At CCL, we have two programs (Day Care Licensing and Residential Child Care Licensing) that protect the health, safety, and well-being of children and youth in daycare and residential childcare, including foster care. We do this in two ways: regulation and investigations. Both programs have licensing inspectors and abuse and neglect investigators. Inspectors and investigators work hand in hand to make sure childcare providers follow state standards and rules and to address allegations of abuse or neglect. Child Care Licensing:

  • Develops rules and minimum standards for daycare, child-placing agencies, and residential childcare. 
  • Takes applications and issues permits to childcare operations.
  • Inspects daycare and other childcare operations.
  • Investigates alleged violations of licensing laws, rules, or minimum standards.
  • Investigates reports of abuse or neglect in childcare.
  • Makes sure criminal background checks are done on childcare owners, employees, or anyone who is at least 14 years old and regularly present while children are in care.
  • Helps current and potential childcare providers learn to comply with minimum standards.
  • Takes enforcement action against operations when necessary.
  • Helps parents and others make informed decisions by giving them information about the types and availability of childcare as well as results of inspections and investigations.

Who We Regulate

At CCL, we regulate four basic categories of childcare. They are licensed operations (daycare and 24-hour residential childcare), registered childcare homes, listed family homes, and operations with a compliance certificate.