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Daycare License Requirements for Michigan

Provider / Child Ratio

Age Range Ratio For Center-based Care
Infants (up to 27 months)(1:4)
3 years(1:8)
4 to 5 years(1:12)
6 to 12 years(1:20)
13 to 17 years(1:30)
Mixed age groupratio for youngest child in group


Age Range Ratio For Family Child Care
All ages(1:6)[includes family members under 7 years old; no more than 4 children under 30 months and no more than 2 of those children can be under 18 months]


Child Day Care Licensing

Family Independence Agency
Office of Children and Adult Licensing
7109 W. Saginaw, 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 30650
Lansing, MI 48909-8150
Phone: 517-335-6124 or 866-685-0006
Fax: 517-335-6121
Web site:


Licensing rules for child care homes

Michigan Child Care Associations:

Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children – MiAEYC