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Daycare License Requirements for Mississippi

Worker requirements

Must be at least 18 years old and hold a high school diploma or GED or have a CDA credential or have 3 years prior experience caring for children who are under 13 years of age and who are not related to the caregiver


Provider / Child Ratio

Age Range Ratio For Center-based Care
0 – 11 months(1:5)
1 year olds(1:9)
2 years(1:12)
3 years(1:12-14)
4 years(1:16)
5 years and up(1:20)
Mixed age groupratio for youngest child in group


Age Range Ratio For Family Child Care
All ages(1:5)


Child Care Facilities Licensure
Mississippi State Department
570 East Woodrow Wilson Drive
P.O. Box 1700
Jackson, MS 39215-1700
Phone: 601-576-7613 or 800-227-7308
Fax: 601-576-7813
Web site:


Regulations child care facilities

Regulation child care facilities 12 or fewer