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Management Bulletin 16-15

Important Notice: Programs Moved to CDSS

While the California Department of Education continues to operate the California State Preschool Program, the Early Childhood Development Act of 2020 (Senate Bill (SB) 98, Chapter 24, Statutes of 2020) authorized the transfer of many childcare programs from the California Department of Education to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) effective July 1, 2021. The content on this page may include programs that have moved to CDSS. For additional assistance you can either visit the CDSS Child Care Transition web page External link opens in new window or tab. or call 1-833-559-2420 for more information.

Early Learning and Care Division

Subject: Staff and Volunteer Immunizations (Senate Bill 792: Day Care Facilities: Immunizations: Exemptions)

Number: 16-15

Date: December 2016

Expires: Until Rescinded

Authority: Senate Bill (SB) 792, Statutes of 2015 Chapter 807, Amendments to the California Health and Safety Code (HSC) sections 1597.055 and 1597.54, and adds sections 1596.7995 and 1597.622 to the HSC.

Attention: Executive Directors and Program Directors of Licensed Center-based General Child Care (CCTR), Licensed California State Preschool Programs (CSPP), Licensed Family Child Care Homes Education Networks (CFCC), Licensed Programs for Special Needs Children (Handicapped) (CHAN), Licensed Migrant (Center-base) (CMIG)


This Management Bulletin informs contractors with the California Department of Education, Early Learning and Care Division, of changes in the HSC regarding staff and volunteer immunization requirements.


SB 792 amends sections 1597.055 and 1597.54 of the HSC and adds sections 1596.7995 and 1597.622 to the HSC.


Effective September 1, 2016, a person may not be employed or volunteer at a child care center or family child care center unless he or she has been immunized against influenza, pertussis, and measles or qualifies for an exemption. Unless an exemption applies, each employee and volunteer shall receive an influenza vaccination between August 1 and December 1 of each year.


The provisions of SB 792 are administered by the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division (CDSS-CCLD).

CDSS-CCLD has released specific guidance on SB 792 in a document titled “2015 Chaptered Legislation Summaries and Implementation Plans”, which can be found at

CDSS-CCLD had developed a tool regarding adult immunizations which can be found at

If you have questions regarding this MB, please contact your California Child Care Licensing Program Regional Office. To find the office near you, please visit

This Management Bulletin is mandatory only to the extent that it cites a specific statutory and/or regulatory requirement. Pursuant to California Education Code Section 33308.5, any portion of this Management Bulletin that is not supported by a specific statutory and/or regulatory requirement is not prescriptive.

Questions:   Early Learning and Care Division | 916-322-6233
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, June 22, 2021
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