Child Care Licensing Program
Anchorage's Mumps Update
There are confirmed cases of mumps in Anchorage. While this is NOT a child care facility related outbreak, it is important to inform all families and caregivers so that they are aware. Please click here to obtain more information.
08/02/17 - New procedure for obtaining a Criminal History Check
All individuals applying to become licensed with the Municipality of Anchorage Child Care Licensing Program will have to go through the Alaska Background Check Program (BCP). Refer to the instructions in the Introduction to the Provisional Child Care Licensing Process document located in the section to the right under either Opening a Child Care Center or Home when you click for a Full Application for Provisional Child Care License. Please do not deviate from them.
The Child Care Licensing Program (CCL) routinely monitors both licensed child care centers and homes within the Municipality of Anchorage through routine on-site announced and unannounced inspections, including investigating reports of concern and complaints about licensed child care facilities and facilities operating without a license. The goal of CCL is to help reduce predictable risk of harm to children, however, CCL cannot guarantee that a facility meets all code requirements at all times.
All licensed facilities fall under the regulatory jurisdiction of Anchorage Municipal Child Care Code 16.55 (AMC 16.55), State of Alaska Regulations, 7 AAC 10, 7 AAC 57, AS 47.05 and AS 47.32. The program administrator is responsible for knowing and complying with applicable regulations and statutes. Facility programs vary in size, location, services, and philosophy. Families are encouraged to visit facilities, ask questions, and carefully compare several programs prior to making a final decision. Choosing a child care facility is a significant decision and that choice depends on what the family wants and needs for their child.
If you live outside of the Municipality of Anchorage and would like information about being licensed with the state of Alaska, please click here
State of Alaska Child Care Program Office (CCPO)
(907) 269-4500 OR call toll free888) 268-4632
Information for Parents/Guardians
Several tools exist to help parents make an informed decision as to the best care arrangements for their child. CCL has made the following resources available to assist in the search for child care: