Licensing and Quality

Whether you are just starting out as a child care provider or want specific support to participate in Spark, we can help. Call us at 503-614-3162 or reach out by email. (Se habla español)



Answer these questions to learn whether your program needs to be licensed.

1. Are you caring for three or fewer children, not including your own children?

2. Are you related to all of the children you are caring for?

3. Are you providing care in the home of the children, not including your own?

4. Are you only caring for the children on an occasional basis (70 or fewer days in a year)?

If you answered “Yes” to any of the questions above, you may be considered exempt from licensing requirements.

If you answered “No” to all of the questions above and you are providing child care, you may be subject to licensing requirements. If you do need to be licensed, you’ll need to complete the following:

1. Attend a Family Child Care Overview class

2. Obtain an Infant/Child CPR and First Aid card

3. Obtain a Food Handlers Card

4. Attend a Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect class or take the online training

5. Attend Introduction to Child Care Health and Safety class or take the online training.

Currently licensed child care providers are required to complete additional trainings each year.

Call us at 503-614-3162 or reach out by email (Se habla español)

The Oregon Department of Education’s Early Learning Division oversees child care licensing. 



Spark connects families to quality early learning and care programs that prepare children for kindergarten and lifelong learning.

Spark offering coaching, professional development and resources to help early learning and care programs include developmental appropriate experiences and keep improving the quality of the care they provide to your children.  

Learn more about Spark here.

If you have been in business for two years and are ready to participate in Spark, we can help. 

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