|Child Care Centers are regulated and licensed by the state and operate in non-home settings. They are licensed by the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division to serve specific age groups which could include infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children. Children are cared for in age groups in age appropriate classrooms (because of COVID-19, this regulation may have been relaxed by the state.)
||The My Child Care website was developed by the state to help families locate child care that is currently open. The Child Care Resources and Referral Network offers comprehensive information to license child care in the state of California. To find care or child care specific COVID-19 information for another state, visit Child Care Aware of America.
||Staffed by individuals with early educational units. At least one person on site has 16 hours of health and safety training. The child care center's license capacity is detemined by the square footage of the site. Each program offers fixed business hours of operation with rare flexibility for evening or weekend care.
||Child care operations have changed to integrate additional health and safety practices. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues guidance for child care programs, the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division is the regulatory agency for child care. Child care programs adhere to licensing regulations such as limitations on the number of children in the classroom, how to staff classrooms, protocol for arrival and departure, use of face coverings, etc.