Child Care Licensing

General Information

Child Care Licensing (CCL) serves Nevada’s communities by ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of children in licensed child care facilities. To achieve these goals, Child Care Licensing staff monitors facility compliance with state laws and regulations, offers technical assistance and training to caregivers, and provides consumer education. Child Care Licensing also develops additional rules as needed.

    Nevada's child care licensing laws and regulations prioritize children's health, safety, and development, ensuring access to quality learning environments. By regulating a variety of care options, these laws support families and cater to diverse needs. These goals involve mentoring and guiding child care providers to become advocates for children and family issues, as well as foster the growth and development of the provider community. In support of this vision, Child Care Licensing staff educate state legislators, local regulatory agencies and consumers so as to encourage support for improving the quality of child care environments for Nevada's children and families.

    Find a Licensed Child Care Facility

    The database containing all current child care facilities licensed by the state of Nevada can be found by typing into your web browser address bar. At this page, select "Child Care Program" from the "Business Unit" drop-down menu at the top left. Then select "Agency" from the "Entity Type" drop-down menu at the top right. If you click "Search" the results will include all licensed facilities in Nevada. To search by city, ZIP code or county, click "Address Information" and enter the geographic region and then click "Search."

    • As of July 1, 2024, all child care facilities in Washoe County are now licensed by the State of Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive Services Child Care Licensing Program. This transition ensures a unified and consistent approach to child care licensing across the state.

    Silver State Stars Nevada QRIS

    Silver State Stars Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS) is a voluntary program through the Nevada Department of Education open to all child care centers in Nevada. The QRIS is a systemic approach to improve and assess the level of quality in child care centers. The QRIS also helps families find high-quality child care that fits their needs and the needs of their children. There is no cost to centers or their families. The link below offers public access to search for ratings on facilities in your area of Nevada.

    Capacity, Complaint, Fatality Data

    Child Care Licensing publishes monthly reports detailing child care capacity statewide, broken down by county and city. Access The Nevada Licensed Child Care Facility Capacity Reports portal linked below to view these reports.

    Subsidized Child Care - Las Vegas Urban League and Children's Cabinet

    The Las Vegas Urban League establishes programs and support policies that address social and economic issues faced by low-income and minority residents of Clark County and its outlying areas.

    The Children’s Cabinet provides services and resources that address unmet needs through a unique and effective cooperative effort between the private sector and public agencies.

    Child Care Facility Types Defined

    Learn about the different types of child care facilities regulated under Nevada law by reading their definitions using the link below.

    Open and Operate a Child Care Facility

    To review the process to open a child care facility in Nevada click the link below. If you already operate a child care facility, you'll find forms and online renewal information.

    Nevada Child Care Immunization Requirements

    According to Nevada law (NRS 432A.230, 432A.235) and Nevada Administrative Codes (NAC 432A.500-.505), children must show immunity to several diseases before entering child care or accommodation facilities, unless exempted for religious or medical reasons. Immunizing children at the youngest recommended age upon enrollment provides early protection for them and their peers.

    Board of Health (BOH)

    Providers seeking variances to their child care licenses can access the necessary information and applications through the Board of Health (BOH). The BOH website linked below provides access to necessary resources related to child care license variances.


    Our Partners page at the link below provides a list of resources linking to other agencies throughout Nevada that also oversee the health, safety and well-being of children at licensed facilities.