For Providers

Obtaining a Child Care License

The first step to becoming a licensed child care provider is to attend the appropriate Licensing Orientation. For Orientation schedule and additional information on Community Care Licensing call: 805.562.0400 or visit their website at: Community Care Licensing Division

To become a Family Child Care Provider, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Attend a licensing orientation, and pay a fee to attend.
  • Have your fingerprints taken for a Child Abuse Index Check for yourself and anyone over the age of 18 in your home, and assistants. Everyone fingerprinted must also sign a statement that they have never been convicted of a crime other than minor traffic violations.
  • Have a current tuberculosis clearance, as well as anyone over the age of 18 in the home or present during the time that children will be in care.
  • Complete 15 hours of training in Preventative Health Practices, which include Pediatric First Aid and CPR.
  • Have a smoke detector and fire extinguisher in the home where child care takes place.
  • Submit a licensing application with all required materials.
  • Pay an annual fee to maintain a current license.

To start a licensed Child Care Center contact:  Community Care Licensing Division