Licensing is conducted under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Social Services
(CDSS). Licensing regulations ensure that every identifiable risk to
children's health, safety, and well-being has been anticipated and
addressed.School and parish administrators and preschool directors may recruit, enroll, and register children before the license
is approved but preschool programs may not begin operation until the
license is granted. The licensing process from inception to receipt of
the license can take as long as one year.Steps in the licensing process:
pastor or principal and preschool director, if hired, attend Step I:
Child Care Centers Application Orientation, through the CDSS Child Care
Center Division, where the application for licensing is explained.
pastor or principal and preschool director attend Step II: Child Care
Centers Operations and Record Keeping Orientation through the CDSS Child
Care Center Division.
The application is completed and
submitted along with each criminal record summary of the pastor,
principal, preschool director, teachers, and staff of the preschool.
The license is approved or the modification request license is received by mail from the CDSS.