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Child Care Licensing

Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach

Licensing, Compliance Inspections, and Technical Assistance for Child Care Centers and Family Day Care Homes

The purpose of Palm Beach County’s child care licensing program is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the children of Palm Beach County and promote their emotional and intellectual development and care.

Administration: The Board of County Commissioners of Palm Beach County, Florida, acting as the Child Care Facilities Board, is the local licensing agency for child care facilities in Palm Beach County. The Board has appointed a seven-member Child Care Advisory Council (CCAC) to act on the Board's behalf for approving, denying, or revoking licenses, and for recommending revisions to local child care rules and regulations. The CCAC meets monthly, and the meeting is open to the public.

Child Safety Alarm Systems: Partial List

Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County serves as staff to the CCAC, and is responsible for administering the child care licensing program. This includes conducting inspections of child care centers and family day care facilities to ensure that minimum standards are met and maintained for issuing and renewing licenses. The Department’s child care inspectors also provide information, consultations, and technical assistance to licensed facilities and prospective facility owners and operators.

Child Care Facility: means any building or shelter in which custodial care is rendered to six (6) or more children, and for which compensation is received in the form of a payment, fee, grant, goods or services in kind for any of the children receiving care, whether or not operating for profit or which is held out to the public to be an establishment which regularly provides child custodial care.

Local Regulations: Licensing rules constitute the most basic level of protection for children.

Chapter 59-1698, Special Act, Laws of Florida, as amended by Chapter 2010-249, Special Acts, Laws of Florida, Palm Beach County’s Rules and Regulations Governing Child Care Facilities, and Palm Beach County’s Rules and Regulations Governing Family Day Care Facilities provide the legal framework for child care licensing. The Special Act allows Palm Beach County to create its own local rules and regulations for child care facilities and family day care homes. By law, local child care standards must be at least as stringent as the State requirements."

The Department’s program of regulations, inspections, consultations, education, and enforcement fulfill the following broad objectives:

  • Reduce risks related to communicable disease transmission and injuries resulting from unsafe physical environment;

  • Protect children from various forms of harm caused by unfit caregivers in child care settings; and

  • Prevent inadequate supervision, child abuse and neglect, and other general inappropriate and harmful treatment of children.

Licensure Required

In Palm Beach County, child care facilities, large family child care homes, and family day care homes are required to be licensed or approved before providing child care services.

Child Care Provider Search

To locate a Child Care Facility within Palm Beach County

Child Care Requirements Applications/Forms

Family Child Care Homes Requirements Applications/Forms

Family Child Care Homes: means any building or shelter in which custodial care is rendered to one to six children, inclusive, and for which compensation is received in the form of a payment, fee, grant, goods or services in kind for any of the children receiving care, whether or not operating for profit, or which is held out to the public to be an establishment which regularly provides child custodial care.

You can view highlights of Family Child Care Homes license requirements and a checklist of these Family Child Care Homes requirements. For rules and regulations governing Family Child Care Homes, see list below.

Large Family Child Care Homes Requirements/Forms

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