State and territory governments are responsible for child care licensing.  This means that they develop a set of basic requirements that child care facilities must follow in order to legally operate.

The National Database of Child Care Licensing Regulations is a repository of state and territory licensing regulations and agency contact information. It is organized by State and allows users to access child care licensing regulations that apply to child care centers, family child care homes, school-age programs, and infant care programs, and other specialized programs.

Additional requirements for child care facilities may be in state statutes; administrative codes; or other local, state, or Federal laws not included in this database.  Such information can be requested through the agency contact information provided.

Many early childhood programs are choosing to meet additional early childhood program standards to expand their services and access new funding streams.  In addition to licensing regulations, website links are provided for other early childhood programs standards, such as Quality Rating and Improvements System standards, Prekindergarten program requirements, and state health and safety requirements for child care providers receiving payment from the federal Child Care and Development Fund.

This database was developed with funds from Grant #90TA0002-01-00 for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care and Office of Head Start, and the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, by the National Center for Early Childhood Quality Assurance.