How to Start a Daycare or Child Care Center: State-by-State Licensing Requirements

Child care is one of the heavily regulated businesses out there. If you are thinking of starting a daycare or child care business, be sure to check with your state authorities whether your daycare business needs to be licensed or not, and the process of getting a license.

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Here is a listing of the daycare or child care licensing government bodies from each state. Learn how to start a daycare business in your state:

Alabama IllinoisMontanaRhode Island
Alaska IndianaNebraska South Carolina
Arizona Iowa NevadaSouth Dakota
ArkansasKansasNew HampshireTennessee
California Kentucky New JerseyTexas
ColoradoLouisiana New Mexico Utah
Connecticut Maine New YorkVermont
Delaware MarylandNorth CarolinaVirginia
District of ColumbiaMassachusettsNorth DakotaWashington
Florida MichiganOhioWest Virginia
Georgia MinnesotaOklahomaWisconsin
Hawaii MississippiOregonWyoming
IdahoMissouriPennsylvania




Starting a Daycare in Alabama

Department of Human Resources
Child Care Services Division
Gordon Persons Building
50 North Ripley Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
Phone: (334) 242-1310
Fax: (334) 353-1115
Web site: Alabama Department of Human Resources Child Care Services Division

Alabama Daycare Licensing Requirements:

Starting a Daycare in Alaska

Department of Health & Social Services
Division of Public Assistance
Child Care Program Office
619 E. Ship Creek Ave., Suite 230
Anchorage, AK 99501-2341
Toll-free statewide at: 1-888-268-4632
Web site: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services – Child Care Program Office

You will need a license in Alaska for your child care or daycare business if you are a:

  • Licensed Child Care Homes: Care is provided for no more than 8 children at any one time
  • Licensed Child Care Group Homes: Care is provided for 9 to 12 children
  • Licensed Child Care Centers: Care if provided for 13 or more children

Alaska Daycare Licensing Requirements:

Starting a Daycare in Arizona

Arizona Department of Health Services
Bureau of Child Care Licensing
150 N 18th Avenue, Suite 400
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-364-2539
Hotline: 800-615-8555
Fax: 602-364-4768
Website: Bureau of Child Care Licensing Provider Information

You will need a license in Arizona for your child care or daycare business if you are a:

Arizona Daycare Licensing Requirements:

Requirements: Child Care Requirements

For more information, read the article Starting a Daycare Business in Arizona

Starting a Daycare in Arkansas

Arkansas Department of Human Services
Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education
Child Care Licensing
700 Main Street Slot S-140
Little Rock, AR 72203-1473
Phone: 501-682-8590
Hotline: 800-445-3316
Fax: 501-682-2317
Web site: Division of Childcare and Early Childhood Education
Requirements: Child Care Licensing

Starting a Daycare in California

Department of Social Services
Community Care Licensing Division
Child Care Program
744 P Street, Mail Stop 19-48
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-229-4500
Fax: 916-229-4508
Web site: Child Care Licensing
County Requirements: Becoming a Licensed Child Care Provider

Starting a Daycare in Colorado

Department of Human Services
Division of Child Care
1575 Sherman Street, First Floor
Denver, CO 80203-1714
Phone: 303-866-5958 or 800-799-5876
Fax: 303-866-4453
Web site: Child Care Licensing and Administration

Starting a Daycare in Connecticut

CT Department of Public Health
Child Day Care Licensing
410 Capitol Avenue
Mail Station 12 DAC
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
Phone: 860-509-8045
Fax: 860-509-7541
Web site: Requirements:
Connecticut Office of Early Childhood

Starting a Daycare in Delaware

Delaware Department of Children, Youth and Their Families
Office of Child Care Licensing
1825 Faulkland Road
Wilmington, DE 19805-1121
Phone: 302-892-5800
Fax: 302-633-5112
Web site: Office of Child Care Licensing
Requirements: Child Care Licensing Resources

Starting a Daycare in District of Columbia

District of Columbia Health Regulation Administration
Child and Residential Care Facility Division
825 N. Capitol St., NE. 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-442-5888
Fax: 202-442-9430
Web site: Licensing for Early Learning Providers
Requirements: Development Facility Licensing Requirements

Starting a Daycare in Florida

Department of Children & Families
Child Care Regulation Office
1317 Winewood Blvd. Building
6 Room 389A
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700
Phone: 850-488-4900
Fax: 850-488-9584
Web site: Florida Department of Children and Families
Requirements: Licensing Information

Starting a Daycare in Georgia

Bright From the Start: Georgia
Department of Early Care and Learning
10 Park Place South, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-651-7182
Fax: 404-657-8936
Hotline: 888-4GA-PREK
Web site: Georgia Office of Residential Child Care Institutions
Requirements: Georgia Laws & Regulations for Child Care

Starting a Daycare in Hawaii

Hawaii Department of Human Services
Benefit, Employment & Support Services Division
820 Mililani Street, Suite 606
Honolulu, HI 96813-2936
Phone: 808-586-7050
Fax: 808-586-5229
Web site: Child Care Licensing
Requirements: Hawaii Child Care Regulations

Starting a Daycare in Idaho

Idaho Department of Health & Welfare
Bureau of Family & Community Services
450 W. State Street
Boise, ID 83720-0036
Hotline: (2-1-1 Idaho CareLine) Dial 2-1-1 or 800-926-2588; (TDD) 208-332-7205
Phone: Dial 2-1-1 (within state) or 800-926-2588 (nationwide)
Fax: 208-334-5531
Web site: Day Care Licensing

Starting a Daycare in Illinois

Department of Children & Family Services
Office of Licensing
406 E. Monroe Street, Station 60
Springfield, IL 62701-1498
Phone: 217-785-2688 ; 877-746-0829
Fax: 217-524-3347
Web site: Day Care & Early Childhood

Starting a Daycare in Indiana

IN Family & Social Services Administration
Division of Family and Children
Bureau of Child Development – Licensing Section
402 W. Washington Street, Room W-386
Indianapolis, IN 46204

For center-based child-care call: 317-232-4469
For Family Child Care call: 317-232-4521 or 317-234-2100
For ministries call: Phone: 317-233-5414
Fax: 317-234-1513
Web site: BECOME A CHILD CARE PROVIDER License

Starting a Daycare in Iowa

for center-based child care
Iowa Department of Human Services
Division of Behavioral Development & Protective Services
Child Care Unit
Hoover State Office Building 5th Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319-0114
Phone: 515-281-5584

for Family Child Care
Department of Human Services
Division of Behavioral Development & Protective Services
Child Care Unit
Hoover State Office Building, 5th Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: 515-281-5584
Fax: 515-242-6036

Web site: Iowa Department of Human Services
Requirements: CHILD CARE PROVIDERS LICENSURE & REGISTRATION

Starting a Daycare in Kansas

Department of Health and Environment
Bureau of Child Care Licensing & Regulation
Curtis State Office Bldg
1000 SW Jackson, Suite 200
Topeka, KS 66612-1274
Phone: 785-296-1270
Fax: 785-296-0803
Web site: Day Care Homes and Group Day Care Homes Regulations
Requirements: Licensing and Regulation for Child Care Facilities

Starting a Daycare in Kentucky

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Division of Regulated Child Care
Phone: (502) 564-7962Fax: (502) 564-9350
Web site: Division of Regulated Child Care

Starting a Daycare in Louisiana

Louisiana Department of Social Services
Executive Office of the Secretary
Bureau of Licensing
2751 Wooddele Blvd.
P.O. Box 3078
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
Phone: 225-922-0015
Fax: 225-922-0014
Web site: Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services – Child Care Facility Licensing

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