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Daycare License Requirements for Indiana

Worker requirements

Must be at least 18 and have a high school education or equivalent. If working with an infant/toddler group, must be at least 21 and have a high school education or equivalent, and 1 year experience.


Provider / Child Ratio

Age Range Ratio For Daycare Centers
2 years(1:5)
3 years(1:10)
4 years(1:12)
5 years(1:15)
6 years and up(1:20)


Age Range Ratio For Family Child Care
Birth to 24 months(1:6) [two of the 6 children must be at least 16 months and walking. Otherwise the ratio is 1:4]
Birth to 6 years(1:10) [No more than 3 of the 10 children may be under sixteen months of age and must be walking]
3-10 years(1:12)
All ages(1:12) [the maximum capacity in a child care home is 1:12 plus 3 children during the school year who are enrolled at least in Grade 1]


Indiana Family & Social Services Administration

Division of Family and Children

Bureau of Child Development – Licensing Section

402 W. Washington Street, Room W-386

Indianapolis, IN 46204

For center-based child-care call:

Phone: 317-232-4469

For Family Child Care call:

Phone: 317-232-4521 or 317-234-2100

Fax: 317-234-1513

Web site:


Regulation child care home

Regulation or child care centers

Indiana Child Care Associations:

Indiana Childcare Association – ICA

Indiana Association of Licensed Child Care Centers – IALCCC

Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children – Indians AEYC