Child Care Partners Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be licensed to watch children?

You are not required to be licensed if:

  • You only care for children on an occasional basis
  • You care for 3 or fewer children or children from only one family at a time, not including your own children
  • You are a primarily educational program for children three years old and older, but not attending kindergarten, for four or fewer hours a day
  • You provide care in the child’s own home
  • You are related to the child by blood, marriage or adoption

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If you want to provide care for children whose families receive the Employment Related Day Care Subsidy at DHS, you must also be Listed with DHS.

Do I have to pay taxes on my child care income?

Yes, in Oregon, child care is considered a small business and must report their income and file taxes. Child Care Partners offers business classes for child care providers, which offer information on record keeping. Typically in January, Child Care Partners offers a tax workshop specifically for child care providers. The most important thing to remember is to save all of your receipts.

How can I find more children to enroll in my child care program?

Join Child Care Partners provider network.  Child Care Partners is part of the Child Care Resource & Referral System that provides support, technical assistant and training for providers.  The system also includes 211 Info, a call center that now provides parents with referrals to programs enrolled in our "Provider Network."  Once enrolled in our "Provider Network" it is important to let 211 know when you have openings in your program so that they can refer parents to you.  When you are full, just let 211 know and they will stop referring  until you let them know about your next opening.

This is only one way to market your program. It is also important to talk with friends, neighbors, parents of children currently in your program, your church, etc. The best marketing for a child care program will always be the referral of a parent using your program. Word of mouth is your best source of referrals.

How long does it take to become a licensed child care provider?

Once you have completed and sent your application in to the Office of Child Care it generally takes 4-6 weeks for it to be processed.

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How will I know my child is safe?

Your role does not end when you have selected a provider for your child. You need to visit the child care provider often and at times when you are not expected. If your child is old enough, ask them about their day and listen to see if they are active, engaged and happy to be there.

Visit the Office of Child Care website to see if your provider has had any founded complaints or non-compliances or call the Oregon Early Learning Division at 1-800-556-6616.

If my friend and I do child care together, can we take more children?

No, you cannot take more than the number of children allowed even if you do have a helper. Your child care license is specific to your home and to you as the provider.

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What are the types of licensed care in Oregon?

In Oregon there are three types of licensed child care:  Registered Family Child Care, Certified Family Child Care and Certified Child Care Centers. Preschools in Oregon are not licensed, but are required to be recorded. This means that their staff have had a background check and the program has completed the Recorded Preschool application.

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What is Child Care Resource and Referral?

Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (CCR&Rs) are programs that provide information to parents on choicing quality child care; training, technical assistance and coaching to child care providers; collect data on child care; and advocate for the early learning community. There are currently 12 community-based CCR&Rs in Oregon receiving state funding. All 12 CCR&Rs are supported by Central Coordination of Oregon Child Care Resource and Referral in the Center on Early Learning at The Research Institute at Western Oregon University. 

The Child Care Resource and Referral System also includes 211 Info, and the Oregon Center on Career Development in Childhood Care and Education at Portland State University.

Who do I call if I think my provider is not following the rules?

Call the Office of Child Care at 1-800-556-6616.

Will someone come to my home before I become licensed?

Yes, once your application is processed, the Child Care Licensing Specialist for your area will call and make an appointment to come to your home to complete a Health and Safety Review. This visit takes about one hour.

Learn more about the types of child care in Oregon including child care provider licensing requirements.