Understanding Licensed Care and Licensed Exempt Care

If you are providing care and supervision to non-relative children from more than one family in your home or non-residential facility for periods of less than 24 hours, then you will likely need a license.

There are specific instances outlined in law which allow some child care providers to legally operate without a license. These providers and facilities are referred to as license-exempt.


If you are providing care and supervision to children without a license in a home or facility that is not license-exempt you need to understand that you are breaking the law.


Operating without a license is a misdemeanor and subject to a $200 per day fine. You may also be subject to criminal charges by local law enforcement…

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