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Becoming a Provider
The Licensing Process (click for more informationdescribes the steps to become a licensed provider. Below is additional information about family child care and the necessary forms to begin the process. Please read through the You're Considering Becoming a Professional Daycare Provider. To apply, the application for license and background study forms need to be filled out by you and any adults living in the potential daycare home and turned into Stevens County Human Services. Once the application and background study forms are turned in, the background study process has been completed and all three reference requests have been returned, the county Licensor will contact you to set up a meeting to go over the rest of the application process.

The County Licensor will meet with you up to three times during the process of licensing. Once for an orientation, then one or more times to go over the licensing process, forms, as well as a home safety inspection.

There is a $50 fee for a Fire Marshal Inspection and a $50 initial licensing fee to be paid to Stevens County Human Services. If you do not own the property you are planning to use for daycare (ex.- apartment) the Fire Marshal requires a signed owner permission form prior to inspection. Please inform the county Licensor that you have a landlord so the proper paperwork can be completed.

Training Requirements for Becoming a Provider
The training you are required to complete to become licensed can only be provided by approved trainers. Go to the Training Requirements tab for training resources for the following classes. 

To become a licensed child care provider the following pre-service training requirements must be met: 

  • A 4-hour Child Growth & Development/Behavior Guidance- this class must be titled "Developmentally Appropriate Behavior Guidance" and be a minimum of 4 hours to count toward this requirement

  • 6-hour Supervising for Safety- taking multiple 2 hour long classes will not meet this requirement 

  • Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) & Abusive Head Trauma- you can either attend an in-person class or complete the online training course to meet this requirement

  • CPR & First Aid- you must have a certificate or card verifying completion in both CPR and First Aid including techniques for infants and children and the treatment of obstructed airways 

  • Child Passenger Restraint (required only if you are planning to transport children)

 Additional Information and Forms to Apply for Licensure
                            Questions About Child Care Licensing         Is This Business for You?    
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                           Forms to Apply    General Information
                             Application   Age Group Ratios
 Background Study form
  Fire Marshal Information Sheet
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