orientation. You may attend any approved trainings within the community. Child Care Links offers 15 hours of EMSA approved Health and Safety Trainings.

4. Fingerprinting

Once your application has been approved, you will receive a letter informing you to complete the fingerprinting process. You may go to any Live Scan facility for fingerprinting( You may be required to make an appointment. Contact Child Care Links for referrals to local Live Scan offices. Make sure you have the Child Abuse Index form from your licensing orientation packet with you when getting fingerprinted.

5. Safety

Follow the instructions provided at the Licensing Orientation for making your home a safe and healthy environment for children. Community Care Licensing will check to be sure the home is safe for children age newborn to twelve years. Contact Child Care Links for a checklist ( that will help you prepare for your inspection.

The staff at Child Care Links can visit your site, to make suggestions on how to best prepare for a licensing inspection. This FREE service is available throughout the year. Contact Child Care Links 925.417.8733 to make an appointment.

6. Pre-Licensing visit

A Licensing Program Analyst (LPA) will call to schedule a home visit with you. An LPA from Community Care Licensing will inspect your home. If your home meets all health and safety requirements, the LPA will officially license you to care for children. The LPA will bring the forms you need to keep for your facility and children’s files, and explain how to keep them up-to-date. When you need additional forms, download them from the Community Care Licensing’s website (

If you have further paper work to complete, you will receive direction from the LPA on what you need to complete, in order to get your license.

If you have Live Scan approval and all forms have been successfully submitted, please wait up to three weeks for an LPA to contact you regarding your home visit.

7. Your License

It may take several weeks for your license to arrive from Community Care Licensing. In the meantime, the LPA should give you a print out at your pre-licensing visit. This document will allow you to contact Child Care Links and be added to our referral database. Resource and Referral Specialist: Gayel Machado 925.249.3906

Community Care Licensing Information

For information about attending an orientation, licensing requirements and fee information, call Community Care Licensing at 510.622.2602 or The staff at Child Care Links is available to help you understand the licensing process and provide technical assistance. Contact Child Care Links at 925.417.8733 for more information.

New Provider Training

Child Care Links offers New Provider Trainings throughout the year. New Provider Training is a four part series aimed to educate new providers on how to run quality family home child care programs. You may participate in group trainings or request one-on-one sessions.

Topics include:

Providers may also request information on other child care related topics such as: Children’s Records & Files, Child Abuse Reporting, Illness Prevention, Health & Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

Click here for upcoming group trainings or contact Donnamarie Fuller at 925.249.3923 to schedule a one-on-one training session.



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