Familiarize Yourself with Licensing Rules
If you are interested in starting a Family Child Care Home business, a Colorado child care license will allow you to operate safely and legally.
For more information about licensing requirements and detailed instructions on how to submit an original family child care home application, register for a FREE 1-hour orientation here (information is available under "Apply for a Child Care License").
A Family Child Care Home is required to be licensed unless it is operating under one of the approved licensing exemptions.
Carefully and completely read all Family Child Care Home licensing rules and regulations to ensure your home is compliant. This includes:
Before completing the original family child care home application, ensure you are in compliance with local zoning, building, and planning ordinances, and any homeowner association covenants (see General Rules, 7.701.34.C for more information). You can usually acquire this information at your city or county office where planning and zoning are administered.
Watch this video (available in both English and Spanish) to learn more about the background check process for Family Child Care Homes