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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: Family Child Care Home I, Family Child Care Home II, Child Care Center, Preschool, and School-Age-Only Center. Click here for the Child Care Licensing Act.
A licensee (owner of the program) must notify the Department and complete the required paperwork when there is a change of:
When amending an application please go to the appropriate Amendment to an Application documents in the Forms section for the application and instructions.
The fee must be received before a license will be issued.
License fees are non-refundable.
Fees must be paid by check or money order. Cash is not acceptable.
Please mail fees to:
DHHS Licensure UnitChildren's Services LicensingPO Box 94986Lincoln NE 68509-4986
For information specific to your license type, please visit the page for that license type.
Compliance Reviews are completed whenever Child Care Licensing conducts an inspection or investigates a complaint at a licensed child care or preschool facility. Compliance Reviews are available to the public.
Requests can be made to:
When making a request, please provide:
Nebraska State Office Building301 Centennial Mall South14th & M Streets, 1st FloorLincoln NE 68508Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed on federal holidays