Change of Ownership
Child Care Learning Centers
Changes of Ownerships for Child Care Learning Centers are processed by the Applicant Services Unit of the Child Care Services
Division at Bright from the Start.
A change of ownership is processed under only two types of conditions:
- When a new owner buys an existing child care business, building, or property that remains in continuous operation. The transaction is not complete and
legal until there has been a closing. (Note: Closing is defined as the legal and financial transaction that transfers ownership from one party to another.)
- When a new owner moves into a vacated child care facility that had a license and begins operation within 30 calendar days of the previous owner moving out,
it is processed as a change of ownership.
Note: If facility has been out of operation for more than 30 calendar days, then a new initial application must be submitted to the Applicant Services Unit.
The first step in that process is to attend a Licensure Orientation Meeting (LOM). Information for those meetings can be found on the
Starting a Child Care Program
If your new/potential facility meets one of the two definitions above for a Change of Ownership, please follow the steps outlined on the document,
“Steps for Changes of Ownership” listed below. All other documents to be completed are also listed on the links below.
If you have any questions please contact our Department at 404-657-5562 and ask to speak to an Applicant Services Unit representative.