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Daycare License Requirements for New Jersey

Worker requirements

Associate degree in early childhood education or child development; or 15 college credits including at least 6 in early childhood education or child development with the remainder from education, psychology, health care, nursing or other fields related to child growth and development; or credential as a CDA.

Provider / Child Ratio

Age RangeRatio For Center-based Care
0 – 18 months(1:4) 20 max
18 months(1:7) 20 max
27 months 3 years(1:10) 20 max
4 years(1:12) 20 max
5 years(1:15) 20 max
6 years and school age(1:18) 30 max
Age RangeRatio For Family Child Care
Preschool and older(1:5) 3 additional children are allowed if they reside in the home or are the assistant’s or substitute’s children


New Jersey Department of Human Services
Office of Licensing
Quakerbridge Plaza, Building 6
P.O. Box 717
Trenton, NJ 08625-0717
Phone: 609-292-1018
Fax: 609-292-6976
Hotline: 877-667-9845
Web site:


Licensing for child care centers

Licensing family child care

New Jersey Child Care Associations:

New Jersey Child Care Association – NJCCA

New Jersey Family Child Care Providers Association – NJFCCPA

New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children – NJAEYC