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Child Care Licensing

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Visit our Facebook page @BrowardChildcareLicensing for the latest news and information.


What We Do

Our mission is to regulate, enforce and improve the quality of child care in Broward County.  We are responsible for the state-mandated licensing and monitoring of all child care facilities and family child care homes in Broward County, including the inspection of School Readiness facilities and investigation of all child care licensing complaints. Providers are monitored for compliance with health and safety standards. We also register religious and non-public schools offering child care service. 


Find a Child Care Provider

Prov​​ider Search​ profiles contain all relevant information pertaining to a child care provider: Name, address, license number, provider type, capacity, days and hours of operation and services offered. Also included in the providers profile are the inspections from the last three years.


File a Child Care Licensing Complaint

Child Care Licensing complaints can be filed online (select "Request for Service") where you are able to track updates and receive results by e-mail, or by calling the Broward County Call Center at 311 or 954-831-4000. We will also accept written complaints.

​​Safe Sleep Training​

All child care personnel who provide care to infants at licensed or registered child care programs in Broward County are required to successfully complete the Cribs For Kids Safe S​leep​​ training​ prior to working with infants and again every two years.  This is a web-based class and is free.  You must score at least 90% on the quiz at the end of the course.  Upon successful completion of the class you will be able to download a certificate designating you as Safe Sleep Ambassador. Certificates should be printed and placed in employee's personnel files as proof of compliance. 


Background Screening

Effective July 1, 2016, the Department of Children and Families took on the role and responsibility of screening all applicants for positions in child care. Therefore, the Child Care Licensing and Enforcement section no longer conducts background screening for applicants. All screenings must be conducted through the DCF Clearinghouse. CCLE will provide technical assistance to providers with screening issues. More information can be found at the DCF website: www.dcfbackgroundscreening.com.

If you are a new or potential provider attempting to register through the clearinghouse, you must first contact Child Care Licensing and Enforcement and speak with a Child Care Quality Specialist to initiate the designation of an OCA/ORI Number. Once a number has been assigned, you may register with the Clearinghouse by using the “Clearinghouse Provider Login” link on the DCF Page www.dcfbackgroundscreening.com.​​​​ 

The Florida Department of Children and Families website can be accessed at http://www.myflfamilies.com/



Child Care Provider Status Map

This map is intended to assist you in locating a licensed/registered child care program that is open for business during the COVID-19 crisis.  Green circles indicate the provider is open for business, red circles indicate the provider is temporarily closed and purple circles indicate we do not have a current  status report from the provider.  When you click on the circle, a window appears with the name, address and phone number of the provider.  The window also indicates whether the provider is approved for infant care.  Please be advised that during this time, status changes occur daily.  We will be updating this list weekly so please call the providers to ensure that their status has not changed.  


 

Types of Child Care Programs

Finding the right child care program for your child is a critical decision to make. Knowing what the requirements are and the inspection process for a child care provider is also an important factor to understand when making such an important decision that can impact your child’s life.

In Broward County there are seven types of child care programs, as defined by Florida statutes, and the Broward County Child Care Ordinance which are licensed or registered by the Child Care Licensing and Enforcement Section of Broward County Government (CCLE).

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Contact Us

For questions or application status, please contact the Child Care Licensing and Enforcement main line at 954-357-4800 or childcarelicensing@broward.org. For a list of phone numbers and emails by staff, see the Child Care Licensing and Enforcement Organizational Chart.


 

How are we doing?

We would love to get your feedback about the Environmental and Consumer Protection website (www.broward.org/consumer) so we can better serve you.  Please help us by completing the following Customer Satisfaction SurveyYour feedback is greatly appreciated!