Step 1: Learn about licensing and child care regulations
Review the statutes and regulations.
Step 2: Download and fill out your application
The application PDF gives you an overview of the process and includes some additional forms and a checklist of all the information you need to submit.
Step 3: Submit your application
You will need to pay a fee for your license.
- Non-profit youth camp: $315
- For-profit youth camp: $815
Make a check or money order payable to “Treasurer State of Connecticut.” This fee is non refundable.
Send your application and payment to:
Office of Early Childhood
Division of Licensing
450 Columbus Blvd. Suite 302
Hartford, CT 06103
If you don’t, your camp’s opening may be delayed.
Step 4: Wait for an email from OEC and then submit a background check
After we review your licensing application, you’ll get an email from OEC with a link and instructions to start the background check process. Remember that getting a background check (for you and your staff) is a required part of getting licensed.
Learn more about who needs a background check and how to complete the process.
Step 5: Get ready for the inspection
Once you have submitted background checks and your application is complete, a member of our licensing staff will contact you to schedule an inspection.
As soon as you’re licensed, you can start providing care for children. We conduct annual unannounced inspections to monitor compliance with all statutes and regulations.
We’re here to help! If you have questions or want to file a complaint, call us at 860-500-4450 or 800-282-6063.
You can also look up the licensing supervisor for your town to contact them directly.