Family Child Care Homes

  • Apply for a Family Child Care Home License

    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.

    Please note that you must submit your application at least 60 days prior to opening your home for care.  In some cases, it can take up to 90 days to process your application once the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) receives it. Applications are processed in the order they’re received. 

    Before you start, make sure you have all of the required information on hand. Applications that are missing information or that do not include correct fees will be returned. This can delay the issuing of your license. Use the information provided here to make sure you have everything you need before you get started.

  • Required Application Materials
    1. Family Child Care Home Application and the Required Fees
    • Complete the Family Child Care Home Application.
    • A NONREFUNDABLE license fee is required at the time of application. Be sure to include a check or money order with the CORRECT licensing application fee payable to the Colorado Department of Human Services. Applications with incorrect fees (underpayment OR overpayment) WILL BE RETURNED, and processing will be delayed.
    • Ensure your application includes information for both the primary applicant (Applicant #1) and the secondary applicant (Applicant #2).
    • In addition to information for the primary and secondary applicant (Applicants #1 and #2), the application MUST also list information for ALL people living in the home, even if they are not related to you. This information is required to begin processing the application.

    2. Experienced Family Child Care Home Providers (ECCP) ONLY
    • You must complete the Experienced Family Child Care Home Provider acknowledgement If you are applying for an Experienced Family Child Care Home Provider license. There are additional requirements for this license that you would need to meet prior to applying. 
    • This form is NOT required for any of the other four family child care home license types.
    • Processing for ECCP license types will be delayed if this form in not included with the application materials. 

    3. Background Checks
    • Criminal Background Checks and Fingerprinting
      • Fingerprinting to obtain a criminal record check for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) results is required for all adults living in the home AND adult employees living outside the home, age 18 years and older – EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT RELATED TO YOU. This includes you, the secondary applicant, spouse, significant other, children, relatives, roommates, tenants, etc.
      • Minor children living in the home are not required to be fingerprinted.
      • Effective September 2018, manual rolled fingerprints are no longer acceptable. Applicants must submit fingerprints directly to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) through an approved vendor. View the Colorado Applicant Background Services (CABS) Vendors. This page explains the vendors and where you can go to get the fingerprints taken.
      • For fingerprinting, you must have a license number. License numbers are assigned AFTER you submit your application. This license number will be sent to the primary applicant (Applicant #1) on a Background Investigation form.  All adults living in the home (all applicants and adults, age 18 and older) MUST bring this form with them for fingerprinting.
      • There is a fee to be fingerprinted, however, the fee is paid directly to the approved vendor - NOT to the Office of Early Childhood (OEC).
      • This means that you DO NOT SUBMIT fingerprints OR the fingerprinting fee to the Office of Early Childhood with your application. You can find out more information about background checks and fingerprinting on the Background Investigations Unit (BIU) page
      • Those being fingerprinted must sign a “Privacy Act Notification” form before going to get fingerprinted. Only those being fingerprinted are required to sign this form.  Minor children do not get fingerprinted so they are not required to sign the Privacy Act Notification.
      • You do not send this form in with your application materials. It is kept in the home and is required to be made available to the Department, upon request.
      • View more information about the fingerprinting process. Please click on the Colorado-based Applicants: Criminal Background Check menu.
    • Child Abuse and Neglect Record Check
      • This check does NOT require fingerprinting.
      • This check is required for EVERYONE living in the home, regardless of age or relation to either applicant. This includes minor children (you agree to have the check done for the minor children in the “License Acknowledgments” section of the Family Child Care Home application). There is no fee for this check for residents of the home.
      • This check is also required for child care home employees who do not live in the home.  You must submit a separate form and fee ($35 per person) for home employees.  Include the form(s) and a separate check or money order (made payable to “CDHS, BIU Records and Reports”) with your application materials.  DO NOT INCLUDE THIS FEE IN THE SAME CHECK YOU SUBMIT FOR YOUR APPLICATION FEE. DOING SO WILL DELAY THE PROCESSING OF YOUR APPLICATION.

