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Start a Child Care Business


The Office of Child Care Licensing (OCCL) should be your first stop when considering opening a child care business. The OCCL does not charge fees for: applications, information and orientation sessions, fingerprinting and criminal history reviews, licenses, or technical assistance. All of these services and resources are available free of charge to those operating or wishing to operate a child care business. All persons/organizations interested in opening a child care business must participate in initial training that provides information on the licensing process, requirements, and resources available. OCCL staff will answer your questions over the phone, by mail, or email.

There are five types of licensed child care facilities in Delaware. Click the link of the type you are interested in to learn more about starting a business.