What are the different types of child care?

Family Home

A licensed child care program where care is offered by a licensed child care provider for no more than ten children, not *related to the provider.

Group Home

A licensed child care program where care is offered by a licensed child care provider for no more than 20 children, not *related to the caregiver, in a location separate from the provider’s living quarters.

Child Care Centers

A licensed child care program where care is offered by a licensed child care provider for more than 20 children in a location other than the provider’s residence.

License-Exempt Child Care

By state law, certain programs are exempt from licensure, but are required to be regulated. These include:

  • Child care programs that are under the exclusive control of a religious organization.
  • Any nursery school program for preschool children that operates no more than four (4) hours per child per day.

If you believe your program is exempt, please fill out a DC-20 form and submit it to us.

Exempt Child Care

By state law, certain programs are exempt from licensure and regulation. These include:

  • Any person caring for four or fewer children not *related to the provider; or
  • A facility operated in connection with a business establishment as a convenience for its customers or employees for not more than 4 hours per day; or
  • Graded boarding schools, summer camps, hospitals, or other entities as explained in state law; or
  • Residential facility or day programs licensed by the Department of Mental Health.
  • Elementary or Secondary school systems.

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