Child Care Provider Resources


How to Become a Licensed Child Care Provider

The Child Care Licensing Program licenses both Child Care Centers (CCCs) and Family Child Care Homes (FCCHs) in California.

Child Care Centers are usually located in a commercial building and Family Child Care Homes are in a licensee’s home.

Only non-medical care and supervision can be provided in child care facilities and care is limited to periods of less than 24 hours.

Online Orientation for Family Child Care Homes

Online Orientation for Child Care Centers

To register for an upcoming in-person orientation, you must contact the regional office

California Department of Social Services Child Care Laws and Regulations

Community Care Licensing Child Care Resources

Community Care Licensing Child Care Self Assessment Guides

Provider Recommended Resources: runs on any mobile device with an internet connection and is an app to help manage your daycare business from your device.

Childcare Program Quality Assessment Tools

Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-R)
Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS-R)
Family Day Care Rating Scale (FDCRS)

EMSA Approved Child Care Training

EMSA Approved Child Care Provider training consists of 16 hours of training for first-time licensees.

The hours of training must be completed as follows:

  • 4 hours of Pediatric First Aid Training
  • 4 hours of CPR-AED (adult, child, and infant) Training
  • 8 hours of Preventive Health Practices with 1-hour Nutrition Supplement Training

Every two (2) years, child care providers must renew their training by completing 4 hours of pediatric First Aid and 4 hours of pediatric CPR.

The EMSA website has the most up to date list of approved training providers.

The San Diego County YMCA CRS commonly offers assistance in paying for the 16 hour EMSA courses in the form of training grant vouchers.


American Red Cross Emergency Mobile Apps

Down load the FIRST AID app for Instant access to information on common emergencies. Disponible en español

The PET FIRST AID app offers veterinary advice for everyday emergencies.


Information on specific illnesses

California Title 17 Reportable Diseases

Center for Disease Control (CDC):

San Diego County Health & Human Services:

First 5 San Diego:

San Diego County HHSA Children’s Services:

AmeriMed CPR Training Preventive Health Practices PowerPoint presentation


Child Care Immunization Requirements

San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency

For current immunization laws and immunization forms.

California Immunization Handbook (currently only available for download):

County of San Diego Immunization Program
Mail Stop P573
3851 Rosecrans Street, Suite 704
San Diego, CA 92110-3115
Phone: (866) 358-2966
Email address:


AmeriMed CPR Training Nutrition Supplement Student Manual

CACFP Best Practices Infant Meal Pattern Updated (en Español)

CACFP Best Practices Child & Adult Meal Pattern Updated (en Español)

CACFP New Meal Pattern 4-week sample menu

CACFP PowerPoint Creating Cycle Menus

USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP):

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care for children and elderly adults by making care more affordable for many low-income families.

California’s CACFP is administered by the California Department of Education (CDE)

San Diego County Specialist is Monica Ortega, 916-324-0085,

For specific details related to allowable operating and administrative costs, program income, and meals, please refer to the Child Care Centers or Day Care Home Sponsors Administrative Manuals or contact your field consultant. If the claim preparer has questions related to claim completion or payments, he or she may contact the Child Nutrition Fiscal Services Unit, 916-322-8304.

Claim Submission Information:  Child and Adult Care Food Program Reimbursement Instruction Booklet

UDSA 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines:

EMSA Nutrition Training webpage:

Safe Food Handling for Child Care Homes and Child Care Centers:

Eat Right – Save the Planet:

Track your health with Enter your food intake to automatically calculate calories, and your exercise to automatically calculate calories burned.

AmeriMed CPR Training Nutrition Supplement PowerPoint


AmeriMed CPR Training Injury Prevention Student Manual

CCHP Health and Safety Checklist

Safe Kids:

National Center for Injury Prevention:

National Safety Council:

Children’s Safety Network:

Crumb Rubber Playground Surface Safety Information:

Car seat safety: Contact the local health department or visit

SIDS (Centers for Disease Control):

Shaken Baby Syndrome: National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome:


California Department of Justice  Guide to Reporting Child Abuse

California Attorney General’s Child Abuse Prevention Handbook

AmeriMed CPR Training Child Care Provider Mandated Reporter Information

California Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Online Course for Child Care Providers

UCSF Child Abuse Prevention, Identification and Reporting

San Diego County Social Services Department’s Child Protective Services:

San Diego County Child Abuse Reporting line (858) 560-2191

In San Diego – if you know that abuse has occurred, you should call SDPD directly at (619) 531-2000 or (858) 484-3154.

If the abuse is in progress you should call 911.

San Diego Child Welfare Services 858-694-5191.

CWS investigates reports of suspected child abuse and neglect and intervenes with families who do not meet the minimum community standards of health and safety as required by law.

Child Abuse Prevention Council(s)

San Diego County Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council
1600 Pacific Highway, Room 206 San Diego, CA 92101, W-473 (858) 616-5923

Community Family Resource Center(s)

Chula Vista Community Collaborative
511 G St, Chula Vista, CA 91910-3603 (619) 498-8044
Nile Sisters Development Initiative
6035 University Ave Ste 22, San Diego, CA 92115 (619) 265-2959

UCSF California Disaster Plan 2016:

Step-by-step Guide for Child Care providers

Ready San Diego:

Child Care Disaster Plan:

Child Care Disaster Plan Tool Kit:

Community Care Licensing Disaster Guide for Homes & Centers:

2-1-1 San Diego is a resource and information hub that connects people with community, health and disaster services through a free, 24/7 stigma-free confidential phone service and searchable online database.

Dial 2-1-1 or visit

American Red Cross

During a disaster, the American Red Cross provides shelter, food, health and mental health services to help families and entire communities get back on their feet.

Although the American Red Cross is not a government agency, it is an essential part of the response when disaster strikes.

To learn more call (858) 309-1200 or visit the American Red Cross of San Diego / Imperial Counties.

American Red Cross Emergency Mobile Apps

The all-inclusive EMERGENCY! app lets you monitor more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts, to help keep you and your loved ones safe. Disponible en español.

With the EARTHQUAKE app, you will receive a notification when an earthquake occurs, find help and let others know you’re safe even if the power is out. Disponible en español.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers an online course for childcare providers: Multihazard Planning for Childcare.

Also visit for disaster preparedness recommendations and to learn how to maintain your disaster supplies kit.

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