Licensed Child Care Center

  • Can be found in public/private schools, religious facilities, or a building owned/leased by the provider.
  • Is licensed for a specific capacity (the maximum number of children that can be cared for at any one time).
  • Can be licensed for varying ages of children from infancy to school age with a separate license issued for each age component.
  • Is licensed by the State of California and has health and safety requirements that must be maintained by the provider and monitored by Community Care Licensing (CCL).
  • Is required to maintain specific adult-to-child ratios.
  • Is required to have at least one director or teacher at the center who has been trained in preventive health practices, including EMSA approved CPR/First Aid.
  • Must have a staff member with certification in EMSA approved CPR/First Aid present at all times. Click here for schedule
  • Must employ staff that meet the specific educational requirements for each position and hold a valid Child Development Permit.

How to Become a Licensed Child Care Center

Be prepared to pay a fee for the orientation and application process. Prior to attending the orientation you must download and print the Child Care Center Regulations Highlights and all the forms contained in the License Application and Instructions for Child Care Centers

  1. Before applying for a Child Care Center license, you must first attend an orientation:
    Register for an Online Orientation - Register for In Person Orientation
  2. Be familiar with all Child Care Center licensing laws and regulations
  3. Complete and submit all the information and forms required in the application packet - application packets will not be accepted until you have completed the orientation
  4. Complete background check for all members working and volunteering in the center

Transferring a Clearance

Active criminal record clearances may be transferred between state licensed facilities or the TrustLine Registry program. If an individual has an active clearance, he/she should not be reprinted. Licensees or license applicants may contact their local CCLD Regional Office to verify the individual's status. To request a clearance transfer between state facilities, a licensee or license applicantmust submit a LIC 9182 Criminal Record Clearnace Transfer Request.

Online Resources to Assist You

Child Care Advocate Program
Child Care Licensing Website
Child Care Center Licensing Information
Information on Fingerprinting
Information for Licensees
License Application for Child Care Center License
UC Davis Child Development Program

Family Child Care Home (FCCH)

  • May be licensed for up to 8 (for a small FCCH) or 14 (for a large FCCH) children, depending on the license.
  • Is a program where care is provided in the licensee’s home.
  • Is licensed, along with the child care provider, by the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division (CCL).
  • Has Health and Safety requirements that must be maintained and which are monitored by CCL.
  • Must maintain specific adult-to-child ratios.
  • Is required to complete an EMSA approved CPR/First Aid training. In large family child care homes, any additional staff that may be left alone with the children must also complete EMSA approved CPR/First Aid, Click here for schedule.
  • Is required to have the provider, as well as anyone who lives in the home and is over 18 years of age, tested for TB, fingerprinted with a criminal background check, and cleared in the California Child Abuse Index.

How to Become a Licensed Family Child Care Home

Be prepared to pay a fee for the orientation and application fees, which are not refundable.

  1. Before applying for your FCCH license, you must attend an orientation:
    Register for an Online Orientation - Register for In Person Orientation
  2. Be familiar with all Family Child Care Home licensing laws and regulations
  3. Complete and submit all the information and forms in the License Application and Instructions for Family Child Care Homes
  4. Complete background check for all members working and volunteering in the center
  5. A license Program Analyst will schedule and perform a pre-license inspection of the home

Transferring a Clearance

Active criminal record clearances may be transferred between state licensed facilities or the TrustLine Registry program. If an individual has an active clearance, he/she should not be reprinted. Licensees or license applicants may contact their local CCLD Regional Office to verify the individual's status. To request a clearance transfer between state facilities, a licensee or license applicantmust submit a LIC 9182 Criminal Record Clearnace Transfer Request.

Online Resources to Assist You

Family Child Care Home Regulation/Highlights
Child Care Advocate Program
Child Care Licensing Website
Information on Becoming a Licensed Family Child Care Provider
Information on Fingerprinting
Information for Licensees
License Application and Instructions for Family Child Care Homes
UC Davis Child Development Program

License Exempt Provider

  • Is when a license is not required by the State of California.
  • Can include child care programs in a school district (on the school’s site), cooperative care (parents rotate care but no money is exchanged), and temporary on-site child care (conference, activity, special events).
  • Includes relatives or TrustLine registered providers.
  • Individual License exempt providers can only care for the children of one family (and their own children if appropriate).
  • If a family receiving state assistance for child care through Sierra Nevada Children’s Services chooses a license exempt provider, that provider is required to be TrustLine registered and to complete EMSA approved CPR/First Aid. Click here for schedule

