Child Care Licensing and Registered Homes

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Become a Registered Home Childcare Provider

Steps to Become a Registered Home Childcare Provider.

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Comprehensive Background Check Process

All child care providers in licensed child care centers, licensed child care homes and registered child care homes must have a background check completed every five years. Background checks are conducted in order to identify information in an applicant’s background to determine whether they are eligible to provide child care services.

    Licensed / Registered Care Information and Forms

    Basic Licensing

    The Child Care Licensing Program monitors child care centers and licensed homes to ensure that they are meeting the quality, health, and safety standards detailed within the child care licensing requirements. Licensing program staff also provide training and technical assistance to child care providers in an effort to help them understand how to meet and maintain compliance with the licensing requirements.

    Despite the best childproofing and safety efforts, childhood accidents sometimes happen. Child care providers are required to notify parents or guardians in writing of any incident, including notifiable illnesses that have threatened the health or safety of children in their care. They also must report to the Licensing Authority any fatality or serious injury that require medical attention. An aggregate data report about reported serious injuries, substantiated child abuse and deaths in child care is available for your view. The aggregated report is updated annually.

    STARS Quality Rating System

    Early Childhood Services encourages child care programs to meet higher levels of quality through the Look for the STARS Quality Rating System. This system contains five levels – the higher the Star level, the higher the level of quality. The level of quality is indicated on each program’s license with one, two, three, four, or five stars; one star indicates that the program meets basic licensing requirements and five stars indicate that the program has received national accreditation. Licensing surveyors work closely with Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance Programs who rate the quality of licensed child care programs.

    Registered Homes

    Registered home child care providers care for no more than four non-resident children in their own home and must participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) (more information on CACFP is included under the Family Nutrition Bureau section). CCSB reimburses these providers for caring for children receiving child care assistance, and Child Care Specialists provide training and technical assistance to registered home providers.

    Contact Information

    For information on Child Care Licensing, contact your regional Child Care Licensing office, or call Early Childhood Services at (505) 827-7499 or 1-800-832-1321 or by email at