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Family Child Care Homes

The California Child Day Care Facilities Act strictly limits local regulation of family child care homes and supersedes local zoning, building, and fire codes and regulations that conflict with its provisions. Because of this Act, your city or county can make the zoning permit process for large family child care homes cost-effective and less burdensome. The American Planning Association (APA) states as its policy, "child care is a critical component of livable communities...and that local planning policies can play an important role in ensuring adequate child care."

The Child Care Law Center has published updated information and FAQs ( that will help local governments understand obligations under state law and how child care administrative policies can be streamlined.