Start Child Care

CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW/DOWNLOAD ➜ 22-pages of instruction and links to required licensing documents.

Start a Licensed Child Care Center for 19 Children or More

Thinking about starting a child care center? This Center License Develpment Guide provides an overview of the basics for getting started, plus things to consider as you develop your child care business.


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Understand License Requirements
Contact Your Child Care Licensing Specialist ➜
• Director Qualifications and Staff Requirements
• Facility Requirements
• Policy, Procedure and Contract Requirements
• Business File Requirements

Determine Business Type

Create a Budget

Find the Right Facility

Write a Business Plan

Purchase Furnishings


  • Additional Business Management Resources
  • Additional resources to help you manage budgets, staffing, marketing and run your business after you complete the licensing process.

  • Hiring and retaining staff is crucial to a child care business. We've gathered these resources to help you meet licensing requirements, fulfill legal requirements and develop a good working relationship with staff.

  • Resources to help you create healthy environments and offer programming that supports children's growth and development.

  • A list of equipment and materials to consider for activity and interest areas in a child care facility.

  • An Excel worksheet to help you plan purchases of equipment and furnishings for a child care facility.