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Provider Update

Every month, all family child care home and center providers in San Diego County are asked to update their child care program data. Help us provide accurate and quality referrals to parents seeking child care by updating your information.

Learn How to Update Your Provider Information



Start Your Own Home Child Care

Opening your home to children who need the nurturing environment and support of a trained child care professional is one of the most selfless acts you can do. The California Child Care Initiative Project (CCIP) is a free training and support program for individuals who are:

  • Starting their first family child care home
  • Adding infants and toddlers to their existing child care program
  • Willing to improve the quality of their program
  • Increasing their FCC license capacity, or
  • Expanding to offer non-traditional hours of care.

How to Become a Licensed Home Child Care Provider

To become a licensed child care provider, you must complete the following:

  • Attend a Community Care Licensing (CCL) orientation.
  • Attend basic health and safety training.
  • Obtain a criminal background check clearance.
  • Submit a licensing application to CCL.
  • Pass a CCL home inspection.

Participants who complete program requirements may be eligible to receive an incentive package that includes educational toys and child care and development publications. Incentives are dependent upon availability of funding. Start a child care business in your home. Call 1-800-481-2151 or e-mail [email protected] to learn more!


Behavior Support Services for Child Care Providers

Research shows that supporting social-emotional development in early learning environments can help strengthen a foundation for lifelong success.

For early childhood educators, we offer training and resources that support social-emotional development and effectively manage and reduce challenging behaviors.

Positive outcomes you can expect:

  • Increased knowledge of social-emotional development and behavior management
  • Skills and abilities to implement behavior management techniques
  • Improved relationships and interactions with children and families
  • Decreased stress

Trainings & Workshops start at $15 per person.


Behavior Consultation for Families

Our team of behavior consultants can also provide one-on-one Behavior Support Services for individual children and their families.



Respite Care Provider

We hire experienced and knowledgeable staff to provide care respite children in or out of the family home. Respite care providers must be an adult who does not live in the household or provide ongoing care for the client. We also contract with licensed child care facilities to include respite children in their child care programs. The respite provider can be a licensed facility, or a family member can choose someone to provide respite.

Families can utilize either In-Home respite care or Out-of-Home care depending upon the needs of the family.

In-Home Respite Staff

The In-Home Respite Provider is responsible for providing occasional, part-time, one-on-one respite care for individuals with developmental disabilities in the family home.

Out-Of-Home Respite Providers:

The Out-of-Home Respite Provider is responsible for providing occasional, part-time, respite care for individuals with developmental disabilities in a licensed child care center or licensed child care family home.

To apply to be a Respite Provider, contact [email protected].


The Respite Unit offers ongoing support, training, and resources to families, providers, and the community on developmental disabilities.

Advantages of the Respite Unit include:

  • Review each respite appointment worked with the name of your respite provider
  • Know the exact clock-in and clock-out times of appointments
  • Be updated on the remaining balance of hours for the period
  • Send messages to the Respite Unit, including your approval of the respite
  • Schedule or request respite appointments online

To access Respitrack, visit our online portal. If you have any questions on how to log into the system, contact Jenny Sanchez via email at [email protected] or by phone at 619-521-3055 ext. 2409.

Navy Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Respite Care Provider

Help navy families provide the love, care and support to their children with special needs. The navy EFMP Care program gives navy parents or guardians a short-term break from the continued care a child with disabilities or special needs may require. Military families can utilize either In-Home respite care or Out-of-Home care depending upon the needs of the family.

In-Home Respite Care Providers

  • Care for Military children who are eligible for respite with NACCRRA
  • Work flexible schedules, evenings and weekends available
  • Starting hourly rate is $18. Eligible providers can earn up to $45 an hour.

Out-of-Home Respite Care Provider

  • Provide a warm, nurturing, and safe environment for children with disabilities
  • Must be state licensed
  • Provide care on a part-time or drop-in basis
  • Evening and weekend work available
  • Have training opportunities on topics relating to special needs
  • Enhance their child-care program
  • Out-of-Home providers must pass Pre-Assessment

EFMP Respite Provider Qualifications

  • Experience working with children, or experience in the Special Needs field or other Health fields
  • Possess or willing to obtain current Pediatric CPR and Pediatric First Aid
  • Must clear a background screening
  • Reliable transportation and direct access by telephone and e-mail
  • Willing to complete Child Abuse Awareness Training prior to providing care

Forms for Military Respite Care Providers

  1. Interest Packet
  2. Training Calendar
  3. Respite Tracking Log
  4. Emergency Contact Procedures
  5. Ouch Report
  6. Daily Report
  7. Medication Administration Log
  8. Attendance Sheet
  9. Payment Submission Process

For more information about becoming a Military Respite Care Provider, please contact our Military Respite Care Staff at [email protected] or [email protected].