~ Our Mission: To ensure safeguards and enhance quality for children in out-of-home care. ~
As of June 15, 2020, all Delaware families may access child care and all licensed child care providers may operate, provided they follow applicable DELACARE regulations as well as the additional health and safety requirements developed by the Office of Child Care Licensing and the Division of Public Health.
Families in need of child care may use the Office of Child Care Licensing "search for child care" map, recognizing that not all providers may have reopened at this time or may have limited enrollment or hours. Please contact the program directly to inquire about their current availability of care.
For more information about child care during COVID-19, providers and families should go to coronavirus.delaware.gov/child-care.
Search for Licensed Child Care
Selecting the right child care provider for your family is a very important decision and there are many things to consider. This site helps you make a more informed choice by showing program information and the number of non-compliances and substantiated complaints for the past five years. For providers licensed for more than five years, contact OCCL if you would like previous licensing history. Here is more information to consider when choosing a child care provider.
Visit the Office of Early Learning to learn more about using Delaware Stars for Early Success, our state’s quality rating and improvement system, as a guide to finding quality early childhood programs. Participation in Delaware Stars is voluntary. A provider’s choice not to participate in Delaware Stars does not indicate a lower-quality program.
Please contact us at 1-800-822-2236 if you are looking for a State of Delaware licensed child care provider that is not listed on the 'Search for Delaware Child Care' app.
For more information please contact us:
In New Castle County, call: 302-892-5800
In Kent & Sussex Counties, call: 302-739-5487
You can also email us at : OCCL.DSCYF@delaware.gov
IMPORTANT: People who are not listed on this site may not hold a valid license or their license may be suspended. If you have reason to suspect that an individual or organization is being paid for providing child care in their home or a commercial site, you should contact the Office of Child Care Licensing.