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child care provider playing blocks with toddlerThe Orange County Child Care and Development Planning Council

Find out more about the Orange County Child Care and Development Planning Council's (Council)


Start a Child Care Center or Child Care Business

To open a family child care home, licensed center,  or convert a facility for child care use:

  • Community Care Licensing,  714-703-2800
  • Orange County Child Care Connections -- Provides assistance for people trying to open a licensed child care center or family child care home  

Apply for a Child Development Permit

To apply for a new, renew, or upgrade a Child Development Permit:

  • California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Child Development Training Consortium
  • Orange County Department of Education, Credentials and Livescan 714-966-4236 

Increase Child Care Quality through Accreditation

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation
  • National Family Child Care Association
  • Orange County Quality Improvement System (OC QIS)
  • School Age Accreditation


These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the Orange County Department of Education of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual.  The Orange County Department of Education bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links.  Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.