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Starting a Child Care Program

If you would like to start a child care program or provide family child care in your home, a great place to start is the Provider’s page of the website of the Children’s Council of San Francisco.  They offer information about becoming a child care provider, training workshops, how to become licensed, and more.  You can also phone the Children’s Council at 415.276.2900 for more information about becoming a child care provider.
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 or call the San Bruno office at 650.266.8843.
On their website the Human Services Agency of San Francisco also offers good information about pursuing a career in child care.

For possible help creating, upgrading, or improving your child care space, the Low Income Investment Fund provides loans and grants to child care providers.