How Can I Get a Day Care License?


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In the United States, each state has different requirements for obtaining a day care license. According to the state of California's website, to become a licensed day care provider, candidates have to attend an orientation session, become familiar with all family child care home licensing laws, pass a home inspection and complete and submit all the forms in the application packet.

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The requirements for obtaining a day care license in California are typical of most states, but are not exhaustive or entirely inclusive. For example in addition to passing a home inspection and becoming familiar with the state's home child care laws, Illinois applicants must also pass up to three background checks, have their home or place of day care tested for radon and must not have a firearm on the premise. Illinois applicants, unlike California applicants, do not need to attend an orientation prior to submitting an application. New York, like California, mandates that all applicants attend an orientation session prior to submitting an application.

States may also offer several different types of licenses. In New York, applicants have a variety of different types of care to choose from. Residents can choose to apply for a day care center, family day care, group family day care, school age child care or small day care license.

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