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Becoming a Child Care Provider

Becoming a Child Care Provider
  
  
Interested in becoming a child care provider? See descriptions below for the three types of regulated care in Oregon. The next step is to contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral  agency. 
 
 
Types of Licensed Child Care in Oregon
 
   Registered Family Child Care Homes  
                         
   Certified Family Child Care Homes 
   Certified Child Care Centers
 
Compare types of licensed child care in Oregon (LIC-311)
 

 
Office of Child Care's Central Background Registry 
  
You must be enrolled in the Office of Child Care's Central Background Registry if you are: 
  • The operator or an employee of a child care program regulated by the Office of Child Care
  • The operator or an employee of an Oregon pre-kindergarten program
  • The operator or an employee of a federal Head Start program
  • An individual in a child care facility who may have unsupervised contact with children
  • A contractor or an employee of the contractor who provides early childhood special education or early intervention services
  • A designated employee or volunteer of a Metro service district
  
    
Child Care That Does Not Require Licensing in Oregon
  
Some child care in Oregon does not require a license from the Office of Child Care; 
Child care is exempt from regulation if: 
  • The provider cares for three or fewer children in addition to the provider’s own children
  • The provider cares for any number of children from the same family
  • The care is provided in the home of the child
  • The care is provided by the child’s parent or guardian or a relative
  • The care is provided on an occasional basis by someone who does not usually provide child care
  • The facility provides a preschool program that operates for four hours or less per day and provides education to children from age three, up to school age.
  • The facility provides training on a specific subject such as dancing, drama, music etc.
  • The facility is an organized club or hobby group providing short athletic or social activities, such as soccer, scouts etc.
  • The facility is operated by a governmental agency
  
Only one exemption may apply at any one time. They cannot be combined. 
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Office of Child Care Rules

NOTE: The PDF versions are not guaranteed to be up to date. Use the Oregon Administrative Rule webpage links to get the most accurate Child Care Rule information. Click Here to go to page.

  • Registered Family Child Care Rules (RF-200)
 English  Spanish  Russian  Vietnamese  Chinese

  • Certified Family Child Care Rules (CRT-130)
 English  Spanish

  • Certified Child Care Center Rules (CRT-132)
 English  Spanish
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Training Information

Training Information
Need Training? Your local Child Care Resource and Referral(CCR&R) agency can provide for much of your training needs, often in multiple languages. 
  
Across the state, local CCR&Rs provide many of the following trainings. 
  
  • Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Health and Safety
  • Building Blocks of Social and Emotional Development
  • Child Care Business Classes
  • Food Handlers
  • Partnering with Parents
  • Creating a Climate for Growth
  • and many more!
  
Note:  Please do not send copies of training certificates except with applications.    
  
Click here  for the On-line Child Care Training Calendar  
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Special Education Application

Oregon Department of Education Application to Provide Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education.
Oregon Department of Education Application to Provide Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education. 
  
Programs that are looking to provide a preschool setting for Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) under an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) to children with disabilities ages birth to five years of age under a written agreement with an EI/ECSE contractor or subcontractor, must submit an application for approval to the Oregon Department of Education.
 
For additional information please visit the Oregon Department of Education click here  
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Professional Development

Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education
Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education 
The Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education  (OCCD) provides leadership in the development and operation of integrated and statewide professional development standards and systems. OCCD promotes professional development to achieve high quality care and education for children and youth, and creates and supports training and education. 
  
The Oregon Registry: Pathways for Professional Recognition in Childhood Care and Education is a voluntary, statewide program to document and recognize the professional achievements of people who work in the childhood care and education profession. 
  
The Oregon Registry Trainer Program offers voluntary certification for trainers and adult educators in the childhood care and education profession. The Oregon Registry Trainer Program also offers support for trainers and adult educators as they enhance their adult education knowledge and skills and develop high quality community-based training sessions. 
The Oregon Registry Trainer Program includes three types of certified trainers: 
  
The Virtual Degree Project is an innovative strategy to increase the accessibility for child care professional to continue their education and receive college credit in exchange for experience.  You can receive college credit for a Step 7 in the Oregon Registry or a CDA.  
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Mandatory Reporting

Mandatory Reporting of Suspected Abuse and Neglect 
Child care providers are mandatory reporters of suspected abuse and neglect.  
  
A DHS Question & Answer about reporting abuse and neglect is available here. 
  
More information about mandatory reporters is available here. 
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