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  4. Becoming a Licensed Day Care Provider

Becoming a Licensed Day Care Provider

If you are interested in operating a home day care, the first step is to take the free Online Day Care Home Orientation Training. The purpose of this self-guided training is to educate potential day care home providers about the rules and procedures that govern day care homes and the license application process. It's also to help you decide if becoming a day care home provider is right for you and if you meet the licensing requirements mandated by DCFS.

For more information, read the Do you want to open a day care? A Self-Assessment Guide to Determine Readiness to Enter the Licensing Process booklet in English or en español.

To read the full standard for licensure, including information about how to apply for a license, click the links below: