Child Care Licensing for Providers

In January 2018, the Child Care Licensing Unit began sending out messages through our Monthly Minutes E-newsletters. We will also share the most current message here on our Child Care Licensing page.  To view previous messages, please go to our E-Newsletter page and click on the appropriate link. Thank you!

The Child Care Licensing Unit has received the certified rule from the Office of Legislative Services. The following was done to make this the most user-friendly rule document to date:

  • Table of contents can be selected to go straight to that section
  • Corresponding rule section is at the top of each page
  • Index includes all page numbers where those words appear
  • The critical rules are shaded as they have been in past rules

Here is the Major Changes Document, which includes effective dates for the new requirements, highlighted so they are easy to find. If no specific date is mentioned, then the rule is effective immediately.


Behavior Guidance and Treatment of Children

Programs shall develop and implement a written policy to address the limitations of expelling children from the child care program for challenging behaviors. The policy shall address at a minimum:

(1) The steps the program will take to assist the child in maintaining enrollment prior to expelling the child for challenging behaviors;

(2) Parent notification requirements regarding their child’s challenging behavior;

(3) The responsibilities of the program if the challenging behavior results in a serious safety risk to the child or others within the program.

  • (h) The written policy in (g) above shall be provided to parents at enrollment.
  • The expulsion policy shall only apply when addressing a child’s behavior and not a parent’s misconduct or the parent’s failure to comply with other child care rules or laws.
  • Found in the NH Child Care Licensing Rules: 2017-2027 on pages 81-82.

Criminal Background Checks and Fingerprinting:

The Child Care Licensing Unit requires that anyone 17 years of age or older working in a licensed child care program submit a NH criminal history record conducted by the State Police Department.  In addition, other individuals age 16 and over who are in contact with children and all family child care home household members age 10 and over must submit to a child abuse and neglect background check conducted by NH DCYF. For more information about Criminal Background Checks and Fingerprinting, please visit the Background Record Checks for Licensed Providers page.

Contact information for Licensing by Territory