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Child Care Services

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Attention Child Care Providers: Information on background checks can be found here: Supplemental Disclosure Form

Child Care Assistance is now available for working families and individuals pursuing post-secondary educational goals.  This new assistance is called Smart Steps Child Care Payment Assistance.  Learn more about it by clicking here: Smart Steps Quick Info.

If you wish to apply, please click on the link below.

HS-3036 Application for SMART STEPS Child Care Assistance

Child Care Certificate Program office and contact information

The Child Care Services section plans, implements, and coordinates activities and programs to ensure quality, accessibility and the health and safety of children in care.

The Child and Adult Care Licensing section is responsible for monitoring child and adult care agencies to ensure the health and safety of the young children and vulnerable adults in care.

Child Care Assessment staff use a quality measurement instrument to assess each licensed provider annually and establish the Star-Quality Report Card Rating and Evaluation System for facilities.

The Child Care Certificate Program provides assistance to families who need help paying for child care in order to meet the requirements of the Families First program. Child care assistance not only gives Families First parents/caretakers peace of mind while they participate in work and work-related activities but also provides quality child care for children.

Within the Child Care Services section, statewide early childhood-related services are managed through child care partners including Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R), Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA), and Tennessee’s Outstanding Providers Supported through Available Resources (TOPSTAR). These services provide a support system for improving and maintaining the overall quality of child care across the state and help provide parents and families with safe, healthy and developmentally appropriate child care options. Child Care Resource and Referral assist both parents and providers. For parents, the CCR & R offers information on child care providers in their area, answers questions on types of care that is available and provides helpful information on safe, healthy and developmentally appropriate options.

Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan - FFY 2014-2015

FFY 2016-2018 Child Care and Development Fund Draft Plan

Child Care Data FFY 2015


Report Child Care violations/complaints by calling the Child Care Complaint Hotline at 1-800-462-8261  

Have more questions? Contact a child care licensing office near you.