If you are an in-home family child care provider and have a work-related issue or question, we’re here to help. Fill out the form below and a SEIU Local 99 organizer will respond within 24-48 hours. If you work in an early education center or public school please fill out this form.
California Department of Social Services – Community Care Licensing
Providers deal with several different departments, agencies, and groups when running their family child care. Licensing is one of the most important because it is responsible for issuing our licenses, conducting regular home inspections, and can also take disciplinary actions like citations or license revocations. You can find vital information bulletins and relevant notices on their site.
Every quarter (January-March, April-June, July-September, October-December) Licensing releases an informational update for child care providers. These bilingual (English, Spanish) bulletins contains safety tips, upcoming changes to regulations, notices about licensing inspections, and more.
Provider Information Notices (Pins)
When the state makes changes to licensing regulations, like the Mandatory Abuse Reporter training requirement, Licensing will issues a notices to inform providers. These notices are also available in Spanish.
After Community Care Licensing, Resource and Referral Agencies are the most important group providers work with. The California Department of Education issues contracts (funds and agreements) to R& R’s to hire providers who then offer care to children eligible for subsidy. They can also help private pay families find care in their neighborhoods. Unfortunately, we often have to jump through many hoops to find the right person to talk to about payment or contracting issues, greatly impacting our livelihoods. Sometimes there can be arbitrary and unfair treatment at the hands of R&R agencies.
That’s where we come in. When hundreds of providers come together — agencies listen. Through 15 years of organizing, we’ve learned a thing or two about what it takes to ensure we are paid on time and treated with respect. Here are a few places you can find help.
Early Learning and Care Division (ELCD)
ELCD Consultants provide assistance and answer questions about early education and support. Consultants vary by region. Find your contact.
Child Care and Development Programs
The California Department of Education offers information about how child care slots are funded in the state. They are a mix of federal, state, and local funding sources.
Laws, Regulations, and Requirements
Child care centers, R&Rs, Alternative Payment (APs), and in-home family child care are all regulated by guidelines set forth by the state and regulated by the California Department of Education. This includes many parts of the California Education Code but most significantly Title V and Title XXII. Title V outlines rules for programs like CalWorks 1 & 2, federal grants, and more. Title XXII outlines regulations and requirements for our license.
Quality care for little ones means providers wear many hats including making nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day for the children in our care. There are federal/state programs to help the ease the cost of meals/snacks for providers. The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), administered federally by the United States Department of Agriculture, provides reimbursement for eligible meals served. In California, this program is managed by the California Department of Education.
Please keep in mind that there are recording keeping and eligibility requirements. Providers caring for children eligible for subsidy or private pay are both eligible for the program. Providers must sign an agreement with a sponsor to participate in CACFP. The sponsor organizes training, conducts monitoring, and helps with planning menus and filling out reimbursement forms.
Sponsors vary by county. Find a sponsor.
The California Department of Education is responsible for a variety of education regulations, laws, and contracts. For family child care providers, they set the Regional Market Rates (RMR) which providers utilize on their rate sheets for payment. Rate sheets are kept on file with the various agencies you work with to calculate your compensation so it is important your sheets are updated to ensure you are paid in full for every child you care for. Most agencies allow you to update your rate sheet once every fiscal year (July-June).
Rates vary by county. Find your rate.
As an SEIU member, you have exclusive access to liability insurance for your child care business. Waivers and most homeowner’s insurance will not cover you if you are sued for any alleged illness or injury caused to a child while under your care. Liability insurance helps you keep peace of mind when something unexpected happens because we know accidents and property damage are a fact of life for child care providers. Our liability insurance offers coverage through Program Managers, Inc (PMI). Some benefits include:
- Liability Limits: You are eligible to purchase a limit of liability of $1,000,000/$3,000,000 for your child care business.
- Accidental Medical Expense: Coverage up to $10,000 for incurred expenses to cover medical or surgical treatment, services, or supplies if the first expense is incurred within 1 year of the date of a covered accident.
- Business Personal Property: Coverage for your daycare property if damage should occur when your operation experiences fires, earthquakes, etc. Business personal property can be defined as: Building, equipment, fixtures, furniture, merchandise, etc., identified in an insurance policy as owned by the insured and used in your business.
- Lost Wages/Income: You can purchase coverage for your lost wages or income in a covered property loss. You are also able to adjust your limit and choose the amount of coverage that works for you.
- Administrative and Hearing Fees and Costs: New coverage option for up to $5000 for administrative and hearing fees and costs.
- Streamlined Processing and Payment Options: You can now apply for your liability insurance online! You can also submit payment for your coverage online, including an option for monthly payments. There is no additional paperwork required for your monthly payment plan and your payment amount will be available next to your annual premium cost.
- Same-Day Proof of Coverage: Print your insurance certificate the same day you apply from the comfort of your home.
You can also submit your application in writing. Download the paper application.
If you have any questions or need help filing your application, please contact:
Program Managers, Inc.
Providers work hard to care for the children in their communities and help their families get to work. But, sometimes we need a little help. If you are encountering issues with a Licensing citation or legal action, we recommend contacting an attorney for support.
John D. Bishop
5000 Birch St., Ste 7000
Newport Beach, CA 92660
P: (949) 557-4888 | F: (949) 557-4899
Janice C Mendel
21900 Burbank Blvd. 3rd Floor
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
P: (818) 917 -2215 | F: (818) 337 – 2945
A pro bono legal firm offering legal advice and templates for providers caring for children including parent-provider contracts, immunizations, disability compliance, tenant rights, etc. Read more.
These resources are for informational purposes only. Legal services are not provided by SEIU Local 99 and as such we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the services or advise provided.
Finding ways to strengthen your early care knowledge can be a challenge for family child care providers on a limited budget. Over our 15 years of organizing we’ve advocated for more funds for training and won millions of dollars for provider-specific professional development programs. In addition to our member benefits, there are also additional tools available to providers with Early Care and Education organizations.
Early Care and Education Workforce Registry
Quality Start: Los Angeles and San Bernardino
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