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Child Care Center
Licensing Requirements

Child care centers offer child care in a large group setting. They are licensed by the State of California through Community Care Licensing.

Child Care Centers are licensed to care for children based on the space of the facility and the number of available staff. Centers may be licensed for infants, preschoolers or school-age children.

Child care center staff includes a director, teachers and aides. Staffing ratios specify a minimum of one adult for every 12 children.
  • All staff must have a criminal record clearance before working in a center. Volunteers and students are sometimes exempt from this requirement if they are directly supervised by an employee with a clearance and spend no more than 16 hours per week at the facility. They cannot be left alone with the children.
  • A current tuberculosis clearance is required for all staff.
  • All child care centers must secure and maintain a fire clearance approved by the city or county fire department.
  • At least one staff member who is trained in CPR and first aid must be present when children are at the child care center or offsite for center activities.
For more information on requirements, call Community Care Licensing.

Community Care Licensing
770 E. Shaw, Suite 300
(559) 243-4588 / Hotline 1-844-538-8766

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Tulare County Office of Education
Early Childhood Education Program
7000 Doe Avenue, Suite C, Visalia, CA 93291

Julie Berk, Administrator
(559) 651-3022 • fax: (559) 651-3802

Jim Vidak, County Superintendent of Schools
Tulare County Office of Education
All mail to: P.O. Box 5091, Visalia, CA 93278-5091
Physical address: 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA 93277
phone: (559) 733-6300 • fax: (559) 627-5219

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