Licensed Child Care Homes

Licensed Child Care Homes

Want to know what it takes to become a licensed family child care home? After you complete the Orientation 1 course, these are the steps you’ll need to take, many of which are required for those planning to open a licensed home.

For any questions, please contact Michelle Terry.

Orientation II

Child Care Answers offers Orientation II face-to-face each month for those interested in opening a Licensed Child Care Home. See our I-LEAD / Indiana Learning Paths for available dates and times to register. The information you learn provides a road map for you to get licensed, including:

  • The steps you must take to become licensed and the best way to complete those steps.
  • The forms you must complete and how to fill out that paperwork.
  • Resources to help you know whom to contact for what.



Indiana Health and Safety Orientation

In order to meet Provider Eligibility Standards (PES), you must also complete the required Health & Safety training modules. These trainings are available online 24/7 on I-LEAD through Indiana Learning Paths.  These modules include:

  • Module 1 – Child Development
  • Module 2 – Health
  • Module 3 – Safety
  • Module 4 – Child Development (School Age)

Child Abuse and Neglect Detection and Prevention

One-hour recorded sessions are available on I-LEAD through Indiana Learning Paths.

Safe Sleeping Practices and Reducing the Risk of SIDS in Child Care

See I-LEAD / Indiana Learnings for available dates and times to register.

Join an emerging provider cohort support group

Although not required to become licensed, we highly recommend you join one of our emerging provider support groups. We meet on a regular basis so those interested in opening their own child care business can:

  • Hear from guest speakers on business topics, owning a child care, and licensing
  • Support each other
  • Get resources for getting up and running

Fill out our Provider Information Form to get connected to a program engagement specialist to learn about our current groups.

Prepare your home for inspection and submit your application

Next, you must complete a number of forms and submit copies of paperwork as a part of the process. You’ll learn more in your Orientation II course.

If you want to get a head start, check out our Child Care Permit Requirements for specifics in your county.

Invite us to do an onsite or virtual walk-through of your home

Although not required, our program engagement specialist can do a walkthrough of your center before the licensing consultant comes for your inspection. We can provide guidance on:

  • Environment and materials
  • Marketing
  • Administrative records and budgets
  • Lesson plans

Fill out our Provider Information Form to get connected to a program engagement specialist to make an appointment.

Schedule licensing visit and get licensed!

Finally, your licensing consultant will come out to your home for your licensing inspection. He or she has 60 days from the time you submit your application to schedule a time.