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Child care and early learning providers operating a program for four or more unrelated children must be certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. The Department regulates three types of child care facilities:
If you are interested in operating a child care facility, you should contact the Department of Public Welfare Regional Child Development Office that regulates child care facilities in your county. Each regional office is assigned responsibility for facilities located in specific counties in Pennsylvania.
Staff in Regional Offices conduct orientation sessions for prospective child care providers in which you can obtain information related to opening and operating a child care facility. Attendance at an orientation session is required prior to receiving a certificate of compliance or registration. Staff in your Regional Office can provide information regarding the laws and regulations pertinent to child care facilities and can answer questions regarding the requirements for operating a child care facility. In addition, regional staff inspect child care facilities and provide technical assistance to child care providers.
The child care regulations are available on the Web at the following links:
If you have questions regarding the child care regulations, please contact your Regional Child Development Office. If you cannot find the information you need, please Contact DPW.