Chapter Two: Licensing Requirements Paper
1. The first step in opening an in-home childcare center is the application process. The application can be found on the DCF website http://dcf.wisconsin.gov/childcare/certification/forms.htm . The county that you want to be certified in is the county that you need to submit your application to. The application process is mandatory and must be completely and accurately filed out. The application includes questions about the demographics of the applicant, hours of operation, and information of anyone who will have direct contact with the children. The application also has a section on the physical environment. If you are renting you must have permission from landlord.
2. Once you have submitted your application you must also submit a state criminal background check. This needs to be done every two years. The form can also be found on the DCF website. Other people that will need a BID form include anyone over the age of ten, and potential volunteers or anyone with direct contact with the children.
A) It is important that the operator is physically and mentally capable of caring for children. Every provider must be at least 18 years of age. If you suffer from a disorder like blindness or deafness you may be denied. Any condition impairing your ability to care for a child is reason for denial. A provider or household member, or parent with a communicable disease that can be transmitted through normal activity must be reported to DCF. You may be asked to have a physical and psychiatric examination prior to being approved.