Why choose a Licensed Child Care Home?

Licensed family child care homes are an excellent choice for many children. Family child care, also known as in-home child care, is done in a home setting offering low provider ratios, an opportunity to bond with one child care provider and receive loving, nurturing care by a trusted adult.

Many child care homes offer pre-school programs to help parents ensure that children will be ready for kindergarten. Home child care also tends to be a much more affordable option for the typical parent, while offering quality and tender loving care. Home child care offers a great deal of variety and flexibility with some providers offering evening, weekend, or overnight care.

Since most child care homes accept children ranging from newborn to twelve years old, children in a home child care setting benefit from interacting with children of all ages. For only children, this can be an especially beneficial experience that allows them to learn tolerance, patience, and understanding towards other children of different developmental levels.

Low provider to child ratios allow for more one-on-one attention, less exposure to illness, and an opportunity for bonding.

While many think “baby-sitter” when they hear family child care, there is so much more to today’s licensed child care provider. In order to become a licensed child care provider; one must take classes in the following areas:

  • Developmentally appropriate practices
  • Child growth and development
  • Healthy and safe environment
  • Cultural and individual diversity
  • Social emotional development
  • Family relationships
  • Professionalism
  • Guidance
State of Colorado Requirements for a Family Child Care License:
  • A license is mandated by State Law for anyone caring for children from more than one family.
  • CBI or FBI finger printing with a criminal background check for anyone that is over 18 years old that resides in the household.
  • Inspection and continued monitoring for the entire home.
  • Current physical exam for the provider and every individual residing in the child care home.
  • Proof of current vaccinations for all cats and dogs.
  • CPR renewed annually
  • First Aid renewed every 3 years
  • Universal Precautions (infectious disease prevention, controlling the spread of germs and viruses.) renewed every 3 years.
  • Medication Administration (what medications can be given legally and how to properly administer them, plus the associated record keeping) renewal every 3 years.
These are SOME of the minimum requirements for a standard home child care license. There are other types of licenses with additional requirements.
Interviewing a Child Care Provider:

Listed below are some questions to ask a provider while speaking with them on the phone or during the interview process.
Is this program licensed by the state?
  • May I please see a copy of your license?
  • What hours are you open?
  • What are the ages of the children in your care?
  • May I have a copy of your policies or parent handbook?
  • How will my child spend the day?
  • May I have references to contact for feedback on your program?
  • What kind of daily communication can I expect from you?
  • How do you deal with behavior problems and discipline?



Licensed Child Care Providers are truly partners with parents in child rearing and provide a home away from home for children in their care. The Weld County Family Child Care Association offers a FREE referral service for families looking for child care. Parents can call and get names and telephone numbers of licensed child care providers that not only have openings in the area of their choosing, but also offer the services that parents desire, such as transportation, pre-school programs, and non-traditional hours of operation.


Contact the Weld County Family Child Care Association.