Starting a Child Care Business


Establishing a licensed child care center, a licensed family child care home or registered family child home is an endeavor requiring dedication, passion and a number of important initial steps.


The Child Care Resource & Referral Program can help you navigate the journey, which begins by fulfilling these basic requirements:

  • Initial orientation and at least 20 hours of training
  • Proof of a high school diploma or GED
  • Up-front payment of all required fees
  • Certification in CPR and First Aid
  • Shot records for any pet that lives in your home/facility
  • Smoke detectors and a fire extinguisher in all areas where children play
  • Toys, preferably age appropriate
  • Background checks for everyone who works in your center and/or resides in your home
  • A TB test
  • A working telephone – land-line or cellular phone
  • Established policies and procedures for your center or family home

For more information, please contact:

Roxanna Pepper, Volunteer and Family Services Coordinator
By Phone:  (828) 698-0674  Ext. 157
By Email: