Everything you need to know about being a licensed child care provider.

The Office of Child Care Licensing (OCCL) is responsible for the licensing and monitoring of child care programs in the State of Delaware. It is part of the Division of Family Services within the Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families (DSCYF).
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Read about the Office of Child Care Licensing (OCCL):

To read about the DELACARE Regulations for the different types of child care click here:

How to start a business as a child care provider:

Additional information on the qualifications of different providers, teachers, and staff:

More details about the various regulations and exemptions:

Comprehensive criminal background checks must be complete and on file for all new and existing staff members in child care center. In family child care home that includes the provider, adult member of the household, and substitutes.

A comprehensive background check must include;

  1. A search of the state criminal and sex offender registry for all states the person has lived in over the past 5 years.
  2. A search of the state child abuse and neglect registry for all states the person has lived in over the past 5 years.
  3. A search of the national crime information center.
  4. A federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fingerprint check using the Next Generation Identification.
  5. A search of the National Sex Offender Registry.

These requirements were added due to The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014.

See the more details in DELACARE Regulations:

Find out more about the process at the Delaware State Police website:

Fire Marshal Inspections are part of the child care licensing process. Each licensee shall follow the fire safety codes and any ongoing procedures required in their location.  Approval by the specific Fire Marshal shall be provided to the Office of Child Care Licensing (OCCL) prior to offering child care services.

Below are links to some of the Fire Marshals in Delaware:

State of Delaware Fire Marshal

City of Wilmington Fire Marshal’s Office

City of Dover Fire Marshal’s Office

Consumer Education is designed to help parents access information in order to make informed consumer choices
and to strengthen requirements to protect the health and safety of children in care.