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You can use the list of frequently asked questions below to help find the right community resource for your needs.

  1. Where can I find out the basic requirements for starting a child care program?
  2. Where can I find help estimating the market demand for my proposed child care services?
  3. Where can I find help developing a business plan for my child care program?
  4. Where can I go to find out about local zoning and land use restrictions?
  5. Where can I go if I have legal questions about zoning, land use, and licensing restrictions?
  6. Who can help me assess the appropriateness of a site?
  7. Where can I go to find an architect with child care facilities development experience who can help me to design a facility?
  8. Where can I go to find a contractor to do the facility work?
  9. Who can help me identify financial resources for my facilities development project?
  10. How can I learn more about becoming a homeowner as a family child care provider?
  11. Where do I go to finalize the licensing process?
  12. Who can help me with marketing my program?


  1. Where can I go to find out the basic requirements for starting a child care program?
    • Your local child care Resource and Referral Agency (R&R) can give you information about the next Licensing Orientation meeting in the community.
    • Your regional Child Care Advocate can answer initial questions about licensing requirements.
    • The Building Child Care (BCC) Project can help you learn about the steps involved in the process of a facilities development project such as renovating or expanding an existing facility or building or purchasing a new one. To learn more about these steps call BCC at 888-411-3535 or visit the Child Care Center Checklists or Family Child Care Checklists on this website.
  2. Where can I find help estimating the market demand for my proposed child care services?
    • Your local child care Resource and Referral (R&R) Agency can help you understand the existing supply of child care in the community.
    • Your Local Child Care Planning Council (LPC) can provide you with information about the highest need areas for child care in your county, and about the local priorities designed to meet those needs.
    • You can research the existing supply of care provided by large family child care homes and child care centers in your area by visiting the California Community Care Licensing Division website and searching by zip code. This search will not provide information about existing small family child care homes or about license-exempt care.
    • Your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC) can help you to begin the process of conducting a market feasibility analysis to estimate the actual demand for your services using the supply and need information you've gathered.

    • Important Note: It is critical to differentiate between the community's need and the demand for child care services. The demand for child care is determined by who will actually use your services and be able to pay the rates you will charge. Using information about the existing supply and highest need for services in the area to conduct a market feasibility analysis will help you to identify the market demand more clearly.

  3. Where can I find help developing a business plan for my child care program?
  4. Where can I go to find out about local zoning and land use restrictions?
  5. Where can I go if I have legal questions about zoning, land use, and licensing restrictions?
    • The Child Care Law Center (CCLC) has staff attorneys available to answer legal questions related to child care. You can call their Legal Information and Referral Line at 415.394.7144 during the operating hours of Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 12-3 Pacific Time.
    • Your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC) may offer referrals to legal assistance in the community.
  6. Who can help me assess whether a particular site is appropriate and licensable for a child care program?
    • Your regional Child Care Advocate can help you assess a particular site by reviewing site plans and advising you on licensing requirements.
  7. Where can I go to find an architect with child care facilities development experience who can help me to design a facility?
  8. Where can I go to find a licensed contractor to do the facility work?
    • The Building Child Care (BCC) Project has compiled a Referral List of Contractors with Child Care Facilities Development Experience in California. This list is limited in scope, however, and is comprised primarily of contractors with child care center development experience.
    • Ask other providers for recommendations of contractors they've used on similar projects. For example ask local family child care associations. To find assosiations near you, download the directory of local family child care associations.
    • Child care center directors can ask local Community Development Corporations (CDCs) for referrals of contractors they've used for community facility developments.
    • Family child care providers can ask neighbors and friends in the community for recommendations of good contractors for home improvement work.

    • Important Note: Funders often have requirements for the contractors you use so also make sure to talk with funders about this step.

  9. Who can help me identify financial resources for my facilities development project?
    • The Building Child Care (BCC) Project has compiled a list of statewide and local Financial Resources for Child Care Facilities Development in California. Most of these resources are in the form of child care-friendly loans designed for small businesses, community development projects, and in some cases child care facilities in particular. If you have questions about these resources, or how to identify which ones are most suitable for your project call BCC at 888-411-3535 Monday - Friday from 8:30-5:00.
    • Additionally, BCC has compiled a list of Potential Grant Resources for Child Care Facilities Development in California.
    • Your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC) can typically help you package a loan application and identify potential lenders.
    • Your local County First 5 or Children and Families First Commission may provide small grants for child care center and/or family child care facilities development work. Contact them directly to find out if your project would fit with their funding priorities. Visit the First 5 website to locate the Commission contact information for your county.

    • Important Note: Most grant resources for facilities work are available only to nonprofit child care center developments.

      Important Note: SBDCs can work only with family child care providers and for-profit centers to package loans and make referrals to lenders.

  10. How can I learn more about becoming a homeowner as a family child care provider?
    • Fannie Mae has a List of Housing Counselors and Agencies by state and region on their website. You can use this list to find organizations in your community who assist potential homeowners with pre- and post-purchase homeowner education and credit counseling.
    • The BCC publication A Guide to Homeownership for Family Child Care Providers offers a range of useful information about preparing for homeownership; understanding mortgages; accessing special programs and assistance; and selecting a real estate broker.
  11. Where do I go to finalize the licensing process?
  12. Who can help me market my program in the community?


Community Resources in Fresno County

Resource and Referral Agency (R&R)

Central Valley Children's Services Network
1911 N. Helm Avenue
Fresno, CA 93727
P: (559) 456-1100
F: 559) 456-8381

Some of the services your local R&R may provide to help in the facilities development process include:

  • County-specific information about the current supply of licensed child care
  • Local demographic information
  • Data on local market rates for licensed child care services and staff wages
  • Dates for upcoming licensing orientation meetings
  • Assistance making your services known in the community
  • Low-cost or free trainings on a range of subjects throughout the year



Local Child Care Planning Council (LPC)

Fresno County Office of Education
1111 Van Ness Ave.
6th Fl.
Fresno, CA 93721
E: marriaga@fcoe.k12.ca.us
P: (559) 497-3846
F: (559) 497-3802

The LPC coordinator in your community can help in the facilities development process by providing information on:

  • The highest need areas for child care in the county
  • Local priorities designed to meet those needs
  • Referrals to other community resources



Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Central California SBDC (Fresno Office)
Manchester Center
3302 Blackstone Ave., Ste 225
Fresno, CA 93726
P: 559-230-4056
Tom Burns, Director


Valley Small Business Corporation
7035 N Fruit Ave
Fresno, CA 93711
P: (559) 438-9680
Mike Foley, Executive Director

SBDC services, which are typically available for free or at a low-cost, vary from county to county and can include:

  • One-on-one business planning assistance
  • Business planning workshops
  • Loan packaging
  • Loan referrals
  • Post-loan support
  • Referrals to legal services
  • Marketing assistance



Child Care Advocate Program (CCAP)

Northern California
Bay Area Child Care Regional Office
1515 Clay St., Suite 1102
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 622-2623

Your Advocate can provide:

  • A first line of licensing information and assistance to providers who want to expand, renovate, or start child care programs
  • Answers to licensing questions
  • Inspections of potential facilities
  • Reviews of site plans

Note: It is essential to contact your Advocate before any large design decisions or changes are made so that he or she can help you identify potential licensing problems before you make financial commitments.




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