Licensed Family Child Care Homes
- The provider runs the child care out of their home.
- Licensed Programs have a Level (1-5) using quality indicators
- The provider and other adults living in the home are required to have a federal background check
- 12 hours of annual training in the field of early care and education is required
- The number of children allowed per provider is 6 children; 12 with a second caregiver. (See details under State Regulations)
- The home is inspected by CYFD once per year
The Children, Youth, and Families Department licenses family child care homes in accordance with the regulations found here. The state of New Mexico does not allow Licensed Family Child Care Homes to care for more than 6 children. Licensed Family Child Care Group Homes can care for no more than 12 children with a second caregiver.
The Background Check Regulations are found at 8.8.3 NMAC, and specify that each individual who works in a licensed child care provider must undergo a background check and meet the following requirements:
- Submit an application for background check by the end of the next day following commencement of service; and
- Remain under direct physical supervision by a direct provider of care who has already received background check eligibility; and
- Obtain background check eligibility within 30 days of commencement of service, unless an extension is granted by the Background Check Unit; and
- Licensees must submit fingerprint cards, within five working days, for any adult who resides in the home or any persons residing in the home who reaches 18 years of age.
Volunteers, substitute teachers, parents, and other non-employees who have access to children in family child care homes are:
- Required to submit an application for background check similar to the employees; or
- Remain, at all times, under direct physical supervision by a direct provider of care who has already received background check eligibility.
The state of New Mexico does not maintain a database of child care providers who work in Licensed family child care homes or residents of the home over 18 years of age who have passed a background check. Instead, you can search our Child Care Database to determine if the licensed family child care home that your child attends is licensed with the state of New Mexico. After determining that your program is licensed, it is recommended that you speak with the family child care home provider to determine if all caregivers and residents have received background check eligibility.