Child Care Licensing Tools and Resources

National Resources About Child Care Licensing

Within the early care and education system, licensing requirements apply to the largest number of providers who care for millions of children from birth to school age. Licensing helps prevent various forms of harm to children—risks from the spread of disease; fire and other building safety hazards; injury; and developmental impairment from the lack of healthy relationships with adults, adequate supervision, or developmentally appropriate activities.

Licensing is a process administered by state and territory governments that sets a baseline of requirements below which it is illegal for facilities to operate. States have regulations that facilities must comply with and policies to support enforcement of those regulations. The following tools and resources about child care licensing are designed to help states and territories improve their practices, strengthen provider requirements, and develop the skills of licensing staff.

Online Tools

Issue Briefs on Licensing Topics

Planning Tools for Licensing Agencies

Products from the 2017 Child Care Licensing Study

Resources About License-Exempt Child Care

Webinars and Presentations