Child Care Licensing

Child Care Licensing serves Nevada’s communities by ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of children in licensed child care facilities. To achieve these goals, Child Care Licensing staff monitors facility compliance with state laws and regulations, offers technical assistance and training to caregivers, and provides consumer education. Child Care Licensing also develops additional rules as needed.

    Nevada's child care licensing laws and regulations are created to promote the healthy growth, development, and protection of children; increase availability of positive and nurturing learning environments; and provide support for families by regulating and licensing high-quality, developmentally appropriate and flexible care through a wide range of care options. These goals involve mentoring and guiding child care providers to become advocates for children and family issues, as well as foster the growth and development of the provider community. In support of this vision, Child Care Licensing staff educate state legislators, local regulatory agencies and consumers so as to encourage support for improving the quality of child care environments for Nevada's children and families.

      Facility Types Defined

      Follow this link to read definitions of the types of child care facilities regulated under Nevada law.

        Open and Operate a Child Care Facility

        Follow this link for the process to open a child care facility in Nevada. If you already operate a child care facility, you'll find forms and online renewal information.

          Training and Education

          Visit this page for information and links to training opportunities for child care providers and workers throughout Nevada.

            Child Care Advisory Council

            Visit this page for information about what the Child Care Advisory Council (CCAC) does, its members, bylaws and meetings.


              Visit our Partners page for a list of links to other agencies throughout Nevada that also play a role in overseeing the health, safety and well-being of children at licensed facilities.

                *New Online Licensing System Tutorial*

                Watch a video or download a slideshow to help you get started with the Child Care Unit's new online licensing system.

                Last Updated: 10/21/2016