Start a Child Care Business

Interested in starting a child care business and not sure where to start?

4-C workshops are specifically designed to help you succeed in your child caring business.  Our experienced staff will guide you through certification or licensing standards, required training, business and zoning obligations and share valuable community resources. After reviewing the questions below, you’ll have an opportunity to register for the training that will match your child care business goals.

Where will the child care business be located?

  • In Your Home:  Home based child care is called family child care. Family child care may be certified for 1-6 children or licensed for 7-12 children in the home of the licensee.
  • In a Commercial Building:  Commercial settings are called child care centers. Centers may be licensed to care for more than thirteen (13) children. The capacity is determined by the amount of approved space available for child care.

Would I qualify to apply?

Family child care certificate: To apply for a home child care certificate you must be 18 years of age, supply proof of a high school diploma or GED, be in good health and submit to criminal records checks and backgrounds checks for all household members/caregivers. You must comply with local (city/county) zoning requirements and your landlord must give approval if you rent. 

Family child care license: To apply for a home child care license, you must be 21 years of age, supply proof of a high school diploma or GED, have one year child care experience and submit to criminal records checks and backgrounds checks for all household members/caregivers. Your space will be inspected for compliance with all state fire codes and meet local (city/county) zoning requirements.  

Child care center license: To apply for a child care center license, you must be 21 years of age, supply proof of a high school diploma or GED, have three years child care experience or college degree and experience, submit to a criminal records checks and backgrounds check. Your space must be inspected and comply with all state fire codes, meet local (city/county) zoning requirements and comply with local Health Department codes.

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