Support for Child Care Providers

Changing Tides Family Services provides a range of one-on-one and group technical support to increase the number of quality child care providers in Humboldt County. Call (707) 444-8293 or (800) 795-3554 for answers:

-Do you want to know more about child care as a profession?

-Would you like help navigating the licensing process?

-Do you need information about how to maintain or expand your child care services?

-Would you like referrals to other local resources (such as child care provider associations, financial incentive programs for providers, etc.)?


Important Community Care Licensing (CCL) Updates:

Community Care Licensing (CCL) Orientations for family child care homes are scheduled in advance by the CCL’s Regional Office in Rohnert Park, and are offered anytime online at For questions regarding live CCL Orientations, contact the CCL’s Regional Office in Rohnert Park at (707) 588-5026.

Personnel Immunizations: Commencing September 1, 2016, a person shall not be employed or volunteer at a day care center or a family day care home if he or she has not been immunized against influenza, pertussis, and measles. Each employee and volunteer shall receive an influenza vaccination between August 1 and December 1 of each year.

A person may be exempt from the requirements under certain circumstances.For further information regarding requirements and exemptions, click here.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors: As of January 2015, all licensed Family Child Care Homes and licensed Child Care Centers are required to have at least one approved and operating carbon monoxide detector. The lack of a working carbon monoxide detector or an unapproved detector will result in a Type A citation, as a serious violation of the State’s Health and Safety Code.

For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) ON Carbon Monoxide (CO) Devices, click here

For a list of California State Marshall (CSFM) approved Carbon Monoxide Alarms, click here

Immunization Requirements: California School Immunization Records (CDPH286 white paper form) must be kept and be available at the time of Community Care Licensing visits. Records must be completed by child care staff and parents must provide immunization information. Information about completing this form can be found in the Guide to Immunization Requirements for Pre-kindergarten (Child Care). For more information and resources for parents and providers in Spanish and other languages, please visit the Child Care webpage on the website.

Personal Beliefs Exemption: It is no longer sufficient to have a parent sign the back of the California School Immunization Record as a personal belief exemption. A Personal Beliefs Exemption to Required Immunizations (CDPH 8262) must be on file instead.

Parents will no longer be able to submit a personal belief exemption after January 1, 2016.

Personal belief exemption forms submitted before January 1, 2016 are valid until the child changes schools or continues to the next “grade span.”

For child care, personal belief exemptions forms are valid until child begins kindergarten, and will not be honored once child leaves their current child care facility.

Incidental Medical Services: Licensed Family Child Care Homes and Child Care Centers may choose to offer any health care related services (nebulizer, Epi-pen Jr, etc). Any health care services provided following doctor’s orders are Incidental Medical Services (IMS). Health care services such as administrating prescription medication that does not require special training and all non-prescription medications are not considered IMS.

NO Incidental Medical Services (including storing an Epi-pen Jr or nebulizer) can take place in any licensed facility unless there is an approved, written Incidental Medical Services Plan on file with CCL.

For the 8/27/2015 updates regarding Implementing Policies Related to Incidental Medical Services, click here

Healthy Schools Act (Child Care Centers): As of January 1, 2015 Child Care Centers must develop an Integrated Pest Management (IPM ) Plan and send pesticide use reports to the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR)

As of July 1, 2016 Child Care Centers must complete IPM training.

For the Healthy Schools Act Compliance Packet for Child Care Centers, click here


Child Care Provider Resources:

Health and Safety Training Funds available on a limited annual basis

These funds provide reimbursement to eligible individuals who successfully complete qualified trainings between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022 in Humboldt County. Funds are limited!

Click here for the Health and Safety Reimbursement Form.

Questions? Contact Resource and Referral at 707-444-8293.

Fondos Disponibles para los Entrenamientos de Salud y Seguridad

Estos fondos proporcionan un reembolso para personas elegibles que completen con éxito los entrenamientos aprobados entre el 1 de julio de 2021 y 30 de junio de 2022 en el condado de Humboldt. Los fondos son limitados.

Haga clic aquí para obtener el Formulario de Rembolso de Salud y Seguridad.

¿Preguntas? Póngase en contacto con Recursos y Referencias al 707-444-8293




*NEW* Online Resource for Understanding Child Care Licensing. This resource page includes information for providers and parents and families, and uses videos as well as written information to explain topics like the how licensing works, parents’ rights in child care, what to look for in choosing a provider, and how to file a complaint.

California Child Care Licensing Resources for Parents and Providers

Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training Free, online training from the CA Department of Social Services, Office of Child Abuse Prevention

Tipping Hazard Information English or español

How to Talk to Children About Tragic Events:

-Talking About Tragic Events / Como hablar sobre sucesos trágicos:

-Explaining the News to Our Kids / Como explicar las noticias a nuestros niños:

-How to Talk with Children After an Act of Terrorism / Como hablar con sus niños despues de un acto de terrorismo:

*These links are provided for informational purposes only. Changing Tides Family Services does not endorse any specific websites or organizations. Estos enlaces son proporcionados con fines informativos exclusivamente. Changing Tides Family Services no respalda sitios web u organizaciones específicas.

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