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.

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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