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First, you need to determine where you want to work If you want to work in a center...

There are a few things you can do to get started. You should start out by going to your local health department and getting a TB test, you will need CPR/First Aid training and a few classes from us will also help. After that, we suggest calling the centers closest to where you would like to work to see if they are hiring. Many of them also post ads in the newspaper.


If you are interested in opening a new child care center, contact Crystal Knippers by email at or by calling 801-626-8083.


The Utah Office of Child Care has produced a great booklet entitled Opening a Quality Child Care Center. It can be found online at:


If you want to open a family child care business in your home...
  • Decide whether to get a family child care license or residential certificate
    Comparison of basic requirements

  • Call our local licensing department at 801-273-6617 or Toll Free at 1-888-3704. Ask them for a packet. (If you call after hours, you can leave a message with your name and address. They will send one to you.) In this packet there will be the rules and regulations, a notice of intent and a schedule of the latest licensing orientation sessions.
  • Attend a licensing orientation. They will instruct you on the licensing process and answer any questions you may have. You will also receive other valuable information at the orientation such as training opportunities, food programs and information on our services.

  • Check to see what your city requires for a small business license. You can do this while you are waiting to attend the licensing orientation. Anytime you generate income, you need a small business license. It is also required for your state child care license.

  • You will also need CPR/First Aid certification, a food handler's permit and a TB test.

  • Complete and submit your license application. You will learn the details at the orientation.

  • Finally, once you receive your license, contact our agency about our start-up reimbursement grant! Our current funding allows us to reimburse $350 of the costs you incur in the licensing process.


The Utah Office of Child Care has produced a great bookliet entitled Opening a Quality in Home Child Care Program. It can be found online here:

Programs that help when starting a new child care Family Child Care Start-up Grant We are currently able to reimburse you for up to $350 of the costs you incur when starting a family child care business. You are eligible to participate in this grant within the first year of your licensing date. This grant is only available for providers who are obtaining a family child care license. Residentially Certified providers are not eligible. When you participate in this grant, you commit to stay in the business for at least 1 year. Contact us at 801-626-8083 for more information concerning this grant. Food Programs The Child Care food program is a federally funded program designed to offer aid to help child care homes and centers provide nutritious meals to children ages 12 and under. Sponsoring organizations are listed below. A provider can initially choose to participate under any sponsor. Each sponsor reimburses at the same rate, however, they offer different perks and benefits. Once you have chosen a sponsor, you cannot transfer to or be contacted by another sponsor for a year. Sponsoring Organizations in Utah:


333 2nd St #15

Ogden, UT 84404





Helping Hands Inc.

2964 W 4700 S #210

Salt Lake City, UT 84118





Orem Child Care Nutrition Program

563 W 1700 N

Orem, UT 84057




Child Management Associates

124 S 400 E Ste 210

Salt Lake City, Utah 84111-5312





Hill USDA Food Program


5731 "E" Ave, Bldg 460

Hill AFB, UT 84056


(Hill AFB personnel only)



Child Day Care Nutrition Program

Jeanie Peck

6830 Old Main Hill, USU

Logan, UT 84322-6830




Alliance For Children

4568 S Highland Dr #240

PO Box 575794

Salt Lake City, UT 84117





C&W Incorporated

Joni Greenwell

8364 S Top of the World Dr

Salt Lake City, UT 84121




Care About Childcare - Weber State University

1351 Edvalson St Dept. 1309

Ogden UT 84408-1309
(801) 626-7837

Care About Childcare - Weber State University is a program of Weber State University's Jerry & Vickie Moyes College of Education's Child & Family Studies Department.

Funding is made possible through the Child Care and Development fund, the Department of Workforce Services and the Office of Child Care.