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Child Care Launch Resources

In Nebraska, providing child care services to four or more children from different families requires licensing through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. On this page you will find information to help guide you as you begin the process of launching your child care business.

Getting Started

Navigating the process of obtaining a child care license can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides thorough, step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a child care or preschool license. This resource will assist you in understanding regulations and navigating the licensing process.

Launch Assistance

Family Child Care Resources

The Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative (NECC) has a Licensing Toolkit program that provides materials, guidance, and support to help unlicensed and potential providers fulfill state licensing requirements, meet health and safety standards, and become part of a professional network for family child care business owners.

NECC also provides a Roadmap to Quality Care along with downloadable templates essential for initiating and sustaining a thriving family child care business.


Child Care Center Resources

The Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative (NECC) offers the Blueprint for Success—a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to building a successful child care business. Additionally, they provide a range of sample materials to assist you in planning a high-quality early childhood program.

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Updated April 4, 2024 10:40am