Daycare License Requirements for North Carolina

    Worker requirements

    Must be at least 18.

    Provider / Child Ratio

    Age Range Ratio For Center-based Care
    Up to Months(1:5)
    18 months(1:6)
    27 months(1:10)
    3 years(1:15)
    4 years(1:20)
    5 – 9 years(1:25)
    10 years and older(1:25)
    Age RangeRatio For Small Family Child Care Homes
    Number of Children Allowed:3-5 (plus 3 SAC)
    Maximum Number of Children to One Provider:8, with no more than 5 preschool-age or younger
    Provider’s Own Children Counted:Yes, if preschool-age or younger


    Division of Child Development
    Regulatory Services Section
    319 Chapanoke Road, Suite 120
    2201 Mail Service Center 27699-2201
    Raleigh, NC 27603
    Phone: 919-662-4499 or 800-859-0829 (in-state calls only)
    Fax: 919-661-4845
    Web site:


    Day care rules

    North Carolina Child Care Associations:

    North Carolina Licensed Child Care Association – NCLCCA

    North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children – NCAEYC

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