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DHS Offers Quarterly Virtual Orientations for Passionate People Looking to Start a Family Child Care Home

The Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Child Care has announced an orientation date for the summer of 2020 for people interested in obtaining a state license to operate as a family child care home provider.

DHS, in collaboration with the Center for Early Learning Professionals, will offer the orientation sessions on Wednesday, July 15 from 9:00am – 12:00pm (English) and 1:00pm – 3:00pm (Spanish). We will set up an additional date in the fall, so stay tuned for more information on this page. For the time being, all orientations will be held virtually.

The orientation sessions explain the licensing process to participants, and are the first step toward obtaining a state license. Participants need to attend just one orientation. After the orientation, participants then enroll in and complete a training series that provide information about health and safety in family child care homes, state licensing regulations, and high-quality learning environments for young children. After participants complete the training, Center staff will support them as they apply for licensure.

If you are interested in starting a family child care home, please reach out to the Child Care Licensing Unit at 401-462-3009 or From there, we can add you to the list for the next virtual orientation and follow up training – we look forward to working with you all!

Nicole Chiello
Child Care Administrator for Licensing and Regulations
Department of Human Services (DHS)
25 Howard Ave, Building 57
Cranston, RI 02920
C: 401-487-6603