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Why is it Important to be a Registered Family Child Care Provider?

Updated December 19, 2018

Audrey Rider

SDSU Extension Early Childhood Field Specialist

Children outside daycare center

Are you thinking of starting a family daycare or are currently operating a daycare. Many parents and families look for places that are registered and licensed. If you are caring for 12 or fewer children in your own home registration is voluntary but if you plan to or have 13 or more children it is mandatory to become licensed.

Here are some advantages of becoming registered:

  • Can receive state dollars through grants, childcare food program reimbursements, and subsidies for families who receive child care assistance
  • Kept up-to-date on training opportunities at the state and local level
  • Some providers have found it easier to purchase insurance if they are registered
  • Can advertise through the state, which can serve as a marketing tool
  • Promotes higher quality of care and promote child care as a profession rather than just a “babysitter”, and
  • Reduces the chances of any form of abuse or safety issue happening to children in care due to health and safety standards. Theses standards include:
    • Staff training
    • Staff qualifications
    • Child guidance and supervisions
    • Nutritious meals and snacks
    • Types of program activities
    • Health practices
    • Fire and life safety features

For more information regarding licensing and to get a packet of information to help in getting registered contact Department of Social Services.

For more information on early childhood development and resources contact Audrey Rider at 605.882.5140.

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