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​A Certified Family Child Care Home is a person/person(s) who cares for children in their own home. Care can not exceed six unrelated children or four related children in addition to six unrelated children for a maximum of ten children at any time. Children considered to be related have the following relationship: child, grandchild, niece, nephew, sibling, step-child, or child in legal custody of the provider.

Getting Started

Child Care Aware staff meet with new providers on a regular basis. At the initial meeting, you will receive information to guide you through the process. Contact the Kentucky partnership for early childhood services, use the drop down list to find a health and safety coach in your area and inquire about scheduled Getting Started meetings for new child care providers.

The Getting Started meeting is recommended but not required to apply for a certification. To apply without technical assistance, submit your application directly to the Division of Regulated Child Care:

Certified Child-Care Home Initial Application


The state of Kentucky wants to ensure children are safe and healthy at all times. To ensure children are in this environment the following requirements have to be met before a professional can become certified. To be qualified for a certified professional, the individual shall have the following:

  • High School diploma or a Commonwealth Child Care Credential.
  • Certified in Infant and child CPR and First Aid.
  • Any adult living in the home that is of the age 18 completes a background check and have no disqualifying offenses.
  • Every adult living in the home that is of the age of 18 is free and clear of Tuberculosis with a record to prove free of any active tuberculosis.
  • Not be employed somewhere else during the hours of operation.

Individuals interested in becoming certified must provide the following along with a completed OIG-DRCC-03, Initial Certification Application for Family Child-Care Home:

  • Proof that they are at least 18 years of age by attaching a photocopy of photo identification or birth certificate.
  • Obtain commercial liability insurance of at least $50,000 per occurrence within 90 days of initiation of the application process.
  • A nonrefundable certification fee of ten dollars pursuant to KRS 199.8982(1)(b);
  • Written documentation from the local authority showing the child-care home is in compliance with local zoning requirements;
  • Background checks of all individuals living in the home of the age 18 or older completed in accordance with 922 KAR 2:280; and have no disqualifying offenses on the record.
  • A physician's statement documenting that the family child-care home provider and any other person providing care has satisfactory health for operation of a family child-care home.
  • Documentation that the provider and any other adult in the home of the age of 18 is free of active tuberculosis.

Once all documentation of the application has been received the office of inspector general will review and process the application in addition to conducting an unannounced inspection of the home. If all areas are in compliance with regulations the applicant will be certified within the state of Kentucky.


Once you have submitted your application documentation to become certified, you will need to complete the following training within 90 days from the date of submission.

  • Six Professional Development hours of Kentucky Orientation for Child Care, which includes Health, safety, and sanitation, Recognition of child abuse and neglect, and developmentally appropriate child care practice.  You may look for potential classes through ECE-TRIS.
  • Develop and implement a written plan for obtaining nine hours of annual cabinet-approved training as required in the administrative regulation.

Once you receive your certificate from the Division of Child Care, you will be responsible for displaying the certificate in a prominent place.

Ongoing Training Requirements

All training required for the provider will also need to be completed for every assistant or substitute that is utilized.

  • The certified professional and all assistants and substitutes will need to obtain Kentucky State Orientation within 90 days of initial application or employment.  You can find out how to obtain orientation by visiting ECE-TRIS.
  • Nine hours of cabinet approved early care and education professional development annually. You may visit ECE-TRIS to find qualifying trainings.
  • One and one-half hours of cabinet approved pediatric abusive head trauma professional development every five years, which may be found on the ECE-TRIS website.

Child Care Aware

Child Care Aware contains specialist within the field to assist early childhood professionals in all aspects of starting your business. There are many levels of support depending on what your needs are. The following are the levels of support that you could receive from their assistance:

Health and Safety Coaches

Health and safety coaches are the point of entry for most certified professionals. They will first begin with a getting started training that will show what it entails to be a certified provider. They will go over regulations and what will be needed to proceed to the next step.

They will then help you with a walkthrough of where you would like to have your center at and help you collect the documents needed to go through the background check and application process. Once they have assisted you on the above, they will help you through the certification process and what will be expected from the Division of Regulated Child Care.

To ensure that you can provide the safest environment to the children in your care the health and safety coach will continue to help you through your journey of a certified professional by providing technical assistance and professional development.

Quality Coaches

Quality coaches are specialist from the early childhood field that focus on enhancing the environment and the skills of the professionals to excel in the learning atmosphere of every child in care. The quality coaches are responsible for helping you understand Kentucky’s All STARS Quality Improvement Rating System and the great incentives for providing quality care. They are also responsible for observing and modeling best practice to help you give the best attention possible. They will help you obtain a higher education by getting you connected with the professional development coach who can increase your scores and can increase the quality of care that you provide.

Professional Development Coaches

Professional Development Coaches will work with you to enhance your education within the Early Childhood Educational field. They can help you obtain your Child Development Associate Certificate (CDA) all the way up to your bachelor’s degree within early childhood education with financial awards and incentives.

Food Program

The Federal Child and Adult Food Program provides aid to child and adult care institutions and family or group day care homes for the provision of nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons.  

CACFP provides reimbursement for meals and snacks served to small groups of children receiving nonresidential care in private homes that are licensed, registered, or approved to provide family child care.
CACFP targets higher levels of reimbursement to low-income areas, and to providers and children most in need. The reimbursements make the cost of child care more affordable for many lower income families. Health and safety standards, training, and monitoring make CACFP an essential component of quality childcare, especially in family day care homes.

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