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Becoming a Childcare Provider In NM

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New Mexico has specific requirements that you will need to comply with in order to become a New Mexico CYFD state licensed or registered child care provider. You should first determine the specific type of child care license or certification you are interested in getting, described below. Child care licensing in New Mexico is administered by CYFD Office of Child Development.

Already licensed or registered? Your next steps are making sure you have the required coursework or certifications. See our Certification section for more information.

License for Child Care Centers, Out of School Time Programs, Before/After School Care and other Non-Residential Facilities:
  1. Review the CYFD Child Care Licensing Regulations for Child Care Centers, Out of School Time Programs, Family Child Care Homes and Other Early Care and Education Programs. New Mexico State Regulations
  2. Read the Welcome Packet Letter for Centers that describes the process for applying for a  Licensed Child Care Facility, the forms you will need to submit to the State of New Mexico Child Care Licensing Department, and contact information for the licensing office in your area.
Licensed In-Home Child Care or Licensed Group Home
  1. Review the CYFD Child Care Licensing Regulations for  Child Care Centers,  Out of School Time Programs,  Family Child Care Homes and Other Early Care and Education Programs; New Mexico State Regulations
  2. Read the Welcome Packet Letter for Homes that describes the process for applying for a Child Care Home or Group Home License, the forms you will need to submit to the State of New Mexico Child Care Licensing Department, and contact information for the licensing office in your area.
Registered In-Home Child Care (Certified; Non-Licensed Child Care Homes)
  1. Review the CYFD Child Care Licensing Regulations for Non-Licensed Family Child Care Homes: New Mexico State Regulations.
  2. Read the Welcome Packet Letter for Homes that describes the process for applying to be a Child Care Registered Home Provider, the forms you will need to submit to the State of New Mexico Child Care Licensing Department, and contact information for the licensing office in your area.
  3. Register as a family child care home provider by submitting a completed self-certification with your local Child Care Assistance Office and if accepting child care subsidies, you must enroll and participate in the CACFP (Child and Adult Food Program).
  4. Enroll and participate in only one of the Child and Adult Food Programs.
  5. Each city and county has rules about business in their localities. Check with your city government offices about rules and regulations and fees that apply to your home based child care.

Do you still have questions? Please contact your regional Child Care Licensing office for more information.

 
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