Daycare License Requirements for Hawaii

    Worker requirements

    Must be at least 18 and have a degree in child development or early childhood education and 6 mos. working experience or a postsecondary credential in a child development associate program or a 2-year (60 credit) college program with a certificate in early childhood education plus one year experience or a baccalaureate in elementary education plus 6 mos. work experience in an early childhood program plus 6 credits of approved child development or early childhood education training courses or a baccalaureate in any field plus 6 mos. work in early childhood program plus 12 credits of approved child development or early childhood courses


    Provider / Child Ratio

    Age Range Ratio For Daycare Centers
    2 years(1:8)
    3 years(1:12)
    4 years(1:16)
    School age(1:20)
    Mixed age groupratio for age of youngest child


    Age Range Ratio For Family Child Care
    All ages(1:6)[no more than 2 children under 18 months][includes provider’s children who are under 6 years old unless they are in school or enrolled in a child care facility for more than 6 hours/day]

    Hawaii Department of Human Services

    Benefit, Employment & Support Services Division

    820 Mililani Street, Suite 606

    Honolulu, HI 96813-2936

    Phone: 808-586-7050

    Fax: 808-586-5229

    Web site:

    (Will refer family child care calls to local licensing agency)

    Licensing rules for child care centers:

    Registration of Family Child Care Homes:

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