Registered Child-Care Homes
Registered child-care homes provide regular care in the caregiver’s home for up to six children under age 14 and up to six more school-age children. Regular care means – "at least four hours per day, three or more days a week, for three or more consecutive weeks -or- four hours a day for 40 or more days in a period of 12 months."
The number of children allowed in a registered child-care home depends on the ages of the children. No more than 12 children can be in care at any time, including the caregiver's children.
Applicants must pass background checks and complete an overview of regulation before they apply. We issue a registration only after an inspection to make sure the provider is meeting the standards that apply. We inspect registered child-care homes every two years and also will investigate any allegation of child abuse and neglect -or- violations of licensing laws, rules, or minimum standards.
Listed Family Homes
Listed family homes provide regular care in the caregiver’s home for one to three unrelated children under 14 years old. Regular care means "at least four hours per day, three or more days a week, for three or more consecutive weeks -or- four hours a day for 40 or more days in a period of 12 months."
Providers must be at least 18 years old and go through an application process that includes a criminal background check and getting a "listing" permit from CCL.
These providers do not have to meet minimum standards or take training. We do not routinely inspect listed family homes, but do investigate reports that:
- Children have been abused or neglected.
- There is an immediate risk to the health or safety of a child.
- The home is providing child care for too many children.
- A caregiver gave a child medication without their parent or guardian's written permission.