The goal of child care licensing is to ensure the safety and developmental well-being of children while in out-of-home care.

Licensing laws vary from state to state and provide a baseline of quality below which it is illegal to operate. Before making a final choice, parents should contact their state's child care regulatory office.
Alabama

Department of Human Resources

Department of Human Resources - Office of Child Care Licensing
50 North Ripley
Montgomery, AL 36130
United States
Phone: 334-242-1425 or 866-528-1694
The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Alabama here.
Alaska

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

Division of Public Assistance Child Care Programs Office
3601 C St., Suite 140
Anchorage, AK 99524
United States
Phone: (907) 269-4500 or (888)268-4632
The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Alaska here.
Arizona

Arizona Department of Health Services

Division of Licensing Services
150 N. 18th Ave., Suite 400
Phoenix , AZ 85007
United States
Phone: 602-364-2539 or 800-615-8555

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Arizona here.

Arkansas

Arkansas Department of Human Services

Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education
P.O. Box 1437, S150
Little Rock, AR 72203
United States
Phone: 501-682-2317 or 800-445-3316

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Arkansas here.

California

California Department of Social Services

Child Care Licensing
744 P Street, M.S. 19-48
Sacramento, CA 95814
United States
Phone: (916) 229-4500

VIsit the California Department of Social Services.

 The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in California here

Colorado

Colorado Department of Human Services

Division of Child Care
1575 Sherman Street
Denver, CO 80203-1714
United States
Phone: 1-800-799-5876 or (303)866-5958

Visit  the Colorado Department of Human Services.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Colorado here.

Connecticut

Connecticut Department of Public Health

Child Day Care Licensing Program
410 Capital Avenue MS # 12DAC P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
United States
Phone: (860 509-8045 or 1-800-282-6063

Visit the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Connecticut here.

Delaware

State of Delaware Services for Children, Youth and their Families

Office of Child Care Licensing
1825 Faulkland Road
Wilmington, DE 19805
United States
Phone: (302)892-5800 or (800)822-2236

VIsit the State of Delaware Services for Children, Youth and their Families.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Delaware here.

Dist of Columbia

District of Columbia Department of Health

Child Care Licensing Branch
801 First Street NE - 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
United States
Phone: (202)442-5929 or (202) 727-1839

Visit the District of Columbia Department of Health.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in the District of Columbia here.
 

Florida

Florida Department of Children and Families

Child Care Services
1317 Winewood Blvd Building 1, Room 202
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700
United States
Phone: (850) 487-1111

Visit the Florida Department of Children and Families .

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Florida here.  


 

Georgia

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning

Bright From the Start
10 Park Place South, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30303-3142
United States
Phone: (404)657-5562 or 1-888-442-7735

Visit the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Georgia here.

Hawaii

Hawaii Department of Human Services

Child Care Licensing
820 Mililani St., Suite 606 Haseko Center
Honolulu, HI 96813
United States
Phone: 808-586-7050

Visit the Hawaii Department of Human Services .

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Hawaii here.


 

Idaho

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Early Childhood Information Clearinghouse
450 Westgate Drive
Boise, ID Boise
United States
Phone: (208) 332-7205

Visit the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Idaho here.


 

Illinois

Illinois Department of Children & Family Services

Day Care & Early Childhood
406 East Monroe St
Springfield, IL 62701-1498
United States
Phone: 800-232-3798 or 217-524-2029

Visit the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services.


 The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Illinois here.

Indiana

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration

Laws, Rules & Policies
402 W. Washington St. Room W386
Indianapolis, IN 46204
United States
Phone: 888-463-5473 or 877-511-1144

Visit the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.
 

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Indiana here.  


 

Iowa

Iowa Department of Human Services

Office of Policy Analysis
1305 East Walnut St., 5th Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319-0114
United States
Phone: 515-281-5584

Visit the Iowa Department of Human Services.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Iowa here.
 

