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Division of Regulated Child Care

Melissa A. Moore, Assistant Director

275 E. Main St., 5 E-F
Frankfort, KY 40621
Phone: 502-564-7962
Fax: 502-564-9350


Providers are now able to access and participate in the National Background Check Program (NBCP). If you have questions about the checks or if you are a current provider and you are unable to access the KARES application on your Kentucky Online Gateway (KOG) main screen, please submit an email to The Division of Childcare will ensure your question is answered.

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.

The DRCC 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 Care

Child Care Aware (CCA) health and safety coaches are available to provide targeted technical assistance to providers to assure compliance with all child-care regulations. To contact a coach in your region, please visit the CCA map.

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

General Information

DRCC Regional Offices

Regional DRCC offices are responsible for conducting on-site visits of all Kentucky licensed child-care centers and certified family child-care homes to determine compliance with applicable licensing and certification regulations. Complaints concerning these centers and certified homes are investigated by regional office staff.

Placing A Complaint against a licensed child care center or a certified family child care home.

Standards of Practice

Licensed Providers Standards of Practice

Certified Providers Standards of Practice

Parent/Public Resources

DRCC offers a way for the public to access information regarding all Kentucky licensed child care centers and certified family child care homes.

Public Child Care Provider Search

Are you a parent and not sure what to look for when finding a quality child care facility?

Child Care Checklist for Parents

Amended Immunization Regulation

The Kentucky Department for Public Health has announced recent 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. Please click here for more information.

Provider Resources

Change of Ownership
It is important to remember that a license for a child-care center cannot be sold or transferred to another person, association or organization.

A 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 Ownership Application

Change of Ownership Application Instructions

Update Contact Information
To update your email address, telephone number or mailing address, please submit your written request to our email portal. 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. If you need technical assistance, please contact your local Child Care Aware representative.

KICCS Portal Access
KICCS Provider Portal information and access

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


Regulations for Child Care Providers

Licensed Child Care Center Regulations

Child-Care Center Licensing 
922 KAR 2:090

Child-Care Health and Safety Standards 
922 KAR 2:120

Background Checks 
922 KAR 2:280

Civil Penalties
922 KAR 2:190

Certified Family Child Care Home  Regulations

Certified Family Child-Care Homes
922 KAR 2:100


Additional Resources


Child Safety Information (24/7 information, support and referral line)

STARS for KIDS NOW (Quality Rating System)

Child-Care Resource and Referral

KY Consumer Product Safety Program 

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


Last Updated 4/12/2018