A License is mandated by State Law for anyone caring for children from more than one family.
These are some of the minimum requirements for a standard license. There are other types of licenses which require additional requirements. Follow this link for current Family Child Care Licensing Rules and Regulations.
Complete fifteen (15) clock hours of training each year. At least three (3) of the fifteen (15) clock hours must be in social emotional development; and,
Ongoing training and courses shall demonstrate a direct connection to one or more of the following competency areas:
In their search for child care, many parents of young children prefer family child care homes because they offer smaller group size, a personal relationship with a primary provider, and warm individualized care in a family setting.
Often these small groups are made up of various ages who develop sibling like relationships. For the little ones it is like having older siblings. They learn quickly from the older ones, and are exposed to a broader range of activities, toys, stories, and play, enriching their daily lives.
Eventually, they become the oldest child in care. Now they have the benefits of being the oldest sibling. They become the group leader, are the most knowledgeable, competent, and grow in maturity, confidence, and responsibility, promoting the development of natural leadership.
The Colorado Association of Family Child Care offers this information as a service to families. It is not an endorsement of any individual provider. Parents or guardians must evaluate, and monitor each child care placement in terms of safety, and appropriateness for their children. The Colorado Association of Family Child Care assumes no liability for any child care placement.
Questions? Contact the Child Care Licensing & Administration Unit below.
Colorado Office of Early Childhood
Address: 1575 Sherman Street, 1st Floor
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 1-800-799-5876 or 303-866-5948