Completing Pre-licensing training is the first step to becoming a child care provider. If you would like to start your own family child care business Denver’s Early Childhood Council offers the classes you will need to get started.

We also provide one-on-one navigation services so that you can understand the process, become licensed, and continue your license from year to year.

To become licensed, the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care will come and inspect your home. But before that, you will need to complete the pre-licensing course (and some other classes).

The 15-hour Family Child Care Pre-Licensing course covers:

  • Child care rules and regulations
  • Child growth and development
  • Developmentally appropriate practices
  • Administration and business practices
  • Health, nutrition, and safety
  • Family and community partnerships
  • Cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Professionalism

In addition to the Family Child Care Pre-Licensing course, Denver’s Early Childhood Council offers other required training for providers:

  • First Aid and CPR for infant, child, and adult
  • Standard Precautions (minimizing the spread of germs, preventing disease)
  • Medication Administration

Click here to view the training calendar.

Providers must also register and take some online courses in the Colorado Shines Professional Development Information System (PDIS) to complete the licensing requirements. Click here to learn more about the PDIS.