Alert: Beginning July 1, 2018, the Department of Early Learning will become the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). After June 30, 2018, this website will no longer be updated. For the latest information on early learning, visit the DCYF website at

Laws, Rules and Performance Standards


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The Department of Early Learning (DEL) oversees child care licensing and other early learning programs in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations (rules).  Information on current laws, rules and the rulemaking process can be found here.

Links and Resources