Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

Child care centers must follow strict safety guidelines including:

  • Social distancing
  • Staff who are not fully vaccinated must wear face coverings except when eating, drinking, showering, swimming, or sleeping. Children from 2 to 11 years of age must also wear face coverings since they are not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Daily health screenings
  • Frequent cleanings and disinfection

The Department of Health will inspect programs to verify compliance.

Get health and safety guidelines for child care centers.

Child Care Center Licensing

  • You must apply or renew online; in-person submission is not available and applications submitted by mail will not be processed.
  • Online applications will be reviewed and processed if complete.

The City provides information about opening and operating a day care center.

You can get the following information:

  • How to apply for a child care license or permit
  • Information about renewing a permit
  • Status of a permit application or renewal
  • Technical assistance in using the online permit system, including obtaining a PIN


Learn about opening and operating a child care program.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

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