skip to content
Primary navigation

Licensed child care centers

This page has information specific to licensed child care centers. Licensed child care centers are generally characterized by a location other than the provider’s or caregiver’s home, with larger numbers of children being cared for, and requirements for staff qualifications and training.

Licensing child care helps protect the health and safety of children by requiring that providers meet minimum standards for care and physical environment. The Department of Human Services is responsible for licensing and monitoring child care centers for compliance with licensing requirements. 

News and updates

Find details about recent changes in Licensing below. For previously published items visit the archives page. Subscribe to receive licensing news updates.

Contact us

Changes in policies and procedures

This summary contains general information about statutory changes made in 2019, 2018 and 2017 that impact DHS licensed programs, including licensed child care centers. The Implementation plans for each year provide detailed information regarding specific changes for licensed child care centers.

2019 Implementation Plan for Legislative Changes

2018 Implementation Plan for Legislative Changes

2017 Implementation Plan for Legislative Changes

Background studies

Mandated reporting

Health and safety

Training

Forms and other documents

License application

Licensing inspections and processes

Variances

Guidance

back to top