Why Choose Licensed Family Child Care?

A License is mandated by State Law for anyone caring for children from more than one family.

  • Fingerprinting with criminal background check for provider and all individuals over the age of eighteen residing in the child care home.
  • Inspections of the entire home and grounds by a State Licensing Specialist, with continued monitoring.
  • Current physical exam for the provider and every individual residing in the child care care home.
  • Current vaccinations for all cats and dogs.
  • Required training certifications.

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.

Training and Educational Requirements for Licensing

Safety First-Certificate:

  • CPR Infant/Child/Adult re-certification annually.
  • First Aid re-certification every three years.
  • Standard Precautions (infectious disease prevention, controlling the spread of germs and viruses), with annual re-certification.
  • Medical Administration (what medications can be legally given and how to give them, plus the associated record keeping), re-certification every three years.
  • Immunization Training with annual re-certification.
  • Prevention of Shaken Baby/Abusive Head Trauma Training with annual re-certification.
  • Child Abuse Prevention Training with annual re-certification.

General Training Requirements

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:

  • Child growth and development and learning courses that align with the competency domains of child growth and development;
  • Child observation and assessment;
  • Family and community partnership;
  • Guidance;
  • Health, safety, and nutrition;
  • Professional development and leadership;
  • Program planning and development; and

Teaching practices:

  • Each one (1) semester hour course with a direct connection to the competency area listed in section 7.707.33, b, 2, a-g, taken at a regionally accredited college or university shall count as fifteen (15) clock hours of ongoing training.
  • Training hours completed can only be counted during the year taken and cannot be carried over.

The Advantage of Licensed Family Child Care

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.

Rules and Regulations for Child Care Facilities

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
Fax:         303-866-4453

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