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License to operate a childcare center or preschool for seven or more children. License does not apply to those establishments registered as a family child care home or a group child care home.
Contact Information
Department of Human Services
5th Fl Hoover Bldg.
Des Moines IA, 50319(map)
Ryan Pagerpage@dhs.state.ia.us
P: (515) 281-7714
F: (515) 281-8746

License Details

Code Citation
IC 237A.2
Who Applies
Any person wishing to operate a facility where child care will be provided for seven or more children must obtain a license unless meeting an exemption outlined in 237A.1.
When To Apply
Application must be filed prior to the beginning of operation. Obtain a license application packet and seek consultation as the first step when considering opening a center.
Initial Requirements
Application papers are available at the applicant’s perspective county office. Contact the Department of Human Services at 515.242.5994 and ask to speak with a child care licensing consultant to determine your county An approved Fire Marshal's certificate must also be obtained.
Duration
License is issued for no less than 24 months.
Processing Time
Processing may take up to 120 days.
Fee Structure
Regulatory Fee 0 to 20 children $50 21 to 50 children $75 51 to 100 children $100 101 to 150 children $125 151 or more children $150
Renewal Requirements
Does not pertain.
Exam
Does not pertain.
Additional Information
Any person wishing to operate a facility where child care will be provided for seven or more children must obtain a license.
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