Caregivers or Daycare providers MUST be licensed through the State Daycare Program if they:
- Provide care for 7 or more children and
- Receive compensation for providing care for one or more of those children.
The following are exempt from State Daycare Licensing requirements:
- The occasional or irregular care of a neighbor’s, relative’s or friend’s child or children by a person not ordinarily in the business of daycare;
- The operation of a private school or religious school for educational purposes for children over four years of age, or a religious kindergarten
- The occasional care provided exclusively for children of parents who are simultaneously in the same building;
- The operation of day camps, programs and religious schools for less than twelve weeks during a calendar year or not more often than once a week;
- Providing care for children who are related to you within the second degree of relationship (father, mother, step-father, step-mother, grandparents and their spouses, uncles and aunts and their spouses, first cousins and their spouses, nephews and nieces and their spouses, bothers and sisters and their spouses);
- Daycare facilities licensed by a city or county, not requiring state licensing.
: Local ordinances or participation in certain programs may require you to be licensed even if you meet exemption criteria.
If you need a daycare license, start by reading about Daycare Licensing Requirements.
If you still have questions about whether or not you need a daycare license, contact us, and we'll be happy to help.