    4. Proof of Lawful Presence in the United States Affidavit
    • You must be a legal resident of the United States to be a child care provider in Colorado.
    • Print copies of the “Proof of Lawful Presence in the United States Affidavit” for Applicant #1 and Applicant #2. This form is also available in Spanish. 
    • Make sure both the primary applicant (Applicant #1) and the secondary applicant (Applicant #2) read and sign individual copies of the Affidavit.
    • Submit the signed Affidavit(s) with your application materials.

    5. Photocopy of a Government Issued Photo ID
    • Include a photo copy of a valid government issued photo ID (driver’s license or state identification card) for both the primary applicant (Applicant #1) and the secondary applicant (Applicant #2).
  • Materials You Are Required to Keep on File in the Home
    Do not submit the forms listed below with your child care application. 

    1. Privacy Act Notification
    • The Privacy Act Notification form is only required for people getting fingerprinted for the Criminal Background Check.
    • It DOES NOT need to be submitted with the application materials.  A signed form for each adult, age 18 and over, living in the home, however, must be kept on file and be made available to the Department upon request.

    2. Child Care Provider Health Evaluation Form
    • This form is required for every person living in the home, regardless of age, even if they are not related to you. This means that all people listed in the “People Living in the Home” section of the application will need to sign the form.
    • This form requires a medical provider’s signature.
    • These forms DO NOT need to be submitted with the application materials. A signed form for each individual living in the home must be maintained in the home.  These forms must be made available to the Department upon request.
  • Steps to Submit Your Application
    You are ready to begin the application process. Follow these steps to submit your application.

    1. Make Sure You’re In Compliance
    • Carefully and completely read all Family Child Care Home licensing rules and regulations to ensure your home is compliant. This includes:
    • General Rules for Child Care Facilities (7.701)
    • Rules Regulating Family Child Care Homes (7.707)
    • Rules Regulating Special Activities (7.719)
    • Before completing the 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 is administered.
    • You must be a legal resident of the United States to be licensed as a child care provider in Colorado.

    2. Complete the Application Form
    • Complete and sign the Family Child Care Home Application. Make sure the secondary applicant, referred to as Applicant #2, (your spouse, significant other living in the home, etc.) also signs the application and any other documentation (required, if there is a second applicant).
    • Read all statements in the “License Acknowledgements” section of the application. Check the boxes to the left of each statement to indicate that both the primary applicant and secondary applicant read the statements and agree. Make sure both applicants sign the “License Acknowledgements” section of the application.  Applications without the required signatures will be returned and processing will be delayed.
    • Complete the “Residents of the Home” section of the application thoroughly.  Make sure you provide complete information for all people living in the home regardless of age, even if they are not related to you.  This section must include information for you, your spouse, significant other, children, relatives, roommates, tenants, etc.
    • Complete the “Child Abuse and Neglect Record Check Authorization” section of the application for any adult, age 18 and older, that you listed in the “Residents of the Home” section of the application. This includes, but is not limited to grandparents, aunts, uncles, children going to college, permanent substitutes, etc.
    • Review the “History of Criminal Record” section of the application and provide the required information, if necessary.

    3. Complete the Required Application Attachments
    • Experienced Family Child Care Home Providers (ECCP) ONLY
      • The ECCP Acknowledgment Form is a separate attachment that must be submitted with the Family Child Care Home License Application ONLY IF you are applying for an Experienced Family Child Care Home Provider License.
      • Read all statements in the “Experienced Family Child Care Provider Acknowledgements” section of the ECCP Acknowledgements attachment. 
      • Check the boxes to the left of each statement to indicate that both the primary applicant and secondary applicant read the statements and agree. 
      • Make sure that both the primary and secondary applicant signed the bottom of that section.
    • Proof of Lawful Presence in the United States Affidavit
      • Print copies of the “Proof of Lawful Presence in the United States Affidavit” for Applicant #1 and Applicant #2. This form is also available in Spanish. 
      • Make sure both applicants read and sign individual copies of the Affidavit.
      • Submit the signed Affidavit(s) with your application materials.
    • Child Abuse and Neglect Records Check
      • This check is required for EVERYONE living in the home, regardless of age or relation to either applicant.  This includes minor children (you agree to have the check done for the minor children in the “License Acknowledgments” section of the Family Child Care Home application).  There is no fee for this check for residents of the home.
      • This check is also required for child care home employees who do not live in the home.  You must submit a separate form and fee ($35 per person) for home employees.  Include the form(s) and a separate check or money order (made payable to “CDHS, BIU Records and Reports”) with your application materials.  DO NOT INCLUDE THIS FEE IN THE SAME CHECK YOU SUBMIT FOR YOUR APPLICATION FEE.  DOING SO WILL DELAY THE PROCESSING OF YOUR APPLICATION.
      • Handwritten requests will be returned (requests that are not submitted using the appropriate form). This will delay the processing of your application.

