Become a Licensed Child Care Provider
Licensed (regulated) Child Care
Child care means the care and supervision of a child, on a regular basis, unaccompanied by their parent or guardian, in a place other than the child’s own home, with or without compensation. If a child care program is being operated by a provider that doesn’t match any of the descriptions of license exempt child care (see below), it will need to be licensed with the Early Learning Division Office of Child Care.
Becoming a licensed child care provider means that you intend to operate a child care program that meets the health and safety standards and requirements set by the State of Oregon.
Registered Family Child Care (RF)
Child Care Resource Network can help you navigate the steps toward becoming an in-home Registered Family (RF) Child Care provider.
* If you are interested in exploring other licensing certifications (Certified Family or Certified Center), please contact Child Care Resource Network to help connect you to licensing at 541-776-8590, ext. 1126 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
You may also contact Oregon’s Early Learning Division Office of Child Care at 1-800-556-6616.
The Process of Becoming of Registered Family Child Care Provider
Checklist for becoming licensed as a Registered Family Provider
Step 1) Introduction to Registered Family Child Care
There are two parts to the Introduction to Registered Family Child Care class. The required Part One class is available online at: occd.educadium.com. You must take Part One before you can register for Part Two. This brief online training will answer general questions about licensing and help you to understand the requirements as set by the State of Oregon.
Part Two is the in-person training conducted by staff at Child Care Resource Network. You must attend this after completing Part One online. This free class provides a rule book, resources to help you be successful, information about Child Care Resource & Referral, and more. You must pre-register.
Step 2) Central Background Registry
To become licensed, you and everyone in your home over the age of 18, including frequent or common visitors, must be a part of the Central Background Registry. It is recommended that this is one of the first steps you take so that the processing time can be used to complete the required trainings. https://oregonearlylearning.com/providers-educators/providers-educatorscbr/
Step 3) Required Health & Safety Trainings
These trainings may be taken in any order:
- Introduction to Child Care Health & Safety – This training is free and available online here: occd.educadium.com
- Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect – This training is free and available online here: occd.educadium.com
- Adult & Pediatric CPR and First Aid – This is an in-person training. If taken through Child Care Resource Network, the fee for the training is $50 payable by cash or check. These trainings are offered monthly in Medford and quarterly in Grants Pass. We can also provide the names and contact information of other CPR instructors in the area.
- Food Handler card – This training is free and available online here: www.childcarefoodhandler.org
- Safe Sleep training – This training is free and available online here: occd.educadium.com
- Foundations for Learning – This training is free and available online here: occd.educadium.com
- Prevention is Better than Treatment – This training is free and available online here: occd.educadium.com
*If you have difficulties accessing a computer, please contact Child Care Resource Network and we will be happy to provide assistance.
Step 4) Lead Testing
The Early Learning Council approved new requirements for child care providers to prevent children in their care from being exposed to lead. All state-regulated child care providers must begin testing for lead in their drinking water and sending test results to the Office of Child Care. If the test results come in at or higher than “15 parts per billion (ppb),” the provider must make changes to prevent lead exposure.
The harmful impact of lead exposure is well known and documented. There is no safe blood lead level for people. Lead is especially harmful to young children and pregnant women because of the impact on growth and brain development. Lead in water is most harmful to formula-fed infants. The most important step adults can take is to prevent lead exposure before it occurs.
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You will learn more about this and receive paperwork at the in-person Introduction to Registered Family Child Care training.
Step 5) Submit Registered Family application
You will receive the Registered Family application at the in-person Introduction to Registered Family Child Care training. Once all of the above requirements have been completed (Central Background Registry, health & safety trainings, lead testing) you may submit your application. The Registered Family application will require that you submit copies of all your completed requirements and certifications. There is a $30 processing fee to apply for a license.
Step 6) Health & Safety Inspection
Once you have submitted your application and been approved, a licenser will contact you to set up a home Health & Safety Inspection. The Health and Safety inspection checklist will be reviewed at the in-person Introduction to Registered Family Child Care training.
Once you have passed the Health & Safety Inspection, you will receive your Registered Family License. The RF license is good for two-years. Within that two-year period you will be required to complete a minimum of 10 hours of ongoing Early Childhood Education trainings.
Professional Development is an important part of offering high quality care. Child Care Resource Network offers free trainings each quarter.
After you are licensed:
Become DHS Listed!
Complete and submit an Intake form to Child Care Resource Network so that parents may be referred to your program through 211
Connect with the USDA Food Program
Develop your contracts and policies
Contact Child Care Resource Network to participate in Spark – Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System
Oregon Early Learning Division
Oregon's Spark - Quality Rating and Improvement System
Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS)