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Child Care Provider Monitoring and Inspection Process

Every licensed child care provider will receive monitoring visits to make sure they continue to meet licensing and health and safety requirements. These visits are conducted by a licensing specialist. Providers receive one announced visit and one unannounced visit each year. Additional visits may happen at any time.

During these visits, the licensing specialist checks a number of things including, but not limited to:

  • Checking the required documentation for staff, children, and the facility
  • Inspecting the environment. This happens at the time of licensing, or if the space has been changed. Here is what is required to pass the inspection:
    • Enough age-appropriate supplies and equipment (for example, cribs, toys, books, and other materials)
    • Enough storage space
    • All electrical outlets are covered
    • Cleaning supplies are out of children’s reach
    • Hand washing procedure is posted
    • Two feet of available space between all cribs and cots

After the visit, the licensing specialist puts the information and documents in the licensing system.

If the licensing specialist finds problems or violations during the visit, he or she gives the provider a list of things to change or improve. The provider is given a deadline to make changes:

  • For a new license application: 60 days
  • For a license renewal or other inspections: 30 days, or less for more serious violations

If the visit is part of an application for a new license, there is a final ‘validation visit.’ Then, the provider receives a license. See the full licensing process.