California State Requirements

Qualifications:
Teacher: Must be at least 18 with 12 postsecondary units in early childhood education or child development and have 6 months experience; or hold a current and valid CDA and have 6 months on-the-job training and/or work experience; or hold a Children's Center Permit issued by the CA Commission for Teacher Preparation and Licensing. (A Teacher may be hired provisionally with at least 6 semester units in early childhood education or child development completed prior to hiring, and completing 2 units each semester after hire until the full requirement is met.)

Provider/Child Ratio

Age of Children Child: Staff Ratio Max Group Size
6 weeks
4:1
Not Regulated (NR)
9 months
4:1
12
18 months
6:1
12
27 months
6:1
NR
3 years
12:1
NR
4 years
12:1
NR
5 years
14:1
NR
6 years
14:1
NR
7 years
14:1
NR
8-9 years
14:1
NR
10 years and older
14:1
NR

Age Range Ratio For California Small Family Child Care
Total Number of Children Allowed:
2-6; Plus 2 School-Age Children (SAC)
Maximum Number of Children to One Provider:
8
Provider's Own Children Counted:
Yes; If under age 10
Maximum Number of Infants/Toddlers to One Provider: *See note below

Age Range Ratio For California Large Family Child Care
Total Number of Children Allowed:
7-12; Plus 2 SAC
Ratio of Children to One Provider: 6:1; With no more than 4 infants
Provider's Own Children Counted: Yes; If under age 10

* California excludes child care that is provided for the children of only one family. For a small family child care home, the maximum number of children for whom care shall be provided, including children under age 10 who live in the licensee's home, is: four infants; or six children, no more than three of whom may be infants; or eight children if at least two of the children are at least 6 years of age; no more than two infants are cared for during any time when more than six children are cared for; and the licensee notifies each parent that there may be up to seven or eight children in the home at one time. During the time when there are more than 12 children in a large family child care home, no more than three infants may be present.

Important Contact Information:
Child Care Licensing Agency
California Department of Social Services
Community Care Licensing Division
Child Care Licensing Program
744 P Street, Mail Stop 19-48
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 229-4500
Fax: (916)-229-4508

Child Care Subsidy Agency
California Department of Education
Child Development Division
1430 N Street, Suite 3410
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901
Phone: (916) 322-6233
Fax: (916) 323-6853

Head Start - State Collaboration Office
California Department of Education
Child Development Division
1430 N Street Suite 3410
Sacramento, CA, 95814
Phone: (916) 446-7349
Fax: (916) 323-6853

Child Care Food Program Agency
Nutrition Services Division
State Department of Education
1430 N Street Room 1500
Sacramento, California 95814
Phone: (916) 323-7311 or (800) 952-5609
Fax: (916) 327-0503

State Child Care Resource & Referral Contact
California Child Care Resource & Referral Network
111 New Montgomery Street, 7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 882-0234
Fax: (415) 882-6233

Office of Child Support Enforcement
Dept.of Child Support Services
P.O. Box 419064 , Mail Station - 10
Rancho Cordova, California 95741-9064
Phone: (866) 249-0773

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