Procedures for Becoming a Licensed Child Care Agency
- Attend pre-licensing orientation meeting (Call local DHS office for dates). Find locations here.
- Obtain and read Licensure Rules - https://www.tn.gov/humanservices/for-families/child-care-services/
- Obtain a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) – by calling 1-800-829-4933 or by visiting IRS web site
- (DHS) Assign a Program Evaluator (PE).
- Obtain Use and Occupancy Permit, Business Permit and any other required permits
- (DHS assigned Program Evaluator) Schedule a site visit to the proposed child care facility. The PE will visually inspect and assess the suitability of the facility for child care.
- Submit a floor plan and photos of the entire facility to include the playground.
- Submit completed application and fee and any other required documents including but not limited to proof of insurance, proposed budget, written statement of purpose.
- (DHS Program Evaluator) Make requests for the following inspections: State Fire Marshal, local fire department, local health department (Environmentalist).
Note: The potential licensee is responsible for ensuring the facility is in compliance with state fire, local fire, and environmental health requirements. A written approval must be received prior to the Department issuing a temporary license.
- Submit qualifications of the director/primary educator to include proof of education, work experience with young children, three written references, and a physical exam.
- Schedule and complete criminal background check (CBC) process. Criminal Background Check Process
- Submit CBC clearance letters for all employees to the Program Evaluator.
- Complete, document, and submit any training that is required prior to contact with children to the assigned Program Evaluator.
- (DHS) Issue a temporary license for up to one hundred and twenty (120) days, if all requirements are met.
- (DHS) Conduct 2 unannounced agency visits, 2 announced agency visits and an evaluation during the 120 day period of the temporary license.
- (DHS) Issue an annual license if requirements are met and there are not multiple violations.