Must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. If hired or promoted after 11/1/93, must also have an endorsement or BA in a child- related field; or 48 semester hours from accredited college or university, at least 12 of which are in a subject relating to group care of children and 6 months of age-appropriate experience; or a 1 year early childhood certificate from an accredited college or university of at least 30 semester hours and 6 months of age-appropriate experience; or a CDA credential or equivalent; or one year age appropriate program experience in group care and participation in a staff training plan of at least 10 hours in first year of employment.
|Age Range||Ratio For Center-based Care|
|2 and 3 years||(1:10)|
|Mixed age group||ratio for youngest child in group|
|Age Range||Ratio For Family Child Care|
|0 – 15 months||(1:4)|
|16 – 23 months||(1:5)|
|2 – 4 years||(1:8)|
|5 – 9 years||(1:16)|
|10 years and older||these children shall not count in determining any ratio|
|Mixed age group||a point system shall be applied to determine the need for an assistant|
Virginia Department of Social Services
Division of Licensing Programs
7 North Eighth Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 800-543-7545 (within state)
or 804-662-9743 (nationwide)
Web site: http://www.dss.state.va.us/division/license/
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