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Washoe County Child Care Licensing

Washoe County Child Care Services is responsible for regulating and monitoring the temporary care provided to children outside of their home by caregivers other than their natural parents. They use the laws and regulations set by the State and the County to ensure a minimum level of care is provided to children to maintain and facilitate their normal development, health, safety, and welfare.

 For information on child care facility inspection reports, visit the Washoe County Child Care Inspection Web Portal


Child Care Regulations 

Nevada Revised Statute 432A.131 authorizes cities and counties to adopt standards and regulations for the operation of child care facilities when these regulations have been approved by the State of Nevada Bureau of Child Care Licensing. Pursuant to Washoe County Code chapter 45.095, The Washoe County Board of County Commissioners has determined that the Washoe County Department of Social Services is the agency responsible for licensing and regulation of child care facilities in Washoe County.

The operation of a licensed child care facility is subject to regulations, therefore, the following regulations have been adopted by the Washoe County Department of Social Services upon recommendation of the Child Care Advisory Board and approval of the State of Nevada Bureau of Child Care Licensing. The purpose of these regulations is to establish a minimum level of care necessary to maintain and facilitate the normal development, health, safety, and welfare of children receiving care outside their homes.

2016 Full Regulations

2016 Regulations by Section

Any interpretations or questions on these regulations should be directed to the Child Care Services Unit of the Washoe County Department of Social Services.


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