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Division of Regulated Child Care (DRCC)

Susan S. Hayes, Director

275 E. Main St., 5E-F
Frankfort, KY 40621
Phone: (502) 564-7962
Fax: (502) 564-9350

The Division of Regulated Child Care is responsible for licensing and investigating complaints against licensed child-care facilities, certified family child-care homes, residential child-caring facilities and child-placing agencies.

The initial licensing fee for a residential child-caring facility of a child-placing agency is $100 and $50 for annual renewals.

Apply for a license to operate a residential child-caring facility or child-placing agency.

The fee for an initial child-care license is $50 with an annual license renewal fee of $25. The fee for an initial certificate for a certified family child-care home and a bi-annual certification renewal fee is $10.

More information about getting started in child care


General Information

DRCC Regional Offices

DRCC regional offices are responsible for conducting on-site visits of all Kentucky licensed child care centers and certified family child care homes to determine compliance with applicable licensing and certification regulations. Complaints concerning these centers and certified homes are investigated by regional office staff.

Reporting a Complaint

See additional information about reporting complaints.

Standards of Practice

Licensed Provider Standards of Practice

Certified Provider Standards of Practice


Regulations for Child-Care Providers

Additional Resources


Child Safety Information (24/7 information, support and referral line)

Questions regarding child-care regulations may be emailed to the Child Care Regulations Committee.

STARS for KIDS NOW (Quality Rating System)

Child Care Resource and Referral

KY Consumer Product Safety Program 


Last Updated 8/30/2016