Child Care Updated: Jun 26, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

City of Santa Fe Springs Licensed Child Care Programs
The City of Santa Fe Springs operates several types of licensed child care and development programs that provide services to children 2 through 12 years of age.  For all child care inquiries please call (562) 944-6419.

For children ages 2 to 5 years…

The city has both full and half day licensed preschool programs that offer a developmentally appropriate, nurturing environment that prepares your child for life long learning.   Full day preschool education and care is available Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Half day and part week programs are also available.  Some families may qualify for sliding scale fees.

For school-age children (kindergarten through 6th grade)….

The city has two school age child care facilities conveniently located adjacent to three of the elementary school campuses in the city.  Each center offers before and after school care and full day care during vacation periods and non-school days.  
Finding Licensed Child Care in Santa Fe Springs

The Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) can provide referrals to licensed child care centers and family child care homes in the City of Santa Fe Springs.  For more information you can visit their website or call them at (323) 890-1555.


Licensed Child Care information can also be obtained at www.ccld.ca.gov
Licensed Child Care Operational Requirements (Centers/Family Child Care Homes)

Citizens wishing to operate either a licensed child care center or a licensed family child care within the City of Santa Fe Springs must meet strict State and local operational requirements before they can admit children.


Child Care Centers

A child care center is usually located in a business district and must first receive a State license to operate a facility for fewer than twenty-four hours a day for the care of children who are not related to the owner, operator, or manager of the facility.  The facility may be operated with or without compensation for such care and with or without stated educational purposes.  Twenty-four hour care may be provided in day care centers on an emergency basis only.  Child care providers are required to meet and adhere to State and local regulations, such as a protective service and criminal records check, TB skin tests on all facility members, and a home study.  Regulations are enforced by the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division, which is responsible for periodic inspections of all child care facilities.  
For more information about child care center requirements or to apply for a license for your facility, contact the Department of Social Services Los Angeles East Regional Office located at 1000 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 200B, Monterey Park, CA 91754, or call them at (323) 981-3350. 

Family Child Care

A Family Child Care Home must be in the licensee's own home. A Family Child Care Home reflects a home-like environment where non-medical care and supervision is provided for periods of less than 24 hours. There are Small Family Child Care Homes and Large Family Child Care Homes. A small family child care home provides care to no more than 8 children.  A large family child care home provides care to no more than 14 children.  A family child care home must receive a State license before they can admit children.  Licensed family child care providers are required to meet and adhere to State and local regulations, such as a protective service and criminal records check, TB skin tests on all facility members, and a home study.  Regulations are enforced by the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division, which is responsible for periodic inspections of all child care facilities.  

For more information about child care center requirements or to apply for a license for your facility, contact the: Department of Social Services, Los Angeles East Regional Office located at 1000 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 200B, Monterey Park, CA 91754, or call them at (323) 981-3350.