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Welcome to the Utah Child Care Licensing Program!

Vision: Access to safe, healthy child care for Utah families.

Mission:To support the child care community by protecting the health and safety of children in child care programs we oversee. This is accomplished by:

  • Establishing, monitoring, and assessing health and safety standards;
  • Training, guiding, and supporting providers in meeting the established standards; and
  • Providing the public with accurate information about child care standards, processes, and provider compliance history.



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Annual Training for Licensed Family
and Residential Certificate Providers

Starting Dec 1, 2021, Licensed Family and Residential Certificate providers have to complete all required interactive training to be in compliance with the annual training rules. Interactive training can be:

  • CCL training on licensing rules
  • Care About Childcare classes
  • classes and workshops at child care, early childhood, and parenting conferences
  • real-time, interactive webinars about child care
  • online instruction that requires completing a test for understanding
  • high school or college class in child development or related subjects
  • CCL Committee meeting attendance
  • training by a child care association, if the certificate has "child care related" in the topic
Providers are to contact their licensor if they have any questions.

Air Quality and DIY HEPA Filter

Due to the recent wildfire smoke, there is a lot of concern about our air quality. The Utah APPLETREE Program published an updated Air Quality Fact Sheet and How to Create a HEPA Filter for Box Fans with information that may interest you.

Late Fee Increase

Starting July 1, 2021, the fee for late license and certificate renewals will increase from $15.50 to $31. This increase was in SB 8, which passed in the 2021 General Legislative Session.

Subsidized Licensing Fees

Starting June 1, 2021, funds from federal grants administered by the Office of Child Care are available to cover required Child Care Licensing Fees.
Only the following fees will be subsidized and won't require payment:

  • New License and Residential Certificate Fees
  • Renewal License and Residential Certificate Fees
  • New Center Fees
  • Center Per Child Fees
  • Background Check Fees
  • Fingerprint Fees

Training Survey

We are interested in your feedback concerning our training. To give feedback, please complete the Training Survey.

New Staffing Allowances
for Licensed Center Based Providers

In an effort to help with staffing, we are allowing the following until the necessary rule changes are made:

  • The director designee must be at least 18 years old.
  • Caregivers who are 16 or 17 years old can have unsupervised access to children if:
    -- They are not volunteers,
    -- They are not left unsupervised for more than 2 consecutive hours per group of children, and
    -- The director or director designee is at the facility or on the off-site activity.
Background Checks

Starting May 1, 2021, all new covered individuals will need to fully clear the CCL background check prior to becoming involved with child care in your program. The Utah Department of Health Office of Background Processing and Security will no longer temporarily clear covered individuals who have not submitted fingerprints.

Checking IDs

During inspections, licensors will ask to see a government-issued photo ID (or a copy of that ID) for each covered individual. This is to verify the identity of the covered individual and to ensure all covered individuals passed the background check.

COVID-19 Child Care Manual

The Covid-19 Child Care Manual contains information to help child care providers make the best decisions to ensure the health and safety of children in their care.

Utah Updates

For the latest information about the Coronavirus in Utah, go to


CCL Phase 4 Emergency Conditions Provider Letter (11/2020)

Disinfection letter from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (11/2020)

From Surviving to Thriving - Creating a Way Forward in Challenging Times (a free video series) (08/2020)

CCL Phase 3 Emergency Conditions Provider Letter (05/2020)

CCL Phase 2 Emergency Conditions Provider Letter (04/2020)

Child Care Provider Bill of Rights (05/2020)

CCL Phase 1 Emergency Conditions Provider Letter (03/2020)

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