Step 1: Contact the county certifier (Inger LeClair's contact information listed above) and express your interest.
Step 2: Complete the application materials that will be mailed to you. This includes paperwork regarding the YoungStar program, background check information, a safe water test, landlord permission if you rent your home, provide proof of your pet’s vaccinations, tax forms, a checklist of requirements for you as a provider and for the home as the site, etc.
Step 3: Complete Shaken Baby Syndrome and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome trainings (if a video/webinar is viewed, an in-person training must be completed within 6 months); also pass the required background checks.
Step 4: Only then will the certifier conduct an initial site visit to verify that certification qualifications have been met and issue a certificate if applicable (re-visit if needed to bring into compliance).
- A provisional certificate may be issued, allowing you to begin providing care, while you complete the department-approved preservice training.
- Upon completion of the preservice training, a regular certificate will be issued and you are eligible to be paid the higher rate for any county-funded children in your care.
After that: Maintain the necessary records, complete any trainings needed, communicate changes with the certifier, and allow the certifier to do unannounced monitoring visits throughout your two year certification period to maintain certification.