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Become a Child Care Provider

If you are interested in becoming a child care provider but don't know what type of provider you are, please read the Indiana Child Care Definitions and refer to the information below about the process for becoming a licensed child care home, licensed child care center or unlicensed registered child care ministry.

To become a licensed child care center provider:

  • Complete Orientation 1: Training for childcare providers (start-up process and information). This training can be found within Indiana Learning Paths located at I-LEAD.
  • Complete Orientation 2: Training for child care centers (preparation for licensure). This training can be found within Indiana Learning Paths located at I-LEAD.
  • Submit your application online at I-LEAD.
  • Pass onsite inspection from the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning.

To become a licensed child care home provider:

  • Complete Orientation 1: Training for childcare providers (start-up process and information). This training can be found within Indiana Learning Paths located at I-LEAD.
  • Complete Orientation 2: Training for child care home providers (preparation for licensure). This training can be found within Indiana Learning Paths located at I-LEAD.
  • Submit your application online at I-LEAD.
  • Pass onsite inspection from the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning.

To become an unlicensed registered child care ministry provider:

  • Complete Orientation 1: Training for childcare providers (start-up process and information). This training can be found within Indiana Learning Paths located at I-LEAD.
  • Complete Orientation 2: Training for unlicensed registered child care ministries (preparation for registration). This training can be found within Indiana Learning Paths located at I-LEAD.
  • Submit your application online at I-LEAD.
  • Submit the completed application packet to the Department of Homeland Security, Fire and Building Safety Division.
  • Pass onsite inspection from the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning.

Legally licensed exempt providers

  • Submit your application online at I-LEAD.
  • Legally License Exempt Packet click here.
  • Pass onsite inspection from the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning.

If you believe you might be exempt from licensure, please read the Indiana Code regarding child care licensure exemptions.

To find your licensing consultant contacts click here.

Find the CCRR Networks Map and contact information for your region here.