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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;
These requirements were added due to The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014.
See the more details in DELACARE Regulations: https://kids.delaware.gov/occl/pdf/delacare-background-checks-eff.2016.05.10.pdf
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