Daycare License Requirements for Massachusetts

    Worker requirements

    Must be at least 21 years old or have a high school diploma or equivalent and have at least 9 months of supervised work experience with children under 7 years old and have a three credit course in Child Growth and Development; or have a Child Development Associate Credential; or have graduated from a two-year high school vocational program in early childhood education, approved by the Office for both the education and experience requirements and have been evaluated and recommended by the program instructor; or hold an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or related field and 3 months required work experience; or hold a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field, and have 6 months required work experience, and have a three credit course in Child Growth and Development. To be considered an infant/toddler teacher, the required work experience includes time working with that age group.

     

    Provider / Child Ratio

    Age Range Ratio For Center-based Care
    Infants(1:3) and (2:4-7)
    Toddlers(1:4) and (2:5-9)
    Preschool(1:10) [full day center](1:12) [half day center]
    School age(1:13)
    Mixed age group(1:3) and (2:4-9)[Infants up to 2 yrs. 9 mos.](1:5) and (2:6-9)[15 months to 7 years](1:10) and (2:11-20)[2 yrs. 9 mos. to 7 years](1:15) and (2:16-30) [4yrs. 9 mos. to 7 yrs]

     

    Age Range Ratio For Family Child Care
    Infants(1:3) [1 of the 3 infants must be at least 15 mos. and walking]
    Under age of 7 years(1:6) [includes children living in the home]

     

    Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services
    600 Washington Street, Suite 6100
    Boston, MA 02111
    Phone: 617-988-6600
    Fax: 617-988-2451
    Web site: http://www.eec.state.ma.us/

     

    Family child care

    http://www.eec.state.ma.us/docs/family_child_care_regs.pdf

    Child care centers

    http://www.eec.state.ma.us/docs/group_school_regs.pdf

    Massachusetts Child Care Associations:

    Massachusetts Independent Child Care Organization – MICCO

    Massachusetts Association of Early Education and Care – MADCA

    Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children – MassAEYC

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