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Licensed Child Care
The Oklahoma Child Care Facilities Licensing Act (10 O.S., § 401-410), enacted in 1963, authorizesDHS to administer the licensing program. This responsibility includes developing minimumrequirements for child care programs, revising existing requirements, and implementing policiesand procedures for the licensing program. The foundation of quality child care is a strong licensingprogram.
A well-trained licensing staff and regular monitoring visits increase the likelihood of positiveoutcomes in children’s physical, emotional and cognitive development.
Oklahoma has 3,728 licensed child care programs consisting of the following programs:
Find information about caring for children with special needs?
Programs exempt from licensure include: care provided in a child's own home or by relatives, informal arrangements for the occasional care of children, programs in which children attend on a drop-in basis and parents are on the premises and readily accessible, single activity programs, and programs operating for 15 hours or less per week.
Use the Child Care Locator/Summary of Program Monitoring to view a summary of program monitoring reports for your a child care program or to search for quality child care in Oklahoma.
Child Care Locator Fact Sheet.