It is the policy of the Colorado Department of Human Services ("the State Department") to promote and encourage child care in environments that contribute to the safety, health, protection and well-being of children. To verify compliance with standards intended to ensure such an environment, the State Department requires thorough and ongoing appraisals of child care facilities, persons working in the child care profession, and the nature of care provided.
A Child Care Center is required to be licensed.
The links below contain the information and forms you need to apply for a license to operate a Child Care Center. It is very important for you to complete all of the application requirements. Allow approximately ninety (90) days to become licensed after the Division of Child Care receives your completed application packet. Child care rules and finger print cards may be ordered from State Forms.
A completed application package and licensing fee must be submitted to the Division of Child Care at least 90 days prior to the proposed opening date of the facility. After approval of the application package, a licensing specialist schedules an inspection of the facility, and determines whether or not a license should be issued.Applicants, owners, and employees of licensed child care facilities must also submit fingerprints to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for a Criminal Background Check, and their names must be checked against the Central Registry of Child Protection. Fingerprint cards are used to obtain criminal record checks from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The same card is used for both the CBI and FBI criminal record checks.
PLEASE DO NOT FOLD THE FINGERPRINT CARDS. If more fingerprint cards are needed, contact the Division of Child Care, Colorado Department of Human Services at 303-866-5958 or 1-800-799-5876.
Two separate checks will be required:
Child Care Centers, Preschools, School Age Child Care and Resident Camps (Effective 06/01/2012)
|Original/Continuations (5-20 children)||$77|
|Original/Continuations (21-50 children)||$121|
|Original/Continuations (51-100 children)||$176|
|Original/Continuations (101-150 children)||$270|
|Original/Continuations (151-250 children)||$374|
|Original/Continuations (251 or more children)||$528|
FBI and CBI Fingerprint fees: Please submit a check with the fingerprint cards to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, 690 Kipling, Suite 3000, Lakewood, CO 80215. NOTE: Please maintain a copy of the final fingerprint cards for your personnel files.
FBI Fingerprint Fees:
House bill 11-1145 passed in the 2011 session of the Colorado Legislature, mandates that all employees hired on or after August 10, 2011 at any licensed child care facility, except summer camps operating for less than 90 calendar days, shall complete a FBI background check in addition to the CBI, TRAILS, and ICON background checks currently required by law. The additional fee for a FBI background check is $22.00. Providers or prospective employees will submit their fingerprint card through the normal procedure, but will attach the additional fee.
House Bill 11-1102 passed in the 2011 session of the Colorado Legislature, creates limited portability of criminal background checks in limited circumstances, which became effective on August 10, 2011.
Background Investigation Unit Facility Inquiry Form: This form must be completed for each adult that provides care for children, which includes a permanent substitute(s). The completed form must be accompanied by a SEPARATE check or money order for $33.00, made payable to CDHS, BIU Records and Reports. Include the completed form and check with your application packet.
After the Division of Child Care receives the items above and processes your application, a licensing specialist will contact you to set-up a time to inspect your home to verify that you have complied with all of the licensing rules and regulations.
If you have additional questions, please call 303-866-5958 or 1-800-799-5876 to speak with a licensing specialist.