The child care field is full of dedicated professionals who make a difference in the lives of our children. If you’re thinking of joining the field, we applaud you! We also want you to know that we’re here to help your new venture get off on the right foot. That includes helping you learn about the types of child care businesses and first steps in determining if this kind of business is the right fit for you and your community. We also have tips on finding the right location and the licensing process in your state.

Is Child Care the Right Choice? asks you to stop and think about some important questions. You want your business to succeed, so be sure to make some time to evaluate why you want to start a child care business and what your community really needs.

Types of Child Care Businesses is your introduction to the common kinds of child care businesses you may choose to start. See what kinds of specialty programs exist and different legal structures to choose form.

Finding a Location is your guide to choosing the right space for your program. Learn what you’ll need to think about to be sure your indoor and outdoor spaces are safe, accessible and legal.

Getting Your Business Licensed takes you through the basics of child care licensing. We’ll show you what is typically covered in licensing requirements and how to get information specific to your state. You’ll also find resources on where to get started.

Required Background Checks has important information on comprehensive background checks for child care providers. Find out where to get information on what checks are required where you live.