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As an advisory council to parent participation schools, we offer this checklist to help schools align to the CCPPNS philosophy and policies which are influenced by California employment law, Child Care Licensing, non-profits governance, insurance, and best practices in early childhood education. Apply for CCPPNS Membership here.


Member Schools of CCPPNS

  • Must be a California 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

  • Have a valid California child care license, or license-exempt status if affiliated with an adult school program

  • Employ teachers that are certified to teach young children in California (For minimum requirements for teachers, site supervisors and directors, click here: California Preschool Teachers)

  • Carries insurance, including at minimum

    • General Liability

    • Directors and Officers

    • Liability

    • Property

    • Student Accident

    • and Workers Comp insurance coverage

  • Maintain membership by

    • paying CCPPNS annual dues

    • paying regional Council dues, and remain in good standing with their Council

    • Independent Member (IM) schools pay CCPPNS annual dues, and are encouraged to send a representative to CCPPNS Board meetings annually (choosing from JAB, NAB or SAB - see calendar for dates)

Other best practices include

  • Provide ample, high-quality opportunities for families to engage in their child’s early learning

  • Offer safe and stimulating, developmentally appropriate learning environments for young children

  • School does not discriminate (applicants, employees) and admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

  • School is aligned with up-to-date California Employment laws

  • School with at least one employee or more, is required to conspicuously post up to date labor laws (usually a poster) in an area frequented by all employees

  • School annually publishes and distributes personnel handbook with clear and legal operating policies and procedures

  • School annually publishes and distributes membership handbook with clear operating procedures, including terms and conditions of membership, and termination policy

  • School bylaws are reviewed and re-approved by its own Board of Directors at least every 5 years

  • School contact CCPPNS Area Vice President, or Area Advisor, for advice regarding conflicts or issues regarding family membership, employee or board disputes, financial discrepancies, questions about school policy

Additional considerations regarding licensing and insurance requirements

  • Non-enrolled siblings of any age do not fall under the school's insurance policy

  • A school's professional staff are hired for the sole purpose of teaching enrolled students

  • Rebounding equipment (bounce houses, trampolines, etc) should not be used by schools, per insurance recommendation

  • Proof of immunizations are required for all staff

  • Proof of immunizations are required for all enrolled students -- adults and children

  • Certain medical exemptions are permitted for enrolled students only, and Dr.'s note must be on file

  • Annual Flu Shots are required for all adults (staff and adult students), however adult students may submit a waiver

  • TB tests are required for all adults (staff and adult students), pregnant or nursing women are allowed an extension

  • Professional staff must be current on certifications for Pesticide Management Training annually, Child Abuse Mandatory Reporting and CPR every 2 years

For more benefits of membership