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Division of Child Care

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On April 13, 2018, the Division of Child Care filed 922 KAR 2:270 as an emergency regulation to adopt Kentucky All STARS as the new quality rating and improvement system for all Licensed Type I and II child care facilities and Certified Family Child Care Homes. This regulation repeals STARS for KIDS NOW, the former quality rating and improvement system for Kentucky. A comparison chart of Kentucky All STARS to STARS for KIDS NOW can be found here.

All STARS Quality Ratings for Licensed Type I and Type II child care centers and Certified Family Child Care Homes are available here.

For more information on Kentucky All STARS, please visit the Division of Child Care All STARS web page.


The Division of Child Care supports quality child care through programs and plans that promote the improvement and expansion of statewide child care services and resources. The division also provides program coordination for subsidy payments, coordination of professional development and training and develops policy and procedures.

ECE-INSIDER Newsletter

The new edition of the Division of Child Care quarterly newsletter, ECE-INSIDER, for Kentucky's early care and education child care providers is now available.

Mission Statement

To provide leadership in building high quality, community based access to child care and early learning that enhances health, safety, permanency, well-being and self-sufficiency for Kentucky's children and families.

Vision Statement

A nationally recognized division comprised of a highly skilled workforce that:

  • Increases available quality child care that is developmentally appropriate, affordable, healthy and safe;
  • Provides access to early care and education, and support to early care professionals throughout the state;
  • Engages families and community partners in collaborative decision making for early care and education;
  • Provides safe child care services which support stability and self-sufficiency of families;
  • Utilizes technological resources to promote the improvement of outcomes in child care;
  • Expands data collection and management systems that allow for evidence based management decisions.
Program Areas

The Division of Child Care coordinates program subsidy payments and professional development and training and administers Kentucky All STARS and the Kentucky Partnership for Early Childhood Services - Child Care Aware of Kentucky.  For an overview of the Division of Child Care, download the brochure.

Child Care Assistance Program

Child Care Assistance Program provides access to quality child care, allowing parents to work, attend school and/or to participate in the Kentucky Temporary Assistance Program.

Child Care Assistance Program brochure

Registered Providers are child care providers not subject to licensure or certification by the state or federal government, but they must meet all requirements of the Child Care Assistance Program.

Kentucky All STARS

Kentucky All STARS is Kentucky's expanded five-star quality rating and improvement system for Licensed Type I, Type II and Certified Family Child Care Homes. The Division of Child Care website provides informational resources to parents, providers and the general public pertaining to the STARS program and links to other early childhood related resources.

Professional Development

Professional Development provides information on Division of Child Care programs in place to support professional growth and development of early care and education professionals. Links include information on the following professional development initiatives and opportunities: the Kentucky Early Childhood Professional Development Framework, professional development counselors, available educational grants and awards, scholarships, clock hour training approvals and professional state-wide credentials.

Child Abuse and Neglect Check

The Division of Child Care (DCC) completes checks of the Central Registry also known as Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Checks in accordance with 922 KAR 1:470, Central Registry. All child care providers, staff, volunteers or any individual present when a child is in care must submit a CAN check. Any adult resident of a Certified or Registered home must submit a CAN check.

DCC denies anyone found by the Cabinet or a court to have abused, neglected a child, or has been convicted of either a violent or sex crime as defined in KRS 17.165.

DCC-374 Child Care Central Registry Check

NOTICE - Division of Regulated Child Care Renewal Process

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.  Beginning July 1, submit all renewal applications directly to the Division of Regulated Child Care at the address listed on the renewal application.  A blank application will be sent to providers via email from DRCC beginning 90 days prior to the license or certificate expiration date and is also available on the DRCC website.  DRCC will review all submitted applications to ensure each is complete and correct, and will reach out to you with any corrections or questions prior to renewal.  It is the desire of DCC, DRCC and CCA to streamline the renewal process for Kentucky child care providers.  Contact DRCC at (502) 564-7962 with any questions.

Be aware that CCA Health and Safety Coaches are still available to provide targeted technical assistance to providers to assure compliance with all child care regulations.  To contact a coach in your regions, visit the CCA website.

Kentucky CCDF State Plan

March 30, 2018

To the Citizens of the Commonwealth

On behalf of the Department for Community Based Services, I am pleased to share a copy of the Federal Fiscal Years 2019-2021 state plan for the intended use of Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Block Grant. The annual plan is based on estimated receipts. Should the actual appropriation differ, the plan will be amended accordingly.

On behalf of Kentucky, the Department for Community Based Services prepared the preliminary plan using draft guidance from the Office of Child Care within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Final federal guidance is anticipated within the coming months.  This plan is due to the Office of Child Care on July 1, 2018.

Informed and active citizens' participation continues to be a major factor in the prudent use of scarce resources.  Please send any comments or recommendations to Christa Bell, Division of Child Care, 275 East Main Street, 3C-F, Frankfort, Kentucky  40621.

Your assistance in helping us develop and implement quality child care services for children within the Commonwealth is appreciated.


Adria Johnson

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Last Updated 4/17/2018