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Types of Child Care


A licensed day care center may provide care for more than 12 children. If there are children under three years of age the center must have a weekly health consultant visit. Ratios of care providers to children :

  • Infants and toddlers (6 weeks-35 months)
    1:4 (group size maximum 8)

  • Preschoolers (3-5 years)
    1:10 (maximum group size 20)

  • School age 1:20

Group Home

A licensed group home may provide care for seven to twelve related or unrelated children outside of their own homes.


A licensed family day care provider can care for a maximum of 6 children, including the provider’s own children not in school full-time., in the provider’s own home. Children of school age (not including the provider’s own) who receive 3 or more hours of care before or after school are included in the ratio. Maximum of 2 children under age 2.

Nannies, Au-Pairs, and Babysitters

This type of arrangement can be live-in or live-out.
For a list of Nannies/Au-Pair Agencies, click here