A Certified Family Child Care Home is a private residence where a resident or residents of the home cares for children. Care cannot exceed six unrelated children or four related children in addition to six unrelated children for a maximum of 10 children at any time. Children are considered related who have the following relationships with the caregiver: child, grandchild, niece, nephew, sibling, step-child or child in legal custody of the provider.
The Family Child Care Network (FCCN) has specialists across the state to help individuals in all aspects of opening and maintaining their homes for regulated child care. FCCN also provides technical assistance and training.
Email FCCN or call toll free (800) 621-5908 to reach the correct specialist in your area.
While meeting with a family child care specialist is not required, it is highly recommended because they can help ensure all certification requirements are met. To apply without technical assistance, mail your application directly to:
Office of Inspector General
Division of Regulated Child Care
275 E. Main Street, 5 E-F
Frankfort, KY 40621
Certified Child-Care Home Initial Application
Kentucky wants to ensure children are safe and healthy at all times. Toward that goal, the following requirements have to be met before a professional can become certified:
- High school diploma or a Commonwealth Child Care Credential.
- Certified in infant and child CPR and first aid.
- Any adult 18 or older living in the home completes a background check and must have no disqualifying offenses.
- Every adult 18 and older living in the home is free and clear of tuberculosis with a record to negative for tuberculosis.
- Not be employed somewhere else during the hours of operation.
Individuals interested in becoming certified must provide the following along with a completed OIG-DRCC-03, Initial Certification Application for Family Child-Care Home:
- Proof that they are at least 18 years of age by attaching a photocopy of photo identification or birth certificate.
- Obtain commercial liability insurance of at least $50,000 per occurrence within 90 days of initiation of the application process.
- A nonrefundable certification fee of $10 as provided in KRS 199.8982(1)(b);
- Written documentation from the local authority showing the child-care home is compliant with local zoning requirements;
- Background checks of all individuals 18 and older living in the home in accordance with 922 KAR 2:280 with no disqualifying offenses.
- A physician statement documenting the family child-care home provider and any other person providing care has satisfactory health for operation of a family child-care home.
- Documentation that the provider and any other adult 18 and older in the home is free of active tuberculosis.
Once all application documentation is received, the Office of Inspector General reviews and processes the application and conducts an unannounced inspection of the home. If all areas are in compliance with regulations, the applicant is certified.
Once you have submitted your application documentation to become certified, you will need to complete the following training within 90 days of the date of submission:
- Six professional development hours of Kentucky Orientation for Child Care, which includes health, safety and sanitation, recognition of child abuse and neglect and developmentally appropriate child care practice. You may look for potential classes through ECE-TRIS.
- Develop and implement a written plan for obtaining nine hours of annual Cabinet-approved training as required in the administrative regulation.
Once you receive your certificate from the Division of Child Care, you will be responsible for displaying the certificate in a prominent place.
Ongoing Training Requirements
All training required for the provider also needs to be completed for every assistant or substitute provider.
- The certified professional and all assistants and substitutes will need to obtain Kentucky state orientation within 90 days of initial application or employment. You can find out how to obtain orientation by visiting ECE-TRIS.
- Nine hours of Cabinet-approved early care and education professional development annually. You may visit ECE-TRIS to find qualifying trainings.
- One and one-half hours of Cabinet-approved pediatric abusive head trauma professional development every five years, which may be found on the ECE-TRIS website.
Child Care Aware Quality Coaches
Child Care Aware specialist assist early childhood professionals enhance the care environment and the skills of the professionals improve the learning atmosphere of every child in care. Quality coaches help you understand Kentucky’s All STARS Quality Improvement Rating System and the incentives for providing quality care. They also help by observing and modeling best practice to help you give the best attention possible.
The Federal Child and Adult Food Program helps child and adult care programs and family or group day care homes provide nutritious food to promote wellness, healthy growth and development of young children and health and wellness of older, chronically impaired and disabled persons.
CACFP provides reimbursement for meals and snacks for children receiving nonresidential care in private homes licensed, registered or approved to provide family child care.
CACFP targets higher levels of reimbursement to low-income areas and providers and children most in need to help make the cost of child care more affordable for lower-income families. Health and safety standards, training and monitoring make CACFP an essential component of quality childcare, especially in family day care homes.