Kansas

Kansas Department of Health & Enviroment

Child Care Licensing & Registration
1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 200
Topeka, KS 66612-1220
United States
Phone: 785-296-1270

Visit the Kansas Department of Health & Enviroment.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Kansas here.


 

Kentucky

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Licenses, Permits and Certifications
275 East Main St.
Frankfort, KY 40621
United States
Phone: 800-372-2973 or 502-564-5497

Visit the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Kentucky here.
 

Louisiana

Louisiana Department of Social Services

Office of Family Support
627 N. Fourth St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
United States
Phone: 225-342-0286

Visit the Louisiana Department of Social Services.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Louisiana here.

Maine

Maine Department of Human Services

Child and Family Services
2 Anthony Ave. 11 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0012
United States
Phone: 207-287-5060 or 207-287-9300

Visit the Maine Department of Human Services.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Maine here.
 

Maryland

Maryland State Department of Education

Division of Early Childhood Development
200 West Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
United States
Phone: 410-767-0335

Visit the Maryland State Department of Education.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Maryland here.

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care

Child Care Licensing
51 Sleeper St., 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02210
United States
Phone: 617-988-6600

Visit the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Massachusetts here.
 

Michigan

Michigan Department of Human Services

Child Care Licensing Rules
235 S. Grand Ave. P.O. Box 30037
Lansing, MI 48909-8150
United States
Phone: 866-685-0006 or 517-373-2035

Visit the Michigan Department of Human Services.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Michigan here.

Minnesota

Minnesota Department of Human Services

Child Care Programs
4444 Lafayette Road
North St. Paul, MN 55155-3842
United States
Phone: 651-296-3971

Visit the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Minnesota here.

Mississippi

Mississippi State Department of Health

Child Care and Youth Camps
570 East Woodrow Wilson Drive
Jackson, MS 39216
United States
Phone: 800-227-7308

Visit the Mississippi State Department of Health.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Mississippi here.

Missouri

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Section for Child Care Regulation
323 Veteran's Lane
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570
United States
Phone: 573-751-2450

Visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Missouri here.
 

Montana

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

QAD - Licensing Bureau - Child Care Licensing
2401 Colonial Drive
Helena, MT 59620-2953
United States
Phone: 406-444-2012 or 406-655-7625

Visit the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Montana here.
 

Nebraska

Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services

Child Care Licensing
301 Centennial Mall South P.O. Box 95007
Lincoln, NE 68509-5007
United States
Phone: 402-471-1802 or 800-600-1289

Visit the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Nebraska here.

Nevada

Nevada Department of Health and Human Services

Division of Child and Family Services
4126 Technology Way, 3rd Floor
Carson City, NV 89706
United States
Phone: 775-684-4400

Visit the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Nevada here.
 

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

Child Care Licensing Unit
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-3852
United States
Phone: 800-852-3345 #4624

Visit the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in New Hampshire here .  
 

New Jersey

New Jersey Department of Children and Families

Office of Licensing
225 East State St., 4th Floor West
Trenton, NJ 08625-0718
United States
Phone: 877-667-9845 or 609-292-1018

Visit the New Jersey Department of Children and Families.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in New Jersey here.
 

New Mexico

New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department

Child Care Services
PO Drawer 5160
Santa Fe, NM 87502-5161
United States
Phone: 505-827-7946

Visit the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in New Mexico here .

New York

New York Department of Family Assistance

Office of Children and Family Services
52 Washington Street 3 N
Rensselaer, NY 12144
United States
Phone: 518-473-7793 or 800-345-KIDS

Visit the New York Department of Family Assistance.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in New York here
 

North Carolina

North Carolina Division of Child Development

Child Care Licensing
2201 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2201
United States
Phone: 919-662-4499 or 800-859-0829

Visit the North Carolina Division of Child Development.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in North Carolina here .
 

North Dakota

North Dakota Department of Human Services

Early Childhood Services Licensing
600 East Blvd.
Bismark, ND 58505-0251
United States
Phone: 701-328-2310 or 800-472-2622

Visit the North Dakota Department of Human Services.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in North Dakota here.
 

