If you would like to care for children, not related to you, on a regular basis in your home, you need a Family Child Care License. High quality early education and care settings provide safe places for children to grow, offer good nutrition, provide environments for socialization, physical development and learning. These are all things that contribute to a child's healthy development.

The first step in the process to become licensed is to attend a Potential Provider Meeting at one of the EEC Regional Offices. Potential Provider Meetings give potential applicants an opportunity to meet with EEC Licensing staff and talk about the positives and challenges of being a Family Child Care Provider, as well as an overview of the licensing process itself. You'll receive an application at the meeting, and staff will be on hand to answer any questions you might have.

To register for an upcoming Potential Provider Meeting, contact the EEC Regional Office nearest you.

Please note, the Potential Provider Meeting is a mandatory part of the licensing process, and applications cannot be accepted without evidence of attendance.

In addition, you must submit evidence of having completed, within the past year, an orientation. These courses are given by the many Agencies throughout the Commonwealth and are listed on the EEC Professional Development calendar.
Information provided by the Department of Early Education and Care. Updated: June 27, 2011.