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Daycare License Requirements for Missouri

Worker requirements

Must be at least 18 years old.

Provider / Child Ratio

Age Range Ratio For Center-based Care
School age(1:16)


Age Range Ratio For Family Child Care
All ages(1:10)[ages of children determine necessity of assistant]


Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Bureau of Child Care
1715 Southridge Drive
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Phone: 573-751-2891
Fax: 573-526-5345
Web site:


Licensing Rules for Family Child Care Homes

Licensing Rules for Group Child Care Homes and Child Care Centers

Missouri Child Care Associations:

Mid Missouri Child Care Association