Are You Thinking About Becoming a Licensed Family Child Care Provider?
Licensed family child care providers in Marin are a dynamic set of dedicated and caring professionals who are vital in the daily lives of many families. They provide a safe, nurturing environment, educational experiences that support a healthy child development, meals and much more. Each day they demonstrate the commitment and responsibility it takes to provide quality child care in a home setting.
Marin Child Care Council assists prospective child care providers in becoming licensed by: providing ongoing support, technical assistance and a variety of trainings and workshops to help you with all aspects of your business. This information page will guide you through the steps to getting licensed.
Family Child Care Homes are licensed by the state of California, Department of Social Services, and Community Care Licensing (CCL) Division. They are governed by the state “Title 22” rules and regulations of the Health and Safety Code. A Family Child Care Home must be in the licensee's own home and reflects a home-like environment where non-medical care and supervision is provided for periods of less than 24 hours. There are Small Family Child Care Homes (providing care to no more than 8 children) and Large Family Child Care Homes (providing care to no more than 14 children).
Some things to consider before moving forward:
Applicants must complete an orientation (conducted by Community Care Licensing) either in-person or online
The orientation has a fee for each person attending
You must live in the home where you want to do child care
You may have to make some modifications to your home, particularly if you have a pool or hot tub
You will have to take 16 hours of preventive health and safety training (EMSA—includes CPR, first Aid and more)
You and any adult in your home age 18 and older will have to get a TB test and submit fingerprints for a criminal record check and Child Abuse index check
You must have a smoke detector and a fire extinguisher (2A10BC or larger)
You will have to keep records on the children you care for and you will have periodic visits from licensing to review your home and records
The first step in licensing
The first step is to attend a licensing orientation—either online at http://www.cdss.ca.gov or in person at one of the licensing offices listed below (call for schedule and availability of other languages). There is a fee for the orientation, which must be paid before you can begin.
For Marin County the nearest locations are San Bruno (CCL office that monitors Marin County), Rohnert Park and Oakland. Please check below for contact information:
Peninsula Regional Office
801 Traeger Ave., Suite 100
San Bruno, CA 94066
Phone: (650) 266-8800
Fax: (650) 266-8847
Rohnert Park Local Unit
101 Golf Course Dr., Suite A-230
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Phone: (707) 588-5026
Fax: (707) 588-5099
Bay Area Regional Office
1515 Clay St., Suite 1102
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 622-2602
Fax: (510) 622-2641
If you are attending a live orientation, you must download the required materials from the community care licensing website and bring them with you to the orientation. When you attend the orientation you must present a Government-issued photo ID. Please note that the live orientation meetings begin promptly and once the class has begun you will not be let in. You MUST call the individual office for dates, times and to RSVP. Children are not allowed at licensing orientation meetings. Please arrange child care in advance.
Refer to Title 22 regulations for more information on licensing requirements, safety measures in the home, ratio of children in care, and small vs. large family childcare environments/requirements.
General Information, Health and Saftey Training, and other resources:
Marin Child Care Council 415-472-1092
General information, application assistance, and for questions/concerns
Child and Adult Food Program Information:
4C's of Sonoma County (Serves Marin County) | 1-800-977-5437
Child and Family Services Agency (formerly CPS) | 415-499-7153
Emergency Relocation Services:
Marin County Office of Emergency Services (OES) | 415-499-6584
Poison Control Services:
Poison Control | 1-800-846-4766
When you open your newly licensed childcare business, getting started with your first families can take some time. Remember: You are not able to advertise as a licensed family child care until you receive your license number from the state. This is per Title 22 Code of Regulations.
Over time, word of mouth will be the best source of advertisement. Families who use your service and are happy with the quality of care you provide will be your best reference. Don’t hesitate to ask parents for a brief letter of recommendation and keep them on file for future use.
Do not depend upon one source to get referrals. Be sure to notify Marin Child Care Council first so that you can be included in the Resource and Referral database. Some other resources to advertise your program include:
Local Mothers Clubs
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