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Frequently Asked Questions

Child Care Services
PO BOX 25352
Oklahoma City, OK 73125    

Phone: (405) 521-3561
Toll-Free: 844-834-8314
Fax: 405-522-2564

Provider Information

What to expect from your Licensing Specialist

Child Care Licensing Specialists are here to help you succeed in your child care business, but also to ensure you meet state licensing requirements.

Licensing specialists will also:

  • Visit licensed child care facilities three times a year to monitor their compliance with state licensing requirements
  • Consult with child care staff on how to meet requirements
  • Offer free training to caregivers on providing quality child care
  • Inform prospective owners and operators about licensing requirements for starting child care facilities
  • Work with parent, child care providers and other agencies and organizations to advocate for quality child care.

To get more information about what you can expect, contact your local licensing specialist.

Print this checklist and take it with you when you visit child care programs. It will help you notice important things about the place where your children will spend their days.


YES NO Is the program approved as a one, one star plus, two or three stars program by OKDHS?
YES NO Are there enough teachers to respond to my children's needs?
YES NO Is the caregiver trained and experienced?

The Place

YES NO Are there different places for different activities?                                  
YES NO Is the outdoor play area safe and interesting? 
YES NO Do I hear happy children's voices? 

Do the Caregivers ...

YES NO Seem patient with children and responsive to their needs?                
YES NO Enjoy playing and talking with children?
YES NO Answer my questions?


YES NO Is there quiet and active, inside and outside play time?                       
YES NO Are toys and other materials available for my child to use?

Is there no or very limited TV time?

Parent's Role

YES NO Can I visit my child's class at any time?                                                  

Abuse & Neglect— If you Suspect it, Report it!

Report Child Abuse and Neglect: 

Report Human Trafficking: 

Use the Child Care Locator/Summary of Program Monitoring to view a summary of program monitoring reports for your a child care program or to search for quality child care in Oklahoma.  View the Child Care Locator Fact Sheet.

For Additional Assistance in locating Child Care, contact: Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness.

Last Modified on Apr 03, 2024
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