Daycare License Requirements of District of Columbia

    Worker requirements

    Must be at least 18 and have a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a related field including a minimum of 15 hrs. In early childhood education courses; or 2 or more years of college including a minimum of 15 hrs. in early childhood education courses and 1 year experience in a child development facility; or a HS diploma or equivalent and 3 yrs. experience as teacher or assistant teacher in child development center and 9 college credit hours in early childhood education from an accredited college or university; or experience as a teacher or assistant teacher in licensed child development center with a CDA.


    Provider / Child Ratio

    Age Range Ratio For Daycare Centers
    2 years – 2 ½ years(1:4)
    2 ½ – 3 years(1:8)
    4 years(1:10)
    5 years(1:15)
    6 – 14 years(1:15)
    Mixed age groupRatio shall be adjusted to protect the welfare of the younger children


    Age Range Ratio For Family Child Care
    All ages(1:5) [ratio includes family members under age 6]

    District of Columbia Health Regulation Administration

    Child and Residential Care Facility Division

    825 N. Capitol St., NE. 2nd Floor

    Washington, DC 20002

    Phone: 202-442-5888

    Fax: 202-442-9430

    Web site:

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