Daycare Facilities

What do I need to do to open a daycare?

  • Contact the Bureau of Childcare district office
    • 1500 Vandiver Drive – Columbia, MO
    • 573-882-9399
  • The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services performs required inspections, but is not involved in the process of licensing daycares

Which daycares must be licensed?

  • Daycare centers
  • Home daycares caring for more than 4 children that are not related to the caregiver

Which daycares are inspected?

  • Licensed home daycares
  • Daycare centers
  • Group homes
  • License-exempt centers

How often are daycares inspected?

  • Home daycares – 1 time per year
  • Daycare centers – 1 time per year
    • daycare centers are also required to meet Food Code regulations

What is looked for during an inspection?

  • Compliance with sanitation requirements, such as:
    • proper cleaning and sanitization of diaper changing surfaces
    • proper handwashing procedures
    • testing of water temperatures to prevent scalding