Licensing Information

It is the policy of the Colorado Department of Human Services (“the State Department”) to promote and encourage child care in environments that contribute to the safety, health, protection and well-being of children. To verify compliance with standards intended to ensure such an environment, the State Department requires thorough and ongoing appraisals of child care facilities, persons working in the child care profession, and the nature of care provided. A family child care home is required to be licensed when care is provided to two or more unrelated children at any one time.

Step One: Contact local Child Care Resource & Referral Specialist at 970.725.3391 or programs@grandbeginnings.org. Carefully and completely read your licensing packet including General Rules for Child Care Facilities, and/or Rules Regulating Family Child Care Homes, Rules Regulating Special Activities, and 3 fingerprint cards.

Step Two: Complete application for licensing
http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CDHS-ChildYouthFam/CBON/1251583639061
All requested information must be filled out on the application, and both the applicant and the spouse must sign the application. Before completing the application, obtain information about and ensure that you are in compliance with any local zoning, building or planning ordinances, and any homeowner association covenants.

Step Three: Complete the top section of the Health Evaluation Form – Family Child Care Home. A prescribing health care professional must complete the front and back sections of the form, as well as sign it for each person residing in the home. Keep the completed form at your home for your licensing specialist to review when your specialist inspects your family child care home to verify that you have complied with all of the licensing rules and regulations.

Step Four: Complete fingerprint cards for you, the second (2nd) provider if your are applying for a large family child care home, all adults eighteen (18) years of age and older living in the home, and for permanent substitutes. These cards are used to obtain criminal record checks from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The same card is used for both the CBI and FBI criminal record checks. Complete the following items on each card: Name (full name), Aliases (all aliases), Citizenship, Social Security Number, Address, and Reason Fingerprinted (CRS 26-6-107). Also, be certain to complete the physical description portion of the card (Sex, Race, Height, Weight, Eyes, and Hair), Date of Birth, and Place of Birth. Leave the “Employer and Address” space blank.

Take the fingerprint card(s) to a local law enforcement agency, such as a police department or sheriff’s office, for fingerprinting. The official taking the fingerprints must sign and date the card(s) and witness the signature of the individual(s) being fingerprinted.

FBI Fingerprint Fees: House bill 11-1145 passed in the 2011 session of the Colorado Legislature, mandates that all employees hired on or after August 10, 2011 at any licensed child care facility, except summer camps operating for less than 90 calendar days, shall complete a FBI background check in addition to the CBI, TRAILS, and ICON background checks currently required by law. The additional fee for a FBI background check is $22.00. Providers or prospective employees will submit their fingerprint card through the normal procedure, but will attach the additional fee. PLEASE DO NOT FOLD THE FINGERPRINT CARDS.

Step Five: Make out a check or money order, payable to the Colorado Department of Human Services, to cover both the application fee and the CBI/FBI fee.

Background Investigation Unit Facility Inquiry Form: This form must be completed for each adult NOT LIVING in the provider’s home that provides care for children, which includes a permanent substitute(s) and the second (2nd) provider for a large family child care home. The completed form must be accompanied by a SEPARATE check or money order for $33.00, made payable to CDHS, BIU Records and Reports. Include the completed form and check with your application packet.

Step Six: When Steps 1 – 5 have been completed, return the following items to the Division of Child Care:

  • Completed and signed Original Application for a Family Child Care Home License
  • Completed and signed Affidavit (English)(Spanish) for applicant 1 and applicant 2; include a photocopy of a Colorado Drivers License or Colorado Identification Card for applicant 1 and applicant 2
  • Completed fingerprint cards for you, the second (2nd) provider for a large family child care home, all adults eighteen (18) years of age and older living in the home, and permanent substitute(s)
  • Completed and signed Background Investigation Unit Facility Inquiry Form and separate check or money order (if required)
  • Check or money order, payable to the Colorado Department of Human Services (for the Original Family Care Home Application fee and the CBI and FBI fee)
  • Mail all items listed above to: Application Processing Division of Child Care, Colorado Department of Human Services, 1575 Sherman Street, 1st Floor, Denver, CO 80203-1714.

After the Division of Child Care receives the items above and processes your application, a licensing specialist will contact you to set-up a time to inspect your home to verify that you have complied with all of the licensing rules and regulations.

Grand Beginnings Recommends:

  • Complete First Aid/CPR, including Pediatric and Infant-Child, classes ASAP. Granby EMS offers these classes regularly (970-887-2732). Also, Public Health offers Medication Administration and Universal Precautions which are required as well (970-725-3288).
  • Attend pre-licensing training, which is a 15-18 hour course through Qualistar (www.qualistar.org ) or The Care Courses School Inc. offers Caring for Children in Your Home for $52 http://www.carecourses.com/Ecommerce/CourseDetail.aspx?ItemID=64 or through Wildwood Food Programs, which offers a $75 correspondence course. You will need a test to be proctored by the Food Program, a person from the library or Grand Beginnings CCR&R. Wildwood should be advised if the timed test is proctored locally.

Allow approximately ninety (90) days to become licensed after the Division of Child Care receives your completed application packet.

What do I do after I am licensed?
Once you become licensed you will need 15 ongoing continuing education hours. Check Grand Beginnings website for upcoming trainings.

Contact Grand Beginnings with questions anytime.