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Youth and Family Resources
785 Morse Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA  94085
(located inside of the Columbia Neighborhood Center)

(408) 730-7800

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Child Care Resources

Welcome Child Care Providers

Providers have the Child Care Provider Monthly Newsletter

We encourage all child care providers to subscribe to our monthly child care newsletter. You'll receive announcements, child care provider workshops and resources for all providers and families. Child care provider e-mail addresses will be used exclusively by our office and will not be given to any third parties. Subscribe TodayRead an example of the Child Care Newsletter or visit the City of Sunnyvale's Recreation Facebook and Twitter pages for Sunnyvale events and programs that may apply to your business.

Information for Providers

List of Health and Safety Trainers and Educators for Child Care Providers
USDA Food Nutrition Services - Team Nutrition
Child Care Provider Book Bags from the City of Sunnyvale Youth and Family Resources
Good Neighbor Tips for Sunnyvale Child Care Providers

How to be added to the Sunnyvale's Child Care Referral List

If you operate a licensed child care business in Sunnyvale and would like to be added to the City's child care referral list as a licensed family child care provider or licensed child care center, you will need to read and sign the Child Care Referral Listing Criteria Guidelines Form and return the document to our office. The form describes the process of being added and removed from the City's referral list. The listings are provided as a free service to the public.  

To check if your business is on the Sunnyvale's referral list now, visit our For Parents page to download the latest listings.  If you are new child care provider and wish to be listed, sign the Child Care Referral Listing Criteria Guidelines and send it our way. 

Opening a Child Care Center or Family Child Care Home in Sunnyvale

Step 1: You must attend a State Mandated Orientation with the Community Care Licensing (CCL) Division. You will learn about requirements for providers, how to start your business plan, where and how to open your business and state licensing information.  CCL orientations are held monthly in San Jose or available on-line. Contact Community Care Licensing Division at (408) 324-2148 or visit www.ccld.ca.gov for orientation dates and times.  Potential providers looking into opening a family child care home in Sunnyvale and new and recently licensed child care providers may request a Provider Information Packet via email from the City of Sunnyvale. The packet includes local resources for child care providers, brochures from SafeKids, 4C’s, Poison Control Center, workshops and more.

Step 2: Child care providers will need to contact the City of Sunnyvale's Planning Division (view Child Care Facilities under Quick Links) to obtain a Use Permit if becoming a large family child care or child care center. A Use Permit is not required for a small family child care home. Planning will walk you through the process and provide information about City ordinances regarding child care in Sunnyvale. Contact the City’s Planning Division at (408) 730-7444  or visit the On-Stop Permit Center, 456 W. Olive Avenue, Sunnyvale.
If you are becoming a Large family child care provider, you will need to schedule a meeting with the City's Youth and Family Resources Office before you become a large family child care provider in Sunnyvale. The fire inspector may request for this to be completed before your final fire inspection. Planning will advise you of this large family child care orientation. To make an appointment with Youth & Family Resources, call (408) 730-7800 or send an email
Step 3: When you become a licensed child care provider or center, you will need to obtain a business license in Sunnyvale. This applies only to Large family child care providers and centers. Small family child care providers do not require a business license in Sunnyvale but you may request one if you desire. Contact the Youth and Family Resources Office to be added to our Sunnyvale child care referral listings at (408) 730-7800 or download the Child Care Referral Listing Criteria Guidelines. The City's referral list is an excellent way to promote your new child care business.  Your name and phone number will only be given to parents or persons looking for child care only.  Your contact information will be used only by the City of Sunnyvale and will not be given to any third parties for solicitation purposes.

Are you a new small Family Child Care Provider/Home in Sunnyvale – we want to hear from you!
Our monthly reports of licensed family child care providers and child care centers come directly from the Community Care Licensing website.  These reports will not search for small family child care homes (only large) or county licensed family child care homes. In addition, to respect the privacy of licensed homes, the website report does not provide maps and directions to any homes, only to centers.  If you are a small family child care provider – give us a call at (408) 730-7800 or to be added to our child care referral listings download the Child Care Referral Listing Criteria Guidelines form.

