The State of California Child Development Permit is a teaching permit, which verifies that you have successfully completed certain educational requirements, and authorizes you to teach or supervise in an early childhood educational program. It is required to be eligible for employment in a publicly funded early childhood program and is issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. 


PCC Course Requirements

To be eligible for the Child Development Permit and to working with children under 5 years old, you must have a minimum of 12 units of Child Development courses. The following courses at PCC meet this requirement: PSYC 21, CHDV 010, CHDV 015, CHDV 020.


Permit Levels

There are 6 different levels of the Child Development Permit:

  • Assistant
  • Associate Teacher
  • Teacher
  • Master Teacher
  • Site Supervisor
  • Program Director

A School-Age Emphasis authorization can be added to any level of the Child Development Permit. The Child Development Permit Matrix review the requirements for each permit level.

Permit Matrix (English) Permit Matrix (Spanish)


Applying for Your Child Development Permit

First Time Applicants

To apply for your Child Development Permit, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the Child Development Permit page on the Child Development Training Consortium website. 
  2. On the left side, under  “Center Based Child Care Permit Application,” select the appropriate level (e.g. 16-17 Center Based – First Time Application.)
  3. Download and complete the application.
  4. Print and sign where indicated.
  5. Bring the application to the CHDV office for a VOC (Verification of Completion form).
  6. Make copies of all your documents before completing step 7.
  7.  Mail to your application to:
    Child Development Training Consortium

    P.O. Box 360, Modesto, CA 95352

How to Check the Status of Your Child Development Permit

  1. Go to www.ctc.ca.gov
  2. Click on "Search for an Educator"
  3. Click on "Secured Search"
  4. Enter requested information and click search

Renewal Applicants

  1. Go to the Child Development Permit page on the Child Development Training Consortium website.
  2. On the left side, under “Center Based Child Care Permit Application,” select the Renewal Application.
  3. Download and complete the application.
  4. Print and sign where indicated.
  5. Bring the application to the CHDV office for a VOC (Verification of Completion form).
  6. Make copies of all your documents before completing step 7.
  7.  Mail to your application to:
    Child Development Training Consortium

    P.O. Box 360, Modesto, CA 95352

Upgrade Applicants

  1. Go to the Child Development Permit page on the Child Development Training Consortium website.
  2. On the left side, under “Center Based Child Care Permit Application,” select the Upgrade Application.
  3. Download and complete the application.
  4. Print and sign where indicated.
  5. Bring the application to the CHDV office for a VOC (Verification of Completion form).
  6. Make copies of all your documents before completing step 7.
  7. Mail to your application to:
    Child Development Training Consortium
    P.O. Box 360, Modesto, CA 95352
  • The Child Development Training Consortium will pay the application and fingerprint processing fee (via reimbursement) for the following Child Development Permit levels:
      • Assistant (first-time and renewal)
      • Associate Teacher (first-time, upgrade and renewal)
      • Teacher (first-time, upgrade and renewal)
      • Upgrades from one of the three lower level permits to Master Teacher, Site Supervisor or Program Director
  • Permits are valid for 5 years.
  • Volunteer hours count under the experience requirement as long as you volunteer for a minimum of three (3) hours at a time.
  • Processing of permit applications can take up to three months once they are received by the Child Development Training Consortium office.
  • The Commission on Teacher Credentialing only provides permits through an online view and print process. They do not print and mail these documents. You will receive an email notification 48 hours prior to the posting of your permit document on the CTC website . 
  • The first time that you apply to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing you must submit a Live Scan fingerprinting that is done specifically for the CCTC. No previous scans are accepted.
  • You do not need fingerprinting for permit upgrade or renewal.
  • Original receipts must be submitted in order to receive a reimbursement.
  • When you are at the live scan facility, remember to ask the live scan operator for a copy of the completed form for your records.