In the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a day care center & group child care homes, before and after school programs may provide care to children age two years (twenty-four months) and older. A family child care homes may provide care for no more than six children at the same time. An infant and toddler child care centers shall provide care to children age six weeks and under twenty-four months. All of the above classification of care must be licensed by the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs’ Child Care Licensing Program.
A center is issued a license to operate after having met all the requirements of the Child Care Licensing Program’s Administrative Code inclusive of an initial inspection for new applicants and renewal inspection for ongoing applicants. The application to obtain a child care license to operate shall be made on forms supplied by the licensing office.
New applicants must settle all appropriate application fees before submission to the Office of the Child Care Licensing Program with the application for a child care license at least sixty calendar days prior to the opening date of the facility.
Ongoing applicants must settle the same annually at least sixty calendar days prior to the expiration date of the license. The license issued to the centers are renewed annually and must be posted in a prominent location at the center. The following is a detailed application checklist:
1. CNMI Business License
2. DPW Occupancy Permit
3. Sanitary Permit
4. Fire Permit
5. Liability Insurance
7. Valid Lease Agreement
8. Children’s Daily Activity Schedule
9. Staffs Schedule
10. Children Roster – Monthly Updates
11. Current Rate
1. Consent for Release of Information
2. Valid Identification w/Photo
3. Superior Court Criminal Record Clearance
4. Health Certificate
5. Food Handlers Certificate (If food is to be handled)
6. Superior Court Criminal Record Clearance
7. CPR Certificate
8. CW1 or CW2 (If applicable)
9. Academic Diploma with an Official Transcript
11. SORNA Clearance (CCLP will provide the clearance)
Once a center is issued a license to operate as a child care provider, the Child Care Licensing Program conducts two announced and two unannounced inspections annually followed by two monitoring inspections for the former and the latter respectively. This is done to follow-up on whether or not violation(s) if any, have been corrected pursuant to the Child Care Licensing Safety Inspector’s recommendation on any and all code violations. Shortly thereafter, the Safety Inspector will generate his or her report which will eventually be uploaded to the Child Care Licensing Program and the Child Care & Development Fund website.