Child Care

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What has changed?

Child care providers not legally required to be licensed with the Oregon’s Early Learning Division Office of Child Care have new requirements when becoming approved with the Department of Human Services (DHS).

For training requirements for license-exempt providers, click here for the provider training page.

Starting November 1, 2016 completed provider listing forms sent to DHS will have a review of the site where care is given:

  • A review of the site where child care will be given, will be done by the Early Learning Divisions, Office of Child Care (OCC).

Who will be doing the visit and what are they looking for?

The initial pre-service and yearly visit will be conducted by Oregon’s Early Learning Division Office of Child Care (OCC). Visits will be conducted at the site where child care is being provided, this includes if the care is provided in the home of the child. The OCC staff member will be checking to make sure the site meets all health and safety requirements as well as providing assistance when necessary.

Here is a copy of the Regulated Subsidy Child Care Health and Safety Review Checklist that OCC Licensing Specialists will use during the review visit. Reading through the list and meeting the requirements before the visit will help the process go more quickly.

For more information on how to become an approved provider with DHS, contact Direct Pay Unit at 1-800-699-9074.