Family Child Care Homes

A Family Child Care Home is required to be licensed when care is provided for children from more than one unrelated family at any one time.

Family Child Care Homes are governed by the following rules:

  • 7.701 - General Rules for Child Care Facilities
  • 7.707 - Rules Regulating Family Child Care Homes
  • 7.719 - Rules Regulating Special Activities

 

Prior to applying for a Family Child Care Home License

 

Apply for a Family Child Care Home License

Process

The licensing process takes approximately 90 days once an application packet is received by the Division of Early Care and Learning (DECL). The licensing process includes the following steps:

  1. Complete and sign the Family Child Care Home Application and all necessary attachments. Make sure your spouse/second applicant also signs the application and any other documentation (if applicable). Detailed instructions are included in the Application Packet.

    • Any adults living in the home, other than the primary and secondary applicant/spouse, must complete the top portion of page 3 of the Original Application for a Family Child Care Home application and have it notarized.

  2. The licensing applicant(s) and all adults aged 18 years and older living and/or working in the home must submit CBI/FBI fingerprint cards with the Family Child Care Home Application.

  3. Complete training requirements, including Pre-Licensing Training, First Aid/CPR Certification, Standard Precautions and Medication Administration training. View training resources.

  4. Once the licensing package is received and processed by the DECL, a Licensing Specialist will contact the applicant to schedule an inspection of the home to verify compliance with licensing rules and regulations, and to determine if a license should be issued.

 

Application Materials

  • Application Packet (click to download and print or order from State Forms). The application packet includes:
    • Original Application for a Family Child Care Home
    • Application Instructions
    • Affidavit in English and Spanish
    • Health Evaluation Form
    • Background Investigation Unit Facility Inquiry Form (required for child care staff that are not residents of the home)
    • Home Care Checklist
    • Child and Adult Care Food Program Sponsor List for Family Child Care Homes
  • Fingerprint Cards
  • Child Care License Fees

 

Submitting Your Application

Submit the following to the Division of Early Care and Learning:

  • Signed and completed Original Application for a Family Child Care Home License.
    • Signed and notarized application page 3 for any adults living in the home that are not the primary or secondary applicant.
  • Signed and completed affidavit for applicant and spouse/second applicant.
  • Photo copy of drivers license or Colorado Identification Card for applicant and spouse/second applicant.
  • Completed fingerprint cards for adults 18 years of age or older, including any non-resident employees.
  • Any required attachments (see rules and regulations; may include handbook, policies, facility forms, etc.).
  • Check or money order payable to the Colorado Department of Human Services for the licensing application fee AND the Criminal Background Investigation/Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprinting fee(s).
  • Mail to:

Application Processing
Division of Early Care and Learning, CDHS
1575 Sherman Street, 1st Floor
Denver, CO 80203-1714

 

Submitting Additional Background Check Information

If any employees are not residents of the home, you must submit the following to the Background Investigation Unit:

  • Signed and completed Facility Background Inquiry Form.
  • Check payable to the CDHS-BIU Records and Reports for required Background Investigation Unit fees.
  • Mail to:

Background Investigation Unit
Division of Early Care and Learning, CDHS
1575 Sherman Street, 1st Floor
Denver, CO 80203-1714

 

Questions? Contact the Child Care Licensing & Administration Unit:

Child Care Licensing and Administration
Division of Early Care and Learning, CDHS
1575 Sherman Street, 1st Floor
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 1-800-799-5876 or 303-866-5948
Fax: 303-866-4453
cdhs_oec_communications@state.co.us

Contact your Licensing Specialist for information regarding your facility or technical assistance.

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