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Start or Grow Your Business

Supporting Child Care Providers From the Start

Opening a child care program can be complicated. We have tools and services to make it easier.

How can we help?

Administrative Support

When you are opening a child care business, the number of documents you have to create can be overwhelming. But you don't have to start from scratch. On our resource website, Kentucky Shared Services, you will find all the document templates you need to get started including budgets, employee handbooks, job descriptions, lesson plans, emergency readiness guidelines, forms, policies, and procedures. You can find information on licensing, child development, the food program, KY All STARS, and federal regulations. Plus Kentucky Shared Services users have access to free job posting and a multitude of national vendor discounts that can really save you money on furniture and supply purchases.

Professional Development

To operate a child care business, your staff will need annual training hours. The number of annual hours vary according to the type of child care, but there are certain classes that are required by everyone working with young children including Orientation and Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma. We regularly offer these classes and more on our training calendar.

Professional Membership

4-C members receive discounts on training, and becoming a member of an early childhood professional organization can help you raise your KY All STARS score. We have professional memberships at the individual or center level.

Parent Referrals to Your Program

We have a comprehensive child care referral service for families looking for child care. By providing us with a full profile of your child care center or home, you are ensuring that families know what makes your center unique in the services you offer. Keep us regularly updated on any changes in your program.

Resources for Opening a Child Care Business

Apply to Open a Child Care Facility

Download the Initial License Application Packet.

Division of Regulated Child Care

The Division of Regulated Child Care is responsible for licensing child care facilities and certified family child care homes. View licensing regulations and download forms.