Licensing Agency
Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child Development
Issuance of a Permit
Any operation that according to the NC General Statutes is deemed to be a child care arrangement that requires regulation by the Divisions must apply for a permit to operate.
Potential providers are encouraged to attend pre-licensing workshops.
Local Zoning Requirements
All child care facilities must comply with all State and Federal Laws and local ordinances that pertain to child health, safety, and welfare.
Application for a License
An application for a license must be on a form provided by the Division and submitted prior to receiving an inspection from the Division.
Issuance of a License
The operator must demonstrate the ability to comply with the requirements for the daily operation of the child care center prior to the issuance of a license. This could include the information on room arrangement, staffing patterns, equipment and supplies or other items the consultant cannot observe.
Issuance of a Temporary License
May be issued to child care operators who open new center or to the operator of a previously licensed center when a change of ownership or location occurs. This type of license can be issued for up to 6 months. Religious-sponsored child care centers will be issued a notice of compliance.
Purpose of Mandatory Licensing for Child Care Facilities in NC
To license all facilities under minimal standards for health and safety. To provide a framework though which programs can upgrade services for children and parents.

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