Daycare License Requirements for New Jersey

    Worker requirements

    Associate degree in early childhood education or child development; or 15 college credits including at least 6 in early childhood education or child development with the remainder from education, psychology, health care, nursing or other fields related to child growth and development; or credential as a CDA.

    Provider / Child Ratio

    Age RangeRatio For Center-based Care
    0 – 18 months(1:4) 20 max
    18 months(1:7) 20 max
    27 months 3 years(1:10) 20 max
    4 years(1:12) 20 max
    5 years(1:15) 20 max
    6 years and school age(1:18) 30 max
    Age RangeRatio For Family Child Care
    Preschool and older(1:5) 3 additional children are allowed if they reside in the home or are the assistant’s or substitute’s children


    New Jersey Department of Human Services
    Office of Licensing
    Quakerbridge Plaza, Building 6
    P.O. Box 717
    Trenton, NJ 08625-0717
    Phone: 609-292-1018
    Fax: 609-292-6976
    Hotline: 877-667-9845
    Web site:


    Licensing for child care centers

    Licensing family child care

    New Jersey Child Care Associations:

    New Jersey Child Care Association – NJCCA

    New Jersey Family Child Care Providers Association – NJFCCPA

    New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children – NJAEYC

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