Step 1
  • Step 1

    General Requirements


    Please view the General Requirements below. When you've completed viewing all requirements, then continue onto Step 2.

    • The provider and the substitute must be 18 years of age or older.
    • The provider cannot work outside the home during the hours of operation.
    • The provider must have proof of a written plan to provide at least one other competent adult to be available to substitute in case of an emergency.
    • The operator must provide a copy of a completed Health and Safety Checklist to each parent on an annual basis. To access and PRINT this checklist visit HERE.
    • There is a $25 DCF application fee for both initial applications and annual renewals. You will see the DCF Trainings on Step 3 of this guide.
    • Verify there are no restrictions in your Neighborhood Association Covenants that prohibit the operation of a family day care home; however, Neighborhood Associations can establish covenants that prohibit the user of a residence as a family day care home. Additionally, if you are renting/leasing your home, verify with your property owner and/or refer to your lease agreement regarding the ability to operate a business in your residence. Family day care home operators must obtain written approval from local government entities, HOA (if applicable), and/or Landlord (if applicable), or a signed attestation acknowledging their responsibility for compliance.

    If you need additional assistance, please send us an email at info@Knockdrop.com.
  • Step 2
  • Step 2

    Ratio and Capacity Requirements


    Please view the Ratio and Capacity Requirements below. When you've completed viewing all requirements, then continue onto Step 3.

    A family day care home shall be allowed to provide care for one of the following groups of children, which shall include those children under 13 years of age who are related to the caregiver:

    • A maximum of four children from birth to 12 months of age.
    • A maximum of three children from birth to 12 months of age, and other children, for a maximum total of six children.
    • A maximum of six preschool children if all are older than 12 months of age.
    • A maximum of 10 children if no more than 5 are preschool age and of those 5, no more than 2 are under 12 months of age.
  • Step 3
  • Step 3

    Your DCF Training


    Get started with your DCF Training. When officially completed with your DCF Training then continue on to step 4. You must create a free DCF provider account for the required trainings with the following link.

    Create DCF Account

    Completing the required training is the first step in the registration process before submitting your Intent to Apply.

    Training is the most time-consuming and challenging part of the registration process. Until you have successfully completed all required training and competency exams, you cannot be approved for your Knockdrop Provider registration.


    Family day care home operators must complete a single course of training in early literacy and language development of children ages birth to five years. The course must be a minimum of 5-Clock-Hours or 0.5.

    One of the Department's web based courses: Early Literacy Birth to Three or Emergent Literacy for VPK Instructors or an approved literacy course. A list of approved courses can be found below.

    Family Child Care Home Rules & Regulations (HOME) course and competency exam
    Health, Safety and Nutrition (HSAN) course and competency exam
    Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (CAAN) course and competency exam
    Child Growth and Development (CGDR) course and competency exam
    Behavioral Observation and Screening (BOSR) course and competency exam
    Early Literacy for Children Age Birth through Three (ELC) online course (no exam required)

    To register for the training and to obtain more information about scheduling competency example, please visit HERE and choose the "Training and Registry Login" link.

    Once you have completed the training requirements, you will continue on to the next step, which is to complete the background screening requirements by filling out the intent to apply.

    When you have completed all of the training, you can then progress onto the next step that will contain all forms and instructions on how to complete the background screening. When all screenings are complete and all documents are received through the registration process, you will complete your $25 payment to complete your registration. All household members over the age of 18 must be screened and minors between the ages of 12 and 18 have to have a juvenile records check.
  • Step 4
  • Step 4

    Background Screening


    Your background screening. When completed, then go onto Step 5.

    The operator, household members, and substitute(s) must be cleared through background. This is to ensure the complete safety of the children and will also allow one other adult to substitute if needed.

    All electronic fingerprinting must be submitted and processed through the Background Screening Clearinghouse. Operators must initiate all screenings through the Clearinghouse prior to fingerprinting. Failure to initiate the screening prior to fingerprinting may result in screening delays, an invalid screening, or the individual may have to be re-fingerprinted as an additional cost. In order to gain access to the Clearinghouse for your background check, you much complete the Intent to Apply form.

    Intent To Apply Form

    Once your Intent to Apply has been submitted, you will receive an email with information on getting access to the Clearinghouse background screening as well as additional forms to fill out and return here for your Application/Registration.

    You are responsible for providing the correct email address, knowing that sensitive information will be sent to it.

    Once your request has been processed, you will be able to register as a user in the Clearinghouse Instructions. Registering as a user in the Clearinghouse can be found HERE.

    Please be advised that your Clearinghouse account will remain in a pending status until the additional steps have been completed.

    IMPORTANT! Operators must initiate all screenings through the Clearinghouse prior to fingerprinting. Failure to initiate the screening prior to finger printing may result in screening delays, an invalid screening, or the individual may have to be re-fingerprinted at an additional cost.
  • Step 5
  • Step 5

    Out of State Background Screening Requirements


    If applicable, complete the Out of State Background Screening Requirements below. When completed, you go go onto the final Registration process.

    Out of State Criminal record checks are required for operators, adult household members and substitutes that have lived outside the state of Florida in the preceding five years.

    The background screening unit is able to utilize the FBI criminal history results to satisfy the out-of-state criminal record check requirement for individuals whose out-of-state residency was in a state that participates in the FBI National Fingerprint File (NFF) program.

    A list of states participating in the National Fingerprint File (NFF) program can be found HERE.

    If the individuals prior state of residency does not participate in the FBI National Fingerprint File (NFF) program, an out-of-state criminal history record must be submitted to the background screening unit for review. The results may be faxed to (850) 487-6030, emailed to bgs.outofstate.admin@myflfamilies.com or mailed to:

    Department of Children and Families
    Background Screening Program
    1317 Winewood Boulevard, Building 6 Floor 3
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700

    If you have a Nationwide Criminal History Record Request, then please send us an email at info@knockdrop.com.

    Child Abuse and Neglect Registry Checks. Required for operator, adult household members and substitutes that have lived outside of the state of Florida in the preceding five years.

    If you have a nationwide abuse and neglect registry record requests, then please send us an email at info@knockdrop.com.

    Sex Offender Registry Checks. Required for operator, adult household members and substitutes that lived outside of the state of Florida in the preceding five year.

    For nationwide sex offender searches, please visit HERE.

    Juvenile Records Check (FDLE). Required for all juvenile household members 12 to 17 years of age.

    Requests must be submitted online through the FDLE public portal. The ORI number FL721911Z must be used at the time of request. Complete instructions on how to request a juvenile record can be found HERE.

    Child Care Attestation of Good Moral Character (AGMC). Required for operator, adult household members and substitutes.

    If you wish to request this form, then please send us an email at info@knockdrop.com.

    NOTE! Arrest or conviction for any disqualifying offenses by you, your substitute, or household member without being granted an exemption from disqualification will prevent you from operating a registered family day care home. A list of the disqualifying offenses is listed on the AGMC.

    Please click here to view and print form.

    Mandatory Abuse and Neglect Reporting Requirements Form. Required for the substitute.

    The provider attests to these requirements as part of the application process and doesn't require a separate form. This form must be completed on an annual basis and can be found HERE.
  • Step 6
  • If you have completed all of the steps above and you are ready to register, then input your information below to complete your registration.
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