The statutes and rules regulating child care centers and group homes (Department of Health Services) as well as certified small family child care homes (Department of Economic Security) in Arizona are available using the links below.


Fingerprint Clearance Cards and background checks are requirements for Child Care Providers in the state of Arizona.

Licensure & Regulation

State of Arizona Licensure and Regulations for Child Care Center Providers, Child Care Group Homes, and DES Certified Small Family Child Care Homes.

Health Requirements

All child care providers contracted with DES must complete initial (pre-service) training on Health & Safety within the staff member’s first 90 days of hire date.

CPR and First Aid Training and Certification

DHS Tools in the Registry

The Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) Bureau of Child Care Licensing has added functionality in the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry to make your licensing visits easier.

You can now digitally log all of your staff’s licensing requirements in the Registry and this will shorten the time licensing surveyors spend on-site. By participating, you will also have all records in one place!

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ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI) Online Training Library

First Things First is funding access to a free, unlimited online training library for eligible early childhood professionals. 

Teachers, assistant teachers, directors, and family child care providers at DHS licensed programs and DES certified homes who are serving children birth through age five, not yet in kindergarten, are eligible for this opportunity.*

Professionalize Your Business

If you are helping a family member, a neighbor or your friends by providing child care for their children, are you interested in taking the next step to professionalize your business? If so, one of your first steps is to create a profile in the Registry. 

When you join the Registry, you will have all of your education and employment information in a verified report that can be used to help you get regulated. You will also become a part of the Arizona Early Childhood Network and receive our monthly newsletter that will connect you to jobs, scholarships, early childhood professionals, and many other resources.


Professional Development

Keep track of your early education trainings and professional history in one place! Review your Registry information, identify areas for growth, and customize your own professional development plan.


Educational & Professional Development Reports

Easily pull a verified report listing your annual trainings, college degrees, and certificates.


Achieving Quality Care

Differentiate yourself by knowing evidence-based practices to better care for and educate young children. You can use the Workforce Knowledge and Competencies to guide you in achieving your best.

Early Childhood Community

When you join the Registry, you will join an early childhood community through our monthly e-newsletter that gives your access to jobs, resources, and events that can help advance your career.


Learn about the basic requirements for becoming an early childhood professional.

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Get articles and information to help you learn more about the early childhood education profession.

The average wait time for processing your college transcripts is 30 Days. For questions regarding your Registry account, please contact