Center Licensure

Click Child Care Provider Portal for an overview or use step 2 for application or renewal information.

These are businesses that typically care for dozens of children. 

  1. Centers are required to follow a long list of requirements and they receive at least one unannounced monitoring visit annually from DHS consultants. 
  2. Each child care license must be renewed every 2 years.  
  3. Licensed Centers must meet requirements in the following areas (but are not limited to):
  • Adequate floor plan and fire marshal’s report
  • Policies for fees, enrollment, field trips, discipline, nutrition, and health and safety policies
  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • Parental participation
  • Personnel
  • Professional growth and development 
  • Staff ratio requirements
  • Records
  • Health and safety policies
  • Physical facilities
  • Activity program requirements
  • Extended evening care (if applicable)
  • Get well center (if applicable)
  • Food services

More details about center regulatory requirements and the regulation checklist can be found in the Child Care Centers and Preschools Licensing Standards and Procedures document.

A licensed child care center may also apply for a Child Care Assistance Provider Agreement with DHS.  This allows these programs to care for children that qualify for public assistance with child care costs.