    4. Prepare Your Child Care License Application Fee
    • A NONREFUNDABLE license fee is required at the time of application.  Be sure to include a check or money order with the CORRECT licensing application fee payable to the Colorado Department of Human Services. Applications with incorrect fees (underpayment OR overpayment) WILL BE RETURNED, and processing will be delayed.
    • Fees differ based on the type of family child care home license you are applying for. View licensing fees.
    • If you have any questions about fees, please call the Office of Early Childhood Licensing Help Desk at 303.866.5948.

    5. Submit your application materials.
    • Review your materials to ensure you completed and signed everything.
    • Check to make sure you included a check or money order made out to the Colorado Department of Human Services with the correct fee amount.  
    • Do you need to also include a separate check to complete a background check for employees not living in the home?  If so, be sure you include that fee.
    • DO NOT SUBMIT fingerprints to the Office of Early Childhood with your application. View more information on background checks and fingerprinting on the Background Investigations Unit (BIU) webpage.
    • Make copies of all materials to keep for your records.
    • Send your completed application materials (application, attachments, fees, etc.) to:
    Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS)
    Office of Early Childhood (OEC)
    Attn:  Application Processing
    1575 Sherman Street, First Floor
    Denver, CO 80203-1714
  • You Submitted an Application - Next Steps
    1. Complete Required Training
    • Applicants must complete all training requirements prior to being licensed. It does not need to be completed prior to submitting an application.
    • Training requirements include, but are not limited to Pre-Licensing Training, First Aid/CPR Certification, Standard Precautions and Medication Administration training. View all required trainings.

    2. Schedule Your Licensing Inspection
    • Once the Office of Early Childhood receives a complete application packet and you are assigned a License Number, a licensing specialist will contact you to schedule an original licensing inspection. If you have not been contacted by a licensing specialist within 45 days of receiving your License Number, please call the Office of Early Childhood at 303.866.5948.
    • Original licensing inspections are completed to determine if a license should be issued. At the inspection the licensing specialist will verify compliance with licensing rules and regulations, review required training certificates and review health statements.

    3. Complete Criminal Background Checks and Fingerprinting
    • Fingerprinting to obtain a criminal record check for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) results is required for all adults living in the home AND adult employees living outside the home, age 18 years and older – EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT RELATED TO YOU. This includes you, the secondary applicant, spouse, significant other, children, relatives, roommates, tenants, etc.  Minor children living in the home are not required to be fingerprinted.
    • Effective September 2018, manual rolled fingerprints are no longer acceptable. Applicants must submit fingerprints directly to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) through an approved vendor.  View the Colorado Applicant Background Services (CABS) vendors
    • For fingerprinting, you must have a license number. License numbers are assigned AFTER you submit your application. This license number will be sent to the primary applicant (Applicant #1) on a Background Investigation form.  All adults living in the home (all applicants and adults, age 18 and older) MUST bring this form with them for fingerprinting.
    • Those being fingerprinted must sign a Privacy Act Notification form before going to get fingerprinted.  Only those being fingerprinted are required to sign this form.  Minor children do not get fingerprinted so they are not required to sign the Privacy Act Notification.
    • Learn more about the fingerprinting process. Please click on the Colorado-based Applicants: Criminal Background Check menu.

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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