Getting Licensed

The Department of Early Learning (DEL) licenses more than 7,400 child care centers and family home child care providers within Washington. Getting a child care license shows parents that you meet the state standards to ensure children are in a safe and healthy environment. Plus, as a licensed provider, you will have training and support to help you as a business owner.

If you are caring for several children on a regular basis, you may need a license. Families choose different kinds of child care to meet their needs. Some caregivers do not need a license. Those include informal parent cooperatives, and family, friends and neighbors who provide occasional care.

Which types of providers need a license?

Licensing orientations

The schedule of orientation sessions for the DEL field offices.
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Background checks

State law requires DEL to run background checks on anyone who is authorized to care for or have unsupervised access to children in licensed child care facilities.
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Child care licensing fees

DEL charges an annual fee to obtain and maintain a child care license.
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