Ohio

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Child Day Care
30 E. Broad St., 32nd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
United States
Phone: 877-852-0010 or 614-466-2100

Visit the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Ohio here.
 

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Department of Human Services

Child Care Services
P.O. Box 25352
Oklahoma City, OK 73125
United States
Phone: 405-521-3561 or 800-347-2276

Visit the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Oklahoma here.
 

Oregon

Oregon Employment Department

Child Care Division
875 Union St. N.E.
Salem, OR 97311
United States
Phone: 800-556-6616 or 503-947-1400

Visit the Oregon Employment Department-Child Care Division.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Oregon here.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare

Office of Child Development and Early Learning
333 Market St., 6th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17106
United States
Phone: 717-346-9320 or 877-4PA-KIDS

Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Pennsylvania here.


 

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families

The Licensing Unit
101 Friendship Street
Providence, RI 02903
United States
Phone: 401-528-3624

Visit the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Rhode Island here .
 

South Carolina

South Carolina Department of Social Services

Child Care Services
P.O. Box 1520, Room 520
Columbia, SC 29202-1520
United States
Phone: 803-898-2570

Visit the South Carolina Department of Social Services.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in South Carolina here.


 

South Dakota

South Dakota Department of Social Services

Child Care Services Licensing and Registration
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2291
United States
Phone: 605-773-4766 or 800-227-3020

Visit the South Dakota Department of Social Services.


The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in South Dakota here.

Tennessee

Tennessee Department of Human Services

Child Care Services
Citizens Plaza 400 Deaderick St., 15th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243-1403
United States
Phone: 615-313-4778

Visit the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Tennessee here.
 

Texas

Texas Department of Families and Protective Services

Child Care Licensing
701 W. 51st St.
Austin, TX 78751
United States
Phone: 800-862-5252 or 512-834-3195

Visit the Texas Department of Families and Protective Services.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Texas here.

 
 

Utah

Utah Bureau of Child Care Licensing

Child Care Unit
3760 South Highland Dr., Room 403 PO Box 142003
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-2007
United States
Phone: 801-273-6617 or 888-287-3704

Visit The Bureau of Child Care Licensing.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Utah here.  


 

Vermont

Vermont Department for Children and Families

Child Care Licensing
103 South Main St.
Waterbury, VT 05671-5500
United States
Phone: 800-649-2642 or 802-241-3110

Visit the Vermont Department for Children and Families.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Vermont here

Virginia

Virginia Department of Social Services

Division of Licensing Programs
Theater Row Building, 7th Floor 7 North Eighth St.
Richmond, VA 23219-1849
United States
Phone: 804-692-2394 or 800-543-7545

Visit the Virginia Department of Social Services.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Virginia here.
 

Washington

Washington State Department of Early Learning

Child Care Licensing
P.O. Box 40970
Olympia , WA 98504-0970
United States
Phone: 360-725-4665 or 866-482-4325

Visit the Washington State Department of Early Learning.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Washington here.


 

West Virginia

West Virginia Dept. of Health and Human Resources, Office of Social Services

Bureau of Children and Families
350 Capitol Street, Room B-12
Charleston, WV 25301
United States
Phone: 304-558-1885 or 304-558-4069

Visit the West Virginia Dept. of Health and Human Resources, Office of Social Services.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in West Virginia here.
 

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Child Care Licensing
1 West Wilson St., Room 534 P.O. Box 8916
Madison, WI 53708-8916
United States
Phone: 608-266-9314/TTY 888-692-1382

Visit the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Wisconsin here.
 

Wyoming

Wyoming Department of Family Services

Child Care Licensing
2300 Capitol Ave. Hathaway Building
Cheyenne, WY 82002
United States
Phone: 307-777-5491

Visit the Wyoming Department of Family Services.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care also maintains documents related to child care licensing in Wyoming here .