Family Home Child Care Licensing Orientations

Family home child care licensing orientations occur in two phases:

Phase one

Those interested in becoming family home child care providers must view an hour-long online presentation about family home child care licensing in Washington state.

At the end of the presentation, you will be instructed to complete and print a post-orientation questionnaire. You will also be given the next steps to prepare for phase two.

  • Family Home Child Care Licensing Application:  English | Spanish
  • Post Orientation Questionnaire: English

Phase two

Contact the licensing office in your area for an in-person appointment. The outcome of that meeting determines whether you are able to proceed with becoming licensed.

What to bring with you:

  • Your completed post-orientation questionnaire

Status message

IMPORTANT! DCYF no longer requires individuals to bring a complete license application and fees to Phase Two orientation. At Phase Two, you'll receive additional information about licensing rules and processes that will help you determine if you want to move forward with becoming a licensed child care provider.

Note: DCYF accepts complete application packets only. If required items are missing from the application packet, it will be returned to you as incomplete. The list of items to submit is included in the application instructions.

Child Care Centers and School-Age Programs

People who are interested in becoming licensed to operate a child care center or school-age program must attend an in-person orientation, which are held around the state, in English and in Spanish. To reserve a spot, call the DCYF Early Learning office listed with the orientation you would like to attend.

Office Child Care Center Orientations

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Class location:
415 W. Wishkah Street, Suite 2C
Aberdeen, WA 98520

To register, call 360.407.1992


9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Class location:
805 156th Ave. NE
Bellevue, WA 98007

To register, call 425.590.3100


9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Class location:
4101 Meridian Street
Oak Room
Bellingham, WA 98226

To register, call 360.714.4118


9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

August 16, 2018
December 13, 2018

Class location:
Olympic ESD 114
105 National Ave. N.
Bremerton, WA 98312

To register, call: (360) 698-4388


9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

July 17, 2018
October 16, 2018

Class location:
Verdant Wellness Community Center
4710 196th St SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036

To register, call 425.740.6871


See Vancouver

To register, call 360.993.7946


9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

July 25, 2018
September 25, 2018 *School-age only*
November 6, 2018

Class location:
505 Union Ave. SE
Republic Building, Suite 200
Olympia, WA 98504

To register, call 360.407.1992


9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Class location:
800 Oakesdale Ave. SW
Renton, WA 98057

To register, call 425.917.7949


10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

July 19, 2018
October 11, 2018

Class location:
ESD 101/Conference Center
4202 S. Regal Street
Spokane, WA 99223

To register, call 509.789.3820


8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

July 19, 2018 *Center only*
September 13, 2018 *School-age only*
November 14, 2018 *Center only*

Class location:
1949 S. State Street, Room 195
Tacoma, WA 98405

To register, call 253.983.6400


9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

September 19, 2018 *School-age only*
November 14, 2018

Class location:
ESD 123
3918 West Court Street
Lewis & Clark Room
Pasco, WA 99301

To register, call 509.544.5705


9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

August 14, 2018 *School-age only*
October 9, 2018
December 11, 2018

Class location:
907 Harney St.
Vancouver, WA 98660

To register, call 360.993.7946


9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

August 1, 2018
November 13, 2018

Class location:
805 S. Mission St.
Wenatchee, WA 98801

To register, call 509.665.5289


9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

November 8, 2018

Class location:
111 S. 2nd Avenue, Yakima Room
Yakima, WA 98902

To register, call 509.834.6847