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.

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 Maine

Child Care Licensing
Maine Department of Health and Human Services
Marquardt Building 11 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0011
Phone: 207-287-5099
Fax: 207-287-5031
Web Site: Child and Family Services
Requirements: Child Care Licensing

Starting a Daycare in Maryland

Maryland Department of Human Resources
Child Care Administration
311 W. Saratoga Street, 1st Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-767-7805
Hotline: 800-332-6347
Fax: 410-333-8699
Web site: Starting, operating, or expanding a child care center
Requirements: Child Care Regulations

Starting a Daycare in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services
600 Washington Street, Suite 6100
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617-988-6600
Fax: 617-988-2451
Web site: Child Care Licensing

Starting a Daycare in Michigan

Child Day Care Licensing
Family Independence Agency
Office of Children and Adult Licensing
7109 W. Saginaw, 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 30650
Lansing, MI 48909-8150
Phone: 517-335-6124 or 866-685-0006
Fax: 517-335-6121
Web site: Child Care Institutions Licensing
Requirements: Licensing Requirements

Starting a Daycare in Minnesota

Department of Human Services
Division of Licensing
444 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155-3842
Phone: 651-296-3971
Fax: 651-297-1490
Web site: MN Dept of Human Services: Child Care
Requirements: Dept of Human Services: Childcare Licensing

Starting a Daycare in Mississippi

Child Care Facilities Licensure
Mississippi State Department
570 East Woodrow Wilson Drive
P.O. Box 1700
Jackson, MS 39215-1700
Phone: 601-576-7613 or 800-227-7308
Fax: 601-576-7813
Web site: Regulation and Licensure
Requirements: Regulations & Guidelines

Starting a Daycare in Missouri

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Bureau of Child Care
1715 Southridge Drive
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Phone: 573-751-2891
Fax: 573-526-5345
Web site: Licensing of Day Care Centers
Requirements: Licensing & Regulations

Starting a Daycare in Montana

Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS)
Quality Assurance Division (QAD) Licensing Bureau
Child Care Licensing Program
2401 Colonial Drive
PO Box 202953
Helena, MT 59620-2953
Phone: 406-444-2012 or 406-444-7770
Fax: 406-444-1742
Web site: Child Care Center Licensing

Starting a Daycare in Nebraska

NE Department of Regulation and Licensure
Credentialing Division Child Care
P.O. Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-5044
Phone: 402-471-9278 or 800-600-1289
Fax: 402-471-7763
Web site: Child Care Licensing

Starting a Daycare in Nevada

Department of Human Resources
Division of Child and Family Services
Bureau of Services for Child Care
711 East 5th St. Carson, NV 89701
Phone: 775-684-4463
Hotline: 800-992-0900 (not in Elko or Las Vegas)
Fax: 775-684-4464
Web site: Child Care LicensingStarting a Daycare in New Hampshire

NH Dept. of Health and Human Services
Office of Program Support
Bureau of Child Care Licensing
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: 603-271-4624
Fax: 603-271-4782
Web site: NH Licensed Child Care Programs
Requirements: Child Care Licensing Unit

Starting a Daycare in New Jersey

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New Jersey Department of Human Services
Office of Licensing
Quakerbridge Plaza, Building 6
P.O. Box 717
Trenton, NJ 08625-0717
Phone: 609-292-1018
Fax: 609-292-6976
Hotline: 877-667-9845
Web site: Child Care Licensing

Starting a Daycare in New Mexico

New Mexico Dept. of Children, Youth and Families
Child Services Unit / Licensing
1920 Fifth Street
P.O. Drawer 5160
Santa Fe, NM 87502-5160
Fax: 505-827-7946
Hotline: 800-610-7610 ext. 77499
Requirements: Child Care Regulations

Starting a Daycare in New York

NY State Department of Family Assistance
Office of Children and Family Services
Bureau of Early Childhood Services
52 Washington Street, Room 338, North Building
Rensselaer, NY 12144
Phone: 518-474-9454
Fax: 518-474-9617
Web site: Division of Child Care Services
Requirements: Child Care Regulations

Starting a Daycare in North Carolina

Division of Child Development Regulatory Services
Section 319 Chapanoke Road, Suite 1202201
Mail Service Center 27699-2201
Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone: 919-662-4499 or 800-859-0829 (in-state calls only)
Fax: 919-661-4845
Web site: Licensing Requirements

Starting a Daycare in North Dakota

Department of Human Services Early Childhood Services
600 East Boulevard State Capitol Building
Bismarck, ND 58505-0250
Phone: 701-328-4809
Fax: 701-328-3538
Web site: Starting a Child Care Center

