A parent or caretaker has the right to decide what type of child care is best for their child. There are three basic types of child care providers.
License exempt – care is provided by a relative, friend, or neighbor who agrees to care for only the customer’s child(ren) in addition to their own. The license-exempt provider may have to be fingerprinted and cleared by the California Department of Justice.
Licensed Family Day Care Home – care is provided in a family home, licensed by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Community Care Licensing division. For more information, go to: http://ccld.ca.gov/
Child Care Center – care is provided in a commercial center licensed by the CDSS Community Care Licensing division and usually includes enriched child development programs.
For more information about child care licensing, contact the Community Care Licensing agency at 951-782-4200.