Child Care Licensing

 
WE’VE MOVED! 
 
In order to be more accessible to our customers, the Licensure Unit offices for support services and professional, occupational, and children’s services licensure have moved to the first floor of the State Office Building. The move is scheduled for November 19-21, 2014.  Phone coverage is available, but it will be difficult to provide service to walk-in customers until the move is completed. Our new location is in the northeast corner of the first floor, just inside the entrance on the east (Centennial Mall side) of the State Office Building.  Licensure Unit offices for health care facility licensure and for research, policy, and quality improvement remain on third floor.  We thank you for your patience during our transition.


Questions & Answers on New Regulations

Questions & Answers (Q&A) on the new Regulations have been written to assist licensees, directors, and staff to better understand the new regulations. These questions have been asked by licensees across the state during “Training on the New Regulations” or have come to the Administrator, Child Care Licensing Supervisors, or Child Care Inspection Specialists.

Please take the time to review the Q&A for the type of license you have been issued:
• Family Child Care Home I and Family Child Care Home II
• Child Care Center
• School-Age-Only Center
• Preschool

 
If you have a question that is not addressed in the four Q& A, please send your question to:
Pat.urzedowski@nebraska.gov
 
Training for Licensees/Directors on the New Preschool Regulations
 
Training on the new regulations for Licensees/Directors of Preschools is now available on the Child Care Licensing Web Page and includes the following:
 
• 60 Minute video describing  the changes to the Preschool Regulations
• Four (4) Attachments that address specific changes in the Preschool regulations: 
          1. Written Policies, Procedures, and Descriptions
          2. Required Background Checks  
          3. Frequently asked Questions on New Training Requirements
          4.  Reportable Communicable Diseases
• Questions and Answers on New Regulations – Preschools (391 NAC Chapter 5)
• Certificate for two clock hours of training
Preschool Licensees/Directors who have any questions about the changes in the Preschool Regulations may contact their Child Care Inspection Specialist, Child Care Licensing Supervisor, or Pat Urzedowski, Administrator for the Office of Children’s Services Licensing at: pat.urzedowski@nebraska.gov

 

Introduction:

Nebraska law requires any individual who provides child care to four or more children from different families at any one time to become licensed. The Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Public Health, issues four separate child care and preschool licenses:

License Types:

Family Child Care Home I: Program in the home of the provider; maximum capacity is eight children of mixed ages and two additional school age children during non-school hours.

Family Child Care Home II: Program in the home of the provider or another site; maximum capacity is twelve with two providers.

Child Care Center: Program licensed for at least 13 children

Preschool: Program providing educational services where children do not nap and are not fed a meal.

School Age Only Center: Program licensed for at least 13 children who are attending or have attended school.

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Parent Information:

License Lookup

pdf icon Licensed Child Care Programs

Helpful Information for Parents When Choosing Child Care

Listings and Labels

Negative Actions Against Childcare Providers

Regulations - This title addresses activities to license child care providers and to support those providers with resource information and technical assistance.

Requesting Copies of Inspections

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General Information About Child Care Licensing:

Child Care Licensed Facilities and Capacities

Contact Information

How to File a Complaint

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Helpful Resources for Child Care Programs and Parents

Child Care Health Consultation

Child Care Prepared Fact Sheets

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