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- Licensing standards vary from state to state. The Utah licensing entity is the Department
of Health, Bureau of Child Development.
- The goal is to ensure the safety and well-being of children. Minimum standards are
set by government regulatory agencies, with input from professionals and community.
- Licensing rules are established to determine the least that can be provided to assure
safe, healthy, nurturing environment for children's care and development.
- Accountable to report major changes.
- All providers must pass a criminal background check and attain the minimal hours of
- License expires & providers must renew license at set times established by the licensor.
- Inspections are done both announced and unannounced biannually.
Types of Licensing
- Residential Certificate - Child care provided in a private home for up to eight children.
This can include up to (but not more than) two children under the age of two.
- Family Child Care - Child care provided in a private home for up to eight children.
This can include up to (but not more than) two children under the age of two Family
Group Child Care
- Family Group Child Care - Child care provided in a private home and operated by two
providers who care for up to 16 children (including their own).
- Child Care Center - Child care provided in a non-residential setting on a regular
schedule. The number of children allowed will be determined by the facility's total
- Hourly Center - Child care provided in a non-residential setting, not on a regular
- Nanny Care
- Relative Care
- Programs administered by public or parochial schools
- Drop-in programs where the parents are on premises (i.e. playgroups, gym, church,
- National standards created by national groups to meet a higher level of quality.
- Set by professionals in Early Childhood Education; intended as standards of excellence
that is most often higher than licensing regulations.
- Child care programs voluntarily become accredited as it is not mandated by law.
- Established to determine the best that can be provided to facilitate optimal growth
- Staff engage in continued education and professional development.
- Annual report of changes and improvements.
- Accreditation expires/must be reaccredited.
Types of Accreditation
- National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- Child care centers, Kindergartens, public school preschools.
- www.naeyc.org or call 1-800-424-2460
- National Early Childhood Program Accreditation
- National AfterSchool Association