Child Care Licensing for Providers

CCLU Licensing Rules 2017-2027

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 June 2018

Due to one staff leaving shortly for maternity leave, and our newest licensing coordinator, Darlene Avery, currently in training, for the next several months we will have 10 active licensing coordinators, necessitating some changes to the towns assigned to each. You can find the current list here. We expect to have all 12 licensing coordinators assigned in early fall and will provide the updated list as soon as it is completed!
We are working diligently on Interpretive Guides to the Child Care Licensing Rules. Our goal is to provide consistency in interpretation and application of the rules for both child care programs and CCLU staff. Once completed, they will be available on the Child Care Licensing website at https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/oos/cclu/rules.htm.
Stay tuned! Until next month!
Melissa Clement Chief, Child Care Licensing Unit
  • Click here for a full copy of the CCLU’s June’s message.

Contact information for Licensing by Territory

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, it now has to be notarized. There is also a new section at the bottom of the Background Check webpage. It has out of state abuse and neglect registry checks forms and instructions for individuals that have lived out of state in the previous five (5) years.

2017 Child Care Registration and Emergency Form:

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

CCLU Guides

CCLU Frequently Asked Questions:

 Emergency Preparations Guide:

 Emergency Care Food/Allergy Form:

 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.
  • 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: 2017-2027on pages 81-82

 Criminal Background Checks and Fingerprinting:

  • The Child Care Licensing Unit requires that anyone 17 years of age or older working in a licensed child care program submit to a NH criminal history record conducted by the State Police Department.  In addition, other individuals age 16 and over who are in contact with children and all family child care home household members age 10 and over must submit to a child abuse and neglect background check conducted by NH DCYF.