Q. Where can I find my state's child care licensing rules?


Each state issues licensing regulations for child care services and facilities.  Often, it is the state's Department of Human Services that issues these regulations but it can vary from state to state. A good place to start your search is childcare.gov.  This website is designed to assist in finding licensed daycare in a particular state, but can also be used to find the state's licensing requirements.

Once linked to the website, select your state from the dropdown menu:

Click Submit, then click on the "Get Child Care Resources" button.

Next, scroll down the page to link to Child Care Licensing and Child Care Regulations for your state.



Also, some of this information for a selection of states can be found in the School of Education Guide > State Qualifications and Credentials page.


Another way to locate your home state's child care licensing rules is to do a simple Google search using the following phrase plus the name of your home state.  For example:

licensing rules for child care michigan

licensing rules for child care iowa

Review the results and look for government websites for your state (ending in .gov or state postal abbreviation.us-- for example, .mn.us)

Review search results to find the Manual containing all of the licensing rules regulating child care facilities in your state.


  • Last Updated Oct 20, 2020
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  • Answered By Suzanne Schriefer, Education & General Education Librarian

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