NEW Child Care Licensing

Child Care Licensing

During the 2019 legislative session, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed a budget article (Article 4) that transferred the child care licensing team from the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) to the Department of Human Services (DHS). This was to strengthen and deliver high quality child care services for Rhode Islanders and better support the workforce. The transfer officially occurred on October 27, 2019.

DHS is committed to transparency and a thoughtful transition with input from community partners, providers and families. This page serves as a convenient way to access all communication and other helpful information.

On October 9, 2019, DHS announced the date of the transfer and a survey to help with the transition. Read the communication in English and Spanish.

On October 29, 2019, DHS updated providers and community partners with more news about the transfer of Child Care licensing to DHS, including Nicole Chiello will remain with the team and assume the role of Administrator of Child Care Licensing & Regulation at DHS and that an All Provider meeting to discuss the transfer will occur on December 2, 2019 from 9:30-11:00 AM. Read the communication in English and in Spanish.

All Provider Meeting - Transfer of the Child Care Licensing Team

On Monday, December 2, 2019, the Department of Human Services (DHS) hosted an All Provider Meeting to review the transfer of the Child Care Licensing team from the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) to DHS.

Below is a link to the PowerPoint presented during the meeting and meeting minutes in English and in Spanish. These notes highlight the content presented and questions asked during the public comment period, which include:

DHS is committed to updating its Frequently Asked Questions document as the transition continues. Read the latest here in English and in Spanish.

Get to Know Our Provider Resources Page

Our Child Care Provider Resources page has a wealth of helpful information. It includes what is a comprehensive background check and why it is required every five years for child care licensing compliance. There are also all the forms in English and in Spanish that providers may need, such as the activities consent, parental authorization for emergency treatment and injury report forms.