Do I Need a License?
DO I NEED A CHILD CARE FACILITY LICENSE?
If you are providing care and supervision to children in your care, chances are you need a license.
Operating without a license is a misdemeanor and subject to a $200 per day fine. You may also be subject to criminal charges by local law enforcement.Types of child care programs that are license-exempt
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A LICENSED CHILD CARE PROVIDER?
If you are interested in becoming a licensed child care provider and would like information, click on the link below for the type of license you are interested in.
A Family Child Care Home must be in the licensee's own home. A Family Child Care Home reflects a home-like environment where non-medical care and supervision is provided for periods of less than 24 hours.
A Child Care Center (or Day Care Center) is usually located in a commercial building. Non-medical care and supervision is provided for infant to school-age children in a group setting for periods of less than 24 hours.
ARE YOU PROVIDING CHILD CARE WITHOUT A LICENSE?
- You must be licensed if you care for children from more than one family and who are not related to you.
- You don't need a license if you care for your children (or those of a relative), and children from only one other family.
If you are providing child care in either a Family Child Care Home or Child Care Center and are not licensed, you need to understand that it is against the law. Operating without a license is a misdemeanor and you could be required to pay a $200 per day fine. You may also be subject to criminal charges by local law enforcement.