Every state regulates child care facilities. Licensed child care providers must often complete classes on child safety and health (specific credentials required vary). Most state licensing agencies require staff to have at least a Bachelor’s degree and child care center directors must often be credentialed with the Child Development Association (C.D.A).
Most states will assess the condition of the facility either in person or through documentation. Some states will send a representative to examine the premises of the proposed child care center and investigate the person responsible for the center. Other states require detailed information about the facility in the initial application such as proof of compliance with building code, proof of compliance under local zoning laws, and proof of recent health inspection.
Ongoing compliance is required for all child care licensing. Regular visits by a regulatory agent and aggressive investigation of any complaints are common. All child day care center licenses must be renewed.