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State Day Care Licensing

State requirements may vary.

State Day Care Licensing

Although some church daycare centers may qualify as license-exempt, it is a good idea to become familiar with the licensing requirements in your state. At the very least, these can serve as a guideline to the minimum acceptable standards of care. Being a licensed center also brings a measure of peace to the parents entrusting their children to your care.

While standards may vary from state-to-state, it is assumed that child safety is the driving principle behind the regulations. Here is a list of general guidelines to consider:


  • Age/education qualifications
  • Continuing education needs
  • Specific certification such as CPR, first aid, and the Heimlich maneuver
  • Child-to-caregiver ratios/maximum group size

General Program Requirements

  • Parent access during program hours
  • Balance of active and quiet activities - indoor/outdoor activities
  • Number of emergency exits
  • Emergency drills such as for fire or tornado

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