Certified Family Child Care providers may care for up to three children under the age of seven unrelated to the provider with a group maximum of six children. Certified providers must complete pre-service child care training and annual continuing education.
Licensed Family Child Care providers may care for 4 or more children under age 7. No more than 8 children may be in care at one time, including the providers’ children under age 7 and any additional children above age 7. Licensed providers must have 40 hours of Early Childhood training and complete 15 additional training hours annually.
Licensed Child Care Centers are programs that serve 9 or more children. Each center must meet specific regulations of ratios of caregivers to children and group size. Staff must meet training requirements including annual continuing education.