Child Care Provider Workshops and Professional Development







Digital Preschool: Screen Time and the Young Child Thurs., April 6 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunnyvale Community Center, Neighborhood Rm., 550 E. Remington Dr. RSVPs requested but not required. Email or call 408-730-7355

UC Davis Ext. Introducing Language Through Play

Sat., May 13

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Location to be Announced

To register, call 408-730-7355 or Email  

Setting the Stage to Learn Outside

Thurs., May 25

 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Columbia Neighborhood Center, 785 Morse Ave.

To register, call 408-730-7355 or Email

Workshop Description

Digital Preschool: Screen Time and the Young Child
Learn about the impact of screen time on young children from infancy through preschool and determine whether educational programs can enhance a child's learning. 

UC Davis Ext. Introducing Language Through Play
Using a child-centered approach this course will focus on the development of language and literacy skills needed for the transition into kindergarten. Participants will gain increased understanding in methods for supporting emerging language and literacy capabilities, language development in the early years, infusing language with play and supporting language development at home.

Setting the Stage to Learn Outside
Learn to create and transform a child care outdoor space into a learning environment and how to meet learning needs of the multi-age groups unique to family child care.  Create a Make-and-Take project and an action plan template for getting started in your child care.

Workshops and Classes from Community Partners

Inclusion Collaborative – Santa Clara County Office of Education

Lucile Packard Hospital 

Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) 

Children's Health Council  

Parents Place

Palo Alto Medical Foundation

El Camino Hospital - Parenting Classes 

Bananas Bunch 


4Cs: Community Child Care Council


Resources for Child Care Providers

Local colleges that offer Early Childhood Education
Foothill College Child Development or Foothill College Courses in Sunnyvale
De Anza Child Development Center
Mission College Child Development
E 3 Institute  The E3 Institute is a project of the WestEd Center for Child & Family Studies. Also offers the program CARES.
Santa Clara County Office of Education
California Dept. of Education - Early Care and Education Professional Development Training Portal
Pacific Oaks College

Licensing and Accredition Information
Community Care Licensing Division
San Jose Regional Office, 2580 N. First Street, Suite 300, San Jose, CA 95131
(408) 324-2148

The National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1509 16th St, N.W., Washington, DC 20036-1426
The NAEYC accredits child care centers, preschools, kindergartens and before/after school programs for infants and children ages zero through third grade.

National Association for Family Child Care, 5202 Pinemont Dr., Salt Lake City, UT 84123, (801) 269-9338
The NAFCC accredits family child care providers, not centers.  Accreditation is a tool used to recognize the quality of child care and early learning programs. Accreditation is a voluntary process of evaluation which assists child development professionals and families to evaluate programs.

Provider Newsletters, Support and Resources in the Bay Area
Provider Connection Flyer
4Cs: Community Child Care Council
Choices for Children
Bananas Bunch
Bay Area Family Child Care
Child Care Aware
Local Early Education Planning Council

First Aid and CPR Training resources
American Red Cross Silicon Valley
City of Sunnyvale, Community Resources Division - Activity Guide
Sunnyvale-Cupertino Adult School Fremont Union High School District
Foothill & DeAnza Community Education
P-TRAC (Provider Training, Resources and Activity Center)
4Cs: Community Child Care Council
Choices for Children

Inclusion Collaborative and Special Needs
Inclusive Collaborative Agencies
Inclusion Support Warm Line
Parents Helping Parents
Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)
San Andreas Regional Center

Child Care Food Program and Subsidy Programs
4C Council of Santa Clara County
150 River Oaks Parkway, Suite F-1, San Jose, CA 95134
(408) 487-0747

Business Resources for Child Care Providers
Building Child Care in California
Silicon Valley Small Business Center
Silicon Valley Chapter of SCORE (Service Corp. of Retired Executives)
City of Sunnyvale Economic Development
Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce


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