The Department of Health and Human Services provides two search options, through the Roster of Licensed Child Care and Preschool Programs in Nebraska or through the License Information System Search to help families find child care that meets their needs. Both of these search options provide information on:
The Roster of Licensed Child Care and Preschool Programs in Nebraska is a PDF organized by ZIP code and provides facility information for licensed Family Child Care Home I, Family Child Care Home II, Child Care Centers and Preschool Programs in the State of Nebraska.
The license look up lists all licensed child care facilities in the State of Nebraska.
Use the following instructions to search your zip code for child care providers:
An Additional option includes the Nebraska Resource and Referral System which is a statewide database created with input from Nebraska families, service providers and organizations. The option to search by child care provider type, age, city, county, or ZIP code can be found at this resource.
In Nebraska, anyone who provides child care to four or more children from different families must be licensed as a child care provider. There are five license types:
The Department will conduct an unannounced inspection each year to assess compliance with licensing regulations for programs licensed for 29 or fewer children. A minimum of two unannounced inspections each year to assess compliance with licensing regulations will occur with programs who are licensed for 30 or more children. The Department may conduct additional inspections throughout the year due to complaints or to follow up on previous violations in compliance. The following are checklists used as tools to determine a program's compliance with licensing regulations:
Family Child Care Home I Checklist
This Complaints And Discipline Index page lists the negative and disciplinary actions against licensed child care providers in Nebraska. The previous three months' negative action reports are listed. These reports are run and posted to the web site on the 5th of each month for the previous month.
License Exempt providers include the family, friend, and neighbor providers who care for children known to them. These providers will be monitored at a minimum of annually, with any findings and documentation being listed here (See 34 CFR § 98.42).
Step Up to Quality, Nebraska's Quality Improvement Rating system, is a program that helps families identify early childhood providers who demonstrate a commitment to quality care. These programs go beyond what is required because they strive to do better for their children's and families' futures.
Search for a Step Up to Quality rated program.