Child Care Licensing

In January 2018, the Child Care Licensing Unit began sending out messages through our Monthly Minutes E-newsletters. We will also share the most current message here on our Child Care Licensing page.  To view previous messages, please go to our E-newsletter page and click on the appropriate link. Thank you

A Message from the Child Care Licensing Unit from April 2018

We are excited to partner with Child Care Aware of NH to bring news from the Child Care Licensing Unit to the child care community on a regular basis through their e-newsletter, Monthly Minutes. Every month, we will strive to bring you information to increase your understanding of the NH Child Care Licensing rules, and to share other resources to assist you in your work with and on behalf of children and their families. We will also use this space to share any important announcements as they relate to Child Care Licensing.

We will also use this space to share any important announcements as they relate to Child Care Licensing Unit (CCLU).

This month’s message includes information about: Reporting Serious Injuries and Deaths to CCLU

 Child Care Licensing rules now require the reporting of children’s serious injuries to CCLU, in addition to
a child’s death. This is a federal requirement. The department will be reporting the numbers of injuries
and deaths as a whole that occurred in NH programs to the federal Office of Child Care, Administration
for Children and Families in the Department of Health and Human Services. The aggregate number of
deaths and serious injuries for each provider category (e.g. centers, family child care homes) and
licensing status (i.e., licensed or license-exempt) will include:
(1) The total number of children in care by provider category/licensing status;
(2) the total number of deaths of children in care by provider category/licensing status; and
(3) the total number of serious injuries in care by provider category/licensing status.
Click here for a full copy of the CCLU April message.

Information About Child Care Licensing

In the state of New Hampshire, the Child Care Licensing Unit (CCLU) is the regulatory body that ensures that children attending NH child care programs are in safe and healthy environments and are provided with care, supervision and developmentally appropriate activities that meet each child’s physical and emotional needs. 

CCLU accomplishes this through on-site evaluations, monitoring, and investigations that ensure compliance with applicable NH Statutes and Administrative Rules, approval and issuance of licenses, and initiation of appropriate disciplinary action when necessary for compliance and the protection of children. 

CCLU also provides consultation and technical assistance to help understand licensing regulations to existing licensed child care providers and persons who might consider applying for a child care program license. 

CCLU licenses seven categories of child care programs: Family Child Care Homes, Family Group Child Care Homes, Group Child Care Centers, Child Care Nurseries, School Age Program, Night Care Programs, and Residential Child Care Programs. 

CCLU 12 territories with contact information

Licensing History/Search

To search for the licensing history of a licensed child care program, please visit 

CCLU Licensing Rules 2017-2027: 

The Child Care Licensing Unit has received the certified rule from the Office of Legislative Services. The following was done to make this the most user-friendly rule document to date:

  • Table of contents can be selected to go straight to that section
  • Corresponding rule section is at the top of each page
  • Index includes all page numbers where those words appear
  • The critical rules are shaded as they have been in past rules

Here is the Major Changes Document, which includes effective dates for the new requirements, highlighted so they are easy to find. If no specific date is mentioned, then the rule is effective immediately.

PLEASE NOTE, we have a new Household and Personnel Form, as it has to be notarized, as well as a new section at the bottom of the Background Check webpage for out of state abuse and neglect registry checks forms and instructions for individuals that have lived out of state in the previous 5 years.

To view 2017 Child Care Registration and Emergency Form click here.

CCLU Guides

To view the supplementary Child Care Licensing Guides to the rules, please visit 

CCLU Frequently Asked Questions:

To view the FAQ’s of Child Care Licensing, please visit

Background Checks

To view information on Fingerprinting & Criminal Background Checks, please visit 

Serious Injury and Death Report

The Serious Injury and Death Report collects information on annual number of deaths, serious injuries and incidences of substantiated child abuse in a child care setting. “Serious injury” means any accident or illness occurring at the program that results in medical treatment by a physician or other health care professional, hospitalization, or death. To view the current Serious Injury and Death Report, please click here.

 Emergency Preparations Guide:

New Hampshire Child Care Center, Family Child Care, & School Age Program Emergency Operations Plan Template

Emergency Care Food/Allergy Form:

Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan

Behavior Guidance and Treatment of Children:

Programs shall develop and implement a written policy to address the limitations of expelling
children from the child care program for challenging behaviors. The policy shall address at a minimum:
(1) The steps the program will take to assist the child in maintaining enrollment prior to expelling the child for challenging behaviors;
(2) Parent notification requirements regarding their child’s challenging behavior;
(3) The responsibilities of the program if the challenging behavior results in a serious safety risk to the child or others within the program.
(h) The written policy in (g) above shall be provided to parents at enrollment.
(i) The expulsion policy shall only apply when addressing a child’s behavior and not a parent’s misconduct or the parent’s failure to comply with other child care rules or laws. 
Found in the NH Child Care Licensing Rules: 2017-2027 on pages 81-82