Becoming a Licensed Child Care Provider

Steps to Becoming a Licensed Child Care Provider

Applicants will need to show documentation that the following training has been completed prior to licensure. An account must be created through to complete all training:

  • First Aid Training
  • Infant / Child CPR Training
  • Sudden Unexpected Infant Death
  • Abusive Head Trauma
  • Developmentally Appropriate Behavior Guidance (4 hour class)
  • Supervising for Safety (6 hour in person class or 8 hour online class)
  • Child Passenger Restraint Systems Training (required prior to transporting children)

Upon the completion of all paperwork, all background studies, 3 references on file and the home in total compliance, a license may be issued to you. Average initial license time is 3 to 4 months.

Licensing Fees

A $50 licensing fee must accompany your child care application. Applications will not be accepted without the fee. This fee is non-refundable. A check or money order may be made out to Polk County Social Services. Cash and credit cards are not accepted at this time.