Child Care License Verification – Crimcheck

Child Care License Verification

Below is a list of every states child care locaters. Most states require licensing and background checks, but some do not. Be very careful when choosing child care providers and you should always do a separate independent background check on facilities and employees when trusting them with your children. The below list is not meant as a completely comprehensive guide nor does Crimcheck endorse any of the agencies listed. Use common sense and always be careful when it comes to your children or loved ones.

Alabama Child CareChild day care centers in Alabama legally operate in one of two ways: Licensed or license exempt. All centers that require a license must be licensed by the Department of Human Resources and renewed every two years.
Alaska Child CareLicensed child care providers/facilities are those facilities that possess a current license, issued by the Department of Health & Social Services or the Municipality of Anchorage, to operate a child care facility in the State of Alaska.
Arizona Child CareThe Division of Licensing Services Office of Child Care Licensing regulates and monitors licensed child care facilities, public school child care programs and certified child care group homes statewide.
Arkansas Child CareThis site allows you to search for a licensed child care provider within the State of Arkansas. You can narrow down your searches by area and even if the provider accepts vouchers.
California Child CareThe Child Care Licensing Program licenses and monitors Family Child Care Homes and Child Care Centers in an effort to ensure that they provide a safe and healthy environment for children who are in day care.
Colorado Child CareThe Division of Child Care licenses nearly 9,000 child care facilities in Colorado. These facilities include: family child care homes, child care centers, residential facilities, including camps, specialized group facilities, secure residential treatment center day treatment centers, child placement agencies
Connecticut Child CareConnecticut has a list on their website via a PDF file. The accuracy of this list is time-limited. New facilities are continually being licensed, others voluntarily close or change, and some may be closed by the Department of Public Health in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of children.
Delaware Child CareThe AccessCare Child Care Referral Service is free to all Delaware residents. It is made possible, in part, with grants from Delaware Health and Social Services’ Division of Social Services and State of Delaware Grant-In-Aid.
Florida Child CareThe child care licensing program is a component of the services provided by Department of Children and Families. The program is accountable for the statewide licensure of Florida’s child care facilities, specialized child care facilities for the care of mildly ill children, large family child care homes and licensure or registration of family day care homes.
Georgia Child CareThis website will be an invaluable resource for you as you learn more about what Georgia is doing in the areas of early care and education.
Hawaii Child CareDespite the cheesy video and hard to navigate website there is some useful information here. The pamphlets have some good info and questions to ask of a child care provider.
Idaho Child CareIdahoSTARS has a child care referral database to help you find quality child care. Information about child care centers, family child care, preschools and school-age programs in Idaho are in our database.
Illinois Child CareIllinois does not appear to have an online system for checking to see if a child care provider is licensed, but you can call them and ask call (800) 252-2873 or if you are calling from outside of Illinois then call (217) 785-4020. They also have some guidelines for putting a parents mind at ease located here
Indiana Child CareIndiana has a fantastic website that has tons of information for parents as well as for child care providers. Indiana has chosen to implement a voluntary Quality Rating System that builds on a home grown model. All regulated child care providers will have the opportunity to participate. Go to the website to find out more.
Iowa Child CareThe Department of Human Services works with five Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies around the state to provide parents with information and referral services in finding quality child care. Each agency serves a different geographic area of Iowa, as shown on the map above.
Kansas Child CareKansas has some sort of convoluted site that is pretty hard to navigate. You may prefer to call 877-678-2548 Monday through Friday during the hours of 8:00 to 5:00 pm (Central time) and you will be transferred to a trained phone specialist ready to help.
Kentucky Child CareKentucky has a list that is kept updated via an XLS (Excel) file or available as a PDF document. The information is separated county to county.
Louisiana Child CareFinally someone has it right! Louisiana has a system that allows you to pick and choose the type of child care you are looking for. It asks you a series of questions then provides the results. You can also determine if you are eligible for child care assistance.
Maine Child CareThis service provides parents and guardians yet another means to make informed decisions about the placement of their children in licensed facilities. Steps to Choosing Child Care is another resource that can be used to aid parents in their search for quality child care that best suits their needs. Currently, Maine has 2,466 licensed facilities and requires anyone caring for more than two children to be licensed. Learn about the types of licenses issued by the Department.
Maryland Child CareYou can call and get assistance or they have an on-line search available. To search on-line you will need to register and get a username and password. To save time I would rather just call and get the information.
Massachusetts Child CareThis is an excellent resource for parents seeking child care in Massachusetts. They have forums, a blog and tons of useful resources. You can find a list of child care providers at the top of the navigation bar.
Michigan Child CareYou can run a statewide search for child care facilities. The Department of Human Services (DHS), Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing (BCAL), is the licensing agency for Child Caring Institutions.
Minnesota Child CareThe information available through this Web site will include the most frequently requested public information maintained by the Licensing Division. Search for information about a licensed provider by name, license number, program type, county, ZIP code or city.
Mississippi Child CareThe website is pretty decent and you can search for child care by county. They also have some decent tips about picking a provider.
Missouri Child CareA web-based listing of all licensed and license-exempt providers in Missouri. You can also visit the Missouri Child Care Resource and Referral Network for more information at
Montana Child CareYou can search by city or by name of the provider. The results are pretty impressive they even provide the website to the provider if they have one. The database appears to be up to date as well.
Nebraska Child CareNebraska’s website isn’t that bad but they provide license searches for all kinds of business’s. You have to be a bit specific when searching but overall it is pretty easy to use. If your search is too broad it will not return any results.
Nevada Child CareThis is a list of licensed child care facilities in Nevada. It’s not exactly a handy database search but it will get the job done I suppose. It took me about 20 minutes to find this document. Hey Nevada! It’s the 21st century!
New Hampshire Child CareI had a great deal of trouble finding a database or list of licensed facilities in New Jersey. The above link is actually a PDF file that lists all of the licensed child care centers. If that list is a little too cumbersome then call 1-877-667-9845 and ask for help finding a licensed facility.
New Jersey Child CareI had a great deal of trouble finding a database or list of licensed facilities in New Jersey. The above link is actually a PDF file that lists all of the licensed child care centers. If that list is a little too cumbersome then call 1-877-667-9845 and ask for help finding a licensed facility.
New Mexico Child CareThe above website appeared to be down at the time I wrote this but you can call 1-800-832-1321 for assistance. I will follow up with more information in the future. UPDATE: Go tofor further information.
New York Child CareNew York seems to have a pretty good search facility and some good information for parents. This search engine will allow you to look up a specific provider by name, or all the providers in a particular county or even zip code. It also lets you search by different types of care, such as family day care or day care centers.
North Carolina Child CareExcellent search function and some really good information for parents and facilities alike. NC uses a star rating system and can also provide you with infractions against a particular child care business.
North Dakota Child CareI have to say I was not all that fond of North Dakota’s search and website in general. I really didn’t like the fact that they had a voluntary background check process called CareCheck. Make sure that you go the extra mile and background check whomever you decide to use.
Ohio Child CareOhio has a very good system in place. You can search by numerous criteria including geographic and you can even narrow your search by determining if the child care facility takes toddlers or other age groups.
Oklahoma Child CareWow! Oklahoma has a great site and search facility. You can search by child’s age, geographic location and even if the provider has transportation. They even have a handy guide to help you assess a facility.
Oregon Child CareThis is another great site. Oregon has just about all the information you could want when choosing a child care provider. They have info on vaccinations, helping with child care costs and in general good tips for parents.
Pennsylvania Child CarePennsylvania offers just a basic search and not much else. Child care providers who are certified or registered by the state meet basic health and safety requirements. The state inspects these providers for compliance.
Puerto Rico Child Care(787) 724-7532 or (787) 724-7534 Call the above numbers for help finding child care in Puerto Rico.
Rhode Island Child CareFind Day Care providers licensed in the State of Rhode Island. The site also provides some limited information regarding regulations, etc.
South Carolina Child CareI wasn’t really all that impressed with South Carolina’s site. They do offer some good tips and information but I was being told that their search function may not work with my browser (FireFox 3.1). Being required to use Internet Explorer should not happen in this day and age especially with a government site.
South Dakota Child CareJust when I was starting to have faith in some of these sites again, along comes’ South Dakota’s system, which really isn’t a system at all. If you want to find a licensed child care provider you must fill out a form and request a list. Why? It makes no sense. Well, anyhow you may want to call on this one and get some assistance. 1-800-227-3020
Tennessee Child CareTennessee has a pretty nifty system. You can type in your address and it will list the providers in your area and even pin point them on a map. If that doesn’t do it for you, you can search by county or call Child Care Licensing: (615) 313-4778
Texas Child CareOne great thing about Texas is they take their licensing agencies very seriously. Most of their information is up to date but they do recommend that you double check results. They provide info on home or center based agencies and they have a decent FAQ section.
Utah Child CareChild Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) collects detailed information about provider vacancies which may include information about ages, hours/schedule, languages, elementary schools serviced, the physical environment, and information about special needs care.
Vermont Child CareAll in all a very good system with a ton of good information. You’ll find up-to-date information about local child care options. Every registered home care provider and every licensed center or school age care program in Vermont is in the system.
Virgin Islands Child CareCall (340) 774-1166 – Call the above number for help finding child care in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Virginia Child CareI was sort of disappointed with Virginia’s website, although there is something to be said for basic simplicity. They provide a very basic search function.
Washington Child CareIt took me a few minutes to find what I was looking for and even then the info provided wasn’t that great. They do provide some good tips though.
West Virginia Child CareMaybe it’s that I am getting frustrated looking at all these government sites but I really hate West Virginia’s interface. One good thing I have to say though is they make it pretty easy to submit a complaint about a child care provider.
Wisconsin Child CareA very good website that has good information for parents as well as people interested in starting a day care facility. Licensed Child Care Search displays the center’s regulatory history over the previous two years.
Wyoming Child CareArggghh! This site made my eyes bleed. Wyoming Child Care Finder maintains program information for licensed child care centers and licensed family child care homes. The information is maintained and updated regularly by referral specialists. Referrals are only provided to licensed programs.
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