Steps to Obtaining a child care license


Apply for the Child Care License and Submit the Following:

Infant/child CPR/First Aid Certification: The CPR/First Aid certificate must include infant and child, as well as hands-on testing.

Business License: Contact the city or county the facility is located in to obtain a business license.

Obtain a Food Handlers Permit:

Complete a Fire Inspection: Contact the local fire authority that the facility is located in to schedule a free fire inspection.

Complete a Kitchen Inspection: Contact the local health department to complete a kitchen inspection.


Submit Background Check and Schedule your Fingerprint Appointment

Log into Your Child Care Licensing Portal - Your Child Care Licensing portal is where you will submit
documents, view your licensing record, authorize or cancel background check forms, and submit your W-9 form.

Submit the background check forms on the Child Care Licensing Background Check Form Page
Authorize the background checks at your provider portal.

Anyone age 12 or older who lives in the home must submit a background check.
Fingerprints must be submitted for each individual who lives in the home who is over the age of 18.

provider portal


On-site Inspection with a Licensing Specialist

Once all required documents are submitted, a licensing specialist will contact you to schedule an on-site inspection. At the inspection, the licensing specialist will assess compliance with the licensing rules and will measure your facility to determine the total capacity of your facility.

Start-Up Grant Information
A family child care provider start-up grant is available to anyone who is issued a Family Child Care License. You must apply for the grant within 12 months of receiving your license. The grant is awarded as a reimbursement after start-up expenses have incurred. The provider must submit copies of receipts documenting all expenses. The grant reimburses providers up to $400 for costs associated with the initial licensing process. Please keep receipts for the following purchases and fees:

Business License Fees
Fire & Kitchen Inspection Fees
Fire Extinguishers, Smoke Detectors, First Aid Kits
First Aid, CPR Certification
Food Handlers
Permit Training

Training Class Cancellation Policy

All classes will be held as advertised unless canceled for the following three reasons:

1) Low enrollment, if enrollment is below 5 participants the class will be cancelled, and vouchers/refunds will be given to all participants who have enrolled in the class.

2) Instructor is unable to attend the class, we will make every effort to replace the instructor with an equally qualified replacement instructor in a timely manner. If no instructor is available, we will reschedule that portion of the class.

3) If inclement weather causes a dangerous travel situation for providers to attend a face-to-face class, we will reschedule the class on the next available date.

In all the above-mentioned situations Care About Childcare-Five County staff will notify providers by text, email, and phone calls that the class has been rescheduled and/or canceled. Additionally, a sign will be posted for face-to-face classes at the location where the class was to be held.