Rights In Seeking Child Care
Child Action, Inc. believes that parents are best able
to choose the child care that meets their particular
family situation. It is our goal to provide parents
with information and referrals on a full range of child
care services in the Sacramento community.
California state law requires a licensed child care
facility to make accessible to the public a copy of
any licensing report pertaining to the facility that
documents a facility visit or any substantiated or inconclusive
complaint. In addition, a more complete file regarding
a child care licensee may be available at an office
of the State Department of Social Services Community
Care Licensing Division. You have the right
to access any public information in these files. Licensing Contact Information: 1-844-538-8766.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
is to make locating child care less problematic for
families with children with disabilities or other special
needs. Under the ADA, a federal civil rights law, child
care centers cannot discriminate against parents or
children with special needs, nor can they charge more
than they would for any other child. Child care centers
and homes must be willing to make “reasonable
accommodations” that meet children’s individual
needs. This presents exciting opportunities to plan
for and include children with disabilities or other
special needs in all early childhood settings. Everyone
Child Action, Inc. strongly recommends that before
placing a child in care, parents should exercise their
rights and responsibilities to review a potential child
care provider’s licensing history, which is available
at the facility. Some programs are exempt from licensure.
Ask about their complaint policies and procedures. A
more complete file, including complaints or violations
for licensed programs in Sacramento County, may be available
at the offices listed below.
If a program is considered a “licensed exempted”
program, such as a parent co-op, recreation program
or community-based program, you will want to ask the
program staff about their complaint policies as licensing
will not have information available regarding these
Child Action, Inc. provides information about providers
as it is available, but does not make recommendations.
The choice of child care is the parents' right and responsibility.
Licensing Contact Information:
For child care centers and family child care homes, please contact Community Care Licensing at 1-844-538-8766.