Becoming a Child Care Provider

2-1-1 Child Care has information on local resources such as the Child and Adult Care Food Program and referrals to training programs for certification in First Aid/CPR and Administering Medication. Our resources will aid you in running a quality child care business.

Steps to Starting a Family Child Care Business

Staffed Family Child Care Networks: Family Child Care Networks are one of OEC’s key quality improvement supports for family child care programs. These community initiatives have paid staff with expertise helping family child care providers and they offer ongoing support services and resources. OEC is supporting networks across the state, each located in the area they serve and developed to meet the specific needs of their community. Networks work closely with local providers and families.  Please visit the OEC webpage for more information.

Steps to Opening a Child Care Center

Licensing regulations are set by each individual state.  Programs that are licensed must meet the state’s minimum standards. Each state defines which types of child care arrangements must be licensed.

The Child Day Care Licensing Program is governed by existing statutes and regulations.  The following standards are implemented and enforced by the Office of Early Childhood Division of Licensing.

  • Licensing Procedures
  • Administration Responsibilities
  • Staffing Responsibilities
  • Record Keeping Responsibilities
  • Health and Safety
  • The Physical Plant
  • Educational Requirements

The Office of Early Childhood Division of Licensing:

  • Visits and inspects programs on a regular basis
  • Conducts unannounced inspections
  • Investigates complaints
  • Conducts background checks on providers  (If you have obtained an application over the Internet, please contact  the Office of Early Childhood at 860-500-4466 to obtain fingerprint cards) 

Contact the Office of Early Childhood Division of Licensing for more information:

Contact 2-1-1 Child Care at 1-800-505-1000 or email 211childcare@ctunitedway.org for more information.

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