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1. I want to open my own childcare business.  What do I need to do?
First, you need to determine what type of childcare facility you wish to operate.  If you want to work in your own home, you need a family childcare license.  For those who wish to provide child care services in an out-of-home setting, a childcare center license is needed.

In order to obtain a family child care license in California; you must do the following:

  • Attend an orientation meeting held by the Community Care Licensing Division of the State Department of Social Services.
  • Complete a 15 hour course in Child Care Health & Safety.
  • Complete all necessary and required forms and tests.
  • Have a visit from a licensing evaluator.

To obtain a child care center license, you must do the following:

  • Attend a series of orientations conducted by the Community Care Licensing Division of the State Department of Social Services.
  • Complete all necessary and required forms and tests.
  • Pass an inspection by a licensing evaluator.

For more information concerning licensing in the state of California, please visit Banana’s at
Contact the Child Development Office at 510-436-2589 for more information.


2. What are the differences between a Child Development Permit, a Certificate, and a License? 

A Child Development Permit is required to teach in a program, also known as Title V program that receives subsidies from the Child Development Division of the State Department of Education. A Child Development Permit is issued by the Commission on Teacher Preparation. The permit matrix offers a variety of permits, each requiring a different level of education and giving the holder varying degrees of authority. For more information on Child Development Permits and Permit Advising contact Berenise Herrera:   510 434-3927 or Myeisha Jones: 510-436-2524,  located in A109.


3. How do I register for classes?

For information on registering for classes at Merritt College, please click on the link below.  It will direct you to Peralta College’s Enroll Online page.


4. What class should I take for next semester?

Questions concerning what classes you should take is best answered by a professional growth advisor, a counselor or the professional development coordinator.


5. I’ve taken classes at another college; will your department accept the units?
For questions concerning whether or not Merritt College will accept units taken at another college, please contact the Counseling Department.  Also, please take a look at the Course Comparison Grid at the following link:
The Course Comparison Grid lists certain classes offered at other San Francisco Bay Area college institutions that are like the courses offered at Merritt College.


6. What is an SEP?
SEP stands for “Student Education Plan.”  For more information, please contact the Department of Counseling at 510-436-2475.


7. How do I apply for a Child Development Certificate?
To apply for a Child Development Certificate, please bring your transcript and meet with a Counselor from the Counseling Department.  The Counselor will evaluate your transcript to make sure you have fulfilled the necessary course requirements for the Certificate and fill out any documents stating so.  Bring the documents to Admissions and Records who will contact you once the application is approved.


8. Where can I get help with writing papers or writing skills?
If you need help with class assignments and homework, The Learning and Writing Center (located in Building L ) offer free Tutorial Assistance.  The Self-Paced Courses (Open Entry/Exit) offer assistance in writing, studying, and communication skills.


9. Where is the Child Development Department located?

The Child Development Department Office is located in Building A Room A-112; 510 436-2589.

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