Child Care Licensing
How to Apply for a Child Care/Preschool License
Step 1: Read ALL the information about the type of child care/preschool you intend to provide.
Family Child Care Home I
Family Child Care Home II
Child Care Center
School Age Only Center
All five license types are required to have liability insurance.
Liability Insurance Memo
Step 2: If your program will be in the following communities, review the specific information that may apply to you:
Lincoln - Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements
Lincoln - Impact Fees
Lincoln - Zoning Information
Omaha - Certificate of Occupancy Requirement - Child Care Center
Omaha - List of Fire and Health & Sanitation Inspectors
Step 3: Submit the application and ALL information for the type of care you intend to provide (Forms), along with the required fee (Fees). The application includes instructions and a list of required information.
Step 4: You will be issued a Provisional License for the first year of operation if Children's Services Licensing determines that:
- All required information has been submitted; and
- You are in compliance with all regulations at the time of your onsite inspection
Once a Child Care/Preschool program has completed a provisional license year and is in compliance with all regulations, they must apply for a non-expiring OPERATING LICENSE if they wish to continue to provide licensed child care. Licensees will receive written notice from Children’s Services Licensing 90 days prior to the expiration of the provisional license.