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Do You Want To Open Your Own Child Care Program?

Are you looking to make a difference in the lives of children and families in Milpitas? Caring for children can be one of the most rewarding and difficult of professions! If you are considering starting a family child care home or operating a child care center, click here to download How to Open a Child Care Program in the City of Milpitas, California. Adobe Icon This helpful guide outlines procedures, lists agency contacts and offers an overview of the process for starting both family child care homes and child care centers.

Quick Tips For Navigating the City of Milpitas Approval Processes for Potential Child Care Programs:

Did you know that in addition to receiving a license from the Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing, nearly all prospective child care programs also need approval from the City of Milpitas? Listed below are a few quick tips to keep in mind if you are considering opening up a child care program in the City of Milpitas.

Family Child Care Homes

Small family child care homes are allowed by right: there is no need to receive approval from the City of Milpitas.

Large family child care homes must receive approval from the Planning Division and apply for a Business License. It is recommended that before you submit your paperwork to the Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing for your large family child care home license that you stop by the front desk of City Hall and meet with a City Planner. Together you will review the City Requirements and check the location of your home to determine the appropriate approval process:

A City Planner will explain both processes to you and indicate next steps.

Click here to be redirected to the Business License Forms and the Large Family Child Care Home Questionnaire.

Garage conversions must receive a separate Building Permit from the Building Department, which includes review by Planning staff. Meet with Building Department staff to discuss this approval process. Click here to learn more.

Signs allowed for family child care business may be no larger than 12 inches by 12 inches and must be affixed to your home. A-frame signs, lawn signs, etc. are all strictly prohibited. You may read all about the Sign Ordinance.

Child Care Centers

Child Care Centers must also receive approval from the Planning Division and receive a Conditional Use Permit prior to obtaining a Business License. It is recommended that before you secure a facility location and before you submit your paperwork to the Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing for your child care center that you stop by the front desk of City Hall and meet with a City Planner. Together you will check the location of the facility to determine the zoning, review the City Requirements and discuss the Conditional Use Permit process.

The Milpitas Alliance for Better Child Care:

If you are a licensed family child care provider or interested in becoming one, this group is for you. The Milpitas Alliance for Better Child Care is a local group of family child care providers dedicated to networking and communicating in support of each other and the children and families in their care. Meetings are usually 7:00 – 8:30 pm on the second Tuesday of each month at the Milpitas Community Center or at a hosting family child care provider’s home. Click here to download the Milpitas Alliance for Better Child Care 2010 Meetings Calendar. Adobe Icon

Milpitas Alliance for Better Child Care Brochure:

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Inclusion Collaborative:

(408)453-6756    inclusion@sccoe.org

The Inclusion Collaborative is your partner in providing inclusive environments for children. We are committed to ensuring that children with disabilities and special needs have equal access to full participation in inclusive community and learning environments. Services we provide:

Inclusion Support Warm Line:

(408)-453-6651    inclusionwarmline@sccoe.org

Educators and parents can contact the Warm Line for free support, information, and referrals resources for including children with special needs or disabilities in schools and the community. Services we provide:


Child Care Services  
455 East Calaveras Boulevard  
Phone: (408) 586-3279  

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