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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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 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.

Are you interested in opening a licensed child-care facility or certified child care home? Child Care Aware offers a free class to assist potential child care providers in starting their business.Getting Started in Child Car​e

Providers must access and participate in the National Background Check Program. If you have questions about background checks or are unable to access the KARES application on your Kentucky Online Gateway main screen, please email us. The Division of Child Care will ensure your question is answered. See more information below.​

More information is available for those interested in child caring facilities or child placing agencies.

DRCC Branch Offices

DRCC branch offices conduct on-site visits of all Kentucky licensed child care centers and certified family child care homes to determine compliance with applicable regulations. Complaints concerning these centers and certified homes are investigated by branch office staff as well.

DRCC Branch Map

​Parent/Public Resources

What to look for in a quality child care facility: Child Care Checklist for Parents

Filing a Complaint

To file a complaint against a licensed child care center or certified family child care home, please call (502) 564-7962.

Amended Immunization Regulation

The Kentucky Department for Public Health recently announced changes to immunization schedules for children attending child day care centers, certified family child care homes, other licensed facilities which care for children, preschool programs and public and private primary and secondary schools. View the Amended Immunization Schedule

Provider Information

Update Contact Information

To update your email address, telephone number or mailing address, please email your written request.​ Remember to include your license or certificate number.

Child Care Aware Health and Safety Coaches and Technical Assistance

Health and safety coaches are available to provide targeted technical assistance to providers to assure compliance with all child care regulations. For assistance​​ completing your corrective action plan, please contact your local Child Care Aware representative.

Change of Ownership​

A license for a child care center cannot be sold or transferred.

Change of ownership requires an initial application to be submitted to DRCC for approval prior to implementation. If a person, association or organization assumes ownership of a child care center without DRCC approval, the child care center is considered to be operating illegally. DRCC may take action against a child care center operating without a license.

Change of Director

A licensee will report to the Cabinet any resignation, termination or change of director. If the director has resigned or been terminated, the licensee must submit the name of an acting or permanent director who satisfies all director requirements within one week. A licensed provider will go no more than one week without declaring an approved director through DRCC.
Change of Director Information

Consumer Product Safety

Please post this at your licensed child care center: Consumer Product Safety Flyer


Agency News

​Notice - Effective February 15, 2018, the Division of Regulated Child Care will begin issuing permanent Child-Care licenses and certificates. Providers will still be required to submit an annual renewal form for Type I and Type II Child-Care Centers or a renewal form every two years for Certified Family Child-Care Homes. Upon approval each renewal period, DRCC will send a letter of validation via email to be displayed alongside the permanent license/certificate. The only time DRCC will issue a new license/certificate is when there is a change that will affect the license/certificate.

The Division of Child Care (DCC), Division of Regulated Child Care (DRCC) and Child Care Aware (CCA) are happy to announce a positive change to the renewal process. Please submit all renewal forms directly to DRCC at the address listed on the form. A blank form will be sent to providers via email from DRCC beginning 90 days prior to the license or certificate expiration date and is also available below. DRCC will review all submitted forms and will reach out to providers with any questions prior to renewal. It is the desire of DCC, DRCC and CCA to streamline the renewal process for Kentucky child-care providers.