Childcare Facility Licensing Program

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The Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) licenses and inspects certain child care facilities in Marion County, including half-day preschools and mothers-day-out programs. Most day care facilities are licensed or registered through the State’s Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA). Programs in which the children are in attendance for four (4) hours or less, and meet the definitions in Chapter 11 are regulated by MCPHD. Inspections are preformed at least once per year to ensure that these facilities operate in a safe and sanitary manner.



Childcare Facility License Application



Marion County Ordinance- The Code, Chapter 11

FSSA website – State regulations, definitions of facilities


Map of currently licensed MCPHD Childcare Facilities



Licensed Facilities


For licensed childcares, the following resources are available:

  • MCPHD Clinic Schedule for TB Testing – All staff must have annual tuberculin skin tests
  • First Aid Training Resources – A staff member trained in First Aid must be present at all times. First aid training is available through the following organizations:

American Red Cross

American Heart Association

SMRT Indiana

Indiana Safety and Health, Inc.

  • Fire Inspections – Required at least every 2 years:

Indianapolis Fire Department, Fire Prevention Bureau

Indiana State Fire Marshall

  • Immunization Schedule – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations for children from birth through 6 years old


Fact Sheets


First aid kit contents

Bleach solution concentrations

Shigellosis fact sheet

Head lice (ISDH Fact Sheet)

Bed bugs (ISDH Fact Sheet)

Mice infestations (CDC Fact Sheet)

Radon ( Eco- Healthy Child Care Fact Sheet)

Anti-bacterial soap (FDA Consumer Update)


Additional Resources


Indiana Emergency Response Planning Guide for Childcare Providers

Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN)

EPA’s Children’s Environmental Health Listserv

Video series on Integrated Pest Management for Childcares

Indiana Council of Preschool Cooperatives

CDC Guidelines for Crypto Outbreaks

EPA List of Registered Disinfectants 

Integrating Cleaning into the Daily Plan 



Questions and complaints can be directed to:

Department of Water Quality & Hazardous Materials Management

3901 Meadows Dr. 2nd floor, Indianapolis, IN 46205

Phone : 317.221.2266