Child Care Licensing Specialist


Recruitment #220912-2328SH-001


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Are you passionate about the State of Connecticut and ensuring its youngest children are supported and able to thrive?  Do you want to make a difference in their care?  If so, we encourage you to apply for this exciting opportunity.


The State of Connecticut, Office of Early Childhood (OEC), is the lead agency for early childhood services for the state’s youngest children; including early care and education, home visiting, developmental support, and program and provider development and is currently recruiting for multiple Child Care Licensing Specialists to join our team.  These are full-time, first shift opportunities located in Hartford, CT, with some remote work possible.

Our agency’s mission is to support all young children by ensuring that early childhood policy, funding and services strengthen the critical role families, providers, educators, and communities play in a child’s life. We believe in ensuring all children are safe, healthy, learning and thriving, and having a strong team is critical to us successfully achieving these goals.

Our mission and vision serve as the guideposts for the development of policies and programs, and also ensure that we work to actively and purposefully dismantle racism and advance equity for all individuals throughout the early childhood system and the professionals selected to fill these roles must align with, believe in and promote this mission and vision. Additionally, they will be able to exercise effective interpersonal skills with both internal and external contacts of the Agency.


The Licensing Division of the OEC is responsible for licensing, monitoring and investigating complaints of child care programs (centers, groups, family) and youth camps throughout the state. These Child Care Licensing Specialist roles will join this specialized unit and the individuals selected to fill these roles will be responsible for conducting inspections of licensed child care programs throughout the state, to include:

  • Conducting on-site inspections of licensed child care programs
  • Preparing and maintaining records and reports
  • Entering data into a licensing system
  • Providing technical assistance on regulatory issues during licensing visits and workshops
  • Answering the Division’s Help Desk phone and responding to questions and concerns from providers, parents, the public and others
  • Participating in meetings with providers and testifying in administrative hearings regarding visits conducted and findings
  • Participating on workgroups or committees to conduct special projects concerning Division’s policies and procedures
  • Performing other duties as assigned

The State of Connecticut offers a competitive starting salary, excellent state benefits package including health/dental insurance, generous paid time off, retirement plan options, alternate work schedules, and a culture that encourages work-life balance.

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Selection Plan

To Apply:

  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location or shift.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to

Important Information After You Apply:

  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the questionnaire's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
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  • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
Connect With Us:

Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Frank DeCusati at or 860-713-5176.


In the Office of Early Childhood, this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of technical duties involved in the licensing and regulation of child care programs and providers.


Conducts on-site regulatory inspections and interviews of potential and existing child care providers to determine initial and continuing regulatory compliance and health, safety and welfare of children; performs inspections of total facility (e.g. health and sanitation, food service, space, staffing, etc.); reviews required program documentation, observes program operations and conducts interviews with program staff, parents and other interested parties; reviews applications for licensure from prospective child care programs and providers; documents all pertinent information regarding regulatory compliance for formal and informal compliance conferences, negative actions against a licensee, hearings and/or court proceedings; investigates complaints of non-compliance with child care regulations, mistreatment of children and illegal practices by child care programs and providers; provides guidance and consultation regarding child care regulations and program practices to providers, parents and other interested parties; maintains case records and prepares reports; coordinates services with other state and local agencies; may appear before professional organizations and the public to educate on child care regulatory issues; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of and ability to interpret relevant state and federal laws, statutes, regulations, policies and procedures related to child care programs; knowledge of principles and techniques of operating child care programs; knowledge of various economic, emotional, medical, psychological and social factors influencing attitudes and behavior of individuals and families; knowledge of community resources available to individuals and families; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to determine child care program and provider compliance with governing statutes and regulations; ability to obtain, organize, assess and present evidence related to program provider compliance with regulations; ability to maintain records and prepare reports; organizational ability.


Six (6) years of experience in the provision of professional child care services with involvement in program development and operational policy.


  1. College education may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
  2. A Master's Degree in child development, early childhood education, public health, social work or other related area my be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


  • Experience implementing, monitoring, and enforcing child care statutes, regulations, and standards
  • Experience creating written reports, narratives, and summary documents
  • Experience working individually and as part of a team
  • Experience following policies and procedures that prevent child abuse and neglect and align with regulatory, statutory, or programmatic requirements
  • Experience using Microsoft Office programs including Word and Outlook in a work environment
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish or Portuguese


Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.