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Become a Child Care Provider


Want to Become a

Licensed Family Child Care

Home Provider?

Child Care – It’s More than a job!
Are you interested in…
Getting a license?
Improving the quality of your child care program?
Expanding your license?

Options for Learning can help – with funding from the California Child Care Initiative Project (CCIP). CCIP is a free training and support program for individuals who are starting their family child care home business and for those already licensed.


Our CCIP staff will help you improve the quality of your program by offering free training and workshops; technical assistance; assistance with the licensing process; and support and networking opportunities with other licensed providers. Participants must commit to attending a series of training sessions and receive support and assistance for their own family child care homes. Training covers topics ranging from how to work well with children to how to build a successful business at home.


If you would like to participate in CCIP, please call to reserve a space today.

(626) 856-5900 or (562) 945-2635

Josie Medina ext. 150 - English/Spanish

Zinnia Voong ext. 154 – English/Chinese

Miriam Ibarra ext. 181 – English/Spanish

Lila Lam ext. 155 – English/Chinese

Trainings take place at our Baldwin Park & Pasadena locations.

Congratulations 2018 CCIP participants on successfully completing training!  Your dedication to children and commitment to your business is admirable. 



In California, the Department of Social Services - Community Care Licensing Division licenses and monitors Family Child Care Homes and Child Care Centers in an effort to ensure that children have safe and healthy child care environments. Review these basic steps and contact our Resource & Referral Department for further assistance.


Step 1 – Orientation

Pay a non-refundable fee & complete an orientation online or in-person. Live orientations are scheduled regularly in English, Spanish and Chinese. Review license qualifications/regulations on How to Become Licensed or contact:



1000 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 200-B  

Monterey Park, CA 91754

(323) 981-3350


Step 2 – Application

Complete an application. The orientation will provide you with information on how to become licensed, how to obtain an application packet and instructions regarding state regulations. You, and every person over age 18 living in the home, will need:

  1. to be fingerprinted (LiveScan fingerprinting)
  2. a Child Abuse Index Check
  3. a tuberculosis (TB) skin test
  4. a criminal record statement (Lic. 508)

Our Resource and Referral Department can review completed applications prior to submission.


Step 3 – Home and Business Preparation

  • Use the Self-Assessment Guides to prepare.
  • Join the Family Child Care Food Program and get reimbursed for serving nutritious meals and snacks to the children in your home. Call (626) 338-4165 for more information.
  • Enroll in the CCIP program or classes for tailored training and support.

Step 4 – Licensing Inspection

Your business/home must pass an inspection prior to becoming licensed. A scheduled site visit will be done by a licensing analyst from Community Care Licensing to check the environment and verify that regulations and health and safety practices are being followed.


Step 5 – Start Your Business & Maintain Your License

Once your license is approved and in-hand, you may begin to enroll children. You must follow all existing and new state regulations and pay an annual fee to maintain your license. The Resource & Referral program can begin referring you on the free child care referral database, but you must call when you receive your license. Our contracts prohibit us from making recommendations, so we suggest that you attend regular professional development training to be competitive and offer the highest quality care possible.


Call us for more information at (626) 856-5900 or (562) 945-2635 ext. 1