How to become an Individual License Exempt Provider

When families needs don’t match what the licensed child care providers offer, there is an option for the family to locate a family member, neighbor or friend that is willing and able to care for the children. If the caregiver is a grandparent, aunt or uncle they will not be required to go through the TrustLine Clearance. They will have to complete an EMSA certified CPR cource within 90 days. Reinbursments, limited to $100.00 with a $5.00 copay may be available, download reinbursement form.
  1. The family needing care needs to be enrolled or in the process of enrolling with SNCS
  2. The family notifies their Family Support Specialist that they have a someone they trust willing to care for their children
  3. SNCS will contact the care provider to discuss the License Exempt Provider process and mail an enrollment package
  4. Care giver returns the complete package to SNCS, and receives a start date as confirmation
  5. If the care giver is not a family member, they will need to complete livescan prior to returning the Trustline application to SNCS and wait for the TrustLine Clearance
  6. Subsidized care will not start until all requested information is submitted to SNCS
  7. Family members can start subsidized child care when they receive confirmation of their start date
  8. Trustline providers will receive notification once they are cleared. They will also be notified if they are denied
  9. Once the EMSA Certification is received, provide SNCS a copy, this is due within 90 days of start date

TrustLine Registery

License-exempt child care providers (except the child’s aunt, uncle, or grandparent) must be TrustLine registered in order to receive reimbursement for child care services.

TrustLine is a registry of individuals who have passed the California Department of Justice’s and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s fingerprint record checks. Receiving a TrustLine clearance means that a person has no disqualifying criminal convictions or substantiated child abuse reports in California.

The purposes of becoming a TrustLine child care provider are twofold. First, it gives the family a sense of security that the caregiver is not only serious about meeting the family’s needs, but that the care giver may be entrusted with the care of children. Second, in order to provide child care for a family that is subsidized, the State of California mandates that the child care provider be registered on the TrustLine registry.

All license-exempt child care providers contracted with SNCS must complete an EMSA approved Pediatric CPR/First Aid within 90 days of the start of services. Providers may contact SNCS for a listing of courses.

TrustLine Website

Professional Development

Consider Sierra Nevada Children's Services (SNCS) your partner in learning, networking, connecting, and care-giving. We have designed our website as a quick reference to information and links. We also encourage you to become familiar with the Community Care Licensing (CCL) site in order for you to remain current with any changes and updates.

Health and Safety Training

SNCS has funds available from the Early Education and Support Division (EESD) of the California Department of Education for Quality Improvement Activities to support the Implementation of AB243 for Health and Safety Training.  Reimbursements – limited to $100 – for both Licensed and License Exempt Providers will be made until the funds are expended.  Providers are responsible for a $5.00 copayment.  All training curricula must be Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) approved.

EMSA Approved CPR + First Aid

  • The Nevada County Superintendent of Schools office also offers EMSA certified CPR/First Aid classes on a limited basis, check their website for next availability.
  • Truckee Tahoe Area - visit TeachingTahoe.com
  • Professional Education Child Care Training in Auburn:  530.889.8737 Click here for schedule

Additional Resources

Professional Organizations for Providers

National Association for the Education of Young Children
By joining the Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), you’ll become part of the Nation’s largest membership organization of early childhood professionals and others dedicated to improving the quality of services for young children and families. NAEYC is a national network of over 300 local, state, and regional affiliates, with nearly 100,000 members who believe in the importance of the early years (birth through age 8), the critical years of development.

Who joins NAEYC?

Directors, Preschool teachers and Aides, infant care providers, church schools, family child care providers, private and public child care providers, Head Start program staff, and kindergarten and elementary educators are all eligible to join.

Also eligible are students, parents, concerned professionals, and volunteers in Early Childhood Centers and parent educators, counselors, social workers, administrators, librarians, college instructors, and health care professionals.

The NAEYC may be right for you if you are looking for an organization that:

  • Promotes opportunities for teachers and parents of young children
  • Speaks on behalf of the needs of young children and their families
  • Gives exposure to the newest resources
  • Encourages and promotes professionalism in Early Childhood Education
  • Is community involved

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)

The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) is a non-profit organization that has worked for over 25 years to promote quality child care. NAFCC provides support to family child care providers through training and educational opportunities, information and resources, and accreditation.

