Child Care Licensing and Registered Homes
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- Parents' Guide to Selecting Quality Child Care [PDF 2164k]
- Review Child Care Licensed Provider Surveys
- Regional Child Care Licensing offices [PDF 63k]
- More Info on Becoming a Child Care Provider in New Mexico
- Licensing Application for Background Check [PDF 53k]
- Registered Home Application for Background Check [PDF 36k]
The Child Care Licensing Program monitors child care centers and licensed homes to ensure that they are meeting the quality, health, and safety standards detailed within the child care licensing requirements. Licensing program staff also provide training and technical assistance to child care providers in an effort to help them understand how to meet and maintain compliance with the licensing requirements.
STARS Quality Rating System
Early Childhood Services encourages child care programs to meet higher levels of quality through the Look for the STARS Quality Rating System. This system contains five levels – the higher the Star level, the higher the level of quality. The level of quality is indicated on each program’s license with one, two, three, four or five stars; one star indicates that the program meets basic licensing requirements and five stars indicate that the program has received national accreditation. Licensing surveyors work closely with Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance Programs who rate the quality of licensed child care programs.
Registered home child care providers care for no more than four non-resident children in their own home and must participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) (more information on CACFP is included under the Family Nutrition Bureau section). CCSB reimburses these providers for caring for children receiving child care assistance, and Child Care Specialists provide training and technical assistance to registered home providers.