Starting a Daycare in Ohio

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services
Bureau of Child Care and Development
255 East Main Street, 3rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-5222
Phone: 614-466-1043
Fax: 614-466-0164 or 614-728-6803
Web site: Child Care In Ohio
Requirements: Rules and Forms

Starting a Daycare in Oklahoma

Department of Human Services Division of Child Care
Sequoyah Memorial Office Building
P.O. Box 25352
Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0352
Phone: 405-521-3561
Tollfree: 800-347-2276
Fax: 405-522-2564
Web site: Oklahoma Child Care Services

Starting a Daycare in Oregon

Oregon Department of Employment
Child Care Division
875 Union Street, NE
Salem, OR 97311
Phone: 503-947-1400
Fax: 503-947-1428
Web site: Becoming A Child Care Provider
Requirements: Rules and Regulations

Starting a Daycare in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Bureau of Child Day Care
Office of Children, Youth and Families Health and Welfare Building
Room 131 P.O. Box 2675
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2675
Phone: 717-787-8691
Fax: 717-787-1529
Hotline: 877-4-PA-KIDS (within state)
Web site: Child Care Facility License
Requirements: Family Child Day Care License application (PDF)

Starting a Daycare in Rhode Island

Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families
Day Care Licensing Unit
101 Friendship Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-528-3624 or 401-528-3621
Fax: 401-528-3650
Web site: Child Care Licensing

Starting a Daycare in South Carolina

Department of Social Services
Division of Child Day Care Licensing and Regulatory Services
2638 Two Notch Road, Suite 200
Columbia, SC 29204
Phone: 803-253-4049
Fax: 803-252-1364
Web site: Child Care Licensing

Starting a Daycare in South Dakota

Department of Social Services Child Care Services
Kneip Building 700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2291
Phone: 605-773-4766
Fax: 605-773-7294
Web site: Child care Services
Requirements: Child Care Licensing

Starting a Daycare in Tennessee

Tennessee Department of Human Services
State Director Child & Adult Care Services
Citizens Plaza Bldg. – 14th Floor
400 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37248-9800
Phone: 615-313-4770
Fax: 615-532-9956
Website: Rules and Regulations

Starting a Daycare in Texas

Department of Family and Protective Services
Child Care Licensing
P.O. Box 149030701 W. 51st Street
Austin, TX 78714-9030
Phone: 512-438-4800
Hotline: 800-862-5252
Fax: 512-438-3848
Web site: Child Care Licensing

Starting a Daycare in Utah

Department of Health
Office of Child Care Licensing
P.O. Box 142003
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-2003
Phone: 801-538-6152
Fax: 801-538-9259
Web site: Child Care Licensing

Starting a Daycare in Vermont

Department for Children and Families
Child Developmental Division
Child Care Licensing Unit103 South. Main Street, 2 North
Waterbury, VT 05671-2901
Phone: 802-241-3110
Fax: 802-241-1220
Web site: Child Care Licensing

Starting a Daycare in Virginia

Virginia Department of Social Services
Division of Licensing Programs
7 North Eighth Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 800-543-7545 (within state) or 804-662-9743 (nationwide)
Fax: 804-662-9743
Web site: Child Day Centers (CDC)
Requirements: Licensing and Regulations

Starting a Daycare in Washington

Washington Department of Social and Health Services
Economic Services Administration Division of Child Care and Early Learning
P.O. Box 45480
Olympia, WA 98504-5480
Phone: 360-725-4665
Fax: 360-413-3482
Hotline: 866-482-4325
Web site: Getting Licensed

Starting a Daycare in West Virginia

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
Bureau for Children and Families Office of Children and Family Policy
Division of Early Care and Education
350 Capitol Street, B18
Charleston, WV 25301-3700
Web site: Child Care Licensing Information

Family Child Care
Phone: 304-558-1885
Fax: 304-558-8800

Starting a Daycare in Wisconsin

Division of Children & Family Services
Bureau of Regulation and Licensing
1 West Wilson Street Room 534
P.O. Box 8916
Madison, WI 53708-8916
Phone: 608-266-9314
Fax: 608-267-7252
Web site: Child Care Start up Information
Requirements: Licensing Rules

Starting a Daycare in Wyoming

Department of Family Services
Division of Early Childhood
2300 Capitol Avenue Hathaway Building, 3rd Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0490
Phone: 307-777-5491
Fax: 307-777-3659
Web site: Quality Child Care Resources

 

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