Additonal Resources

Child Care Coordinating Council

The Child Care Coordinating Council, the Local Planning Council of Nevada County and First 5 Nevada County are aligning efforts and blending funding to consolidate professional development opportunities for all Nevada County early care and education (ECE) professionals.

First 5 of Nevada County

Research shows that a child’s brain develops most dramatically in the first five years and what parents and caregivers do during these years to support their child’s growth will have a meaningful impact throughout life.

Child Care Initiative Project (CCIP)

Sierra Nevada Children’s Services offers The California Childcare Initiative Project (CCIP). This program offers comprehensive trainings on Child Development, Health and Safety, Language and Literacy and Working with Parents and Families. Participants who complete these trainings are eligible to receive incentives for their programs.  CCIP training focuses on quality childcare for infants and toddlers.

Network & CCIP Training Workshops

Trainings are announced via email to our provider list and posted to the main page of our website. If you are a Nevada or Sierra County provider and would like to be added to our email list, please call (530) 272-8866 X217.

We also offer technical assistance in obtaining your childcare License. If you are interested in participating in the CCIP program or would like further information, please call Rene Slay at 272-8866 x 221.

Marketing Your Business

Sierra Nevada Children’s Services (SNCS) believes that the well-being of our children starts with parents and you, our early childhood educators. With that in mind, we are here to assist you in developing quality and caring environments in order for children to thrive. By providing you with training and professional development resources, we become a conduit that allows your program to expand and maintain your quality standards.

Resource and Referral Database Profile

SNCS is the Child Care Referral agency selected by the California Department of Education (CDE) to manage all provider data and provide referrals to families needing care in Nevada and Sierra Counties.
When a provider becomes licensed in California, by Community Care Licensing, they are required to provide information to SNCS’ staff who will create a provider profile for the referral database, at no cost to the provider. If the provider does not wish to receive referrals they should select the no referral checkbox and submit the information. When families requests childcare referrals from SNCS, their needs will be matched with those the providers offers. The family receives a list with pertinent information, no addresses are shared with the families.

When sending a referral, SNCS will protect your confidential information by not including your facility address on the referral. Referrals are provided to all families in Nevada and Sierra Counties. The referral program is separate from the child care subsidy program and providers have the option to join the subsidy program.

The Learning Center (TLC) Lending Library

As your local child care resource and referral agency, we have a variety of child care provider books and media available in our Resource Library. In addition, we present an annual Family Child Care Tax Workshop, as well as other occasional business-related classes. Finally, we can help put you in contact with other organizations that offer free business help.

Other Resources

Marketing Your Program
Building Child Care: A California Statewide Collaborative
Sierra Small Business Development Center
Child Care Law Center

Technical Assistance for Providers

Sierra Nevada Children’s Services (SNCS) is dedicated to supporting those who work with children. We offer various programs that provide technical assistance, training, and professional development opportunities, resources and materials, licensing support, Health and Safety Training reimbursement, and TrustLine information.

As part of our Resource and Referral Funding Terms and Conditions, SNCS, as a CDE contractor, contacts each licensed facility annually (at a minimum) to inform them of our resources and offer technical assistance.

SNCS assists providers with the following concerns including but not limited to:

  • Creating a safe, child friendly, and child oriented environment
  • Meeting the minimum requirements to care for young children
  • Acquiring information on beneficial programs, such as the Child Care Food Program
  • Setting up the learning environment
  • Developing a system of records maintenance
  • Assist with and honoring your role as a business professional
  • Questions and assistance with licensing, immunization, subsidy, health and safety, and business needs
  • Offering the Provider Email Blast and FaceBook posting as a resource
  • Questions and assistance from the child development team on specific issues (i.e., children who bite, tantrums, etc.)

Immunization and Tuberculosis Requirements
Tool from California Department of Social Services.

Subsidy Programs

Sierra Nevada Children’s Services (SNCS) administers several subsidy programs to help eligible families pay for child care services while they work, look for work, attend school or recover from incapacity. SNCS child care subsidy programs provide full or partial provider reimbursements for child care services. Providers must meet general qualifications in order to receive reimbursement for families served by SNCS programs. For details see the Provider Guide. To get started call (530) 272-8866 X 217.

Family Child Care Home Education "Network" (FCCHEN)

Family Child Care Home Education Network (FCCHEN), also known as the “Network,” is funded through the California Department of Education (CDE). Funding is designed to support income eligible families by providing subsidized child care in high quality Family Child Care Homes. Families may choose from participating providers. Call Rene at (530) 272-8866 X 221 for more information