Interested in opening a child care center or family child care home? We can help you navigate the licensing process and offer resources to help you offer high quality child care so parents will feel comfortable entrusting your program with the care and education of their children. Below is some basic information about state and local requirements to help you decide if opening a child care business is right for you and your proposed location.
Home Occupations Permit:
Letter of permission- If you are renting your home you will need written permission to operate a child care on the premises from your landlord. If you live on base you will need a copy of your DOD Authorization.
Neighborhood Restrictions- Check neighborhood covenants and homeowner’s association bylaws to ensure that they do not restrict you from operating a childcare business in your home.
Annual Fire Inspection:
Proof of negative TB test- Must have been completed within the 12 months prior to receiving your license. You may obtain this from primary doctor or from the Health Department. The charge at the Health Department is $12.00.
CPR/First Aid course- Must have been completed within the 12 months prior to receiving your license. The following is a list of some organizations who provide the courses:
Pet Vaccinations- Current vaccinations from your vet for pets residing in the home. Records must indicate when rabies vaccination expires.
Fingerprints- Can be obtained at the following locations:
Jacksonville Police Department (payment taken at City Hall)
Local Criminal History Check- (also called Certified Name Check): at the Onslow County Clerk’s Office- Required for each member of the household over the age of 15. If you or any household member over the age of 15 have lived in Onslow County for less than 12 months you will need to obtain a local criminal history check from every other county lived in during the previous twelve 12 months. Criminal history checks are good for 90 days only.
Bacteriological analysis- If you use well water as a water source for child care purposes you will need to have the water tested for bacteria. Contact the Health Department for information. Bottled water may not be used as a substitute for well water. You will not need to do this if you use city or county water.
Family Child Care Handbook- You must order a handbook. This guidebook will answer all the basic questions you will have regarding opening a family child care home.
Applications can not be submitted without all supporting dicumentation. If you have any questions, or need assistance with this process, please click here and complete the Child Care Business Start Up form or contact Brandy Lenhardt at (910) 939-4394