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License-Exempt Care

Examples of different types of license-exempt care:

  • A person you hire to provide child care in your home (nanny, au pair)
  • A drop-in child care program at a health club
  • Some you recreation programs and day camps
  • Care by family, friends, & neighbors (caring for children from one other family)
  • After-school enrichment programs

State and county licensing officials do not inspect these types of child care arrangements for basic health and safety standards. Some of these programs may voluntarily develop their own standards of care. For example, programs run by school districts and recreation programs may impose their own staff requirements, background checks, and training requirements; however, these providers are not required to do so.

You may be a friend or a family member taking care of their child, because they already know and trust you and you know her joys, fears and what she wants to be when she grows up. We are here to help you as you provide that important family support.

If you're taking care of a friend or family member's child, or just thinking about it, you may want support and information to help you with this responsibility.

Play Days
Because play is the way young children learn, Child Action, Inc. offers free play days year-round in different neighborhoods in Sacramento County. Play Days are relaxed, informal and open to anyone taking care of children. We invite you to share some fun with the little one in your life. We hope to join you and your children for games, crafts, songs and much more! Just give us a call or visit our Calendar of Events at to get connected to a play day.