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Daycare License Requirements for Colorado

Worker requirements

Must be at least 18 and have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; or a 2 year college degree in child development or early childhood education from an accredited college or university; or current certification as a Child Development Associate (CDA) or Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) or other Department-approved credential; or completion of 2 years of college education with at least 1 college course in child development, plus 6 months (910 hours) of verified experience in the care and supervision of 4 or more children under 6 years of age who are not related to the individual; or 12 semester hours in college-level credits in the area of child growth and development and /or early childhood education, plus 9 months (1,395) hours of verified experience in the care and supervision of 4 or more children under 6 years of age who are not related to the individual; or completion of a course of training approved by the Department that includes training and work experience with children; or completion of a vocational or occupational education sequence in child growth and development plus 12 months (1,820) hours of verified experience in the care and supervision of 4 or more children under 6 years of age who are not related to the individual; or 36 months (5,460) of verified experience in the care and supervision of 4 or more children under 6 years of age who are not related to the individual

Child / Provider Ratio

Age Range Ratio For Daycare Centers
Infants(1:5)
Toddlers(1:5)
2 Years(1:7)
2 ½ – 3 years(1:8)
3 years(1:10)
4 years(1:12)
5 years and up(1:15)

 

Age Range Ratio For Family Child Care
All ages(1:6)

[includes family members plus an additional two before and after school children]

No more than two children under 2 years of age or if provider has been licensed for at least 2 years with no substantiated complaints, provider may be approved for three children under 2 years of age with no additional school-aged children.Infant/ Toddler(1:4) or (2:6)Large Family Care Home(2:12)

Department of Human Services

Division of Child Care

1575 Sherman Street, First Floor

Denver, CO 80203-1714

Phone: 303-866-5958 or 800-799-5876

Fax: 303-866-4453

Web site: http://www.cdhs.state.co.us/childcare/licensing_home.htm

Colorado Child Care Associations:

Colorado Association of Family Child Care – CAFCC

Early Childhood Education Association of Colorado -

Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children – CAEYC