Immunization Resources for Childcare Providers and Staff

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The State of California requires children to receive certain immunizations to attend any private or public childcare center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center. Laws also require staff and volunteers at these sites to show proof of certain vaccines as well.

As a childcare provider, you are required to enforce immunization requirements, maintain immunization records for your site, and submit reports.  Make sure your site has a plan for collecting and documenting vaccine requirements. Help your students and staff be prepared on their first day! Here you will find resources available to help childcare providers comply with California immunization laws. 

California Health and Safety Code Sections 120325-120375

Immunization Requirements for Children, Staff and Volunteers at Childcare Facilities

Children enrolling in or continuing preschool/childcare must meet immunization requirements before starting and each age check point. In addition, the Day Care Facilities Immunization and Exceptions Law (SB792) requires staff and volunteers that work in a childcare settings to have certain immunizations before starting work. Below is a breakdown of the immunization requirements for children, staff, and volunteers. 


The following vaccines are required for all children attending a childcare facility and at each age checkpoint:


Use the California Immunization Requirements for Pre-Kindergarten* handout to review and promote the required vaccines for children at your site.

*Parent-friendly versions are available on our Parent's and Guardians Resource page in multiple languages to handout and promote required vaccines.

Visit the Shots for School Childcare Immunizations Requirements web page for more information.

Staff and Volunteers

The following vaccines are required for all staff and volunteers working at a childcare facility:


Immunization Trainings for Childcare and School Staff

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The Immunization Unit provides no-cost trainings on state-mandated immunization requirements at childcares,
pre-kindergartens, and K-12 schools.

Trainings are open to all staff that transcribe and review immunization records, including: 

• School Nurses,     
• School Administrators, 
• School Registrars, 
• Health Technicians,   
• Health IT Staff,
• School Aids, and   
• Medical Assistants 

Health care providers and social service agencies are welcome to attend as well.

Verifying Required Child Immunizations 

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Resources for Childcare Staff

County of San Diego


For more information or to request materials,
contact the San Diego Immunization Unit via  e-mail  or call us at  (866) 358-2966.