Licensed Child Care Overview
Child care means the care and supervision of a child, on a regular basis, unaccompanied by their parent or guardian, in a place other than the child’s own home, with or without compensation. If a child care program is being operated by a provider that doesn’t match any of the descriptions of license exempt child care, it will need to be licensed with the Early Learning Division Office of Child Care.
Do I Need To Be Licensed?
Answer these questions to learn whether your program needs to be licensed.
- Are you caring for three or fewer children, not including your own children?
- Are you related to all of the children you are caring for?
- Are you providing care in the home of the children, not including your own?
- Are you only caring for the children on an occasional basis (70 or fewer days in a year)?
If you answered “Yes” to any of the questions above, you may be considered exempt from licensing requirements.
If you answered “No” to all of the questions above and you are providing child care, you may be subject to licensing requirements.
Child Care License Comparison
What are the types of child care license in Oregon? This is a quick side by side comparison of the different licensed child care types, broken down by home-based and center-based, offered by the Early Learning Division Office of Child Care.