Are you looking to open your own Child Care?

Attending the Child Care Information Session will help you understand the process and what is needed to become a regulated child care provider. Sessions are held monthly and are available is English, Spanish, and Hmong.

In addition to the Child Care Information Session,
further information can be found at:


Once you have determined the type of center that you want to open, carefully read through all inquiry packet materials related to obtaining this license.

The Licensing Info Packet is now available free online! Click here to go to the packet on DCF’s website

This packet contains all the necessary materials, forms, and resources to help you begin planning for your child care business. Please review the packet in its entirety before moving to the next step of the pre-licensing process.

AFTER reviewing the Licensing Info Packet, complete a Child Care Business Start-Up Worksheet and email or mail it to Supporting Families Together Association.

Click here and scroll down to #2 under Get Started to complete the Start-Up Worksheet.

Family Child Care Programs can be regulated as either Certified or Licensed. A general comparison can be found here.

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