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Family Child Care Licensing
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Child care is regulated to ensure the safety and well-being of young children and to reduce risks of harm. While parents may check a number of conditions before placing their own children with an individual provider, the State has established specific standards for all child care providers to safeguard all children.
By law, anyone, who cares for three or more children, not related by blood, marriage, or adoption, with or without payment, must be licensed by the State Department of Human Services (DHS). An application must be made with the DHS and each applicant and home is “studied”. An application can be approved or denied, and a license can be revoked or suspended if there are conditions that are considered dangerous to the children’s health, safety or welfare. Only when standards are met and a license is issued can a person provide child care. Persons who are required to be licensed but provide child care without a license are in violation of the law and subject to a fine.
We commend you for your interest in wanting to become a licensed family child care provider. After all, caring for someone else’s children,… all day… every day, is a tough job. Not everyone is suited for it. So, before you put the time and effort to get your license and open your home as a child care business, it’s a good idea to ask yourself some important questions. But, remember, negative answers don’t necessarily mean you should not become a child care provider.
For more information on Starting a Family Child Care Business, click here.
State Licensing ContactsCall your local Department of Human Services Child Care Licensing Units to get an application packet. For more information, visit the DHS website
Child Care Licensing Unit I
Child Care Licensing Unit II
Central Hilo Unit
North Kona 2 Unit
Central Maui Unit
Kauai South Unit
Or you can call your local PATCH office.