Getting a License
Child Care in North Carolina is defined as a program or arrangement where three or more children less than 13 years old, who do not reside where the care is provided, receive care on a regular basis of at least once per week for more than four hours but less than 24 hours per day from persons other than their guardians or full-time custodians, or from persons not related to them by birth, marriage, or adoption.
It is important for licensed providers to be knowledgeable of all of the licensing requirements that apply to their type of program. Child care consultants can make unannounced visits at any time. It's the provider's responsibility to be in compliance with all of the applicable laws and rules.
Annual License Fee
The Division of Child Development and Early Education assesses an annual license fee to active child care providers in accordance with N.C.G.S. 110-90(1a).
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