New Licenses and Certificates
Unless you meet one if the license-exempt criteria in the Exemptions Rule opens in a new tab, you are required to have a license or certificate from Child Care Licensing if you are or will be providing home-based care for more than 6 children not related to you or you are administering a center-based program that provides care to children for direct or indirect compensation.
Before starting the licensing or certification process, you can request a Technical Assistance Consultation opens in a new tab from one of our licensors. The licensor will meet with you, answer your questions, and give you valuable information and resources to help you through the process.
If you are a current child care provider and are in the process of changing your facility location, a new license application will be required. Please remember to log out of your provider portal or open an incognito window to complete the steps listed below. If you need help or have questions, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
To Become Licensed or Certified
Center-based providers or programs are in a commercial setting.
- Licensed Center providers can provide care for children of all ages. The children have regular schedules of care.
- Licensed Hourly Center providers can provide care for children of all ages. The children do not have regular schedules of care; they are cared for on a drop-in basis.
- Licensed Out of School Time Program providers can provide care only for school age (ages 5 to 12) children. The care is before and after school and on school holidays.
- Licensed Commercial Preschool Program providers can provide care only for children between the ages of 2 and 4. Each child is in care for less than 4 hours a day.
- Center-Based Comparison Chart opens in a new tab
Home-based providers are in the provider's home.
- Licensed Family providers must care for at least one child not related to them. The children have regular schedules of care.
- Residential Certified providers must also care for at least one child not related to them. The children also have regular schedules of care.
- Home-Based Comparison Chart opens in a new tab
2. According to your provider or program type, complete the steps listed
After you complete all steps and are in compliance with all rules, you will receive your license or certificate.