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California Day Care Centers / Child Care Centers: What Rights Do I Have as a Parent?

By Scott A. Marks, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In California, parents depend on day care centers / child care centers to properly supervise their children. Children need to be treated with due care, dignity, and respect. While the parent is not technically the person enrolled in the California child care center, the California Department of Social Services, the agency that licenses and regulates child care centers, requires that child care centers give the notice and sign an acknowledgement of receipt of the notice.

Parents have the following rights:

1. The right to enter the child care center whenever children are being cared for in the facility. Advanced notice is not required.

2. The right to file a complaint or grievance against the child care center with the licensing office for the Department of Social Services.

3. The right to review the public file from the Department of Social Services of the licensee.

4. The right to access reports of licensing visits by the Department of Social Services and complaints against the child care center during the last 3 years.

You can review the above rights and other rights contained in the notification form at California Department of Social Services – Child Care Center – Notification of Parents’ Rights.