Child Care/ Day Care Center

Overview

The child care / day care industries are heavily regulated by state and local authorities. In order to obtain a license, businesses must undergo investigation and submit demanding applications. This often means a prolonged application period before the license is issued. If you are a starting a new child care center or expanding an existing one, let LicenseLogix be your guide through the comprehensive process of becoming properly licensed as a child care or day care center.

Background

Every state regulates child care facilities. Licensed child care providers must often complete classes on child safety and health (specific credentials required vary). Most state licensing agencies require staff to have at least a Bachelor’s degree and child care center directors must often be credentialed with the Child Development Association (C.D.A).

Most states will assess the condition of the facility either in person or through documentation. Some states will send a representative to examine the premises of the proposed child care center and investigate the person responsible for the center. Other states require detailed information about the facility in the initial application such as proof of compliance with building code, proof of compliance under local zoning laws, and proof of recent health inspection. Additional exhibits may also include a diagram of the facility, copy of evacuation plan, detailed menu, description of program activities, etc.

Ongoing compliance is required for all child care licensing. Each state has different strategies for monitoring the licensees. Regular visits by a regulatory agent and aggressive investigation of any complaints are common. All child day care center licenses must be renewed.

Ramifications of Non-Compliance

It is illegal to operate an unlicensed home daycare and childcare center. Fines can be up to $300.00 per day of unlicensed operation. The most frequent penalties are revocation of a license, denial of a license, immediate closure of a facility, and a civil fine.

How we help your business:

  1. Our specialists will walk you through extensive application requirements and streamline the process for you.
  2. We will save you time by preparing your child care / day care application and answering any questions you may have.
  3. We will save you money by avoiding expensive penalties by becoming properly licensed the first time and by managing your renewals.

More Resources:

- National Resource Center
- National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies


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