(latest update: September 3, 2008)
What do States require
for child care centers
and family child care
homes to operate?
States provide rules and requirements for operation through their state child care licensing regulations. Every state is different! If you are considering opening up a child care program or a parent who wants to learn what practices a child care program is required to follow, The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC) has collected all 50 states licensing requirements for child care centers and family homes in one location on our website at: http://nrckids.org/STATES/states.htm.
This section gives the full text of each state’s child care regulations for centers and family homes (if regulated). Contact information, including address, phone number and website, for each state’s licensing office is given under the state listing. Regulations can be searched for a specific topic.
The NRC updates this section on a continuous basis as new regulations are revised within each state. Each month, NRC lists in the What’s New Section on our home page, which state regulations have been added or changed during the previous month. For example, listed below are new/revised regulations from four states that were updated on the NRC website in the month of August. Please note that the actual effective date of the regulations may be different than the month they are posted on our website. The NRC makes every effort to have the current regulations available on our site and contacts each state twice a year for updates.
New/revised state child care regulations posted on the NRC website during
the month of August:
Welcome to the National Resource Center for
Health and Safety in Child Care (NRC)
The National Resource Center is located at the
Colorado Denver in Denver, Colorado, and is
funded by the Maternal
and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services,
HRSA. The NRC's primary mission is to promote health and safety
in out-of-home child care settings throughout the nation.
The standard resource for information concerning
this subject is the Caring
for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards
Guidelines for Out-of-Home Child Care Programs, Second Edition
published in January 2002. The guidelines were developed through
the collaborative efforts of the American
Public Health Association, the American
Academy of Pediatrics, and the Maternal
and Child Health Bureau. The entire text of this publication
is available on this website.
Each state manages licensure of child care settings
in different ways. The licensure
regulations from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands
are also available on this Website. The NRC updates this database
as changes are made.