What is child care licensing? Why is it
Child care licensing guarantees that child care facilities meet health and safety standards. Any person planning to offer child care for more than four unrelated children needs to apply for child care licensure and meet the requirements before providing services. When a child care facility is licensed, families know that the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Child Care agree that the child care program is safe and healthy and that someone inspects the facility each year. To learn more about child care licensing, visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Child Care at http://www.dhss.mo.gov/childcare/.
Sara Gable, Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Thursday, November 06, 2008