If you would like to start a child care program or provide family child care in your home, a great place to start is is the Provider page of the website of the Child Care Coordinating Council (4Cs). They offer information and workshops about how to become licensed and much more. You can also call 4Cs at their provider technical assistance line (650) 517-1460.
For specific information about licensing, Community Care Licensing is the state agency responsible for licensing and monitoring family child care homes and child care centers to ensure that they provide safe and healthy environments for children. For more information visit Community Care Licensing Division of California or call the San Bruno office at (650) 266-8843.